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Steelgard Firearm Protector CLP Review

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Steelgard firearm protector cleaner lubricant protectant CLP.

Steelgard comes in three sizes of spray cans: 2 oz, 4 oz, and 12 oz.

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The Bottom Line

Steelgard is an interesting product, and I've enjoyed using it over the past six months or so. It does a good job of removing powder fouling, seems to be a good lubricant, and does about as well as can be expected for preventing rust.

Steelgard did a pretty good job of removing fresh rust that cropped up on a pistol I'd been toting against my sweaty body, and even though it comes in an aerosol can, it's easy to dispense just a little bit of the product, should you want to.

Steelgard works well and is easy to use.


  • Easy to dispense just a little - or a lot.
  • Aerosol can nozzle accepts squirt tubes for precise application.
  • Works well for its intended purpose.
  • Works great to loosen up rust.
  • Made in USA.

  • Doesn't include a squirt tube.

  • Liquid product sold in aerosol spray cans.
  • Used to clean, lubricate, and protect guns.
  • Available in three sizes: 2, 4, and 12 ounce.
  • Spray nozzle dispenses as much as you need and accepts squirt tube "straw".

Steelgard Does Guard my Steel

Steelgard was new to me half a year ago, but now it's a cherished member of my gun care regime. I like the way it's dispensed, and I like its results. It's not the be-all end-all of gun care (nothing is), but it's close enough for many situations.

I first put Steelgard to work on a pair of sub-compact 9mm pistols I was trying out: A Kel-Tec PF-9 and a Taurus PT709. I used it to clean both guns, employing it as I would use any solvent - but also using it to wipe down the guns for rust protection.

Steelgard evaporates and leaves surfaces non-oily, but still protected. That's nice when you're carrying without a holster.

The Kel-Tec pistol became my choice for carry, and since it was the Florida summertime, I sweated on this gun a great deal. I found that Steelgard did a good job of removing any rust that formed as a result of my salty perspiration (in my notes I even said, "seems to dissolve rust"), and helped keep rust at bay for a reasonable amount of time between cleanings.

My regular readers know that I tend towards the frugal side, and have been called cheap - so I appreciate how the Steelgard's nozzle allows me to dispense even a tiny amount onto a paper towel or rag for wiping and cleaning. I don't feel that I'm wasting the product, and that makes me happy.

I also used it on a flintlock rifle, and it cleaned the residue well. I burned Black powder, Pyrodex, Triple Seven, and White Hots in that rifle. Steelgard easily removed all of the residue without a struggle.

Steelgard is as close to a "sure-nuff" CLP product as I've found. All others come up short in some areas, but so far Steelgard has done what I've asked of it.


Steelgard has treated me well so far, and I plan to keep on using it. Should it fail or come up short somehow, you can depend on me revising to this article to reflect that. Meanwhile, I will use Steelgard on my poppers, and I don't think you'll regret it if you do the same.

- Russ Chastain

Disclosure: A review sample was provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.
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