Proper inspection and cleaning of your gun will keep it functioning smoothly and firing safely. Due to the small explosion in the chamber every time the trigger gets pulled, residue and sediment get left on the inside of the barrel, which makes it imperative that you take the time to clean it regularly in order to avoid dangerous malfunctions. You should be cleaning your gun after every time you fire it, and especially after a target practice where you fired lots of rounds.
Remember to always clean your gun in a well-ventilated area. Not only does the solvent and lubricant smell foul, but the fumes are noxious and can make you sick so it’s good to have a place with good air circulation when cleaning your guns. Once you have a good place chosen to clean your guns, next is the cleaning tools–aka cleaning kit. Whether you have purchased a pre-assembled cleaning kit from a sporting goods store or you assemble it individually, you will need a few key things in your cleaning supplies.
What you need:
Lubricant or gun oil
A bore brush
A patch holder and patches
A nylon cleaning brush
Microfiber cloths for polishing
Once you have all of your supplies ready, disassembling your gun before cleaning it is a must–although it is rarely necessary to take a pistol completely apart for anything other than repairs. Only disassemble the gun as much as the manufacturer recommends, check the owner’s manual for instructions to prepare the gun for cleaning. Once you have completed that, you are ready to clean your gun.
Step 1: Cleaning the barrel with the cleaning rod and patches.
Working from the back of the bore if you can, soak the bore (or inside of the barrel) using a cleaning rod, patch holder, and the right size cotton patches for your gun. If you are unable to work from the back of the bore, use a muzzle guard–this keeps the cleaning rod from banging against the muzzle, which can cause your gun to malfunction.
–To thoroughly clean the barrel out, push a solvent soaked patch through the bore until it exits the other end and remove the patch. Don’t pull the patch back through because that will redeposit all the gunk you just cleaned off.
Step 2: Alternate the bore brush and patches.
This will thoroughly scrub the barrel. Remove the patch holder and attach the bore brush, run the bore brush back and forth along the full length of the bore 3-4 times to loosen any debris. Then, reattach the patch holder and run solvent soaked cotton patches through the bore, removing them when they have exited the front. Continue repeating this process until a patch comes out clean. We recommend running one more dry patch through to dry it out and inspect closely for any missed build-up.
Step 3: Lubricate the barrel.
Attach the cotton mop to the cleaning rod and apply a few drops of gun conditioner or lubricant to the cotton mop. Run the cotton mop through the bore to leave a light coating of gun oil on the inside.
Step 4: Use solvent to clean and lubricate the action.
Apply solvent to the gun brush and brush all parts of the action, make sure to wipe them dry with a clean cloth. Next, lightly lubricate the moving parts of the action (a light coating helps prevent rust, a heavy coating attracts debris).
And, voila! You are finished! Now just make sure to wipe down the rest of your gun! We recommend a luster cloth (a flannel cloth that comes pretreated with a silicon lubricant), this will remove any leftover debris as well as add shine! Although if you don’t have a particular cloth designated for cleaning your gun(s), old shirts and socks work really well too.
How To Convince Your Girlfriend That Guns Are Okay
Convincing your girlfriend that guns are okay can be a tricky objective. Each situation is different and each has it’s own unique complications. The outcome of your efforts is going to depend greatly upon how you approach the situation. Responsible gun ownership can be broken into three main components: Positive Attitude, Knowledge, and Skill.
Self defense is one of the main factors in gun ownership. The fact is, Women think and act differently than men.
“Women are ‘Life Givers’ and everything in their being, both physically and emotionally is designed to give and nurture life. As you can imagine, the decision to take a life, even when necessary to protect it, can create some personal conflict.”
“Accurate information that addresses these unique challenges is required in a non-intimidating environment where they can feel comfortable to explore and get questions answered. “ – The Well Armed Woman
Nature aside, there may be other factors at play that you don’t want to overlook before approaching her. Ask yourself, why? Why does she feel the way she does? Is there a history? Has there been a traumatic experience in the past? Try to see it from her perspective. What emotions are involved? Being understanding of her perspective will let her know that she can trust you. Acknowledge her emotional concerns and the difficulty she may have with facing vulnerabilities. Patience, love, and understanding. That’s your job, in maintaining a positive attitude.
We have been given freedom’s and rights. The First Amendment upholds our freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” We have a right to defend ourselves and those we love. The right to defend ourselves in any location we are free to be is known as “Stand Your Ground”. Specific laws vary from state to state, but in all states the occupant has the right to defend themselves and any third party occupants of the home. This is known as “Castle Doctrine.”
Taking a concealed carry class can be very educational, even if you don’t plan to carry a firearm. You learn about the laws and the situations that merit the use of guns. You learn that the primary causes of firearm related accidents are ignorance and carelessness, all the more reason for knowledge.
Knowledge goes hand in hand with skill. Be sure to maintain a positive attitude and understand that some things require a smaller dose. It may be one thing for her to talk about guns with you, but it’s a completely different world to apply that knowledge to be of use in a real world situation. Start small and build up from there.
Basic Firearm Safety Rules
1. Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.
2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target and you have made the decision to fire.
3. Never point a firearm at anything you are not willing to shoot/destroy.
4. Know your target, your target’s environment, and any other safety hazard before you fire.
When you move into actually handling a firearm you want to start out small, a low caliber (22), and build up from their. Before handling a new firearm you should know how to properly load, unload and clear a malfunction from your firearm. Not all firearms are mechanically the same. Never assume that what applies to one make or model exactly applies to another.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” The idea here is preparation. Prepare your approach, how you’ll address her anticipated concerns, and how you can provide a clear perspective on responsible gun ownership.
Learning how to handle a gun is a useful skill that can be used in many capacities from fun target shooting to protecting yourself in a life threatening situation. Before anything else, you must learn the first five rules of safe gun handling, put together by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. These rules will prepare you to safely handle your gun no matter your situation.
Keep the Muzzle Pointed in a Safe Direction
You should never point your firearm at something you aren’t planning on shooting. This includes everything from personal belongings, to close objects, from those standing around you to any buildings you may be near. This is one of the most basic, yet ignored rules of safety. If this rule was always followed, the number of accidental shootings would be significantly reduced. Do your part to prevent firearm accidents by always pointing your weapon in a safe direction.
Leave the Firearm Unloaded
The only time your firearm should be loaded is when you are using it. Load it once you get to the range, or shooting area. Once you are finished be sure to remove any remaining bullets, keeping the gun empty. It is essential when you store your weapons to ensure they don’t have bullets inside. This is good practice even for those who secure their valuables in a safe as an added precaution.
Don’t Rely on the Safety
While your safety should be on whenever the firearm is not in use, you should still treat it as though there is no safety. This includes the first rule of never pointing your firearm at another person. While the safety is designed to protect you, it is not immune to mechanical failure. In addition to putting on the safety until ready to shoot, you should keep your finger off the trigger until this time as well.
Know Your Target
No matter where you are shooting, be aware of what resides beyond it. Never shoot downhill. Be sure that there is nothing unseen your bullet can damage. Even a short .22 bullet can travel farther than you think, over a mile. Other more powerful bullets can travel over three miles. Make sure you are secure in where your bullet will end up if you miss your target.
The Right Ammo
It is essential to use only the right ammunition for your firearm. Make sure you read both the gun’s instruction manual, and the instructions on the ammunition boxes. This information must be taken seriously as the wrong ammunition can damage your weapon or deliver serious injury. Never use ammunition that has been submerged in water or otherwise damaged.
Follow these five rules of safe gun handling to better protect you and those around you when handling a firearm. Check back later on our blog to see the next five rules for safely handling a firearm.