When someone just bought a new firearm. After using the first time, it might be the original question on his head. How often to clean a gun? Or should you clean your gun after every use? The short answer is, “Yes.” Proper maintenance and cleaning are essential for a firearm. But this is not just taking a soft cloth and remove the rust from the body. No, this is not that simple.
How often to clean a handgun?
Before getting how often you should clean a pistol. Understand why you have to do this. Right! Some people don’t wash their gun most, but a person like me 😊 can’t get sleep without cleaning it.
But the cleaning process depends on which type of ammo you are using. Provided that you are using corrosive priming, I mean iron metals make rust too much then another type. There is no such thing as a slightly corrosive primer. Either it’s corrosive or not.
The old military surplus was corrosive, but the modern ammo is not destructive. Boxer and Berden these are the types of primers.
What would occur if you don’t clean firearm?
Frankly speaking, when carbon will build up too much inside the barrel. It won’t let your bullet to do the perfect cycling. It will be worse than you can imagine. Sometimes it can occur backfire for you or blast the barrel on your bare hand.
Okay, you get it.
Well, In the case of cleaning our pistol. No one will disagree. But how to clean your gun for the process different person has a different proposal.
Personally, I like to clean my gun after every trip to the range. But most of the weapons will be good enough to go for more round. I suggest cleaning after every 250 rounds provided that you don’t like to clean much.
If you just buy a gun for your home safety issue and don’t need to use that regularly. Then you can clean your gun twice a year. But cleaning your weapon is essential, though.
And the last part is, sometimes the situation will force you to use the weapon at a swampy area. So, after using this, you have to clean the firearm as soon as possible.
How often should I clean my handgun?
There is no definite answer to this question. You will get your answer, how often you use your handgun.
Regular use like every day shooting I already discuss that earlier. Now I will tell you what you have to take care of after “Heavy Use” and “Service Intervals.”
After Heavy Use
After doing an intense session or passed the dense, dusty environment with your gun. Your gun will need detailed cleaning. I will write about this process in detail in another article.
A simple cleaning you can do after 250 rounds. But generally using 3500-5500 rounds fires. Your gun needs a factory-made cleaning. I mean detail cleaning. You can’t do that. I suggest to hire a professional or contact your manufacturer with a warranty issue. They will offer you maybe two free cleaning service. It may vary from company to company. Don’t try to clean yourself. If you lose any small part, it can void your warranty.
How could I quickly clean my gun?
There are a ton of process to clean your gun at home or outside as you can clean your arm by yourself or can give it to some professional to clean it. It depends on you.
Clean a gun with a household item.
All you need from your house to clean your gun. Just a piece of clean cloth, little lubricant, and a toothpick or thin rod. That will be all. At first, round the fabric with the rod tightly. Then drown it on some lubricant. Then put it on the gun barrel. It will suck out all the small particles of the guns’ barrel. And then retake a fresh cloth and clean the surface of the weapon. This is enough.
Use Gun Kits to clean it
Gun cleaning kits you can find on the market at different prices with different features. You can buy some packages which are available on your budget, or you would have some comes with your gun build-in.
Hire a pro cleaner
Some people are living with cleaning this type of thing. They are so professional with their job. If you use your gun often and don’t have extra time to clean it up. Then you can hire someone like this for the job.
Different Guns cleaning schedule
If you are using a gun only for target clays, plinking, or something like that, then it will be ok to let it be without cleaning for 3-4 months. I use Walther G22, which is semiautomatic plinker. After every 500 rounds, it creates a problem with .22 rimfire ammunition. That’s why I carry a bore snake with a brush and some CLP on my range bag. So, it gives me a quick solution.
As an ordinary sense, fouling dust, dirt can create some issues for semiautomatic firearms. So, keep the gun always clean and perfectly oiled to get the 100% out of it.
It will be so easy for the gun owner to clean the rifles at the range where the bore can do a perfect job for you. Some range owners won’t allow you to clean your gun at the range point. I think this is ok. You can clean it at your home, and it won’t do fouling shot.
Why would you need to clean your weapon?
When you want to clean your pistol. Most probably the dusty rust and kinds of carbon. When you fire the propellant burns, its lefts some carbon behind. Another reason to clean rust from the firearm. When you set out for shooting or hunting.
Your weapon will expose to moisture. So, without proper cleaning, it will oxidize your gun body. It will result in rust on your body. It would be more dangerous if it inside the gun barrel. In some cases, you can use a gun safe; it will be useful if you have a baby at home.
Make sure to wear the perfect safety gear while cleaning your firearms. And also do it in a clean and dry area. So, the moisture and some other chemicals won’t be an obstacle for you. A high-quality eyeglass, gloves and also a respirator these are the essential accessories for anyone to do the gun cleaning job.
Nothing to worry about cleaning a rifle. Just make sure your firearm is empty while cleaning it. And do it at your garage for your family safety. Cheers.