There are a number of reasons as to why people hit the shooting range. Those in a career where firearms are part of the job, such as law enforcement, military, and security for example, use the range to sharpen their skills and to stay vigilant in the field. Others visit a range to improve their skills for recreational purposes; hunting, shooting competitions, and so on. Finally there are those who are licensed to carry and would like to familiarize themselves with their weapon and/or use a firearm at the range to relieve stress and to reap the health benefits. Though using your firearms helps you become familiar with your weapon, it is encouraged you learn how to take it apart and put it back together; not only to know your weapon well, but also to ensure your weapon remains in prime condition and minimize malfunctions. With that in mind, we at Shooting Range industries would like to share some tips and advice on how to clean your firearm with efficiency.
How to Clean a Gun
1) After each use, it is best to clean your weapon. With the proper and thorough cleaning, your gun can avoid gunk buildup and rust, minimize the risk of malfunctions, and promote a more reliable firearm.
2) Do your homework and ensure the chemicals you are using to clean and lubricate your weapon are friendly to your specific firearm. With the many different gadgets and tools offered to clean the barrel of the gun and so forth, do your research and read reviews, some are so much better than others, and just because something is more expensive doesn’t mean it is better.
3) Stay away from the corrosive ammo; any poor quality ammunition can cause spread the corrosive agents to your gun, quickly rendering it useless. The ammo that is often found corrosive is the cheaper ammo frequenting the military surplus cartridges. More specifically, the corrosive salts are often infecting the powder or primer. Though it is best to avoid the problem all together, in the event your weapon comes in contact with the corrosive agents, ammonia based solvents are necessary for a comprehensive cleaning.
4) You can cut down on the chances of rust and keep the gun exceptionally clean and lubricated with multi-solvent and lubricants. Be sure to research the one liquid does it all for the better choice that coincides with your firearm.
5) In your cleaning kit, keep a shaving brush. A little unorthodox, but the shaving brush reaches more effectively in the hard to reach places. Dirt and debris is easily swept away because the bristles are short and sturdy enough to do the job well. Not only is it more effective, but because of the small design, this implement is easy to handle; giving you more control.
6) Guns that sit idle and are not used often should still be cleaned periodically. Climate, storage conditions, and other such factors can create moisture issues that lead to rust, and/or dirt and oil buildup that causes damage and malfunctions. Keeping your gun clean can help you avoid problems with your gun as well as a big mess.
7) Not only does the gun need cleaning, but so do your magazines. A malfunctioning clip is often due to the accumulating dirt and debris. Magazines should also sparingly be touched with lubricant.
8) Carbon buildup found on internal gun parts and bolt needs to be removed. To ensure the carbon buildup is thoroughly removed, you may need to use muscle and elbow grease.
9) Always consult the owner’s manual of new weapons until you are intimately familiar with it. More often than not, people overlook some small part that needs cleaning or lubricating.