Every time you fire your gun, carbon, lead, copper and plastic—if shooting shotgun—residue are left in the barrel, chamber and action. Fouling built up over time can impact a gun’s reliability. A gunsmith told me his gun cleaning routine depends on the gun. After every use, he cleans his precision rifle. However, he rarely cleans his .22s. Copper build up inside a gun’s barrel can effect the bullets velocity by slowing it down. Further, barrel fouling also affects the barrel’s rifling. Shooting a dirty precision rifle can greatly effect the gun’s accuracy.
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There is nothing wrong with being a clean freak—until you have multiple gun safes jammed with more firearms than they were designed for. Cleaning would be a fulltime affair. Besides, just because a box of ammo went through a pistol or your favorite rifle, does not mean it has to be completely stripped, scrubbed, and cleaned. However, that does not mean it is okay to neglect it either. Hoppe’s has the solution with the release of its new Hoppe’s Gun Medic Cleaner & Lube.
Birchwood Casey’s MLP Solid Lubricant Pen meets Mil-Spec requirements and provides a low-friction lubricant coating for enhanced performance under extreme or casual conditions. Your cleaning and care of your AR-15 will never be the same.
In this NSSF video, former Army Ranger sniper team leader Ryan Cleckner describes how he cleans his bolt-action rifle and lets shooters in on some tips and tricks. He also challenges some cleaning conventions many shooters believe.
Every firearm, from every manufacturer, needs maintained to last a long time and be ready when you need it. There are fewer gunsmiths around to help you do this, so take the time to read about your gun, take it apart (carefully) and keep it cleaned and maintained with the simple instructions included in this post.
Are you a new AR owner? Keeping your rifle in tip-top shape is easy when you watch our AR-15 cleaning video.
Leaving it a sock won’t ruin it, and you don’t have to store it in a bucket of oil to keep the rust away. Maintaining your firearms is not difficult, but there are a few steps everyone should follow to make sure their guns last forever.
You did your research, you rented plenty of guns at your local range, saved your money and finally made your first handgun purchase. Now that you have it home, you might feel slightly lost as what to do next. The first thing you must do as a gun owner is learn and follow the four basic rules of gun safety—not only at the gun range, but in your home, as well.
If you are anything like us, you have either put off shopping or have some unexpected last minute gifts to pick up.