“This collapsible rod carries easily in the field and helps to clears any obstruction quickly. The segmented aluminum tubing with internal stainless steel cable assembles quickly into a rigid cleaning rod for emergency field use. Collapses into a compact package only 5″ long. A must-have for dislodging snow, ice, mud and other bore obstructions you could encounter on remote hunting trips. Also comes in handy for loosening stuck cases, shotgun shells or wads. Fits .22 to .54 caliber barrels up to 26″ long, 20 to 10 gauge shotgun barrels up to 32″ long; plus .410 and 28 gauge barrels up to 26″ long. Knurled handle with tension adjustment shaft draws cable tight to lock rod segments in place. Includes a plastic patch loop (.22 caliber), five aluminum jags (.22 to .54 caliber), and nylon carry case with belt loop.”
This is another one of those products that comes under the heading, “Why didn’t I think of this?” The better thought however is, “I’m glad somebody thought of this.” Any of us who’ve ever had a case stick or had an obstruction in the bore, wish we’d had one of these rods with us.
The Rapid Rod is so small and so light that it can fit just about anywhere. The case is slotted to easily slip on a belt but my guess is that it will most likely that one will find it’s way into my shooting bag and another in the glove box of each of my vehicles. It’s very inexpensive insurance.
The Rapid Rod is designed as an emergency tool but how well does it work when put to use as a standard cleaning rod at the bench? This may be a little unfair but I really wanted to stress it beyond what most people would, just to see how it would hold up under repeated use.
I had several 12 gauge shotguns that needed to be cleaned, so that would give me the opportunity that I needed.
The Rapid Rod is very simple to use. Just “shake it out” and then pull out on the handle and turn it clockwise until all the sections are engaged. I installed the largest jag from the package of six jags and got out some solvent and patches to begin the process.
The Rapid Rod is pretty thin and frankly, I was a bit concerned about how well it would hold up to the cleaning process.
I put a couple of solvent soaked patches on the jag and began the process of “anointing the bore” of one of my shotguns. I had no problems whatsoever during this process, no did I have any problems with the dry patches that followed. I repeated the process with several other guns and all came out just fine.
Next, I put an empty once-fired 12 gauge shell in the chamber of a Mossberg 930. It fit pretty tightly. Then I used the Rapid Rod to dislodge it. Again, it performed as advertised and knocked the shell out very easily.
The Rapid Rod is very easy to take-down and put back into its case by rotating the handle clockwise to release the tension, pressing the handle back into the barrel and then folding the sections.
The instructions direct the user to start at the bottom when folding the sections for storage but for whatever reason, I found it to be much easier to start the process at the top.
The Rapid Rod is a very handy tool to add to your shooting gear. I found it to work as advertised and can’t imagine not having a few of these available for emergency use.
To learn more about the Rapid Rod and other products offered by Atsko, please visit http://www.atsko.com/rapid-rod-gun-cleaning-rod/
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