About Our Balmz - Healing Finicky Guns
Three greases, four packages - each adds a tremendous edge of reliability for your gun.
America is blessed with literally millions of exceptionally talented and competent shooters, and especially when considering our veterans of all levels (and those of many of our cousin countries) the pool is vast, experienced, and serious. But virtually none have experienced the stunning levels of reliability their guns are capable of.
Yes, it is a lubricant issue more than anything else.
If you want to understand why, the history and science segments of this website will be a valuable resource for you. It explains how John Browning fired 6000rds flawlessly at the 1911 Army pistol trials, with no malfunctions from the 'unreliable' 1911 design - yet why do so many today have trouble getting their 1911s to run? Why do some have no problems at all? We also show how Browning fired 40,000 rounds in just over an hour with his .30cal, and how in 1916, ten separate machineguns fired 100,000 rounds each in one day, all without malfunction. These experiences, and more, are historical fact - but they were accomplished because of proper lubrication...on machines much more primitive than the ones you own.
Almost all of us have had that one gun that was just finicky at some point - it didn't want to work consistently, no matter what we did to it. Maybe it was a cheap entry-level handgun, or one of the newer .22s with full-sized slides that just don't want to work with normal ammo, or maybe it was that tight, match-grade $3000 custom 1911 that just never ran right. Regardless of how cheap or expensive, finicky guns all have one core thing in common that causes them to be this way.
Understaning how our lubricants make them reliable, however, first requires sharing a couple of key insights that are universal across all guns.
To understand weapon reliability, we have distilled many of our insights into three fundamental pillars, which we have thus far found to be universal. If you look at guns through these lenses, the mysteries of reliability virtually disappear, leaving you a roadmap for making any gun, even designs completely new and unfamilliar to you, achieve maximum reliability:
To understand the inherent reliability of a weapon's design, think in terms of friction surface and friction contaminant - the more you have of either, the less reliable that design will be.
Every gun is designed with a Window of Reliability between friction and applied energy - the narrower that window, the less reliable that design will be. Open the Window of Reliability by adding energy or decreasing friction, with safety, simplicity, and field practicality favoring decreasing friction.
As long as your magazines, springs, and ammo are sound, approximately 90% of all weapon malfunctions are friction related, but generally get misdiagnosed by mistaking symptom for cause.
With these three principles in mind, think about your finicky guns in terms of friction. How much friction surface is there? Are they mated tight, or loosely? How smooth are the friction surfaces? What kind and how much friction contaminant are they exposed to? Where's it coming from? Now compare this to your reliable guns.
And now, with all of this in mind...consider the great 1911 vs Glock, and AR vs AK debates.
See a pattern yet with finicky guns?
For us, almost every one of these "finicky" guns we've encountered has had one thing in common: the window between friction and applied energy is too narrow, from one source or another.
In virtually every case we've come across, they seem to always have large amounts of friction surface, rough friction surfaces, too much exposure to friction contaminant (including contact with thumbs), and/or they're mated too tightly to be reliable, which in effect is a form of maximizing the amount of friction surface a gun is exposed to during actual cycling. Guns with looser tolerances don't have as much of their friction surfaces in contact with each other at any given moment during that cycling, where you can often see bolts and slides skipping or bouncing during the course of travel under slow-motion filming.
In a minority of cases, you may find guns where there is too little energy being applied to sufficiently cycle the mass of the moving parts in concert with the springs, making guns with even minimal friction surface finicky. This is rarely the root cause of a finicky gun - always start with dropping friction, and you'll find the energy is usually sufficient. However, when it is an energy issue, it is a minority of cases that witness an inssufficient level of energy at the beginning of the cycle, where there's just not enough to send the bolt or slide fully to the rear against a given recoil spring. We most commonly see this in inappropriately tuned custom handguns, especially competition guns, where compensators decrease the energy being applied to cycle the gun against recoil springs that are too heavy.
When it's an energy issue, far more often we find recoil springs that are too weak. During cycling, the bolt or slide may fully cycle to the rear, but a weak spring will not store enough energy to thrust the action forward with enough velocity to strip and chamber a cartridge. This can come from inappropriate springs, or springs that are worn out. Again though, especially with our lubricants, you are commonly able to lower friction enough to where those actions will be able to slam home with sufficient force, even on weak springs.
Outside of part breakage, bad magazines, bad ammo, and bad springs, no less than 90% of weapon malfunctions come down to friction. Read further to understand how to make your gun as reliable as possible:
When using our lubricants, any given gun will get roughly 5-10x more shooting on one application of it, over any gun oil on the market. However, what completely changes shooters' expectations of reliability of their guns comes in trying our greases for the first time on a really finicky gun.
Users almost universally report their 'finicky' guns suddenly become reliable. Guns that were getting a couple of malfunctions with each magazine are instantly able to fire hundreds or even thousands of rounds without malfunction. It is not magic - we simply applied competent lubricant engineering to the class of machine at hand, and the internal and external environments they run in.
"If you want an instant reliability enhancement to your gun, our greases provide it in a dozen ways. If you're the kind of person who wants to know why and how, you're really going to enjoy this website."