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Why Should You Clean Your Firearm & How Often? Cleaning Gun After Firing, In Storage & More

There are lots of gun owners in the United States and the type of people that own guns are young people all the way to elderly. The reason that people have a gun also differs from one person to the next. You have people that just want to have something in the home for protection, others are an avid hunter of different types of wildlife and you can have a gun enthusiast that loves to collect firearms or shoot competitively. You also have people that have guns for their profession that might include military, law enforcement, security and even professional shooters. One of the questions that is talked about a lot when it comes to guns is cleaning. The gun is similar to any other item that you have you want to keep it clean. Although cleaning is not the same for everyone and for every gun there are things that you should know about gun cleaning to decide what you can do to keep your guns clean. Shooting Range Industries outlines what you need to know about cleaning your gun.

Why Should You Clean Your Firearm?

There might be some people that don’t know why you need to clean a gun and others that just like to know the reason they are doing something. Both of these are things that you can ask and should be answered. The gun that you are shooting should be kept in good clean condition so that it fires properly and without any issues each and every time. When it comes to guns there are lots of contaminants that can start to get on and in them that can create problems for your gun. You want to make sure that you don’t have any malfunctions such as bad springs. Cleaning is a good way to start.

When to Clean a Firearm

The question that most people have is when they need to clean their gun. The answer can be complicated because there are several things that go into when to clean a gun. The first thing that you need to consider is how often are you shooting the gun, what type of ammo are you using, are you carrying the gun concealed and what condition are you shooting in. There are some people that only shoot at paper targets in a range and nothing else. If this is you then you can likely go to the range several times before you need to have it cleaned. If you are taking your gun outdoors and shooting in the elements where your gun will be in some moisture then you want to clean after each event. There are also some that are shooting ammo that they have reloaded on their own or that is considered dirty. If you are using this type of ammo you also want to clean more often as well. You need to consider each of these things when you are determining when to clean your gun. The good thing is that as long as you do it right more is not a bad thing.

How Often Should I Clean a Gun in Storage?

Manufacturers recommend a thorough cleaning and inspection of your firearms at least once every six months. As mentioned above, springs can sometimes go bad even if the gun is just sitting there. It’s a great idea to remove all the dust and lightly oil all the metal parts.

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