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Clean your act up!

Sometime things--guns included--get nasty. Dirty, fouled, gunky and just plain messy. Rather than toss 'em in the safe and pretend they're not there, treat them like they deserve and act like you care.

Whether your boots are muddy from a wet range or intense training or Rover is covered in clay from a wingshoot, hose 'em off.

As far as your firearms, there's no excuse to use subpar equipment to clean them. Cheap and sloppy rods can damage a bore worse than putting rounds through it, so don't skimp. Check out the SAIN kit below.


Have you ever looked at a piece of gear and thought, "Man, I wish I thought of that!" If I had a nickel for every time I had that very thought, I'd have a 55-gallon drum full of nickels.

When I was first told of the Rinsekit (RK) my thought was, "no way will this work as advertised." Luckily, I've learned over the years to not criticize the cuisine until I taste it for myself. If I had gone off half-cocked this time, I'd have had to pull my size 11 boot out of my mouth.

Chris Crawford knew there had to be a better way to clean up after morning surf sessions--the gallon jugs filled with water worked, but there had to be a better/more efficient way. His vision is what you see pictured here--a self-contained no-moving-parts system capable of storing 2 gallons of pressurized water.

The RK fills from a regular house spigot in about 20 seconds (you can't overfill it) the pressure from your hose is what pressurizes the solid bladder. With a full charge in spray mode it will run for four minutes. I've let my unit sit fully filled for four months and it worked as intended.

As a guy who spends a lot of time outdoors doing all kinds of activities, I've found all kinds of uses for this portable wash/watering station: Washing sand off kids and gear after spending the day at the beach, watering plants in the backyard, washing dirt off the dog that likes to dig up gophers, cleaning up myself, gear and deer carcass back at the truck after a successful hunt, washing off hands and boots after working cattle at the ranch. Last year at the 4H Fair, the RK came in handy doing last-minute touch-ups on steers before they went into the show arena--bet Chris didn't anticipate that when he invented the RK.

Every time I break out the RK from the back of the truck someone asks about it and I'm pretty sure I made the sale ... If only I got a commission.


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Gear modifications usually come from the end user having some problem with the original piece of kit they were issued or on which they spent their hard-earned money. For me, duct tape, paracord, zip ties and a welder are often the solution to many of the problems I have with kit. These are quick fixes and usually are pretty ugly to look at. With a quick look around the SHOT Show, you can see just about every conceivable piece of gear in just about any color you could want--some of it induces the "I gotta get one" response and some induces the "what the hell were they thinking" thought. Notice I said thought--like momma always said, if you don't have something nice to say ... you know the rest.

Brian Sain has spent a good portion of his adult life behind a bolt-action rifle as a SWAT sniper, and when he's not on a rifle he's teaching others the lifetime of skills he's acquired as a sniper and rifle shooter. Brian's passion for all things shooting seeps out of his pores, and while talking to him it's hard to not get all fired up. Brian has also spent the last 13 years running The mission has been to help out deployed sniper teams with gear they didn't have or weren't issued. 1,300 platoons of snipers later, Brian has a pretty good idea of what snipers need and what they don't.

Because every training session is followed by cleaning guns and gear, Brian figures he's spent a good portion of the time cursing the cleaning gear that didn't quite work the way he wanted it to. Snipers and precision shooters are very particular about how they clean their rifles. Some of the rituals are sniper voodoo and others are sound cleaning techniques. My sniper rifle-cleaning box was mine--the only thing I would share with my teammates was maybe some patches. The rest I kept in pristine condition, especially my cleaning rods. The rods were sacred and protected because we didn't want to inadvertently cause damage to the chamber or bore. A quality bore guide protected the chamber and the best quality rods were all I would put down the bore.

Brian was satisfied with his bench-cleaning set up; it was when he was in the field or military guys were deployed when cleaning kits fell way short of the mark. Brian knew there was better way to skin this cat, and he set out to make it so. The fruit of his labor is what he calls the SAIN (Sniper And Infantry) cleaning kit. Currently Brian produces two kits; one is specific to 5.56mm and the other is for .30-caliber bores.


The major difference between the two kits is the 5.56 kit uses precision manufactured rods without attached brass bore riders found on .30-caliber rods.

From the outside in, Brian chose only the best components. The modular pouch is made by TAB gear and is available in MultiCam or coyote tan--this pouch is built to out last the rifle and the one you use after that one. The zippers are extremely durable and both sides have MOLLE TAB for easy mounting on your kit. Inside the case is a detachable cleaning mat with blaze orange on one side for use as a marker in a pinch. The real beauty of the TAB pouch is the "page" type system it uses. The spine of the case is made of heavy duty Velcro and pages for different rod types, accessory pouches and the cleaning mat are all removable so you can set it up the way you want it. In addition to the pages, there are two zippered pouches to store cleaning accessories.


As seen in the close up photo, the brass bore riders make the 30-cal. rod safe for use in a precision rifle. The spacing of the riders ensures no part of the rod other than brass will make contact with the bore or crown of the rifle. The completed rod comes in at 40 inches long and other sections can be added if desired. A bonus is that single sections can be used to clean handguns.

In addition to helping out sniper teams, Brian has sent these kits to Army and Marine machine gunners. These boys put mountains of ammo through the various 240 platforms. The response has been simple ... Please send more kits.


Included in every kit is a Picatinny rail interface with removable ladder for protection. The T-handle base allows for the completed rod to spin freely--this ensures the rods don't get stuck together. The Picatinny rail allows the handle to be attached to many different vertical fore grips more leverage. Oh, there's still more--on the handle is a 3/8-inch drive socket adapter for use with any type of socket and adapter for Torx or other bits.

To keep things simple, all the kits utilize commercial COTS 8-32 threads for jags, brushes and patch holders. Adapters are available to accommodate other manufactures accessories.

I know the kit says Sniper and Infantry, but I have to say as a guy who spends a lot of time in the field doing all kinds of hunting, I won't head out without one of these kits in my ruck. Flexible bore cleaners are light and take care of simple bore wipe out. If you take a fall and pack the bore full of mud or snow, you are out of commission. Brian built the rods to withstand you pounding an obstruction out of the bore and get you back on the hunt or the fight.

I've put both the 5.56 and .30-cal kits through their paces and I wasn't always nice about how I treated it. I told Brian I did my best to find a problem, but what I did find was I better put my name on the kits or someone will walk away with it.

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Author:Reese, Sammy
Publication:Firearms News
Date:May 20, 2016
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