About Our Balmz - The Why Behind our Products
Grease stays put and acts like a poor-man's sealant, trapping contaminant away from friction surfaces. Oil will migrate it right to those surfaces.
Outside of the gun world, you will virtually never find oil being used on unsealed, sliding machines - they always use a grease. This is because oils are designed to flow, and they're designed to pick up, suspend, and transport friction contaminant.
Greases, however, are designed to stay put, and to serve as a kind of "poor-man's sealant", trapping friction contaminant away from friction surfaces entirely.
This is why machines using oil have gaskets, pumps, filters, and reservoirs, where it works with excellence, in addition to providing hydrodynamic lubrication at high speeds. In unsealed machines, however, oil will flow out, thin out, and dry out, which is why it's so common to need to re-oil a gun after a few months in storage, or after a few hundred rounds at the range. Oils also pick up and suspend fouling and sand, often migrating that friction contaminant right into friction surfaces, causing increased wear and malfunctions.
Grease is an entirely different animal - it will stay put, and stay wet, for years, keeping your friction surfaces clean, sealed, and cycling smoothly. The problem for shooters has been that very few available greases are of a weight light enough to be appropriate for guns - ours are about the weight of a creamy mayonnaise, coming in at an NLGI #0 grade.
It is a misnomer to think of it as some kind of "thick oil" - it's best understood as a sponge, serving as a kind of lubricant deployment system. When you get into advanced tribological research (the study of friction, lubrication, and interacting surfaces), the cutting edge research is being done on coatings, additives, and greases. Most oils are primitive in comparison.
If you talk with anyone familiar with lubricants in a professional setting, such as farmers or millwrights, they already know these basic lubrication differences between grease and oil. It's Lubrication 101 - and guns possess no magical exceptions to the rules of lubrication, mechanical engineering, or tribology.
If you give it a moment of thought, you likely will realize you already know much of these basic oil vs grease differences, but perhaps haven't quite connected the dots yet to your own guns. Consider the most reliable self-loading guns our infantry have ever been issued - Garand-type actions. They were issued grease. John Garand was a master tool and die maker before he built his guns, and he specified grease for a reason. Legendary reliability required grease, on top of the design.
If this causes you to wonder why "everybody" uses gun oil, take a few minutes to look at our History of Gun Lubricants pages, especially Vietnam & The Great Disconnect - our entire shooting culture began to get isolated from this basic lubrication knowledge with the roll-out of the M-16. It's a sordid story, and this resultant loss of basic lubrication knowledge over the last five decades has very genuinely gotten people killed.
The bottom line for us, is that we set out to create a lubricant that would create the greatest possible reliability possible for any given gun - you will be able to leave our lightweight greases on your guns for years, and be able to pull them out and fire 5-10x more rounds than is possible with any gun oil out there. Our lubricants will genuinely change your expectations of reliability.
You will notice that we do not even sell a 'gun oil' - even though they are far cheaper and easer to make, they're far more profitable, and we wouldn't have to swim upstream against the cultural currents of what "everybody knows" about how to lubricate guns. But oils on guns are simply inappropriate tribology - they will work, but at a fraction of the effectiveness of a properly engineered grease. There simply is not an oil in existence that will stay put and stay wet on a gun for two years, and allow you to pull it out and fire a couple of cases of ammo flawlessly.
Our greases will do just that, in the harshest environments, on some of the most challenging gun designs.
The Garand grease cup - the diameter of a dime, 1000s of rounds
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