Don’t you just love cleaning your shotgun, rifle, or handgun? What’s better than threading those little patches through the ends of a cleaning rod, loading it down with cleaning fluids, then pushing it down the barrel, being careful not to scratch the metal with the cleaning rod? Now strip that patch out of the little slit on the end of the cleaning rod, put another patch in, and do it all over again.

Before you know it, you’ve got the place littered with oily patches, and your gun — well, it’s clean enough, and it doesn’t look like you’ve scratched the barrel (too much) with the cleaning rod. This is the way outdoorsmen have been cleaning firearms for, well, ever. Luckily, a company called Swab-its has a better way.

Forget the throw-away patches that leave much to be desired when it comes to thoroughly cleaning a gun barrel, Swab-its are tough, reusable, fully washable foam tips that offer 360-degrees of cleaning with each trip through the barrel. They screw to the end of standard cleaning rods, leaving no exposed plastic or metal tip to lead the cleaning product through the barrel. 

Available in a variety of sizes, Swab-its has a cleaning product for every firearm you own. They sell complete kits, or just the cleaning tips. Swab-its also sells Bore-whips, which are similar to bore snakes. They’ve even got air rifles covered. Find out more information at their website, and no longer dread the important chore of cleaning your firearms.