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Updated by Fusion 360 on Aug 07, 2014
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Gun Care for Dummies: 8 Ways to Keep Your Firearm in Good Shape

Many gun users dispute about when and how to take care of their firearms. Most agree that storing your gun in a gun safe is a great way to keep your family safe while maintaining your firearm in good condition. However, there are other ways to take care of your firearms besides just storing them in a safe place. Your gun needs to be properly cleaned and maintained in order to prevent rust and function well.

Cleaning Time

Many gun owners ask themselves when and how often they should clean their firearms. Well, this depends on how often you use your firearm. Each gun should get a thorough cleaning at least once a year to ensure that it won’t rust. Guns which are used more frequently may need a more frequent cleaning.

Follow the Owner’s Manual

The last thing you want is to disassemble your gun for cleaning only to realize that you don’t know how to put it back together.

Be Prepared

Like a good paint job, it’s all in the preparation — a good gun cleaning depends on it. Cover your workspace with a large sheet of plastic and newspaper or paper towels and make sure the place is well-ventilated.

Be Safe

After cleaning or maintaining your firearm, be sure to store it in a proper gun safe. This will keep the gun out of the hands of children, unauthorized users or thieves.

Wear Safety Glasses

The solvent used to clean firearms can be extremely painful when it makes contact with your eyeball. And you’d be surprised how much can flick up when you’re brushing the gun’s barrel. So be safe and be sure you’re wearing protective eye-gear.

Clean the Bore of the Barrel

As you push the bore brush back and forth through the bore of the barrel, make sure to add solvent to the brush a few times. And don’t foul the solvent by dipping the brush into the solvent bottle — pour it onto the brush.

Take Care of the Frame

Using a nylon brush and some solvent, you can scrub other parts of the gun and then wipe off the residue with a rag. A little goes a long way, especially with solvent.

Lubricate It

The amount of lubricant depends on the type of gun. Generally speaking, semi-automatic guns need lubricant where the parts rub against each other. On the other hand, revolvers need only a small amount of lubrication. Remember not to over lubricate as this can hold gun fouling.

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Sara Bezdjian writes for Fort Knox. She is a writer at Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah.

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