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& Slides Dunk-Kit Cleaning System
is not just for doughnuts!
so I like most about shooting? Shooting! What do I like
least? That's a toss-up between hand-loading and
cleaning firearms. Progressive presses have gone a long
way towards reducing my displeasure at the former.
(Having someone else do reloading for me would be even
better but remains just a fond dream of mine.) However,
until they invent firearms that are self-cleaning or
never get dirty, the onerous chore will remain.
progressive presses, there are few thins that come to
mind to reduce the pain of cleaning. One such product is
is Cylinder & Slides's (Dept. GW, P.O. Box 937,
Fremont, NE 68025: 402/721-4277; www.cylinder-slide.com)
Dunk-Kit system. Dunk-Kit is certainly not the first
thing to mind when C&S is mentioned. (Custom
handguns, great accessories and their new Safety Fast
Shooting System for 1911s and Browning High Powers would
be at the head of my list, but that is another story.)
for a number of years C&S's Bill Laughridge has been
marketing the Dunk-Kit. OK, but what the heck is a
Dunk-Kit? Take a two-gallon polymer bucket, fill it
almost full with solvents, cleaners and lubricants, slap
on a label and top and you've got a Dunk-Kit.
not quite. Speaking as a chemist, I can tell you that
odds favor your ending up with something that will not
only fail to remove undesirables that accumulate with
each shot fired but could make you wind up dragging a
completely remodeled pistol from the liquid- and not
necessarily a positive remodeling! Having seen the
results of certain solvents on polymer, the danger is
even greater for pistols with such parts.
this solution is best left to the likes of Bill
Laughridge, sort of like the old commercial slogan
"and leave the driving to us." Whereas darn
near every handgun known to man had been dunked in the
original formula with great results, including those
with plastic parts (but not those with nickel plating),
some folks were a little leery about dropping their
"combat Tupperware" into a solution. Just to
assuage their fears, Bill developed a polymer frame
new Dunk-Kit formula for polymer frames has been
extensively tested (in impressive way I am not allowed
to disclose) to ensure its safety. As a bonus, one can
still use the Polymer Dunk-Kit on non-polymer framed
how is Dunk-Kit used? Cylinder & Slide says the
entire handgun can be dumped into the bucket,
after removing grips, and allowed to
soak five to 15 minuets. After the handgun dries the
handgun will be ready to go with the addition of
lubricant in high stress areas. For those who
cleaning, such as moi, the best route is field
stripping, dunking the allotted time, a quick once over
with a toothbrush , and a final slosh in the bucket to
rinse away the last of those unwanted traces. Lube as
needed after drying.
like a good thing? It is. I don't see any reason to
spend all the time I used to in a chore I really don't
enjoy! I'll just Dunk-Kit.