Cleaning and Maintaining your Weapon After a Day at the Gun Range

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Examining and cleaning your firearms after taking them to the gun range will keep them working and shooting efficiently.
 
Whenever you shoot your weapon, residue and sediment can end up in the barrel. This residue makes it necessary to take the time to clean it routinely to prevent costly breakdowns. You must clean a weapon whenever you fire it, especially after target practice at the gun range.
 
BEGINNING
 
1) GET CLEANING KIT
 
You’ll need some things in your toolbox of cleaning materials. A standard set has:
– Cleaning solvent
– Lubricant, or weapon oil
– Bore brush
– Patch holder and patches
– Cleaning rod
– Nylon cleaning brush
– Flashlight.
– Cotton swabs.
– Microfiber fabrics for polishing.
 
2) UNLOAD GUN
 
Unload your weapon each time you clean it. Your gun might still have a round set to fire after you empty the magazine.
After opening the chamber, check out the barrel from back to front. Consider every weapon loaded until you look in the barrel.
 
3) DISASSEMBLE GUN AS MUCH AS RECOMMENDED
 
Inspect the owner’s handbook for guidelines on how to access parts that are dirty from shooting practice at the gun range.
– Semi-automatic handguns and rifles will be broke down to their significant elements. These elements are the barrel, slide, guide rod, frame, and magazine. Revolvers, shotguns, and other sorts of weapons will not need to be apart to clean them.
– Field stripping is not needed to clean up the gun thoroughly. Do not take apart your weapon more than you need to unless it needs repair work. Some guns do not come apart so it will not be necessary to do anything but open the chamber to clean it.
 
4) CLEAN GUN IN WELL-VENTILATED AREA
 
Find a location with excellent air circulation to clean your weapons. Solvent fumes are poisonous and will make you sick.
Cover your work surface area with plastic bags, paper, or old towels you’ve conserved for the function.
 
CLEANING THE GUN
 
1) CLEAN OUT BARREL WITH CLEANING ROD AND PATCHES
 
Soak the inside of the barrel, utilizing a cleaning rod, patch holder, and cotton patches. Work from the back if you can or use a muzzle guard. The muzzle guard keeps the cleaning rod from banging against the muzzle, causing your weapon to break down.
 
To completely clean the barrel out, press a solvent-soaked patch through the bore till it exits the other end. Throw away the patch, do not pull it back through because this will redeposit all the gunk you cleaned out.
 
2) ALTERNATE BORE BRUSH AND PATCHES TO SCRUB BARREL
 
Take the patch holder off and connect the bore brush. Move the brush the length of the bore a few times to loosen up any particles. Reattach the patch holder and move solvent-soaked cotton patches through the bore. Remove them when they leave the front. Repeat this until a patch comes out clean.
 
– Run a dry patch through to dry it out and check for debris you missed.
 
3) LUBRICATE BARREL
 
Connect the cotton mop to the cleaning rod. Use a couple of drops of weapon conditioner or lubrication to the cotton mop. Run it through the bore leaving a small coat of oil inside.
 
4) CLEAN AND LUBRICATE ACTION WITH SOLVENT
 
Apply solvent to the weapon brush and brush all parts of the action. With a fresh cloth, dry them off.
 
– Lubricate the moving parts of the action to help with avoiding rust. A heavy coat gets gummy and draws in particles.
 
5) WIPE DOWN REST OF GUN WITH LUSTER CLOTH
 
Luster cloth is a flannel fabric that comes pre-treated with silicon lubrication. It will get rid of any particles, even the acid from fingerprints, and adds shine.
 
– If you do not have a fabric designated for cleaning weapons, old tee shirts or socks work well for this function.
 
MAINTAINING GUNS
 
1) CLEAN YOUR GUN AFTER EVERY USE
 
A good-quality gun is a financial investment, whether you’re utilizing it at the gun range, for sport, hunting, or house defense. Make sure you dedicate the attention that it is worthy of when you return from shooting it at the gun range or elsewhere.
 
The cleaning procedure takes 20 or 30 minutes, and it’s worth doing routinely. You can even get out your old weapons and clean them simultaneously since you’ve got the products out anyway.
 
2) GET BARREL SNAKE OR ULTRASONIC CLEANER
 
To make this task easier, barrel snakes are a lasting multi-purpose cleaner for rifles and shotguns. Some have lights on end permitting you to see inside the barrel.
 
3) STORE YOUR GUNS IN COOL AND DRY ENVIRONMENT
 
To get the most extended life for your weapon, don’t expose them to outside elements. Keep them inside your home, in temperature-controlled environments. Think about buying trigger locks to keep your gun safe and tamper proof.
 
– You can find both soft and hard cases for weapons. There are lockable weapon cabinets and safes made to store guns.
 
You must clean and maintain your gun after every usage, be it at the gun range, for sport, or for hunting purposes. Doing that will allow you to enjoy shooting your weapon for a more extended period and avoid most breakdowns along the way.

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