How to clean a gun

Semi-Automatic Handgun

Having a clean gun, one that is in the best possible condition and functions flawlessly when you need it could mean the difference between life or death. It is recommended that you clean your firearm after every shooting session. The best way to clean your gun is to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. These can be found in your owner’s manual. If you do not have your owner’s manual, you can follow these simple steps to get your firearm clean and keep it in tip-top shape.

Cleaning a firearm is much like washing and waxing a car. You clean it. Rinse it. Dry it. And wax it. 

But here are the more precise steps to cleaning a firearm.

  • Make sure there is no ammunition in or around the firearm. Visually and physically check and check again. If you have a semi-automatic, work the action several times to ensure it is not loaded. Then check, and check again!
  • Gather your cleaning supplies. Cleaning rod, brush, patch holder, clean rags, bore patches, solvent, cleaning brush, oil, Q-Tips, safety glasses, and latex gloves.
  • Disassemble or field strip your firearm according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.
  • Apply solvent to your bore brush or cleaning brush and scrub areas that have dirt or carbon deposits on them.
  • Take a clean patch and run it through the bore and chambers (in the cylinder of a revolver) to remove any dirt loosened by the brush. Also, use a clean patch and/or a Q-Tip to wipe off all other areas of the firearm.
  • Time to add some protectant. Use a bore patch, Q-Tip, and clean patch to apply a light coating of gun oil. When you apply the oil, it should appear shiny but not wet. Too much oil will attract dirt and lint that could cause your firearm not to function correctly when you need it most. We recommend one of the name-brand synthetic oil as it will not turn gummy or sticky with age.
  • With the firearm is reassembled, UNLOADED, and pointed in a safe direction, perform a function test working the action and trigger.

We offer a gun cleaning service and can also teach you how to clean and care for your firearm to provide you with years of flawless service.

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