When it comes to cleaning the gun, it is different from other cleaning processes and also you need special care because you are going to deal with the ammunition while cleaning. There are varieties of guns and the cleaning procedure is different for each gun. So this article will let you know how to use a gun cleaning kit for different types of guns.
Cleaning Process Involved in Rifle and Hand Gun
Rifle Air Gun
Before cleaning a rifle air gun, make sure it is safe to clean and supported in a gun cradle. You need certain gun cleaning kits which are listed below;
- A gun cradle is a must that holds the rifle steady
- Pull through, which helps the barrel to clean in the direction where the pellet is traveling, and also it is bore-friendly coated so it won’t harm the rifling
- Pre-cut patches, the number of patches using for the cleaning process depends on the calibre of the gun
- Airgun oil, which can be sprayed on the barrel before cleaning so that the lead deposits can be cleaned easily
- A toothpick can be used in places where your fingers can’t reach
- A drinking straw can give the pull-through a head start when you are trying to clean the barrel
- Microfiber cloth used in a lot of ways and it will help to clean the oil and residue on the barrel
Before starting the cleaning process, you can spray the airgun oil so that the lead deposits will get loosen and make sure whether the bolt is closed so that the spray won’t get into any action.
Many of the gun features doesn’t have any direct access to the barrel so you can feed the pull-through down the shroud and through the muzzle will help in cleaning the patches.
Now you need to get into the loop which can’t be reached by fingers so use a toothpick and it can be sprayed with the little oil. When you pull out the stick be careful otherwise it will damage the crown. Also, the lead and oil can be vaporized so a microfiber cloth is used to cover around the muzzle to stop vaporization.
Now repeat the cleaning process until the gun gets clean well. If you are going to place the gun without using it then use oil in the bore that will help to protect the metal from moisture. If you are using it immediately then you can use the dry patches so that your pellets can re-lead the barrel with a clean and dry bore.
Once you have done unscrewing everything in the muzzle, you can apply high-quality grease to stop the metal from seizing. Also, apply a little amount of grease on the rear of your bolt or your sidelever.
Now you can deep clean the bore without any brushes as it causes damage, and re-lead your barrel by firing some pellets. Accuracy will be woeful after the cleaning but the barrel will regain its level of leading and it will take 10 to 50 shots.
Cleaning the gun will increase the function of the gun and also you can fire in safety. Regular cleaning is needed to avoid the danger of malfunction as there will be deposition of residue and sediment on the barrel.
Before starting the cleaning process, you need to have all the basic and necessary equipment, which are listed below;
- Cleaning solvent
- Lubricant or gun oil
- Bore brush
- Patches and patch holder
- Cleaning rod
- Nylon cleaning brush
- Microfiber cloth
- Cotton swabs
Properly unload your gun and make sure that the unloading of the gun has been done properly. You can check if the unloading has been done properly by opening the chamber and looking through the barrel from front to back. If you didn’t see any round remain inside then it is completely unloaded. Also, finding a place with good air circulation is the best way to clean your guns.
Clean the barrel using the cleaning rod, patch holder, and some cotton. Start clean from the back of the barrel or use a muzzle guard that keeps the cleaning rod banging against the muzzle.
For proper cleaning, you can use the solvent to clean the barrel out. Now, remove the patch and clean it using a bore brush. Run the bore brush to the full length so that it will loosen the debris. Use solvent dipped patches through the bore for cleaning and repeats until the patches come clean. Also, use one or few dry patches to dry it out and inspect it closely.
Now add few drops of gun lubricant on the cotton and run it through the bore to leave some oil inside of the gun.
Apply solvent to the gun brush and properly brush all the parts of the gun. And then wipe them with a clean dry cloth. Now, lubricate the moving parts of the gun lightly and use a light coating of oil to prevent rusting. Don’t use heavy coating as it will be gummy and also attracts a lot of debris.
Use a flannel cloth that comes pre-treated with a silicon lubricant. It is used to remove any kind of additional debris that includes acid, fingerprints, etc., and give the gun a shining look. If you don’t have any then use t-shirts or shocks that will help you well.
The process of cleaning the firearm equipment using the gun cleaning kit is mostly the same for all types of guns, but only the components of the cleaning kit will change. But the most cleaning kit will have brushes and rods, and efficient cleaning is required because the function and longevity of the gun are depending on it.