6 Steps For Effective Gun Cleaning

These are the 6 most important steps to gun cleaning:

Step 1. ALWAYS make sure the gun is unloaded and pointed in a safe direction!

Step 2. Rigorously take gun apart, making sure to keep track of all parts. Please reference your homeowners manual for detailed directions on how one can disassemble weapon. For many over/unders, when the action is closed, you remove the forestock (wooden half the place your front hand goes underneath the barrel) by knocking down on the lever on the forestock. With the forestock off, you open the motion of the gun bore cleaner and pull up and forward on the barrels (be careful to not let the barrels fall off the gun and to the ground once the motion is open). You now have three distinct items, the receiver (stock and trigger assembly), the barrels, and the forestock. (Additionally, reference our gun cleaning video to comply with alongside visually).

Step 3. Clear your weapon with a solvent (reminiscent of Hoppe’s 9). Inside the barrels, use a bore brush or a rod with a patch with solvent utilized to the patch. (wantable pushing from the breach to the entrance of barrels (the identical direction the shot/slug travels). Then use a clear dry patch and push that patch by means of the barrels. Proceed this alternating process using clean patches (first with solvent after which with out) till the patches now not come out dirty. Use a toothbrush with solvent to wash different metal components of gun to remove accumulated residue/deposits/»gunk».

Step 4. Remove any remaining solvent from surfaces. Wipe down the firearm and all the elements to remove any residual solvent (which if left on metal could be harmful).

Step 5. Wipe down metal parts with light coat of oil/lubricant/rust inhibitor. To guard the firearm and assist it function properly, wipe down metal parts with a light coat of gun oil or lubricant equivalent to silicone or RemLube by Remington. Use the lubricant/oil sparingly. A bit goes a protracted way. If the storing the gun, strive not to go away fingerprints on it. While the fingerprints will likely not do anything to effect the function of the gun, they are often unsightly and the oils in your skin may mar the end of the metal.

Step 6. Reassemble weapon and verify that it is functioning properly. Holding the receiver horizontal and with the barrels at a 45 degree angle to the ground, slide the barrels down onto/into the receiver until the «hook» on the bottom of the barrel(s) catches in the receiver. Lift up on the entrance of the barrels till they lock into place. Now reattach the forestock. With the small latch on the forestock open, slide the forestock into place and easily shut the latch. Then open the breach of the gun and close it once more to make sure reassembly was completed correctly. All components ought to move smoothly with none excess liquids/oils/and many others visible on any half(s) of the gun. Do NOT use undue pressure on the weapon. Likelihood is if you have to use much (if any) muscle, you’re doing something incorrectly.


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