From the Ben Stoeger Pro Shop Page:
The bottom line, if you are a lazy bastard like Ben and you want to lube your pistol the absolute minimum number of times and have it stay lubed for the maximum amount of time, Cudalube is pretty damn boss.
Info from Cudalube:
CUDALUBE is a high performance lubricant developed by Shooting Sports Innovations.
I'm an inveterate tinkerer with my guns. I'm always trying to make them run better, stay clean longer, have the lightest trigger pulls possible, and generally not break so much. Well, I've not had much luck with the last one but I've tried a lot of lubes out on the market in an effort to keep my guns running better for longer periods without a good cleaning. With the annoying horror show inside my Limited Pro I've become more interested in ways to avoid stripping it down when the products of combustion become built-up to the point where performance suffers.
A bit of discussion on why i hate having to clean the Tanfoglio:
I love 1911's. I love taking them apart and cleaning everything and then putting everything back together with just the right amount of grease and oil in just the right places. In general, you can run a 1911 for a really long time with just taking care of the gunk that builds up in the rails and the slide assembly. The firing mechanism doesn't fill with crud very quickly and trigger pulls aren't overly affected until the tartar-like gunk becomes severe. Also, 1911's have no roll pins (one of mine does for the external extractor, but I've not taken that out in over 20K rounds through the gun so it kinda doesn't count) and they come apart so easily. Not so the Tanfo!
To get the ambi safety out is a roll pin, then the hammer pin pin has to be looked after, then there is another roll pin and a retarded trigger return spring to fight with on reassembly. Finally there is a crazy trigger bar plunger that fits into the mag catch! Sheer lunacy! The reason all this crap matters is that I've seen my gun's trigger pull go from smooth and crisp to heavy, gritty, and generally awful over the course of a mere 3K rounds and weeks of dry fire. I shoot coated bullets, and they leave behind a black soot and due to the awesome way a Tanfo works, the innards get coated in this vile gunk in short order. Trigger components are unprotected, and there are a lot of surfaces that can get grimy real fast.
I've been using a light Lubriplate FMO-350-AW oil for the innards, and Slide Glide (standard; and since the weather got colder, light) for the rails and barrel. This has worked all right, but the Tanfo has a lot of bearing surface on the rails and during a recent Ben Stoeger class my gun malfunctioned due to the grease being too think and the gun too dirty. I had the opportunity to look inside Ben's gun, and saw it was almost dry. My tendency is to dunk the gun in oil and wipe off the excess but this got me thinking - What if I could get away with almost no lubricant at all? After all, oil and grease are sticky and combined with the gunk can cause problems.
Enter Cuda Lube. I am trying this stuff on Ben's recommendation, and because he is apparently a "lazy bastard" (see above ad copy) this stuff is supposed to last a while. The problem with oils in my experience is while they are nice and light they run out of the gun and are gone when you need them. I dry fire way more than live fire, and prefer to just throw my gun in the range bag and head out rather than do a special "make ready" ritual before leaving the house. We shall see, as I intend to put this lube to a test.
I cleaned my unicorn moderately well, and applied Cuda Lube to the places shown below:
I will endeavor to show these areas as time goes by and I live fire. The goal is to see how long the Cuda Lube lasts and to report subjective experience with the gun.