Cleaning You Firearm
When it comes to hunting, your firearm is the one of the most important assets you have. Maintaining your firearm can not only help with future hunts, but it also can prevent Â harm to yourselfÂ and the people you are hunting with. I spent eight years in the Marine Corps, and as a Marine, your firearm is extremely important. Like our motto says, â€œEvery Marine is a Rifleman.â€ Using my experience in the Marine Corps, this column will explain the basics when it comes to cleaning your firearm.
First and foremost, you will need to get yourself a cleaning kit that is specific to the firearm that you own. These kits can be bought at your local sporting goods store, retail store (ie. Walmart), or any shooting range. The kits range anywhere from $20-$150 depending on the brand and the type of firearm you are purchasing it for. Remember, the high-end kitsÂ may look easy on the eyes but you donâ€™t necessarily have to spend that much to get a quality kit. The simple, cheaper kits will have everything you need to get the job done effectively.
Second, it is now time to clean your firearm. You can start by one of two ways: 1) Use a table, old bath towel and cleaning kit or 2) Purchase a stand for your firearm, old bath towel and the kit. I currently use the table/towel method toÂ cleanÂ mine but it is all personal preference. Make sure that you are familiar with the componentsÂ and how to assemble/disassemble it. If you have problems disassembling or assembling the firearm, utilize a search engine. There are many videos and online manuals out there that will make the job less frustrating.
Now that yourÂ firearm is disassembled, make sure to clean every part thoroughly, removing all signs of gunpowder and residue. Work to clean all parts of the firearm, adding small amounts of lubricating oil after you have finishedÂ cleaning each piece. Focus on the bolt assemblyÂ and barrel to make sure that theyÂ are the cleanest. Those two components are the most importantÂ components to your firearm. Keeping those two parts clean will best helpÂ you from misfiring and to maintain the utmost safety. And last but not least, assemble theÂ firearm the exact way you disassembledÂ it in the beginning.
Cleaning your firearm is not that big of a task and wonâ€™t take up much timeÂ in your day. Even if it takes a little longer than expected to do the job, it is well worth the invested time and effort. Firearms are not cheap so if you take care of it, it will take care of you. Happy hunting and be safe out there.