Every time you fire a gun there’s a tiny explosion in the chamber that leaves behind sediments and remains inside the barrel. This is the reason why you should take some time to clean your gun every time you fire a round of shots so that no malfunctioning takes place.
Cleaning your gun can also improve its overall functionality and longevity. Good gun cleaning habits can also help you understand your gun better which will impact how you use it on the field. The sentiment behind it is simple. Just how you’re supposed to re-rack the weight you use at the gym, you clean the gun if you use it.
So, let’s get into the fundamental steps that you need to follow in order to clean your gun:
- Make a Cleaning Kit: You can either buy a pre-assembled cleaning kit or you can buy all the components required to clean a gun separately and make your own kit. The basic things that should be a part of your cleaning kit are cleaning solvent, lubricant or oil, a bore brush, patch holder and patched, cleaning rod, a nylon cleaning brush, flashlight, cleaning swabs and a cloth for polishing.
- Unload it: Before you even start cleaning your gun, make sure it is properly unloaded. Even after removing the magazine the gun may still have rounds left for firing. Make sure you check for these. No gun should be assumed to be entirely unloaded unless you have checked the barrel for any additional rounds.
- Disassemble the gun: Slowly dissemble the gun using the user guidelines provided by the manufacturer. Don’t try to do it by yourself. Even if you have done this before it’s always safe to use the user manual as it will give you a safer and a more systematic approach of doing it.
- Clean the barrel: Push a solvent soaked patch from one end of the barrel and take out from the other. Then just remove the patch from the other end as taking it back will just redeposit more dirt in it.
- Bore brush: After removing the patch run the bore brush again 3-4 times through the barrel to loosen any debris. Take a dry patch now and pass it through the barrel again to remove any remaining buildup you might have previously missed.
- Lubrication: Put a few drops of gun oil on a cotton swab and place the swab on the tip of the cleaning rod. Run the cleaning rod through the inside of the barrel covering it with a thin layer of lubrication.
- Repeat the same with the action: Repeat the steps mentioned above with the action of the gun. Clean it well and then lubricate it using a gun brush and a clean cloth. Make sure that you don’t end up lubricating it too much because too much lubrication will have a gluey effect and will attract more debris.
- Wipe it all off: Finally, give the gun a final touch up using a luster cloth with come with pre-treated silicon lubrication. This will remove every remaining debris or fingerprints from the surface of the gun and will leave it shining as good as new.
No one really enjoys cleaning their own gun but it’s necessary to remember that maintenance is key preservice. You might need the best gun cleaning solvent for that. The more frequently you clean your gun the longer it will be able to function properly. And I’m sure you love the feeling you get when you’re holding that well-polished shiny clean gun in your hand.