CLEANING A GUN SAFELY
To make sure a firearm
is performing to its specifications the owner must make sure the
gun is clean. Most problems pistols, shotguns, and rifles encounter
are due to dirty bores and actions. Gun Powder is fairly corrosive
and can cause damage to your firearm if not taken care of regularly.
Below you find some good tips on cleaning your gun safely to help
insure your firearm is working properly.
Make sure you are about
to clean an empty pistol or rifle! Remove magazine clips and any
ammunition in the chamber. Be absolutely sure the weapon is unloaded!
It never hurts to check more than once.
BE SURE YOUR GUN IS UNLOADED!
DON'T DISASSEMBLE TOO FAR
Read the owner's manual
of your gun and go only as far as they recommend. If you don't have
an owner's manual you most likely can download one from the manufacturer's
web site usually at no cost. As a rule you should only need to disassemble
as far as to reach the major components that need cleaning that
powder and residue will build up due to normal use. Typically the
bore, chamber and bolt or action.
EXAMINE THE FIREARM AS
YOU BREAK IT DOWN
It's a good idea to inspect
all the parts in the firearm as it's down for warn components due
to normal wear and tare of the gun. You should also check for hair-line
cracks, rust and signs of too much wear. If you find anything like
this you should take the firearm to a professional gun smith for
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLEANING
YOUR GUN REMEMBER: CHECK THE CHAMBER FOR ROUNDS BEFORE YOU START!
1.Clean your gun from
the breach end if at all possible. If you can't clean from this
end be sure you don't "push" any debris down into the action of
the gun. Be sure to use a muzzle guard to protect the muzzle "tip"
from scratches or nicks. If you damage this part of the gun you
will loose a lot of accuracy in your shooting.
2. Be sure you use the
proper patch holder for the caliber of your weapon. Soak the patch
with a factory approved solvent or copper cutter.
3. Run the patch down
the barrel to saturate the bore. Remove the dirty patch at the other
end of the barrel. If you pull the patch back through the barrel
it can fowl the barrel with debris you just pushed out. Let the
solvent "stew" a couple of minutes to break up any stubborn lead
or carbon that may have built up.
4. Pull the "empty" rod
back out of the barrel, then attach the proper brush to the rod.
Soak the brush with solvent and run it up and down the barrel 4
or 5 times to scrub the bore. Replace a patch on the rod and soaked
in solvent and run it down the barrel with a new patch each time
until the patch goes through free of any discoloration. Run a "dry"
patch through to remove any remaining solvent. Check the bore for
any debris and if necessary clean again.
5. Apply a few drops
of quality gun oil to a new patch and run it through the barrel
to leave a LIGHT film of oil inside the barrel. This will go a long
way to prevent rust during storage.
6. With a nylon gun brush
saturated in solvent brush away any powder that has not been burnt
or debris away from the action. After the action is clean use a
gun oil to LIGHTLY coat all surfaces and moving parts. Do not use
too much lubricant because the action may become sticky and hinder
the weapon from operating properly. A light coat is all that is
needed to prevent rust and help in increasing the life of the weapon.
7.Reassemble the gun
making sure you wipe any areas you have touch with your hands with
a cloth lightly oiled or a silicone fabric. The acid on your hands
from sweat can do a lot of damage to the steal as well as remove
any marks you have deposited while handling. It will also have a
"new" look to it when you are finished.
REMEMBER TO CHECK THE
BORE FOR ANY OBSTRUSTIONS BEFORE YOU FIRE THE GUN!!!
Have fun and be safe.
Billy Willis http://www.lonestarholsters.com
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