When it comes to your firearms, using them on the range is always a great way to fine-tune your skills. Whether you use your guns for professional or recreational use, a range is not only a great place to practice, but it is also a good way to relieve buildup stress and encourage physical attributes. But to ensure your weapons are properly cared for, periodic cleaning is essential. Today, we at Shooting Range Industries would like share some tips and advice when it comes to cleaning your firearms.
How to Clean & Oil a Revolver or Pistol Handgun
1) Clean after using guns. Following practice at the shooting range, hunting trips, competitions, or every few months when not in use, your guns should be cleaned efficiently. Thorough cleaning promotes a more efficient gun, hinders rust, and reduces operating malfunctions.
2) Use quality gun cleaning tools. If you are not certain, do some research on all of the best cleaning equipment, chemicals and lubricants that are optimal for the specific firearm you are cleaning. With so many options as far as cleaning accessories are concerned, utilizing the best for cleaning the in and outs of your gun, can be the difference between a surface clean or a deep clean. Check out user reviews when looking into products to see what real customers have to say and don’t rely on the manufacturer’s word.
3) Avoid corrosive ammo. Corrosive ammo will quickly erode your gun and render it useless. This ammo is commonly found in military surplus cartridges or buried in the garage. The corrosive salts have generally contaminated the powder or primer. If your weapon comes into contact with this corrosive chemical, use an ammonia based solvent to clean the gun in detail.
4) Solvents and lubricants. Multi-solvent and lubricants are needed to keep the weapon well maintained. Again, research your choice of solution that coincides with your firearm. Keeping your weapon lubricated deters rust and keeps your weapon functioning more efficiently as well as keeping it cleaned.
5) Shaving brush. Include a shaving brush in your cleaning kit. Though it may seem like an odd tool to have in your kit, the shaving brush makes cleaning more effective reaching into the hard to reach crevices. The bristles are short and sturdy enough to sweep away dirt and debris. The small nature of the implement also makes it easy to handle and maneuver.
6) Clean your gun even in you don’t shoot it regularly. As touched on earlier, guns you don’t get to shoot often should be cleaned periodically. Climate and storage conditions subjects your weapon to moisture and other inflictions, leading to rust, dirt accumulation, or oil buildup that leads to malfunctions and damage.
7) Magazines need attention too. Do not neglect your magazines, clean them just as thoroughly and often as you do your guns. Dirt and debris collects in them as well, which can lead to a malfunction mag. Using a lightly lubricated rag, sparingly swift the rag through your magazines feed lips, follower and outside.
8) Remove the carbon buildup. If the carbon builds up, it often requires scraping. The buildup can typically found on internal gun parts and bolt. This job needs a bit of muscle and power to ensure the carbon buildup is thoroughly removed.
9) Always consult the gun manual. When working with new guns, review the manual until it has become second nature, even if you feel very knowledgeable about the new weapon, as you might learn something new. Often parts that are in need of cleaning and lubricating get overlooked.