In the shooting sports we can divide ourselves a thousand different ways. Between rifle vs. pistol – revolver vs. semi-auto – and on and on. Sometimes it feels like there are no commonalities that cross some of these boundaries. Except one. If you shoot – then you clean guns. At least, you do if you want to keep shooting them for long and protect your investment. And if you’ve been shooting and cleaning guns for a long time, then you’ve accumulated a lot of tools and products, and doubtlessly have formed some opinions. This can make it challenging for a new company to enter the market and offer something different.
Enter GunGenics. At first glance, I thought, “oh look, another gimmick for gun cleaning” – but on closer examination I became more than just a little interested. What caught my attention were two key elements of the GunGenics system: The rod and all non-brush parts are glass-reinforced nylon; and the shaft uses a quick-connect/disconnect or “Quick-Change” system for the brushes, jags, and other attachments. I like the nylon components because I hate to hear metal on metal when I’m cleaning my guns. Even when it is brass or aluminum, which I know is softer than the case hardened steel of the pistol, it still irritates me to hear them scrape. The idea of the quick-change system means I don’t have to fumble around with screw-in parts with oily or grimy fingers.
The simple system consists of the shaft with handle that has a small rectangular opening on one end, and a slightly curved “T” handle on the other end. The rectangular opening accepts the male end of the attachments and a small plastic ‘hook’ catches it and holds it in place. A starter kit contains the “T” handle and shaft along with a bore brush, plastic jag, and plastic eyelet. Caliber accessory kits are available that include either just the bore brush or the brush and a jag.
I approached my first use with some slight skepticism, because a well-fitting brand new bore brush can be a tight squeeze, and I wondered how the plastic against plastic design would hold up to that. I had no problems at all, and the quick-connect held fast. My favorite thing about the shaft and handle is that the shaft is free to spin while you hold the handle. This allows the bore brush to turn gently with your barrels rifling regardless how snug the fit or how tightly you’re holding. Not forcing a brush “against the grain” of your rifling will prolong its life and accuracy. Even with the jag and a patch, you can feel the shaft gently twist to follow the lands and grooves as you clean – meaning you are not pushing harmful carbon deposits up over the edges and causing wear.
The bronze bristles of the brush do an excellent job cleaning the bore and are well sized to provide a tight scrubbing fit. The jags appeared to me at first to be slightly too small, but surprisingly when a flannel patch is used, the fit is very good and the bore is wiped clean. The three piece kit also includes a Quick-Connect eyelet that is used for running patches through the bore. Many people use this attachment with a solvent-soaked patch to apply CLP or other de-fouling solution to the bore before scrubbing. I’ve never used them much, but it’s good to see them offered.
I shoot a lot, and spend a lot of time cleaning guns. I have used the GunGenics kit to clean about a dozen pistols as of this writing, and I am impressed with it. I was afraid it would be flimsy and hard to work with, but no so at all. If anything, I am saving time and zipping through the job faster, thanks to the Quick-Connect system.
GunGenics is a new company with a nifty new approach to an old chore. I think they are on the right track with their simple and quick use, affordably priced tools. Currently offered in the popular pistol calibers, they are planning coverage for .22 rimfire soon as well as rifle kits. There is even a Quick-Change Universal Adapter coming soon that will allow you to use all the brushes and jags you already have with the GunGenics shaft.
Pricing: Full 4-piece kit – $24.95; 2-piece caliber kit (brush and jag) – $8.49; Replacement brush – $4.29.