Gun Cleaning Basics
No matter what types of firearms you own, the care and cleaning of your weapons is vitally important! Most of us "gun nuts"
get paranoid if we spot a speck of rust anywhere on a weapon, and this a good philosophy to adopt if you want to own reliable,
accurate, and beautiful guns!
Please, always make sure that any firearm is in an unloaded and safe position before performing and cleaning. The beauty of any
firearm is always a major concern of mine. Most of my guns are really "works of art" to me, and I attempt to keep them in virtually
new condition. A great way to keep your guns new is to make sure the exterior metal parts are clean and coated in a fine film of oil.
I like to clean these metal surfaces with a solvent,and quickly remove it so that it does not harm the finish. Then I apply a coating of oil with Teflon
to ensure that rust is inhibited and the finish is protected. Finally, I wipe off the excess oil to leave a fine film on the surface.
Gun bore cleaning is the simplest way to prolong gun life and improve accuracy. Powder and metal fouling are inevitable problems in gun barrels,
but good cleaning practices can eliminate this problem. You should also make it a habit to use quality cleaning tools that do not damage your guns.
I use only one piece cleaning rods made of brass (handgun and rifle), as they are sturdy and will not damage rifling. Barrels should
always (if possible) be cleaned from the breach end to avoid scratching the muzzle. A solvent soaked patch should be passed through the bore to coat
the barrel with solvent. After the solvent soaks in (about 10-20 minutes), brush the bore with a phosphor bronze brush
soaked in solvent. The brush strokes should each be the full barrel length, as this minimizes scratching. This brushing should be done at least 10 times!
Next, run a patch soaked in solvent through the bore with the same single stroke to prevent damaging rifling. The solvent patch should be removed, and a
series of clean patches should be pushed through the bore, until a very clean patch finally exits the muzzle. If more solvent
is needed, just repeat the procedure. Finally, a clean patch coated in oil should be passed through the bore to protect it, with another patch used to remove
excess oil and leave a fine film in the bore.
If the weapon is broken down, a toothbrush should be soaked in solvent
to clean out small crevices and hard areas. The same procedure of dissolving, brushing, wiping, and then coating surfaces should be used on all moveable parts.
Drops of penetrating oil should finally be applied to high friction parts. Do not over do the oiling of internal parts! Most people put way too much oil on these
parts causing gummed up internal mechanisms. These parts simply need a friction barrier to reduce wear and prevent rust.
With proper care, your guns will provide you with lifetime of use and enjoyment. Simple cleaning precautions will help maintain the value and proper
function of your fine firearms.