What NOT to do When Cleaning Your Guns – Ultrasonic Cleaning

There are many ways to properly and safely clean your gun, but has anyone told you about the ways you shouldn’t be cleaning it? We are sure it isn’t something you think about on a daily basis, but it is smart to be aware of what isn’t correct when cleaning your firearms. With some help from the gun folks at Survivopedia, here are some of the “do-not’s” when gun cleaning.

DON’T Use Gasoline or Kerosene (And Other Unapproved Cleaning Substances)

It may come as no surprise to anyone, but using gasoline or kerosene to clean your gun can be very dangerous. Both these liquids are incredibly flammable, and if there is any chance of accidently lighting these chemicals up, you are going to be in for a bad time. Although effective for getting dirt and grime off of your guns, gasoline and kerosene can strip off the finish and protective coating on your gun too. It is just better to use any approved substance for your gun when cleaning it.

Along those same lines, dish soap and water can be just as detrimental to your gun. If you’re not careful, you can cause corrosion and rust can begin appearing on your gun. The exception to this rule is the use of water and Brulin 815GD concentrated cleaning solution. Brulin 815GD is approved for use with an ultrasonic cleaner that contains rust inhibitors.

DON’T Forget About Cosmoline

When you are purchasing new or surplus guns, it is important that you clean them before beginning to use them.  This is because they are often coated in a substance called Cosmoline. Cosmoline is a common brand of a substance used to protect the weapon from moisture and rust. In most cases, it is just an oily substance that is easy to clean off of a gun, but if the weapon has been stored for a long time before purchase, the Cosmoline may turn into a waxy substance, making it harder to remove. There are a few methods you can use in order to clean Cosmoline off in this state:

WD-40

If you spray WD-40 over the metal and any wooden parts, it will begin to dissolve the Cosmoline. Just make sure you have plenty of rags and paper towels to continue wipe the Cosmoline off. And make sure to get it out of the inside of the barrel as well! Keep in mind, however, that WD-40 is not meant to clean your gun. Only use it to help remove the Cosmoline. Any other cleaning done to your firearm once the Cosmoline has been removed should not include WD-40.

Heat Gun

If you are able to find a heat gun, you may use it set to 125 degrees Fahrenheit in order to melt away the waxy Cosmoline. Again, be prepared with plenty of rags and paper towels.

Ultrasonic Cleaning

Again, if you have access to an ultrasonic bath, all you would need to do is disassemble your firearm and place the separate pieces in stainless steel baskets and then into an ultrasonic bath. The ultrasonic cavitation in the water would quickly wear away at the waxy cosmoline, and have your gun cleaned in a relatively short time. Don’t forget to properly dry and lubricate your gun afterwards!

DON’T Forget Safety

It is important to not forget gun safety, even when cleaning your gun. That’s right, gun safety is important at all time! Check out our article “How To Be Safe With Your Gun: 7 Simple Tips” for some great gun safety advice.

 

 

How to be Safe With Your Gun: 7 Simple Tips

Gun ownership is no laughing matter. It takes your attention and responsibility to be able to handle firearms safely. That’s why it is important that you follow a set of rules when using your own gun. These simple checks based on the rules set in place by the National Shooting Sports Foundation will make sure that you and your loved ones stay safe, and you can use your gun with care and efficiency.

Rule 1: Assume Your Gun is Always Loaded

Even if your friend has offered his gun to you to use to fire down range, and he checked it and handed it to you empty, you must check for yourself to see if the gun is clear. Any time a gun was previously out of your control, you should check it again yourself to see if it is loaded.

Rule 2: Always Point Your Gun Out of Harm’s Way

This is pretty self-explanatory, but one of the most important rules. When at ease and handling your gun, never point it at anything that you aren’t willing to shoot. Total awareness of where the end of your gun is at all times must be your goal.

Rule 3: Finger Off The Trigger

If you aren’t about to shoot anything with your gun, your finger should not be anywhere near the trigger. Keep it outside the trigger guard, and only when you are ready to fire a round should you place your finger inside the trigger guard and on the trigger. It is all too easy for your finger to accidently slip and pull on something without your intention.

Rule 4: Know Your Target

When it is time to fire your gun, be aware of your target. Know what is behind your target and be aware if anything gets in front of it. Always be aware of your surroundings.

Rule 5: Check Your Ammo

If your gun isn’t using the right ammunition, it is at risk for misfiring and potentially causing an explosion. Use only the ammo your gun requires.  The manual that came with your gun should state the proper ammunition recommended by the manufacturer.

Rule 6: Don’t Rely on Safety Mechanisms Alone

Gun manufacturers have many different safety mechanisms in place on modern firearms that make it difficult to fire off a round accidentally. But just because these mechanisms are there doesn’t mean you should rely solely on them. Always treat your firearm as if there were no safety mechanisms, and that you must be extremely careful when handling it. It will be in the moment that you don’t do this in which accidents will occur.

Rule 7: Know Your Gun

Take your gun apart, and then put it back together. Clean it inside and out. Get familiar with all the different parts and mechanisms that make up your firearm. The more familiar you are with your gun, the more confident you can be when using it. When something goes wrong with your gun, you will be able to diagnose the problem right away, then seeking professional care or solving the issue yourself.

What is Ultrasonic Cleaning?

