I have a suppressor. It is new, and I’m just now getting to take it to the range to try it out.
I was recommended by the manufacturer that coating the innards with white lithium grease prior to shooting through it would make cleaning it immensely easier. I’m all for easy mode, so I went in search of this.
I started at the Big Blue Box Store and found it in the Automotive department. “Great!” I thought, “That was easy!” Then I read the can.
“FLAMMABLE!!!” in big red letters. “Hmmmm,” I thought, “this could be a problem, given the use to which I want to put it.” So I asked a random employee of BBBS if the grease itself was flammable, or if it was just the propellant. She had no idea. I have no idea why I thought she would know, but another customer recommended that I head to the auto store across the street. He said they’d be far better able to help me.
I walked into Orange Auto Store and asked for white lithium grease. I was taken to a shelf where I had several choices, but they all said “FLAMMABLE!!!” in the same big red letters, so I posed my question again.
“Is it the grease itself or the propellant that is flammable?”
Upon consultation, the four employees decided that they didn’t know, but that there was only one way to be sure….
We opened one can and sprayed some onto a supply cart, then tried to light it on fire! (Didn’t catch. Didn’t flame up. Didn’t explode. We decided that it must be the propellant and not the grease. I love science!)