How to clean a gun

Many people don’t realize how important it is to keep your gun clean. Just like anything else we use in everyday life, a gun also needs to be maintained to operate the way it is indeed for it to be. Reasons for cleaning and maintaining: Longevity, you will find out how your gun works, and assuring safety and reliability.

Supplies you’ll need to clean a gun: Cleaning solvent, gun oil, bore brush, patch holder and patches, cleaning rod, nylon cleaning brush, flashlight, cotton swabs, and a microfiber cloth.

Steps to cleaning:

  1. It is very important that your gun is unloaded. You will want to release the magazine, and to check the barrel to see if there is a bullet in the chamber from the previous round. THIS STEP IS VERY SERIOUS AND MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.
  2. Disassemble your gun. Each gun is assembled differently, so you will want to read your guns owners manual before doing so. Never disassemble the gun more than the manual suggests.
  3. Never clean your gun in the garage unless the door is open. Gun oil isn’t a pleasant smell, and solvent fumes can make you sick.
  4. Clean the barrel with the cleaning rod and patches. You will want to first soak the bore. Then, using  a cleaning rod, patch holder, and a cotton patch. Push the bore all the way through the barrel of the gun then remover the patch. Do not pull the patch back as it will leave dirt behind.
  5. Alternate the bore brush and patches to thoroughly scrub the barrel. You will repeat this step till the patch comes out clean
  6. Lube the barrel with gun oil using a cotton swab.
  7. Reassemble your gun.
  8. Polish you gun off.

Gun cleaning should be done after every use of the gun, not doing this will result in a fault gun, and reduce its life. Happy cleaning!

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Lebron vs Jordan

One of the biggest sports debates right now is who is the better basketball player? There are many arguments claiming each one is better than the other, but after watching Jordan play as a young kid, and now watching Lebron play, I have come to the conclusion that Lebron is better than Jordan. Now before all you Lebron haters out there start leaving your negative comments, take in account my opinion based on these facts.

  1. Lebron is an all around versatile player and elite on every position on and off the court. Lebron with his athleticism, skill, natural talent, and basketball IQ, can be placed at any of the 5 starting positions. Jordan on the other hand didn’t have the size or the natural talent to be placed in all five positions, but really could only play the 1-3 position. Many of Lebrons teammates consider him the “on court coach” as he will direct plays, and be verbally active in helping his teammates. You will also see Lebron leading timeouts as a player.
  2. Lebron has had to carry the load of his team on his back. Lebron has been the main superstar on both teams he has played for (Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat). Jordan on the other hand, had superstars at all 5 positions. Take this stat to account: When Lebron played with Cleveland the first time, he took the team to the finals, but came up just short. Lebrons final season with the Cavs in 2010, they won 61 games. When Leberon left for Miami they won a disappointing 19 games. Proving lebron was the reason for that teams success. That year before Lebron joined Miami they had only won 33 games, once Lebron joined Miami that spiked to winning 55 games. When Lebron left Miami  they won half as many games as they did with Lebron. When he joined Cleveland for the second time, he took them from being the worst team in the NBA to winning the championship. As opposed to when Jordan left the bulls where their record virtually was unchanged still winning 55 games and advancing to the second round of the playoffs.
  3. Lebron has been in more NBA finals than Jordan at the age of 31.
  4. Lebron has had more winning seasons than Jordan regardless of who was on his team.
  5. Jordans star cast: Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, Kerr, Kukoc, all Hall of famers. (they were all on one team)
  6. Lebrons star cast in Cleveland: Lebron, Irving, Love(debateable)
  7. Lebrons star cast in Miami: Lebron, Wade, Bosch( for 1 season)
  8. Lebron went from High School straight to the NBA. Jordan attended college for 4 years before being drafted

Now you can take these 8 reasons and analyze them as much as you want, but when it comes to who’s the best player the pure fact that Lebron  has proven that he is the reason for a teams success, and him leaving is the reason for a teams fall is what truly sets him apart from Jordan. When you have a player who has such a positive affect on team, that is what truly makes them great and valuable to a team. Now I am a big Jordan fan and I have great respect for him for the records he has personally set, but Lebron has at least 4 years left in his prime and is on track to break Jordans records.

Grilling Steak

Summer is just around the corner, and I’m sure you are just itching to get to the grill and enjoy a nice evening in the privacy of your backyard. Before you do that I have 6 simple tips to enhance your experience.

  1. Choosing the right cut. When choosing a cut there is typically 4 you want to choose from: First the tenderloin, this cut of meat is the most tender, most expensive, and sold boneless. Second the New York strip, this cut is tender as well, but is a larger cut of meat than the tenderloin, also is usually boneless. Third cut is the t-bone, aka the porterhouse. This cut is personally my favorite because, if you can’t decide whether or not you want a juicy strip or rather have a tender tenderloin, the t-bone gives best of both worlds. Usually a bone-in steak to separate the strip from the tenderloin. This one will not disappoint. Finally we have the ribeye steak. This cut of meat comes bone-in or boneless, and has a lot of marbling(fat) making it a juicy, and beefy steak. This cut is a bit difficult to grill because of the high fat content causing flareups from the grill.
  2. Season your steak. I personally pre rub my steak with olive oil then sprinkle salt and pepper. For starters, stick with simple salt and pepper, as this well help form a crust on the steak, giving it crunch and texture. As you become more experience use different types of seasoning or create your own.
  3. Flip your meat only once. The more you flip your meat the drier it will become leaving the meat tasteless. Now, if you like your meat well done, you can flip all you want.
  4. Shut the lid of the grill. By doing this, it keeps the grill hot, and keeps all the flavors inside creating a more juicy and flavorful steak.
  5. Know your temperature. Nothing is more disappointing than an over cooked steak, so please use a thermometer. The temperatures are 130°F for rare (red, cool center), 135°F medium-rare (red, warm center), 145°F medium (pink center), 150°F medium well (slightly pink center) and 160°F for well done (no pink at all).
  6. Knowing when to pull your steak. Typically what I will do is coke my steak one temperature below my enjoyment then pull it off the grill. A steak will keep cooking after you take it off the grill so to avoid overcooking pull early and check it out. You can always cook the steak more, you can never uncool your steak.

I hope this post will help you in your grilling this summer, if you have questions, concerns, or more tips on grilling a steak, feel free to contact me!

How To Make The Perfect Manhattan

If you’re looking for a classy cocktail to sip on before a meal, you may want to try a Manhattan. When it comes to Manhattans it is truly an acquired taste, so be sure if you’ve never had one before to follow the recipe closely.

Ingredients

  • 2oz Rye Whiskey (I recommend Redemption barrel proof)
  • 1oz Sweet Vermouth (I recommend Martini & Rossi Rosso Sweet Vermouth)
  • 3-5 dashes of Angostura Bitters

How to make it

Using a mixing class combine all the ingredients and add ice. Shake the mixing glass well (typically 7 seconds is a good shake) and strain into a martini glass. Finish the cocktail off with a maraschino cherry. Sip and enjoy!

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