Do you need a gun cleaning mat?
If you own a gun or a collection of guns, you definitely need a gun cleaning mat.
This mat does more than protect your gun from scratches, it also helps protect the surface of your work area from staining, scratching, or other damage.
Some gun cleaning mats also double as carrying cases.
They come with pockets in which you can store your firearms and gun cleaning tools eliminating the need to carry an extra bag particularly if you are going to the range.
Other mats come with other types of features and these features are designed to help you in one way or the other. If you want a plain mat with no additional features but does what it is intended to do well, that up entirely up to you.