I was posting a reply about rust , on another board , and it suddenly occurred to
me how many posts relate to cleaning / maintaining weapons.
There are a lot of firearms owners out there who don’t have Military or LEO training , or even
much recreational experience with weapons ; so I thought I would share the simple things
that work for me.
(This ain’t rocket science , so if you find it too simplistic I apologize )
DISCLAIMER: If you have a BAD rust or Finish problem - PLEASE consult a Professional!
The worst thing you can do to a fine firearm is OVER CLEAN it.
More guns are probably damaged or “Uglified” by overcleaning than by normal use.
( Melted plastic , stained wood , metal finish that looks like a Belt Sander was used on it –
We’ve all seen this )
First – some DON’T’S
Do NOT use steel wool ,brillo pads, sandpaper, or other abrasives in an attempt to remove a
Stubborn “spot” on your gun or “even out ” the finish.
Do NOT DRENCH your gun with Industrial strength solvents , gasoline , kerosene , or
That WONDER CLEANER your shootin Buddy brought home from the Nuclear Plant.
Do NOT spend $ xxx dollars on “The Ultimate Cleaning Kit “ that everybody and their Brother Advertises.! (unless you’d rather throw money away than shoot it up )
Now ; you CAN go ahead and use your favorite commercial bore cleaner and gun lubricant.
ALL the commercial products are safe and effective when used as directed.
( RemOil , Sweets , CLP etc. – not a problem )
Here are some of the things I regularly use:
All of these items are inexpensive; most can be bought in bulk quantities , and are available
At drugstores – dollar stores – hardware stores- craft stores or K and W marts.
Orange (or green) cleaner – degreases and cleans – will not harm metal finishes , wood or plastic.
Armor All – (or generic equivalent )- cleans and protects, works great on / safe for plastic/synthetics and leather.
Gun oil – (any brand) – lubricates and inhibits corrosion.
Silicon wipe cloths (any brand) – displaces moisture from metal pores.
( great when you don’t want a greasy coat on the outside)
Nylon or natural bristle brushes – ( No scratches !) tooth brushes are ok but not as durable.
Cotton swabs – for nooks and crannies , cleaning out holes.
Lint free cloths – ( yes , rags and cut up underwear work , but these will grab the dirt and not just
Push it around) you can also make your own cleaning patches with them..
NYLON bore brushes - (cheaper than brass or bronze - .35 and .22 cal will fit most rifles and pistols-
Use with a plastic or coated rod NO STEEL ! ( you’re cleaning – not drilling )
That’s about it – Just add a little Elbow Grease – or better yet have the Missus do it
You should end up with this –
Instead of THIS –
Happy cleaning , and peace