by Karen Bates
(last updated December 26, 2011)
Whether you have a gun for protection, sport, or both, you probably find it important to take care of your weapon. After all, you want your gun to work properly for when you need it. This means maintaining the weapon and making sure it is cleaned correctly.
Cleaning your gun can seem like a tedious and annoying task, but don't put it off because of this. If you get into the habit of cleaning your gun often, possibly after each time you go shooting, you will soon get used to the task and it will become a faster and easier process.
To start with, you will need several items to prepare you for cleaning the gun. Put together a gun cleaning kit where all the items you will need are in one place. Although what you will need specifically can depend on the type of gun you have as well as your cleaning preferences, some general items for cleaning include a rod, solvent, patches, jag, lubricant, and bore cleaning brush. When looking for a brush, consider the size you will need for your caliber of gun. You can also find different kinds of brushes made from stainless steel, plastic, or bronze. Be sure to have plenty of patches on hand as well for when you clean.
Begin by protecting the surface you will be working on with newspaper or something similar. This will help prevent solvent from getting on the surface and potentially ruining your furniture. Also, wear gloves to protect your hands during the cleaning process, and goggles to keep your eyes safe. The solvent can be harsh, so it is important to protect yourself.
Before cleaning the gun, check to be sure it is not loaded. Next, you can begin taking it apart to clean different part of the gun. It is important to have a good solvent to clean the gun, as this is what will help remove any build-up or dirt from the various parts. Soak patches in the solvent, then attach to the rod to clean the barrel. Use a cloth or paper towel to wipe off other metal parts of the gun.
Lubricate metal parts that will be sliding or rubbing together. Reassemble the weapon, and it will be ready to go shooting again. Although how often you clean the gun is a personal preference, it can help to do a quick cleaning after each use to keep the weapon in great condition.
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