A Beginner’s Guide to How to Keep Your Guns Clean.

Keeping your guns cleaned is one of the primary responsibilities that you accept when you buy a gun. Cleaning your firearms not only keeps them in good shape but also helps to avoid safety hazards. As a gun owner, you must ensure that you do not endanger the safety of yourself or the people around you. Thus, you must know how and when you should clean your gun so you can avoid gunk build-up, rust, and corrosion. You do not need to clean your guns after every use, but you should always maintain a cleaning routine. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean your firearms.

Keep your guns clean

Get a kit

First, you need to get a cleaning kit. Cleaning kits with all the necessary items are available on the market. You can also buy them separately and can make your kit. You need the following items in your kit

  • Cleaning solutions
  • Cleaning rod
  • Caliber-specific bore brush
  • Cleaning swabs and patches
  • Double-ended brush
  • Cleaning jag or patch holder
  • Lubricant
  • Microfiber luster cloth or mop

Find a place 

Outdoor and the garage are the best places to sit and clean your firearms. If you are doing it indoors, choose a place that is well-ventilated and has ample space. Do not use the kitchen top or dining table to keep your gun while cleaning.

Unload and disassemble

It’s the best practice to keep your guns unloaded. Still, before starting the cleaning process, make sure you have unloaded your firearm. Even when the magazine is removed, a round can still be inside the barrel. This step is critical for safety reasons. 

After making sure the gun is fully unloaded, disassemble the parts. Follow the instruction manual on how to disassemble and what parts to remove. You may or may not need to strip the gun, depending on the type of gun you are using. 

Clean the gun

Attach the cotton patches with the cleaning rod and soak them with the cleaning chemical. Insert it inside the barrel, clean the bore thoroughly and push it from the other end of the barrel. Remove the patch and pull back the rod. If you need to insert the rod from the front of the bore, remember to use a muzzle guard to protect the muzzle.

Use the bore brush to remove the deposits. Alternate between the bore brush and solvent-soaked patches a few times to ensure all the debris is gone. When there is no debris left, insert a dry patch to dry out the inside of the bore. Take a cotton mop and the cleaning rod. Soak the mop with gun oil and lightly lubricate the bore. 

Once the bore is cleaned and lubricated, clean the action with the gun brush and cleaning solution. Dry it out and lubricate the moving parts.  

Clean the body of your gun with a microfiber luster cloth. If you do not have a luster cloth, you can use any clean cotton cloth to remove the dirt from the body.

Make it a habit to clean your guns at least once a month, even when not using them.

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