While we’ve published reviews on the best gun cleaner and lubricants, we haven’t yet compiled a list of our favorite gun cleaner kits. For most of us, we’re maintaining and cleaning multiple types of handguns, rifles, and shotguns. While it’s easy to spend your cash on high tech accessories and additions to your firearms, it’s also important to invest in a good gun cleaning kit that will allow you to give your guns the proper TLC they need after a long day on the shooting range.
We put together some gun cleaning kit reviews that include what we think are the best brands and styles of kits on the market. We kept a variety of budgets in mind, and we did include one very wallet friendly kit for the gunowner that really does only own a single type of pistol (hey, not everyone has to be a fanatic like us). Of course, it will be up to you to decide which option is best for your needs and uses.
Materials – The Tac Shield Handgun Cleaning Kits are easily some of the best pistol cleaning kits available because they come in multiple packages that are specifically equipped with tools to clean your specific caliber of pistol. The packaging is also designed as its own case, which can be easily stowed away in a pack or range bag. Each Tac Shield Handgun Cleaning Kit includes two brass rods, one pistol brush, one pistol mop, one slot tip, one pistol brass jag, and twenty five cleaning patches. The kit also includes one multi function handle that can convert to a driver and a six bit driver set with two flat blades, two Philip heads, one star, and one hex bit. You can purchase this kit for .38 caliber, .40 caliber, and .45 caliber pistols.
Performance – We do love that the Tac Shield Handgun Cleaning Kits are designed to specific calibers because most other cleaning kits and brands won’t offer this. For an incredibly affordable price, you’re getting a fourteen piece set that should last you through many cleanings. We also really like the compact packaging and how easy it is to bring along to target practice or anywhere else you may need to give your pistol a good cleaning. This cleaning kit does not include any lubricant, or cleaning solution, so you will have to purchase that separately. If you have pistols of different calibers, you’ll need to buy a separate kit as well.
What we say – If cost is a big factor to you, the Tac Shield Handgun Cleaning Kit is definitely the best pistol cleaning kit for you. You’ll get every tool you’ll need, and the price is low enough that purchasing a separate lubricant or cleaner fluid shouldn’t be a problem. These kits cost just under $15 online.
- Cheap price
- Designed to specific caliber pistols
- Compact packaging
- Does not include lubricant
- Need multiple kits for multiple pistols
- Custom Cased Kit
- Fits well in pack or range bag
- Includes everything needed to clean weapon
Materials – The Hoppe’s No. 9 Deluxe Cleaning Kit comes in a beautifully designed box with a dark stain finish, and it would look marvelous displayed on a work bench or in a home office. With the Hoppe’s No. 9 branding, it’s one of the best universal gun cleaning kits available. The cleaning tools will fit all pistols, rifles and shotguns with a .22 caliber and higher. Each cleaning kit includes Hoppe’s No. 9 solvent, lubricating oil, cleaning patches, three piece brass cleaning rod, four slotted tips, five phosphor bronze brushes, a rifle/shotgun adapter, handgun adapter, silicone cleaning cloth, and a Hoppe’s “guide to gun care” book.
Performance – If you’re not so concerned with carrying your gun cleaning kit everywhere with you, and you’re much more interested in having a statement piece to place amongst your gun and accessories, the Hoppe’s No. 9 Deluxe Cleaning Kit is for you. Of course, the high quality brand tools and equipment are also a great reason to purchase this kit. If you’re a fan of Hoppe’s, then you’ll be happy to know the lubrication and solvent are included in the price. Our only thought is that, while “universal” sounds appealing, it does mean the cleaning tools won’t fit all of your guns quite like they should. We suggest being extra thorough while cleaning your weapons with this kit.
What we say – At a comfortable price of around $40, the Hoppe’s No. 9 Deluxe Cleaning Kit is easily one of the best universal gun cleaning kits available to the everyday consumer. If you have a variety of rifles, shotguns, and pistols, and you trust the brand (Hoppe’s No. 9 is highly recommended as the best gun cleaner products out there), we are happy to suggest purchasing this kit.
