Break-Free CLP Again

Dear Technoid,

I came across this on the “Shotgun Talk” group over at the Shotgun Sports website.

“The best stuff I have ever found is made in New Jersey by the American Gas & Chemical Co. It displaces water, and will attract any dirt, dust, carbon, etc. It is designed for use on Autoloaders and other gun actions as well. Break Free works, but is dirty while this is clean. It is called TSI-301 Performance Compound. Check this stuff out. It’ll be the last product you’ll ever buy for your purpose. American Gas & Chemical Co. has a Web site: Their phone number is: (800)288-3647.”

I’ve been following your recommendation to shoot the AL390 with the piston “wet” with Break Free CLP, but is this stuff any good/better? What does he mean that this is “clean” while Break-Free is “dirty”?


Dear Rich,

A friend of mine gave me some TSI-301 the other day and said that he had good luck with it on his Beretta gas auto. I’ve not had a chance to really test it,

BreakFree CLP is “dirty” because it dissolves the carbon that the gas gun generates and holds it in solution. The dirt that you see is liquefied carbon. If BreakFree CLP worked “clean”, it wouldn’t be doing its job of dissolving the carbon. It’s the baked on and hardened carbon that stops your gas gun. BreakFree CLP does a good job with the gas guns because it loosens up the carbon like any other bore solvent, BUT the BreakFree CLP carrier does not evaporate and redeposit the carbon as quickly as the standard bore solvents do. That’s why I like it.

Gas gun maintenance is NOT a lubrication situation. It’s a carbon build-up situation. Since you can’t keep the gas gun from generating carbon because burnt carbon is contained in the gasses which operate the action, the only thing that you can do is to keep that carbon from hardening in place and gumming up the works. There are two ways of handling that:

1) keep the carbon in a liquid form as BreakFree CLP does, or
2) keep the carbon from adhering to the metal by inducing a non-stick metal surface.

The non-stick metal surface is what many the modern lubricants claim to do. I have tested over a dozen which promised to do this and none have worked worth a darn. Perhaps this TSI-301 stuff will do what the others can’t. BreakFree CLP is a long way from being perfect. It doesn’t keep the carbon in solution for as long as I would like. But it is better than anything else I have tried. However, I’m still looking. I’ll test the TSI-301 and see what happens. If it works well, you’ll read about it. If it doesn’t, you won’t.

Remember, there are a lot of different ways of keeping a gas gun running. The two main approaches are

1) compulsively anal-retentive, and
2) sinfully slothful.

If you clean every part of your gas gun to like new condition each time you shoot it, it really doesn’t matter very much what kind of stuff you put on it. Anything, or nothing, will work just fine for 100 or so rounds. BUT, if you are like me (insensitive,slothful, forgetful, lazy, besotted with ennui) you may not properly clean your gas gun until it reaches 1,000 or 2,000 rounds and starts to slow down due to strangulation by crud. This is where the solvent properties of BreakFree CLP pay off. A few squirts here and there will always get you through the next bunch of shots as the BreakFree breaks down the carbon. If you slop it up with BreakFree CLP just before your last twenty or so shots, you will find that much of the carbon has been loosened up and that long postponed cleaning will be much easier.

I have often covered how, when and where to apply the BreakFree CLP so I won’t bore you with it now.

Best regards,

Bruce Buck
The Technoid writing for Shotgun Report, LLC
(Often in error, never in doubt.)

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3 Responses to Break-Free CLP Again

  1. The MIL spec on CLP states that the test firearms should be operational to -50ºF±5ºF. You should be good to go.


  2. jon bastable says:

    Answered my own question; appears clp freezes at -40 degrees.



  3. jon bastable says:

    I wonder how CLP does when temps reach 10 degrees? Still remains fluid? Heading to SD next week and the temps expect to be in that range…


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