Mar 162017
 

Gun Cleaning Something to consider when buying a gun

Gun CleaningThe month of March has been great fun (and it’s not over) with my free cleaning class on Wednesday nights, but I have realized that there are a lot of people who can’t field strip their firearm and clean it properly. One criteria for a good self- defense firearm is ease of cleaning. Obviously many people do not ask or don’t care because they have someone else clean it. I have found that if you need special tools (like the one that comes in the box with the gun) you are less likely to clean your gun on a regular basis. Many of the well-made guns field strip very easily and can be a dream to clean. You can ask the dealer when you are looking at the gun, if it’s not obvious to the dealer how to field strip it how are you supposed to figure it out. I like to watch someone take it apart on Youtube. Usually that will show you the secret code or handshake you need so that you can get it apart to clean and maintain. Then it just goes back together the opposite way RIGHT!!. Remember not to over lubricate. Sometimes in my class or at the range I will see a puddle of oil under a gun. I even saw a guy at the range oiling his gun between rounds of firing. Guns do not need a lot of lubrication just a little in the right places will keep you gun running smooth for a lifetime

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Apr 112019
 

Pistol Cleaning ClassThe month of April has been our Free Pistol Cleaning Class for anyone who wishes to attend. Last night during the wind and blizzard many people came out to learn the basics in our pistol cleaning class.

The night was no different than most, someone tried to sneak in a Ruger MK1 .22cal for cleaning and I helped her with it but we did not field strip the firearm. These pistols take a little longer and more care to field strip and clean, so in a pistol cleaning class like this I try to discourage it.

Then we had a Glock 21 Gen 1 .45acp that was absolutely as dirty as it could be and it needed to have some love and care it hadn’t seen in a long time. It’s funny how some strange guns come out on cleaning night. Last week I had an old FN Browning and a High Power. I think people take the opportunity to bring guns out of the safe that maybe have not been touched for a while, and that’s ok.

One of the individuals in class both this week and last wanted a list of what I use and recommend to clean the guns so here goes.

  • Hoppes #9 cleaning solvent- ( the real stuff not the biodegradable) (Walmart)
  • Good Gun Oil -(I have used Hoppes and that is fine) (Walmart)
  • Brass Brush- (See Here) for cleaning your Bore
  • Jags- (See Here) Jags are the fastest way to thoroughly clean, dry or oil your barrel. Each jag is designed to provide a tight fit between the patch and the bore. A pointed tip keeps the patch centered and allows it to drop off when the jag exits the muzzle.
  • Cleaning Rod Portable Kit- (See Here) these little self-contained kits are great and inexpensive you can put it in your shooting bag
  • Some old cotton Tshirts
  • Cotton cleaning patches (you can cut your own or buy them at Walmart
  • Some gun Grease ( I use Lubriplate SFL-0)(See Here) Don’t get the wrong one. I have plenty of information as to why this is the one to use.

All in all Free Pistol Cleaning Class is a lot of fun. But let’s be real here this is a skill you need to have. Guns especially self-protection guns need to run like a top. If your gun is dirty it may not perform as it should. I clean my guns about every 200 rounds. I never carry a dirty gun as my concealed carry gun. If you missed my free pistol cleaning class watch for them during the year I try to do it several times so people can attend.

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Mar 232018
 

Free Gun Cleaning Class

April Free Gun Cleaning ClassBack by popular demand. We had some great classes earlier in the year so we are going to do it again September.

Wednesday nights (Nov 13th, 27th) or other times by appointment

Not all firearms are easy to clean. If you have never cleaned a gun before or are new to guns, or if you are having trouble disassembling or reassembling your firearm when you clean it, then you will want to come to one of our comprehensive classes on handgun cleaning. This free handgun cleaning class is designed to help the gun owner learn and understand the best possible way to clean their particular firearm. Learn from a knowledgeable instructor that has over 50 years of stripping, cleaning, reassembling, modifying, and rebuilding various firearms. Come to class with the firearm you want to clean. We will supply you with everything you will need to clean your gun and provide hands-on classroom instruction:

You don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to clean a modern firearm unless it has been neglected. We’ll show you what you need and will probably save you a bunch of money.

When you bring your firearm to class please follow these safety rules:
MAKE SURE YOUR GUN IS UNLOADED; CHECK IT, AND CHECK IT AGAIN;
LEAVE YOUR AMMO IN YOUR VEHICLE;
HAVE YOUR GUN IN A CASE, BAG, HOLSTER, OR CONTAINER;
DO NOT OPEN YOUR CASE UNTIL THE INSTRUCTOR HAS CHECKED IT INTO CLASS.

Free Gun Cleaning Class will be held Wednesday Evenings in the month of (TBA). Space is limited and advance sign up is required. Once you sign up you will be sent instructions by email about where the class will be held. Give us your information on this form and include the gun make and model you will be bringing to class. There are several methods and preferences to cleaning your firearms, the methods offered in this class are only suggestions, it is always better to follow the manufactures recommendations for a clean and well-maintained firearm.

