Guest Post: Cleaning Your Gun

Posted: September 2, 2014 in General, Shooting
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This is the third in a series of guest posts from Oscar Broca of Republic Arsenal. Texas Gun Show Review invites guest posts from the shooting sports industry (with a preference given to sponsors) on topics of interest to the community. Opinions expressed are those of the guest author and not necessarily of Texas Gun Show Review.

Republic Arsenal has agreed to do a series of posts on topics of interest to gun show attendees, particularly first-time buyers.

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Cleaning your gun

by Oscar Broca, Republic Arsenal

oscarIt is important to keep your firearm clean to ensure it operates correctly. I’m often asked if it is necessary to clean after each time you shoot. It is good practice to get in the habit of cleaning regularly to eliminate excess buildup deposits in the barrel and to avoid unnecessary jams. I recommend you clean your firearm after each time you go to the range

Here are a few tips:

– Purchase a quality gun cleaning kit for your firearm. Cleaning your firearm is like taking care of your car. The better you take care of your vehicle, the better it takes care of you. I recommend Safari Charlie for normal cleaning. When you have excessive buildup use a good solvent cleaner like Hoppe’s. Other good cleaning accessories include toothbrush and brass brushes.

– Learn to clean your own gun. There are many tutorial videos demonstrating how to break down and clean your firearm. They are easy to follow and informative.

– Safety first – make sure your firearm is unloaded and there is no round in the chamber.

– Clean your new gun before shooting it. Most firearms are not cleaned after they have been test fired at the factory. In addition, most manufacturers add a thick lubricant or heavy oil to protect the gun. This may affect the performance when firing if not cleaned properly.

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