Gun Cleaning 101

Here is a good guide to Gun Cleaning 101. If you got guns you got to clean them – at least every once in a while.gun cleaning 101

I found a good video to give you an intro to what you need to know about gun cleaning. I agree with a lot of what he talks about.

First you don't really have to clean all the time. In the military we shot 1,000s and I mean 1,000s of rounds a week and only cleaned at the end of the week. The weapons worked fine. As he mentions on the video, you can clean too much and loosen up the parts.  Also, if you are carrying it on you, you will want it clean enough so that you don't have oil or powder stains on your clothes.

Some highlights from the video:

  1. Get the crud off the gun before you spray solvent or CLP all over it.
  2. Qtips are your best friendgun cleaning 101
  3. Clean your magazines every once in a while
  4. Don't over oil!

One thing he doesn't mention that I like to use is compressed air. A can of compressed air with the tube is good for getting out sand and junk without getting it too oily.

Get yourself a nice cleaning kit like one of the Hoppes ones and get started.

Make sure you watch the video, he has some great tips in it. Let us know in the comments any other gun cleaning tips you know.

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  1. Howdy! Good tips.

    About the site, you really need to move the social media box out of the way of the article text. I can’t read the left column of words. Maybe you could stick them somewhere else? Thanks!

  2. Any opinions on Remington’s Squee-Gee system?

    • I have never used it but it looks pretty nice. Most of the reviews on Amazon are good. Some complained about not having a rod, but I can why they left it out – too many ruin their barrels with a rod.

      I might offer this as a Sweepstakes prize. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  3. What a great video. Simple and effective. Gun cleaning doesn’t have to be as complicated as some people make it. I just subscribed to their youtube channel..thanks for sharing.

  4. Its funny how most of the people overdo with putting oil on their guns. More is not better and this is perfect example. I also agree with you to take the crud off before spraying any solvent on it. We recently wrote similar piece to yours that can be found here: Would definitely appreciate your feedback. One of the things that I found to be working for me is to clean my gun after each time of usage. It might seem like a lot of work, but there are so many benefits of it that it is definitely worth it. Anyways, I am looking forward to more valuable content from you.
    – Jaro

  5. I agree on your point that cleaning kit such as Hopps can save good deal of time and can help in professional cleaning without paying for it exactly. Thanks anyway for the good informative article. Really liked it and hopefully it helps me in cleaning next time.

  6. I didn’t know that you could clean it too often. Guns seem like sturdy, unbreakable tools, but they need just as much care as anything else. At, it seems, like everything else, too much care can also be bad for it.

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