New Otis Cleaning Rod Kits

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Otis Technology is known for making full featured pull-through cleaning kits. Their kits are the standard AR cleaning kits issued to to grunts in the US Army which should attest to their ruggedness and dependability. At their booth at SHOT Show 2023, they showcased their first rigid rod systems. Caliber specific sectional rod kits and solid rods in brass and coated stainless stee.

I asked them why they didn’t also offer carbon fiber rods and their answer was for rigidity. If you have to tap out a slug or blockage, you don’t want the flexibility of carbon fiber; and if you want lightness of carbon fiber, you should just use their pull-through cables. Makes sense.

Their multi-caliber sectional rod kit is available through my Amazon Affiliates link:

Baby Bore Cleaning Rod

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I needed to get a new cleaning rod after I bent my 25 year old Hoppes aluminum cleaning rod. I opted to get a brass rod and I wanted a segmented rod that I pack away more easily than a 1-piece rod. I found the Baby Bore Rod Kit.

I was honestly surprised at how small the envelope was. And when I first took it out, I still couldn’t believe it could form a +30″ cleaning rod. But it turned out to be the perfect packable cleaning tool. I’ve since bought a second kit to put in my range bag in case I need to clear a squib or to clean my bore between ammo tests.


Do Cleaning Rods Foul?

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I recently discovered that if you rub an aluminum gun cleaning rod with a cleaning patch, it leaves “faux” fouling marks on the patch. Why? I assume it’s the metal rubbing off on the cloth but far less staining when rubbing a brass cleaning rod.

It begs the question, have we mistakenly thought our guns were dirtier than they really were? I honestly don’t know. I’ve switched to all brass rods from now on.

Hoppes Cleaning Rod
Avid Pistol Cleaning Kit