Cleaning Your Revolver

A revolver and a handgun laying on a pad in preparation for cleaning

Cleaning your guns is something that gun owners and gun lovers do for many reasons. The most obvious motivation is that it keeps your gun functioning normally despite thousands of rounds at the range, or several boxes of shells on opening day. Gun cleaning can be relaxing too. Some shooters practice field stripping their guns repeatedly so if the situation ever arrives that they have to repair a gummed up weapon amidst a firefight, they could do it in the shortest amount of time humanly possible. Operating with a freshly cleaned weapon is similar to wearing a brand new pair of socks, you’re not sure why, but your day is just a little bit better because of it.

Revolvers are still popular today for carry guns despite their relatively old technology level. Gun manufacturers are continually coming up with new and exciting designs for their revolver lines, and there is no sign of this small part of the industry slowing down. That being said, we decided that it would be a good idea to go over some of the most basic revolver cleaning methods. Obviously, there is more than one way to do this; you should always consult your manufacturer owner’s manual before attempting to clean any firearm.

The first step is to make sure the gun is unloaded. This is an obvious step however you can never be too careful with guns, remember that even an unloaded gun should be treated as if it is still loaded. Gather your supplies. There are many gun-cleaning kits available. Most are inexpensive and will last a lifetime, just be careful with the brass rods, as handling them too rough or using them improperly will cause them to easily break. Break the gun down, in this case, most revolvers will open to the side, exposing the cylinders. Tie a rag around the back of the gun to protect the firing mechanism. Some guns are more fragile than others, but doing this as a rule will prevent any accidents, it also gives you a nice place to grab the gun. Grab the appropriate bore brush for your handgun. Remember that manufacturers of bore brushes use the same brush for many calibers. A 9mm may be the same brush as a .357, .38 and so forth. If the gun hasn’t been cleaned in a long time, apply solvent to the bore brush and pull the brush out of the gun from chamber to barrel tip. If possible, you should always clean your barrels in the direction that the bullet travels. Repeat these steps on all the cylinders as well. Grab an old toothbrush and apply solvent to it as well. Brush down the firing mechanism and the back of the cylinders. Push back the extractor rod and brush it as well. Spent gunpowder can collect around the extractor rod in a short amount of time. Once you have applied solvent to the cylinders and barrel, remove excess solvent material using a cleaning rod and cloth pad attachment. Next, take the same cloth attachment and a fresh cloth. Apply gun oil to it and run the rod through the cylinders and barrel. Take another cloth and wipe away any excess oil. Grab yourself that old rag and apply a few drop of oil to it as well. Polish and clean the outside of the gun until there is no visible dirt of fingerprints.

This method of cleaning is what I have always used and I have never had any problems with my revolvers. Do you have any gun cleaning tips I didn’t cover? If so, comment below and share your knowledge. Remember to keep safe when cleaning your firearms and always promote your second amendment right to self-defense!

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