Old And New Options

JP Parkerson is the manager of the Palm Beach Shooting Center in Lake Worth, Fla. He said customers have been asking for Lucas Oil gun cleaning products recently.

“It’s a good product, but what’s driving the requests is their marketing,” he stated. “They spend a lot on marketing, and every new gun from American Tactical comes with a sample of Lucas Oil. They have a full line of grease, oil, lubricant, cleaner and solvent.”

Customers also buy a lot of Hoppe’s No. 9, Parkerson said.

“It’s always been a staple for us,” he added. “Remington Rem Oil is the other thing our customers always buy. Those are our three major sellers. Hoppe’s has been around so long it’s been known in the industry forever, and the old timers who are set in their ways won’t try anything new — they stick with Hoppe’s.”

At a recent AmChar Wholesale show, Parkerson purchased a full-range package of Lucas Oil gun cleaning products.
“They offered us quite a bit of advertising and free cleaning products for our range guns plus a whole display,” he shared. “So we bought one of their packages.”

The only tool his customers consistently ask for, according to Parkerson, is an armorer’s wrench for an MSR-style rifle.

“We carry the one from BCM; we don’t see any other tools,” he remarked.