- Good price
- Includes solvent and lubricant
- Decorative box
- May not fit all guns perfectly
- Made for universal cleaning
- Lubricating oil
- 3-Piece brass rod
Materials – The Otis Tactical Compact Cleaning Kits are designed with convenience in mind, making it a very good gun cleaning kit. There amount of tools included depends on which exact cleaning kit your purchase, but you may choose between a rifle cleaning kit or universal cleaning kit. The universal kit includes three memory flex cables in eight inches, thirty inches, and thirty four inches, six firearm specific bronze bore brushes, a T handle and obstruction removal tools, cleaning patches, and O85 Ultra Bore solvent. The system is capable of handling .17 to .50 caliber pistols, rifles, and shotguns. The strategically designed handle and obstruction removal tools are included with the inconvenience of jammed cases and barrel blockages in mind. All of the tools fit inside a compact, round case that zippers shut and can be attached to a belt loop.
Performance – We love the idea of having a hands free case that we can attach to our hip while hunting are practicing on a range. It’s one less inconvenience we have to worry about while lugging around other equipment. We also love that Otis has designed its compact cleaning kit with obstructions and blockages in mind, instead of just a routine gun cleaning. This is a really good gun cleaning kit for anyone with a variety or pistols and rifles that needs a little more hands free convenience. Our only complaint is that if you prefer traditional rods and brushes over a compact kit, then this wouldn’t be the best purchase for you.
What we say – For a under $40, you can own the Otis Compact Cleaning Kit and save yourself a lot of time and space. If you bring a few or more pistols and rifles with you to the range, and you could use the extra free hand, then this is a great option because you can attach it right to your belt loops!
- Medium cost
- Up to .50 caliber universal tools
- Compact packaging
- Attaches to belt loops
- Non traditional equipment may not be for everyone
- Cleans all rifles/pistols/shotguns with 100% cotton 2" & 3" patches, 3 slotted tips & 2 patch...
- Six firearm specific bronze bore brushes with size marked on brush stem (.22/.223, .270,...
- 8" and 30" aircraft grade Memory-Flex® cables and thread connector for proper...
Materials – The Remington Hunting and Maintenance Cleaning kits are one of the best gun cleaning kits available due to its wide variety of tools included and brand name, specially designed cleaning products. Although it’s universal, we believe it’s one of the best rifle cleaning kits because of its full sized tools that fit specific caliber weapons instead of having single tools that are labeled “universal.” Each kit includes three Rem flex rod cables, a patented fast snap T handle, ten Rem Squeeg-Es to fit practically any caliber and gauge, ten matching bore bronze brushes, revolver adapter, one nylon and one brass hand brushes, a yellow gun cloth, a Rem Pad gun cleaning mat, Rem All In bore cleaner, Rem oil, and an instruction sheet. Everything is packaging inside a range bag with a shoulder strap.
Performance – Wow! There are so many items included in this bag, and it’s very difficult to find a pistol or rifle these tools wouldn’t fit. The Rem Pad cleaning mat is machine washable, and the range bag is made of a material that can be wiped down for those tragic lube spills we’re all destined to encounter. All of the Remington branded tooling is high quality, and their bore cleaner is one of the best gun cleaners available on the market. Our only complaint is that the Remington Hunting and Maintenance Cleaning Kit is the most expensive option within these gun cleaning kit reviews.
What we say – Expect to pay $70 to $80 for this gun cleaning kit. Although this is significantly more expensive than other kits, you’re getting a lot of high quality tools, and you likely won’t ever have to purchase another gun cleaning kit again.
- Full sized tools to specifically fit multiple calibers and gauges
- Washable mat and bag
- Most expensive options
- Rem Squeeg-E removes all dislodged barrel debris in just one pass
- Sturdy, coated Rem Flex Rod Cables help protect barrel finish
- Machine-washable Rem Pad (28"" x 12") velcro'ed in the bag protects surface and stores easily
Our Favorite Gun Cleaning Kit
Our top pick for the best gun cleaning kit has to be the Remington Hunting and Maintenance Rifle Cleaning Kit. Although this was the most expensive option listed, we stand by this being a worthwhile investment that should never have to be replaced. For the gun owner who owns a variety of pieces that all need to be in tip top shape, we highly recommend purchasing this kit.
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