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Slipstream in Cold Weather

We were asked about the old Slipstream Artic oil we were working on.  We wanted to do something special because extreme cold plays hell with machines… and a firearm is indeed a machine.  In fact, when it gets really cold, lubrication becomes critical just like when it gets really hot.  A lot of oils don’t offer good enough protection… some of them popular weapons lubricants. I’ll explain why here in a moment.  So we looked at doing a cold weather formula for Slipstream.

Pretty much we don’t need it.  Why?  Because Slipstream works to almost Minus 60 degrees.  I tested it on a Mossberg 930SPX by burying it in a snow bank for 3 weeks.  Flawless.  The gun cycled, reloaded, fully functional.    The Lubricant worked.

The Grease, not so much.  Greases are oils with additives that thicken it up.  These things don’t react as well to severe cold.  The oil gets thicker, stiffer, and it doesn’t move.  It’s fine once it warms back up… Just like any other grease.  I’ve tested other greases and when it gets really cold… they just don’t work.   Oil, since it doesn’t contain the thickeners, keeps fluid, stays slick, and doesn’t lose its ability to provide lubrication.     Slipstream STYX also works well in very cold conditions.  Better yet, the Anti-Corrosion properties in STYX works even better because when cold metal warms up, you can get condensation building up – inside and outside.  Unprotected, that condensation can lead to corrosion… inside the frame, main springs, under grip panels.  You’ve seen it happen.  STYX stops that.

Regular Slipstream oil is great… if you are running that you are fine.  No worries.  If you go from Cold to Warm frequently…. say… in and out of a hot Patrol Car, you might want to upgrade your Slipstream to STYX.  Normal activities, you are going to be just fine. But what about Slipstream’s Nano Particles?  They remain completely unaffected by temperature.  Extreme hot.  Extreme cold.  Not bothered.  What can cause problems though is water droplets inside, freezing and forming a physical barrier to movement, blocking things from working.  The great thing about Slipstream is that it reduces the ability of those frozen condensation droplets of moisture from sticking to the metal and blocking it up.

It gets really cold out here in the High Desert country here in Utah.  Very cold.  It gets colder here than it does in a lot of places in Alaska.  I know there are places colder… North Dakota… Northern Alaska…  And we’ve got people there using Slipstream, and they have reported great satisfaction with Slipstream.

We recommend building a fire, putting your feet up, and staying warm when it gets below sixty out there…  but if you really need an advanced Lubricant for temperatures below minus 60 degrees… Let us know.  We’ll work something up.

Crusader Jackets

A lot of gunners have been asking about these Jackets.

The Jacket isn't nearly as cool as the rifle, but it's a lot cheaper.

The Jacket is pretty dang awesome.  Let me break it down for you… 7.25 Oz, 90/10 Poly Spandex, Wind, Water, and Blood of your Enemies Resistant, Four Way Stretch, 9 Way Freaking Awesome, Zippered pockets, and makes you much more accurate.   The Crusader Logo is imbued with awesomeness, yet may offend certain people who don’t like bacon.  Joe, Zack and I have these jackets… and we love them.  They look awesome, they feel awesome.  It’s no heavy parka by any means, but it is warm and very comfortable.  We’ve all been wearing these pretty regularly.

The Jacket is 119.99, and you can order it through CrusaderWeaponry.com’s Contact Page.  Just send Joe an email if you want it.  This is a Limited One Time Offer and we will never offer this jacket again.   So if you want one, now is the time to jump on it.

Wanna see our latest?

In this video I show you our latest Broadsword rifle… and give you a peak at our newest gun, the Longbow.  The Longbow is optimized for just what it sounds like… long range shooting with a .308 platform.

Yes, it’s just a .308.  But the owner of that rifle, took it out and got a .4 MOA group at 600 yards.  That’s staggeringly good accuracy.  If you want a bigger caliber just to be cool, please note that the cost of your ammunition will go up dramatically unless you are a reloader.   .308 might not be an ultramag by any means, but it is affordable to shoot.

Can’t leave well enough alone

The 870 Tactical got stripped… then Cerakoted Gun Metal Grey.

