Thursday, March 13, 2014

Cleaning tip

Here is a gun cleaning tip from an ex-Army guy I know.  If you know you are gonna be cleaning guns when you get home from the range, give em a spritz of you favorite gun cleaning/lubing solvent while there, still at the range.  While the barrels are still warm from shooting.  Not too much.  Don't be sloppy. 

During the ride home the mist of cleaner has time to soak into the warm carbon-fouled innards. It makes cleanup at the bench with fresh spray and brushes and patches a snap. 

Or, that is the theory.  I haven't yet found myself at the range with the foresight to have a can with me and be thinking on this tip.  Or I will, but think "I have no time to get to the cleaning later, better not spritz and forget about it for weeks in case I spray too much, and it gets places I don't want it to."

Ex-Army had LOTS of gummint issued M16s to clean on range day and anything that made his life easier and the guns super clean was fine by him.  But we'd be cleaning out own guns, not feds'.

Has anyone tried this in reality, already, on their own and can recommend it or speak on it?

10 comments:

breda said...

Like deglazing a pan. Makes sense!

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Mmmm, cooked on seared 'meat' bits melted in Hoppes reduction. A little flour, a little salt and pepper... garlic....

Robert Fowler said...

I carry lube and solvent in my range bag. Don't you?

David aka True Blue Sam said...

A good friend drops his empties into a jug of windshield washer fluid and Murphy's Oil Soap at the range. They are ready to rinse, dry, and reload when he gets home.

Old NFO said...

Yep, it does work, you just need good rags to wrap them in, otherwise you end up with a messed up range bag!

Geodkyt said...

Works really well. Especially with really cruddy and crusty automatic weapons (like a bunch of M60s an M2HBs after a brigade familiarization fire).

Gunner Jacky said...

I have buyed a cleaning kit which is specifically designed for rifle. This kit contain lubricant, cleaning rods, bore brush and cleaning clothes. I clean my gun after every shoot which keep my rifle in best shooting condition.
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Geodkyt said...

Due to old Army habits, I tend to have a cleaning kit ON the gun, for all longarms.

Admittedly, since I took the scope (and therefor, the cheek pad with zippered compartment) off the 10-22, I haven't had a kit on it, and I don't have a cleaning kit on the M1A1 carbine (no butttrap on the folding stock, and an oiler alone does not a cleaning kit make) or the Moisin (again, no butttrap), it isn't universally true.

But even the home defense carbine has a cleaning kit (including a bottle of CLP) on board.

Bradley said...

i thought everyone had a dedicated bottle of CLP for the range bag? I know i have always had one, its a tip from my father, use some of it on the weapons before putting it in a trashbag(so it dont leak/stain/ruin the rifle case/bag.

Geodkyt said...

Oh, I have a big bottle of CLP (and other things) in my stand-alone cleaning kit, and that's what I normally use for cleaning guns, even those that have onboard cleaning kits. I don't bother carrying lube in my range bag (although I'd certainly add it if doing a high round count course or extended automatic fire - neither of which is an option right now {grin}).

But just in case I don't have my 5.56mm ammo can handy and I need to clean my rifle, I like to be able to do so.