While cleaning a gun is a fairly simple chore, it really helps to use the right equipment. Improper tools and solutions can make the job harder and even cause damage to your valuable firearm. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to clean a handgun, rifle, or shotgun.
1. A Cleaning Rod
The most important thing to know about using a cleaning rod is that it can damage the barrel of your gun. The slightest nick or ding on the crown—the end of the barrel–can impact the accuracy of a rifle or handgun. For this reason, you should use a cleaning rod made of a material that’s softer than the steel of the barrel.
For handguns, consider a brass cleaning rod like this Outers model.
It comes in segments, so you can adjust the length to use with longer barrels.
For rifles, a one-piece carbon fiber rod like this Gunslick Pro model is a good choice. The large handle gives you grip and leverage, while the carbon fiber rod won’t damage the bore. A one-piece design is best, because there are no joints that could catch on the inside of the bore.
Tom, this is some really good information about gun maintenance. My brother has a really cool shot gun that he didn’t really take care of as a kid. I have been thinking about getting it repaired for him as a birthday present. However, I want to make sure that he will take care of it and I think that I will give him some of these cleaning supplies as well.