View Full Version : Otis cleaning kit--anyone use?

Dave R
January 21, 2002, 11:38 AM
I've been attracted to those Otis cleaning kits that come in a small round pouch. Looks like a CD case. The cleaning rod is flexible, and rolls up. Anyone use one? Like it?

January 21, 2002, 11:57 AM
It works pretty darn well. I bought the universal kit and it comes in handy when I need to clean up someone else's gun.

I have two complains. Since the whole thing is based on the flexible cable, you can't push it through anything. I have a .22 revolver whose cylinder is too short for the brush to fit into and still be able to pull it through the bore so I have to use a rod for that gun.

Once, while cleaning a rifle, the patch got stuck about 1" into the bore. The easy thing to do would be to push it back out, but I couldn't do that with the cable so I had to pull the patch through with considerable force. I think my hand is still dented from the cable.

Does it work? Yes, but keep a couple of rods around anyway.

SA Scott
January 21, 2002, 03:28 PM
I've tried to use one on my M1A, but the patch is impossible to pull through from the chamber. Obviously, (or presumably) I'm folding the patch incorrectly. What's the secret to a snug (but passable) fit?

SA Scott

Dave R
January 21, 2002, 04:25 PM
Sounds like the solvent they use is just CLP, right? So I can replace/refill their small bottle with CLP as needed?

January 22, 2002, 11:40 AM
The further away you pull the patch through the hole, the thicker the patch gets. The manual talks about this somehwere in there. I use my Otis kit almost exclusively on my .308 with no trouble.

The cleaner does seem suspisciously similar to BreakFree CLP. I wouldn't hesitate to refill the little bottle with that or Hoppes.

January 22, 2002, 06:05 PM
>>>>>The cleaner does seem suspisciously similar to BreakFree CLP.

I think it is likely CLP. IIRC, the version I have was expressly labled as such.


The Plainsman
January 22, 2002, 06:16 PM
The Otis kit isn't quite as handy as the Boresnake, but it works on EVERYTHING! I think it's great. :D

January 23, 2002, 12:25 AM
How do you clean the chambers on an M1A with one of these?

January 23, 2002, 09:26 AM
I've got the Ar15/M16 version (small floppy pouch that fits in the buttstock, basically replaces the USGI kit) and I like it. The only complaint I have is that dumb little brass crossrod will bend if you try to stand on it and pull upward (if you get a patch REALLY stuck in the barrel). Other than that, I havent had any problems, but my AR also has never had extraction problems, so I havent needed the pushing ability of a solid rod.