Posts Tagged ‘Firearm Maintenance and Repair’

New Orelans underwater after Hurricane Katrina

What to Do with Firearms and Ammunition Affected by Flood Waters

You do not have to be a victim of a hurricane to experience the destructive effects of flooding. A broken pipe, ruptured water heater, or a sump pump that goes out during a storm is enough to do it in some areas. In any case, flooding and firearms are not only a bad mix, it can be a financial disaster. This leaves firearms owners who have seen their guns and stored ammunition submerged by flood waters wondering whether their firearms and ammunition can be salvaged and used safely. Fortunately, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) have the answer. Here is the full release.

REar view of a pistol barrel showing unburnt powder

How Often Should I Clean My Handgun?

The more I test and use handguns, the more respect I have for the operating reliability of these machines. Tolerances held by Kimber, Colt, Glock, Ruger, Smith and Wesson, SIG, and CZ are excellent. When we fire these handguns on the range, we should have every confidence that they will fire time after time without any type of problem. After all, many of these handguns are based on service pistols that were designed to function in horrific situations.

extractor and breech face

Handguns: Are You Using or Abusing Your Guns?

Recently, one of the teenaged grandkids made the often repeated comment, ‘You only live once. (YOLO)’ I squashed this thought with both feet. True enough, we are promised but one life, but I pointed out that life isn’t short, it is long. Things you do in your youth may have consequences for the rest of your life. So, it is with firearms and the way you treat them.

A stainless-steel salad bowl works very well for cleaning and lubricating AR-15 parts.

Clean Your AR-15 in 20 Minutes

A guest post by Bryce M. Towsley

AR-15 rifles run well even when caked with crud, but sooner or later you do have to clean even the most abuse-immune AR-15 rifle. Cleaning is never fun, but there are a few tools, tips and techniques that can reduce the pain and get you back shooting a little faster.

Five AR-15 magazines with a gold-toned one on the left and four others in shades of gray on a white background.

Magazine Maintenance

In times of shortage, it isn’t only ammunition that is difficult to find. Parts and accessories become difficult and expensive as well—when found. A magazine isn’t an accessory; it is a necessity and so are spare magazines.

Hungarian 7.62x54 Mosin Nagant rifle with original boxed cartridges.

Shooting the Russian 7.62×54

Over the years we have seen a steady progression in rifle performance, and the modernization of rifle powder. Black powder rusted the metal almost as soon as it was fired. Modern rifle powder, such as Varget, is very clean. Corrosive primed ammunition isn’t something to be avoided, and the powder burn is often clean. You simply have to follow a few steps to fire and use this affordable ammunition.

Springfield 3.3 XD-S

Springfield Armory 3.3 XD-S Safety Recall

Springfield Armory® is initiating this voluntary safety recall to upgrade 3.3 XD-S™ 9mm and 3.3 XD-S™ .45ACP pistols with new components, which eliminate the possibility of a potentially dangerous condition. We want to emphasize that no injuries have been reported to date.

Slip on recoil pad added to rifle stock

5 Lessons for Recoil

Shooting a rifle is different from shooting a shotgun. Having fired thousands of rounds from both, I have developed and learned several best practices that will help you enjoy the practice sessions that will ensure when your opportunity arrives you have the best chance of winning the match or harvesting the game.

How to Clean Your AR

First things first. As with any firearm, before you begin cleaning your AR, be sure to clear your rifle.

  • Drop the magazine.
  • Open the chamber.
  • Visually inspect to ensure there are no rounds loaded.

Now, let’s start cleaning!