Classes will be held at 6:30pm

 


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Feb 202017
 

Free Gun Cleaning Class Wednesday nights on October 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

Not all firearms are easy to clean. If you have never cleaned a gun before or are new to guns, or if you are having trouble disassembling or reassembling your firearm when you clean it, then you will want to come to one of our comprehensive classes on gun cleaning. This free gun cleaning class is designed to help the gun owner learn and understand the best possible way to clean their particular firearm. Learn from a knowledgeable instructor that has over 20 years of stripping, cleaning, reassembling, modifying, and rebuilding various firearms. Come to class with the firearm you want to clean. We will supply you with everything you will need to clean your gun and provide hands-on classroom instruction:

You don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to clean a modern firearm, unless it has been neglected. We’ll show you what you need and will probably save you a bunch of money.

When you bring your firearm to class please follow these safety rules:
MAKE SURE YOUR GUN IS UNLOADED; CHECK IT, AND CHECK IT AGAIN;
LEAVE YOUR AMMO IN YOUR VEHICLE;
HAVE YOUR GUN IN A CASE, BAG, HOLSTER, OR CONTAINER;
DO NOT OPEN YOUR CASE UNTIL THE INSTRUCTOR HAS CHECKED IT INTO CLASS.

Free Gun Cleaning Class will be held at 6 pm Wednesday Evenings space is limited and advance sign up is required. Once you sign up you will be sent instructions by email about where the class will be held. Give us your information on this form and include the gun make and model you will be bringing to class. There are several methods and preferences for cleaning your firearms, the methods offered in this class are only suggestions, it is always better to follow the manufactures recommendations for a clean and well-maintained firearm.

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Jun 262016
 

Firearm Cleaning

Safely Unload Your Handgun
1. Make sure to remove all ammunition from the area, ideally to another room, while cleaning your handgun.
2. Handle your firearm safely. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, treat the firearm as if it is loaded. Keep your fingers off the trigger.
3. Eject the magazine.
4. Empty the chamber. Pull the slide back. Visually and physically inspect for any remaining cartridges. Remember to feel with your finger, not just look.

glock field stripField Strip the Handgun

1. Dismantle the firearm safely. Most modern handguns make this a relatively simple process. The actual process may vary greatly depending on the model of handgun. Check your owners manual.

 

 

 

 

hoppecleaningClean the Handgun
1. Assemble your equipment. (solvent,patches,cleaning rods,toothbrush,oils and lubricants and rags, and qtips)
2. Wipe down all components using clean soft rag. Precision is not required during this step.
a) Wipe quickly, removing as much of the debris, old oil, grease, unburned gunpowder and carbon buildup created from the use of the handgun as you can.
b) Include the inside of the magazine well, the injector, guide rails, and the area around the chamber.
c) You will find certain areas turn the rag black, clean as well as you can.
3. Appling solvent.
a) Most handgun manufacturers design components, even the polymer, to be safe when using solvent. Check for manufacturer warnings.
b) Apply a modest amount of solvent to all parts twice.
c) Make sure to apply solvent to any area with dirt, carbon buildup, or unburned powder.
d) Let the solvent sit for a couple of minutes and soak.
e) Scrub the areas on the handgun with solvent with a toothbrush. This works in the solvent and loosens the build up on the gun.
f) You can use the dental pick to remove any pieces of carbon and gunpowder build-up remaining in the tight parts of the handgun.
g) Use a bore brush to break up any buildup free from the barrel. Run the brush the full range of the barrel at least five times. Be sure not to reverse directions with a brush in the barrel instead push it all the way through, letting the bristles change direction outside the barrel. Then bring the brush back in the opposite direction.
h) Swab the barrel with a patch soaked with solvent. Repeat until the patch remains relatively clean.
i) Wipe the gun with a clean lint free cloth. Continue to wipe until you remove all of the solvent.
j) Wipe down the whole gun inside and out with a lint free lightly solvent soaked cloth. Look for any areas that turn the cloth dark. Clean these areas again.
Lubrication
The next step in the process is properly lubrication the handgun. Lubrication is essential to keep your handgun from malfunctioning. The main goals are the prevention of wear and corrosion.
1. Oil all metal components requiring lubrication. Often the gun’s manual specifies areas to oil. Look for areas of wear; this will indicates the need for oil.
a) You can you can use a small paintbrush with a couple of drops of oil on the bristles to apply a minimum amount of oil.
b) Use a clean patch with a couple drops of oil, to swab the barrel inside with oil.
c) Apply oil just thick enough to leave a distinctive fingerprint when a part is touched.
d) Be sure to oil the areas around all rotating parts, such as the base of the hammer or trigger assembly.
e) Try to keep oil away from the openings into the firing pin housing. Oil is a collector of dirt and powder buildup, which can cause your firing pin not to fire.
2. Lightly grease all sliding parts. Well-known gunsmiths are recommending the use of grease, especially on the frame rails of automatic handgun. Grease is better on sliding parts since these parts tend to shed oil quickly.
a) Using a cotton swab, grease the guide rails on the frame.
b) You can use the same cotton swab to apply grease to the grooves on the slide.

Reassemble the Handgun
1. Reassemble the handgun.
2. Make sure all parts are functioning properly.
a) A quick test for proper functioning is to rack the slide; make sure the slide returns complete into the battery (all the way forward). If the slide does not return properly the recoils spring may not be set properly.
b) Making sure the handgun is unloaded (see the safety section). Pull the trigger. You should hear a click. Rack the gun again.
c) If the gun is not functioning properly, field strip the handgun again and reassemble until it functions properly.
3. Wipe down the entire handgun and remove any excess oil.
4. Immediately before you intend to start shooting, swab the barrel with a dry cloth to remove any residue.

 

 

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