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How to Restore an Old Firearm; Determine Make, Model & Value of Gun, Disassemble & More

Have you recently inherited grandpa’s old shooter? Or did you remember you had an old gun needing restoration? There are many scenarios where you might find yourself in the position of restoring an old or used firearm. Restoring an old or used firearm can become a great hobby. However, for those who have never restored a firearm before, you may want to seek out some advice. Shooting Range Industries will share a few steps you can take when restoring a used or old firearm.

Restoring Old Pistols, Rifles & Shotguns

Before we get started, we would first like to say if you have a collector piece and wish to restore it, we strongly encourage you seek a professional in antique or collector firearm restoration. However, if you are restoring just an old family heirloom or bought a cheap firearm you wish to restore then follow these next basic steps to restoration.
Step 1. Determine the make, model, and value of the firearm. Whether you are restoring a pistol or rifle make sure to make a few notes. Start by writing down the gun make, the model, caliber and year it was made. This will help in the event you need to buy new parts. Also take this time to find the value of the gun. In the event it has become a major collector piece it is recommended to seek professional assistance when restoring the firearm.
Step 2. If you are familiar with how to disassemble the firearm, begin to disassemble it. Make an inventory of all of the parts and components as you disassemble the firearm. Make sure to secure all of the pieces and parts, and then label them so you know each piece and how it goes back together.
Step 3. As you disassemble the firearm you will want to clean each piece and determine each components condition. Often old guns develop or are stored in grease to prevent rusting. You can remove grease by soaking the various parts in congealed oils. If the metal frame or barrel shows signs of rusting then soak them in diesel fuel or even kerosene works wonders. With some iron wool, sand away the rusted areas off of the firearm. To remove dirt, you can use liquid dish soap mixed with water and a tooth brush to scrub the dirt off. Make sure to rinse off the soapy residue and then coat it with oil to help prevent erosion.
Step 4. If you have found some damaged parts that need replacing, you’ll want to maintain the firearm’s authenticity so make sure you use original parts. However, older guns can be very difficult to buy parts for. Therefore, you may need the help of a gunsmith to repair the broken part. Sometimes they can even build a new part or component in order to restore the firearm.
Step 5. Bluing is designed to help protect the metal of the firearm, helping it to become more resistant to rust and other elements. If you want to blue finish the firearm, you have a few options on how you want to do your bluing. Some of the recommended bluing products are Brownells, Oxoho Blue, or Uncle Mikes Cold Blue Paste. Bluing often takes multiple applications in order to refinish and protect the firearm properly.

Custom Shooting Ranges for Firearm Practice & Training

If you are looking to restore a firearm, these are some basic steps you can follow. Shooting Range Industries proudly provides custom shooting ranges for our law enforcement, military and civilians. For range designs and installation, contact Shooting Range Industries.