Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Archie gifted me the first compressor he ever used back when he started a body shop in an alley garage down in SE DC back in in the 40s.

The thing is what he used to paint cars.   That's about all it could do.

There is no reservoir tank on it.  Just a motor and piston.  After a few pumps it's at pressure and the relief valve is blowing off the excess.  I'm only using it to blow air, so that is fine.  Works as good as it did 70 years ago.

So I spritz some solvent on gun parts and blow off the dirt and carbon.  It gets into those nooks and crannies I can't reach.  Sure there is some brush work, especially to scrub down the feed ramp.  And patches down the barrel.

Or I can be lazy and spritz, bore snake the pistol with no disassembly, and blow off the excess lickity split.  Beats caked on cack, but its fast and quick, and something.

Because I am literally blowing black oily stuff all over, I make a 'spray booth'.  Just a beer case that will absorb the platter.

I got the idea from a film showing you how to clean Stoner new invention, the AR-10 rifle.  6:20 into this video you see the cleaning.  Brush brush blow blow.  You don't need to clean AR patterns ever anyway, right?

It does chase the liquid dirt around the parts.   To the edge.  And then stops.  So have a paper towel or rag handy.

1 comment:

Sport Pilot said...

You can purchase an air storage tank...

They also make larger tank's as well, if that air compressor has the HP I suspect it to have then buying a larger tank is still far less expensive than buying a lower end air compressor and attached tank.