When you fire a gun, it makes a gun quite dirty. This is true even when you fire only one shot. One shot will produce debris in the barrel that is immediately noticeable. If your gun happens to be blow-back, gas pressure becomes part of the operation. Guns with gas pressure spread even more debris on nearly all of its internal parts. Many people don’t clean their weapons very often or forget to do it after shooting, while others have trouble even sleeping if their guns aren’t cleaned properly. Let’s learn more about if you need to clean your gun every time you use it.
The Type of Ammo You Use Determines How Dirty Your Gun Gets
The kind of ammunition you use is one of the several things that will determine how often you need to be cleaning your gun. If your ammunition contains priming that is corrosive, iron-based metals will begin to rust even right after you’re done firing your gun. It’s very important to bear this in mind if it’s hot outside.
If your ammunition has priming that is corrosive, you must clean your gun immediately. Primer that is said to be slightly corrosive just doesn’t exist. Either it is quite corrosive or it’s not corrosive at all. Cheaper ammunition isn’t actually worth it when you factor in the amount of time it takes to clean your gun. Cleaning your gun only one time after you fire ammunition that is corrosive isn’t nearly enough. That’s why cheap ammunition should always be avoided. For the most part, modern ammunition is not corrosive.
Boxer Primed – Boxer primed ammunition is one of the most popular primers in use. Almost every type of both military and civilian ammunition uses it. Almost all indoor ranges prefer a Boxer primer that has brass casings. Unless you buy surplus ammunition, you should be okay.
Berden Primed – For the most part, this type is not used in the United States, despite the fact that it was initially made here. It has a type of salt that is corrosive which results in you needing to clean your guns a lot more frequently.
Lead Styphnate Primed – These types of primers don’t leave much residue on your gun. If you use this type of ammunition, you won’t need to clean your gun right after you fire it. Even so, you should use a cleaning patch that has a solvent. Clean the bore and exterior with the patch. That will help to protect it from rust.
Field strip your gun whenever you have finished shooting. If your gun has a lot of blow-back, clean it a lot more frequently. Field stripping will help to avoid the buildup of carbon in the barrel and other parts of the gun.
Use a Bore Viper often.
Clean your guns every time you fire. The newer the gun, the easier it is to clean it. When you field strip often, it becomes far easier to clean your guns.
Ideally you will clean your gun right after shooting, but we realize that isn’t always practical. Therefore, always be sure to clean your gun within a few days of shooting it to keep it in optimal working condition. Use a quality solvent, lubricate all of the moving parts and wipe it all down with a silicon cloth to remove any fingerprints and excess oils.