by Karen Bates
(last updated April 13, 2012)
Owning a gun means more than just knowing how to use it. You also need to understand how to maintain your weapon so that it stays in good shape and continues to work well. Powder residue and fowling can occur after firing a gun, and it is important to clean it in order to maintain its accuracy and avoid malfunctions.
Whether you use your gun for sport, protection, or any other purpose, you should be keeping it in good condition to ensure that it will work when you need it. Although there is no official answer to exactly how often to clean your gun, it is a good idea to try to clean it after each use. This prevents build-up in the gun. How often you clean is up to you, but don't go too long without taking care of this task.
Before you begin the cleaning process, set up your cleaning area with a protective covering. Gather together the tools and items you will need for the cleaning. The following is information that will help you properly clean your gun:
Remember to wear the proper safety gear when cleaning a gun. You may want to put on goggles and gloves to protect yourself while doing this task.
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