All kinds of guns need cleaning. Whether you only need to clean your gun every now and then or regularly depends on how often you handle it or fire it—whether at the range, in shooting classes or out hunting. For instance, you should clean the inside and outside of your gun when you are done firing it for the day. But even if you don’t fire it, you still need to keep your gun clean to ensure they function properly should you ever have to use it to protect yourself or your home and family.
Cleaning your gun out of necessity, because you used it or because cleaning it brings you pleasure are all good reasons to perform regular gun care and maintenance. You can also choose to take your firearms to a professional gun shop in Olathe, KS for cleaning and repair services. If you are a gun owner, then the following gun cleaning tips are for you:
- Safely take apart your gun: First, make sure to put on the proper eye protection before you begin taking apart your gun. This can save your eyes from the impact of a popped spring, or chemical splashes. Carefully disassemble your gun according to the manual, and keep the manual nearby for quick reference.
- Clean guns away from ammunition: Always clean your guns in a room where you do not store your ammunition. This can prevent a bullet from somehow getting into a gun that’s about to be cleaned.
- Use the right cleaners and cleaning items: Don’t clean your guns with household cleaning products. If you do, you run the risk of damaging your firearm. Use proper gun cleaning products and tools. You’ll need a cleaning formula made for cleaning guns, cotton swabs and pipe cleaners, clean rags to wipe down the gun and rods and brushes to clean inside the barrel. You can also visit your local sporting goods store to pick up a gun cleaning kit.
- Set up in a well-ventilated place: Gun cleaning products will produce fumes, so clean guns in a ventilated area. Open windows or doors, or just work outside.
- Don’t rush the cleaning process: It’s very important that you take your time cleaning your gun—especially since it could save your life one day. You don’t want to rush the process, because rushing could result in inadequate cleaning, missed spots or the gun being put back together incorrectly.
- Test the gun when finished: Make sure your gun is functioning properly after it’s been cleaned and put back together. Check that the gun is unloaded, then point it at a safe backstop and pull the trigger. It should properly dry fire, and the trigger should reset smoothly when you rack the slide.
Harrison Street Pawn is your go-to gun shop in Olathe, KS for purchasing ammunition and new and used firearms, as well as the best place for gun care, maintenance and repair. Contact us with questions or for more information about the guns we carry!