As the world changes and advances further into the future, technology is constantly getting upgraded. Often the latest version of your smartphone is released, or there becomes a new way to watch television, cook your dinner, or drive your car. Rarely does a technology exist without being advanced upon is some way. However, there are few fundamental sciences that exist, and methods found years previously to harness these sciences in such a way that they are still as effective today as they were 50 years ago.

Enter ultrasonic technology.

According to an extensive history and description of ultrasonic cleaning done in the January 2014 issue of American Gunsmith, ultrasonics has been around since the early 1900s. Ultrasonics first hit its stride during World War I for use in submarine detection, and continued to be fashioned into different uses after that point. It wasn’t until the 1950s that ultrasonic waves were found to be an effective surface scrubber if they had enough energy and were at the right frequency.

This newfound “ultrasonic cleaning,” is best described as a constant series of waves alternatively expanding and compressing. During expansion, microscopic bubbles are formed. When compressed, the bubbles are exposed to massive amounts of pressure, and then collapse with extreme force. This force created theoretically produces a heat of 20,000 °F. However, because of the microscopic size of these “implosions” of force and the large amount of liquid in which the reactions occur, the energy release is buffered, causing the liquid to become warm. With the constant expansions and implosions both heating and agitating the liquid, this produces the desired “scrubbing” effect of ultrasonic cleaning.

With ultrasonic cleaning, you can clean any number of things. Depending on how much power you put into the ultrasonic waves, and what frequency is utilized, you can clean a variety of equipment. From big commercial parts to the intricate parts of a gun, dirt and grime is no match for the scrubbing power of an ultrasonic cleaner.

If you would like to learn even more about ultrasonic cleaners and the technology behind them, you can visit our page at Ultrasonic Power Corporation. You can even check out a video of an ultrasonic cleaner in action!

5 Important Tools You Need to Clean Your Gun

Welcome to the world of gun ownership! Or welcome back, if owning your own firearms isn’t a new concept to you. In either case, it is important to stay up to date on these pro tips for firearm care. One of the most important things you will ever do with your gun to make sure it is well cleaned and in a condition that it can easily fire. If your gun is dirty and not properly lubricated, you can expect it to not function correctly, and that could be dangerous for you and anyone around. So, for the safety of yourself and others, here are five important tools you need to get started with cleaning your gun.

Multi Tool

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Most newly purchased firearms will come with all the tools necessary to take the gun apart and reassemble it. However, those tools can be small, and sometimes easy to misplace. You may have other tools lying around, like a phillips or flathead screwdrivers, that would get the job done, but we, as well as those at the hunting site “Wide Open Spaces,” suggest investing a little money into a Multi Tool. A Multi Tool a small, handy product that keeps any tools you might need to disassemble your gun in one place. On top of that, the Multi Tool can be useful for just about any other situation that requires tools to accomplish.

Cleaning Rods

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Something interesting to note is that it can be a lot easier to damage your firearm during cleaning than you would think. It is as simple as purchasing the wrong equipment used to clean your gun. Cleaning Rods are one of those pieces of equipment you must be careful with. According to the gun reviewers and firearm range experts at Range365, the key is to purchase a cleaning rod (or any other piece of equipment) that uses metal that is softer than the metal of your gun. Bronze is usually the best bet, especially in the case of cleaning rods. If you want to spring for something of a bit more quality you may always try a carbon fiber rod as well. Both these kinds of rods are used in the cleaning of your gun’s barrel, so it is important to find something that won’t “knick” the metal on the inside.

Bore Brush, Jag or Loop

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These three products are what are attached to the end of your cleaning rod. All three are safe to use, but each tool has its own purpose. For the bore brushes, you may find two types: bronze or nylon. Bronze brushes are a bit more abrasive than nylon brushes, but the nylon tends to last longer. Bore brushes are used to break up or remove any build-up on the inside of the gun barrel. As for Jags and Loops, both are instead used to run a patch (square cotton swab) to pick up any mess inside the barrel. With a jag you stick the patch on the small point on the end, and with the loop you push the patch through the needle-like hole. With each pass of the patch through the barrel, it must be replaced, so you aren’t continually pushing the same gunk back and forth through the barrel.

Ultrasonic Gun Cleaner

An ultrasonic gun cleaning system may not be a requirement, but it is a smart investment. Having the right tool for the job can cut down your cleaning time. Ultrasonic gun cleaners with the correct options and chemistry can also clean more thoroughly than manual hand cleaning.

The Right Chemicals

If you think WD-40 is going to help grease up your gun, then we’ve got some bad news for you: it’s not. According to the site for the publication “Outdoor Life,” WD-40 will leave behind a waxy residue that can be just sticky enough to collect dust and grime. After cleaning a gun, there are a variety of chemicals you need to use in order to keep it in the best condition possible. Of those chemicals, you have:

Extras

Not every one of these products is necessary for you to clean your gun, but they each help in unique ways:

  • Organization Tray – As simple as it sounds, it is used to keep any tools, screws, or components from your gun together, without fear of losing them.
  • Gun Vise – Mostly for use with rifles, this vice will keep your firearm secure and in one place. It is especially handy if you plan on having to clean your gun quite a bit.
  • Toothbrush – You can use one of your own you, or specially designed ones for gun cleaning.
  • Bore Guide – It helps to keep your cleaning rod centered and prevents solvent from dripping into the receiver.

UPC Firearm Cleaning Guide