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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