Inspecting and cleaning your gun properly is very important to keep them in great working condition so that it can fire safely. Due to the small explosion that happens in the chamber, every time you fire, a residue is left inside the barrel that makes it very important to clean for maintaining the gun and to prevent it from malfunctioning. Every time you use the gun it has to be cleaned. Here is a very good resource that helps with the steps you need to follow for cleaning your gun.
A gun cleaning kit is one of the first requirements. You could get this at the nearest store or put together few items and make a kit on your own. Some of the basic items that are needed for the kit are a cleaning solvent, bore brush, patch holder, cleaning rod, cleaning brush, cotton swabs, lubricant and a microfiber cloth. Keeping the items in the kit handy is very important for doing the cleaning process.
Unloading The Gun
Unloading the gun is one of the key steps to be sure that the gun is cleaned properly. Even after removing the magazine portion, a round of fire might be left. Therefore, it is important to check and remove any remaining rounds. Once the gun is open, look for the barrel to the back and front to make sure that there are no more rounds of fire left. Unless the barrel to the front is clear, the gun cannot be considered as unloaded.
After opening the chamber, look at the barrel from the back to the front. Make sure that there are no remnants of a gunshot inside or stuck in the barrel. Unless it is clear from the back to the front, a gun cannot be considered as unloaded.
Read through the manual and follow the steps for disassembling your gun. Follow the instructions that are mentioned in the manual clearly for cleaning it. This will help in accessing all the parts of the gun that might be dirty due to firing.
Move To A Well-lit Area
Carry out the cleaning process in a well-lit area. Because while cleaning your guns, the solvent fumes can make you a bit noxious. The solvent that is used for cleaning might also have a foul smell that you do not want into your house. Cover the surface with newspapers and plastic bags to save the cleaning trouble.
The first step towards cleaning to check the cleaning rod and the patches. After removing the components, the barrel and the cleaning rod must be soaked along with the patch holder and cotton patches. The best step to work is from the back of the gun to the bore. Muzzle guard is the component that helps in cleaning the rod so that it stays away from banging the muzzle. This helps in preventing any malfunction of the gun.
To clean the gun thoroughly, clean the barrel and then push out the solvent-soaked patch through the bore till it reaches the other end of the gun. After this, pull out the patch from the other end as pulling it back will result in the dust particles re-depositing inside the gun itself.
By following these steps, you can keep your gun clean and function properly.