Tips For Cleaning Your Firearm
When you spend a significant amount of money on a gun, you should practice routine cleaning maintenance to keep it in pristine condition. Without proper care, the gun can build up gun powder or the metal can start to rust and deteriorate. Both of these issues will cause the firearm to not shoot properly and end up breaking. Proper care can prevent the gun from regressing over the years of use. Naturally, guns perform better when they are clean.
Before you start, cover your work area with trash bags or old newspapers to prevent spills and leakage from ruining your table surface. Next, ensure that the gun is completely empty and can not misfire. Safety is always the number one concern when dealing with guns. Depending on when the next use of the gun is, it may not be necessary to disassemble every part of the gun; however, the more parts of the gun that you can separate, the better. Taking apart each aspect of the firearm allows you to get a deep clean in all of the crevices. This also allows you to ensure the gun is working properly and that none of the parts are bent or broken.
Deciding when to clean your gun can be tough for some people. While it is recommended to clean the gun completely after every use, that may not be plausible. If you are sure you will use the firearm again soon, you may only need to wipe down the metal with light oil. However, we recommend doing a full cleaning to get all of the gunk off just in case the gun sits for longer than expected. Also, if you are shooting cheap or old ammo, you should clean your gun after each use because they leave more residue then new, high-quality ammo. Even if the gun is just carried more than it is shot, it will need regular cleaning and maintenance to assure proper use and protection from the environment that can cause deterioration.
Once you have the gun ready, you can begin the cleaning process. The two main goals of cleaning the gun are to protect the metal from degradation (i.e rust) and from ammo gunk and buildup that can cause blockages or corrosion. It is important to purchase products that are going to protect the gun over the long lifespan. Going cheap on cleaning products and supplies will eventually lead to the early degeneration of your firearm. If you buy cheap oils, you get cheap oils that break down over time and don’t do their job. High-performance cleaners are specifically designed to effectively break down the residue in your gun. Some of the best cleaners on the market are Hoppe’s No. 9 Gun Bore Cleaner, Ballistol Multi-Purpose Cleaner, and Break-Free CLP. The types of cleaning tools you need strongly depend on your collection of guns. If you only have one gun to clean, you can buy a basic cleaning set for that particular type. However, if you have a wide assortment of firearms, you will probably benefit from purchasing a larger, universal set with a variety of tools in different shapes and sizes.
After cleaning your gun, you should add oil to it. This is important in protecting the gun and keeping the parts moving easily over time. It also protects it from the moisture in the air that may cause it to corrode. When adding the lubricant, more is not always better, and WD-40 is not the best lubricant (regardless of what your grandpa used back in the day). There are light oils specifically for coating the gun after they are cleaned that are meant to create a layer of protection against the elements.
Remember when storing your gun, safety is of utmost importance, then security. Next, look for a spot or case that is dry. It is better for your gun to be stored in a cool dry place with low humidity. Cleaning your firearm is important for a long life and optimal functionality.
Leave a Comment