The funny thing about this, was that I did it Saturday night… Sunday morning I woke up late.  So I jumped into the shower, threw on some clothes, ran out to the Crusader Coating Laboratory and grabbed the gun.  Inside, I just slapped all the parts together and we ran out to the Gun Show.  Just before the show starts, I pick up the shotgun again and rack it.  JAM.  WTF?  I look into the action and I see Magazine Spring.  What?  AAahahhh… I forgot the Magazine Follower.  Ran back to Crusader HQ, there’s the follower sitting right on the work bench.   I need a new follower though… I don’t like the cheap plastic one that comes stock in the Remingtons.  Brownells offers a Stainless one that looks pretty good.  I might do that one.

Also, that “Tactical Choke” as Remington calls it.  It’s a breaching choke.  Designed not for shooting – but for Breaching.  I’m going to pop in an Improved Cylinder choke.  Maybe a Modified.  Maybe one of those extended ones.  I like those.

Here’s the deal.  HOW THE HELL DO YOU REALLY IMPROVE SOMETHING THAT IS FREAKING AWESOME AS IT IS?  Crusader is doing it… A killer action job that makes the 870 just stupid slick…. but what else does it really need?  What parts can we put on them (or the Mossberg) that is going to actually give you a tangible benefit that makes the weapon more effective and the user more efficient with it?  There isn’t a lot.  Oh, there’s tons of options for you… catalogs full of stuff.  But what really works?  Not much.  But my mission is to find it.

Gun Show

Crusader business is going to be the priority… But I’m going to be on the prowl for a couple items:
Glock, in 10mm.
S&W 4″-5″, .44 mag.
My Rock River is going up for sale… So Joe can build me a Crusader.  And maybe something else.  But I want a handgun I can hunt with.  I don’t need a .460, but a 5″ would be slick.
Also, bringing out a few copies of Uprising USA, for sale and autographs.

A failure of oil or logic?

Got this in the email tonight.

From: Joe M.
Date: Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 10:00 PM
Subject: I was afraid you’d say that

The background is, I bought my XDm 9mm N.I.B. on September 1st of this year. I only used Slipstream on the slide rails. I’ve fired 660 absolutely flawless rounds through it and the factory fired 1 that I assume was also fine.  Then I decided to use Slipstream to lubricate almost everything in the slide. I used less than a drop and I applied it with an artists paint brush that is very small.  It leaves a line the size of a fine point pen, so Slipstream was not over applied.

The next day I loaded up a 19 round magazine and went out to shoot. I fired 7 rounds and before I pulled the trigger again I noticed the slide hadn’t moved to battery.  There was a round jammed in the chamber and the slide was locked up tight.  No clearing procedure worked.  After an hour I was able to free the slide and get the round out.  The attached pictures are of the jammed round.

I scrubbed every atom of Slipstream out of my weapon that was humanly possible to remove.  I applied M-Pro 7 LPX which, with the exception of the slide rails, was the only form of lubrication on the weapon for the flawless 660 rounds.  I have subsequently fired 75 rounds, using only M-Pro 7 LPX, without any further problems at all.

The facts of my experience indicate your product is crap.  I bought your oil and grease combo. I considered using them on a rusty old lawnmower I have, but I decided the best use for your products is to put them in the trash.

Have you got anything to say for yourself?

Joe M.

What do I have to say for myself?  I think you didn’t use enough Slipstream.  Here’s the deal… you used a very tiny amount of Slipstream… one applied in such a way as to almost insure that none of the Slipstream Particles really got into your gun and you only had a tiny bit of the carrier oil, which is of a similar composition to your beloved MPRO7.   To say that Slipstream is what caused this jam is a complete failure of logic.  You didn’t use enough to be either good or bad.  You had a bad round.  Simple as that.  To get what you described we would have to use Super Glue as our carrier oil, and other folks – pretty much everyone that used it – would have the same results.  Not a really good way to promote a lubricant, eh?  Go get your Slipstream, and apply it the way we suggested.  Shake it up, and pour it on generously.   Sorry you had a bad round of Ammunition, but we don’t make Ammunition.  I suggest you take this issue up with whoever did.

