06.26.2023 | By Remington Contributor
It’s no secret that keeping your firearms clean protects them from rust and corrosion and plays an essential role in maintaining ultimate performance. The ol’ spit and shine technique unfortunately isn’t as effective as some have led us to believe. Thanks, grandpa. Debris and fouling can cause components to jam and malfunction, failure-to-feed (FTF), failure-to-eject (FTE), and even as far as resulting in squibs from an obstructed barrel. Yikes.
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Whether you’re doing a quick field strip at the range or a complete disassembly, follow these 5 easy steps for a consistently clean handgun.
Following standard firearm safety protocol, remove the magazine, place it far, far away from the firearm (preferably in another room or locked away in a safe) and triple-check that the chamber is empty.
Refer to the manufacturer’s user manual for model-specific take-down instructions. This typically involves simply removing the disassembly pin with a flathead screwdriver, empty casing, or fingernail. Remove the slide from the frame. (Pro Tip: Keep those tiny parts somewhere safe! Nothing worse than losing a take-down pin.) Using a wipe or microfiber towel, remove any debris in the slide, frame, and chamber. If this is your carry gun, check for dirt, (belly button) lint, fibers, etc. that may have snuck in.
Up next is tackling the barrel. Apply solvent to your bore brush (or you can use a patch wrapped around a rod) and run it through the barrel in a singular direction. Avoid pulling it back and forth. Work the solvent through the inside of the barrel, then run a clean patch through it with the rod. Rinse and repeat for those extra dirty areas (like your feed ramp).
After your slide, frame, and barrel are clean, it’s time to lubricate the mobile mechanisms. Be sure to lubricate any and all metal-on-metal components (this includes, rails, guides, etc), springs, as well as the outer surface of the barrel. Lubricating the inside of the barrel and the chamber is not necessary unless you are storing the firearm long-term.
Next step is wiping down the firearm with a clean (and dry) cloth to ensure any residue and moisture is removed.
Time to reassemble. Always carefully inspect each component during the process. If you notice any unusual wear and tear or alarming damage, take it to your local gunsmith before any further use. If everything looks up to par, do a quick dry fire to ensure it is functioning properly and has been reassembled correctly.
When done with your routine firearm cleaning after the range or the hunt, simply place your firearms in a protective cover like a gun sack, place in your safe, turn on your dehumidifier, and close the door.
Clean gun = happy gun.
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