With the potential onset of the zombie apocalypse, it's critical to be prepared. Whether you own a bolt action rifle or a .44 Magnum, the most important thing you need to do with your firearms is to keep them properly maintained. In this busy world, though, how can you do that effectively?
Fortunately, most firearms are built for lifetime use. They also need be broken down for regular cleaning and maintenance, so grab a few Gander Mountain promo codes, and stock up on cleaning kits, and supplies. Basic cleaning is easy to do, even if you take the most basic swipe through the bore of your firearm with the cloth you usually use for cleaning, that will take care of a lot of the cleaning right there. So, step one is wipe down the firearm; the rag you use for cleaning will quite likely have enough gun oil and lube on it from the last time you did a full-out cleaning to take care of 90 per cent of the dirt right there.
Secondly, it's important to remember that regardless of quality, all the cleaning supplies for gun maintenance work, and using the lowest quality stuff will still get the job done. For general cleaning purposes, a good all-purpose solvent/lubricant will do the trick nicely. Of course, depending on what you have done with the firearm - whether it's been used for hunting, target practice or has been sitting propped up against the wall - you may want to consider purchasing a more specific cleaner. For instance, for a high-velocity firearm, you might want to consider getting a non-dissipating, high temperature lubricant so the lubricant doesn't evaporate before it has a chance to do its job. If you have a bore that's been fouled with copper due to multiple rounds going through, you might want to purchase a strong, specific copper solvent.
The purchase of a good bore rod, and multiple sized brush heads can't be underestimated, either. Graphite or polymer rods are generally the best, as they slide through nicely in spite of any resistance they might encounter. Also, a combined bore brush, patch and swab makes your cleaning job incredibly easy. The job can get done really effectively thanks to one simple, drop through device. You might also want to purchase a field cleaning kit; the first time you encounter mud or snow in deer camp or fall in a swamped boat, you will be thankful for having the cleaning kit with you. Don't think you need a field cleaning kit? Neither did our military in Vietman, but they were also dead wrong.
The bottom line is, it's important to keep the cleaning and maintenance process simple. It's been proven years ago that the more complicated something is, the more we don't want to do it. Unfortunately, you can't really do that with a firearm. While they are built to last forever, firearms will not work very well if basic maintenance isn't performed. Why complicate things? The proverbial wheel does not need to be reinvented simply because there is yet another cool gadget on the market. Keep your cleaning process simple and you will be thankful for it.
Chris St-Jean is a Canadian teacher who is married to a military policeman. Thanks to her own experiences going shooting with him and learning about firearms when she was in the Canadian military reserves, she's learned a few things about gun cleaning.