Slipstream is being used by US Forces all around the world.  Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan… Army Infantry, Marine Infantry, Airforce EOD, Navy mechanics…   and thousands of shooters around the country.   And you think oil is what caused your NIB XD 9mm to lock up like it was glued.  Uh huh.

Guys, is it at all possible in any way shape or form that a tiny amount of oil, any oil, applied in the manner indicated, could have caused this?  Or do you think it could possibly be a bad round of ammunition?  Which is more likely?

A customer’s Crusader Broadsword

You’ve seen this photo posted before here… now there is the customer’s review.

Read it here.

We have been increasingly concerned about the Duracoat finishes.  The problem is that Duracoat can take up to 8 weeks to fully cure.  After that time, the finish is very strong, very tough… but until it’s fully cured and hardened, the finish can be easily marred.  This doesn’t reflect on Duracoat to people looking at the gun, it reflects on Crusader Weaponry and we don’t like that.  No one wants a gun that is going to take 2 months before they can go out and get rough with it.  That’s just not working for us.  We are considering dropping Duracoat and going exclusively with Cerakote.  Cerakote is a bit more expensive, but it cures very quickly, days not weeks, and it gives a much stronger finish.  The down side is that it doesn’t offer the wide array of colors that Duracoat offers.  I can live with that, but some customers might want something Cerakote can’t do.

Save the Boron for your Laundry.

You know, I hate it when this happens… Got an email from a fellow who’s not alone out there in his quest for a Reliable Weapon:

Surfing through youtube and I came across MadOgre’s video which led me to your video about the permanent slipstream treatment. Very interested in your product.  But first let me give you a brief history of me trying to smooth out my BCG.  I bought a Daniel Defense bcg, great product, but I wanted to make it even better by plating it with nickel boron.  So I sent in my bcg to a company in Michigan in which they plated the bolt carrier, pivot pin and bolt.  They did a great job…but after a couple of hundred rounds through the rifle the bcg started changing colors, almost as if the burnt powder just cooked itself onto the hot bolt and stayed like that permenantly.  Shot a few more hundred round afterwards cleaned my bolt and it seem to have somewhat of a pink-ish or copper spots on the bolt in some areas now.  I contacted the company and they said the color change is normal but not the pink spots and they advised me to send it back.  The companies customer service is great, but i’m done with the company’s cheap work and want my bolt to be completely slippery and clean up to be a breeze.  I need to soak and scrub the heck out of my bcg with a bronze brush. I was hoping to just wipe it off with a towel seeing how its nickel boron plated, but that’s a no go. Well my questions, or wants are, can slipstream permanent coating make my bcg slippery like the POF bcg (which uses NP3 coating and is super slippery) and will cleaning my bcg be a breeze?  Basically can slipstream deliver.  Thank you for your time.

It’s really too bad that people out there are treating their guns with Boron.  To me, this makes about as much sense as rubbing a bar of soap on your gun parts.  Yeah, that’s fine, and that can work for awhile.  But it’s less than ideal.

Crusader Weaponry’s permanent Slipstream treatment, the ST-1 and ST-2, has been independently tested by a third part to last twice as long as other permanent lubrication treatments… detergent based or otherwise.

Note about my Jibe: Borax is the commercial name for a detergent that uses a Boron Compound in their soap.  Boron also has a lot of other industrial uses… none of which are really Lubrication.  Anti-Fungal agent for fiberglass… sure.  Coating your Bolt Carrier Group in your battle rifle… not so much.  Whatever.  Use whatever you like.  It’s your life… and maybe others.

This is why – Right Here.

We put a lot of effort into Slipstream, for not a lot of reward.  But this right here… this is why:

Hi, I was one of the recon marines who was lucky enough to get a couple bottles of your slipstream weapon lube in Afghanistan this spring. I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for sending it out there for us. We really appreciated the support, and the fact that it worked a couple thousand times better than CLP was awesome too! I know for a fact that I put 200 rounds through a dirty M4 in about a minute on full auto and didn’t foul once. Thank you.
-Cpl. Heagy

No, Thank You…. For your Service and your Sacrifices for our Nation… thank you very much.  God be with you, and not those heathen bastards you much smite.