Using your guns on the range is the safest spot to fine tune your skills and gain experience and familiarity. Shooting ranges are ideally used for those wanting to improve their shooting attributes, whether you use firearms professionally or recreationally. Additionally, the shooting range provides an opportunity to relieve built up stress and increase physical and mental abilities. However, maintaining your weapon is just as important as hitting the shooting range. With this in mind, we at Shooting Range Industries would like to offer tips to keep your weapons clean.
Tips to Keep a Gun Clean
1) Clean your gun after every use. It is important your gun is cleaned after using it every time. Cleaning them after shooting on the range, in a competition, hunting, or on the job is an essential maintenance step. You can prevent rust, keep your weapon in prime condition and avoid operating malfunctions by thoroughly cleaning your gun after it has been used.
2) Use quality gun cleaning products and equipment. Using equipment designed for specific weapons is ideal, and if you do not know what to use, do research for the better equipment, chemicals, and lubricants that keep your weapon clean. There are many accessories, products, and tools that make cleaning your gun more efficient and easier.
3) Stay away from corrosive ammo. Using quality ammo is preferred, because poor quality ammo can be corrosive, which will expedite the wear and corrode your gun, damaging the condition and use of your weapon. Faulty ammo is commonly sold in military surplus cartridges or even buried in the garage. The powder or primer is usually contaminated with corrosive salts and when your firearm uses it, the corrosive chemical can be effectively cleaned by using an ammonia based solvent thoroughly and immediately.
4) Use the correct gun cleaning solvents & lubricants. In addition to cleaning your weapon, multi-solvent and lubricants are a part of maintenance. It aids in cleanliness and avoiding rust while maintaining its efficiency.
5) Shaving brushes are useful in cleaning guns. Many enthusiasts recommend including a shaving brush in your cleaning kit. Though this may seem unorthodox, the hard to reach nooks and crannies are cleaned with ease using a shaving brush. The dirt and debris are swept away because the bristles are short and sturdy. They are also easier to manipulate because of their design.
6) Clean your weapon even if you don’t use it. Weapons not frequently shot still need to be cleaned. Otherwise they can become damaged and malfunction from the climate and storage conditions your weapon is exposed to, such as moisture and dust, leading to rust and oil buildup.
7) Do not neglect gun magazines. Magazines are frequently overlooked and should be cleaned as often as you clean your weapon. With dirt and debris accumulating, they too can malfunction. Sparingly apply your lubricant to a cloth and swift the rag through your magazines feed lips and along the exterior.
8) Carbon buildup removal. Carbon build will generally need to be scraped off. This buildup is common on internal gun parts and bolt. Elbow grease and pressure is needed to remove the carbon buildup, so be patient.
9) Always consult the gun manual. The best way to get acquainted with a new gun is to read through the manual. Afterwards, take it apart and ensure it is clean, lubricated and operational before firing.
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Shooting Range Industries offers the above cleaning tips in an effort to keep you safe and your firearms in optimal working order. We are proud to offer custom shooting ranges that offer the convenience practice and training you need. Contact us to learn more today!