3 Reasons Why You Should Clean Your Guns

Gun cleaning practices vary from person to person, and there are differing ideas as to how often people should clean their firearms. Some gun owners choose to clean their weapons at the beginning of a hunting season and then again at the end of the season. Other times people opt to clean their gun after every use, maybe after activities like range shooting. One fact is clear, however. Eventually, your gun must be cleaned.

There are benefits to having a clean firearm, and reasons why you should clean your gun regularly.

BEING FAMILIAR WITH YOUR GUN

Maybe you aren’t the most mechanically savvy, but you should at least be familiar with how to disassemble and reassemble your gun, and the functionality of each part of the gun. The easiest way to get familiar with your firearm is by cleaning it. The more you know about how your gun works, the better you will be able to repair it when something goes wrong.

PREVENTING MALFUNCTIONS

Firearms are built to last a long time, and many safety features are put in place to prevent accidents. But if you use your firearm consistently, the chances of something happening will always be present. In most cases, any malfunctions that take place with a gun aren’t due to manufacturer error, but due to negligence and user error. In order to minimize these problems, and ensure gun safety, cleaning your gun on a regular basis is the smart thing to do. In fact, some gun malfunctions are caused by a dirty gun, as best described by the firearm experts on the site Gun Vault:

Incomplete Discharge – This is when a round is fired but gets stuck inside the gun barrel. This can be caused by damage to the inside of the barrel or by residue buildup from previous rounds. If you tried to fire another round in this scenario, it can cause the gun to explode.

Failure to Eject – When a cartridge is fired, it must then be extracted by the gun’s mechanism and ejected. The problem here is if the gun is dirty, rusted, or corroded, it could fail to extract the used cartridge. A live round would then be forced into the base of the jammed cartridge, potentially causing the gun to explode.

MISINFORMATION

Don’t believe everything you read online. The internet can be the source of misinformation. One such rumor that often surfaces, related to gun cleaning, is that you don’t need to clean your gun for it to function properly. While it’s true you do not need to clean your gun every time you use it, it does not mean that you never need to clean your firearms. Just by searching on the web, it is very easy to find different forums listing people’s experiences with better accuracy or more efficient firing after multiple uses of a gun without cleaning. You may take what these posts say to be truthful, but do not interpret it as “not cleaning your gun ever.” You have consistency with firing a gun that has been used versus one that has been freshly cleaned, but if going too long without a thorough cleaning, your gun will get too dry, or fouled up, and begin to have trouble firing. So in this case, you may not need to clean your gun after every use, but still make sure to clean it after a few uses, otherwise you will risk ruining your gun, or endangering yourself and others with the chance of a malfunction. In an article on American Rifleman, an NRA sponsored site, it further supports the idea of cleaning your firearms to keep them in their best condition, but your guns may be cleaned less or more often depending on how often you use them.

3 Ways Ultrasonic Gun Cleaning is the “Greenest” Solution

There is an increased concern for reducing the negative impact on Mother Earth  than there was just a few years ago. That means that only the greenest, cleanest, and most environmentally safe solutions are being used to prolong the life of our planet. You can find an increasing amount of people using solar energy, recycling, eliminating the use of fossil fuels, and more just to be “greener.”

But what about the way you clean? If you own a shop with multiple guns, or just are in charge of cleaning an array of firearms, you need to find a method of cleaning that is both efficient and environmentally friendly. With Ultrasonic Gun Cleaning, you can accomplish both these tasks. Ultrasonic technology and the cleaning detergents used in our tanks are both proven to be eco-friendly options for your cleaning needs.

ECO-FRIENDLY DETERGENTS

When experimenting with chemical cleaners for any reason, it is a concern as to whether or not what you are using could be harmful to the environment. After all, you want to be able to recycle back any water and cleaner you use, and be assured it is safe to do so. Fortunately, you do not need to have such fear with the detergents used in ultrasonic cleaning. The chemicals that are used in the ultrasonic cleaning systems are mostly nontoxic and biodegradable. Check with local municipalities on disposal. The making of some chemical cleaners can often times be harmful to the environment, releasing toxic fumes into the air, and sometimes generating greenhouse gasses. Ultrasonic cleaners use no such chemicals, and are as safe as any cleaning chemicals you may find at home.

REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGY

You will find that even the technology behind ultrasonic cleaners has made great strides in eco-friendly cleaning. Ultrasonic cleaners have been recognized by organizations and government agencies alike for the superior method of cleaning through immense, non-abrasive scrubbing action, instead of relying on toxic chemicals alone. In most cases, ultrasonic cleaners are a smart investment for any business, as they provide some of the most delicate cleaning of any product out there. Not only for gun cleaning, ultrasonic cleaners have been used to clean manufactured parts, automotive and aircraft materials, and medical and musical instruments alike.

POWER-SAVING EQUIPMENT

Such powerful cleaning must come at a cost, right? Certainly the energy to support such a machine is where the real problem is. Well, actually, ultrasonic cleaners are fairly efficient when it comes to use of electricity. Overall, the whole machine runs entirely on electricity but uses much less compared to other cleaning systems. As well, with the production of electricity becoming greener all the time through such methods as solar or wind energy, ultrasonic cleaners are ahead of the game. Through the speed of an ultrasonic cleaner cleaning equipment, as well as the lack of big “power-sucking” pumps (like other cleaning machines), electricity is being saved through the efficiency of ultrasonic technology.

How Frequency Relates to Ultrasonic Cleaning

Time to jump back into the amazing science behind ultrasonic cleaning! As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, ultrasonic cleaning occurs in a tank of water that produces a constant series of waves alternatively expanding and compressing to create microscopic bubbles that implode, causing a non-abrasive scrubbing action superior to traditional cleaning methods. Those waves (specifically sound waves) used in ultrasonics are the key component.

Hertz, simply put, is used to measure frequency, or cycles per second. So 1 Hz would equal one cycle of a sound wave per second, 20 Hz would be 20 cycles, 100 Hz would be 100 cycles, and so on. Our ears can tell when frequency increases or decreases based on the pitch of the sound being made. The higher the frequency is, the higher the pitch. The lower the frequency is, the lower the pitch.

What is truly unique about ultrasonic cleaning, however, is its use of frequencies too high for our ears to hear. What is audible for humans is in between 20 Hz and 20 kHz (1 Kilohertz equals 1000 Hertz). In ultrasonic cleaning, the frequencies used can range from 15 kHz to 400 kHz. It is rare, though, to find parts that need frequencies at such extreme highs and lows in order to be cleaned. The typical frequency used for ultrasonic cleaning applications lands near 40 kHz.

If you are wondering which frequency would work best for your cleaning application, there is an easy way to tell what is right. Generally, the lower frequencies in ultrasonic cleaning (20-25 kHz) are best for bigger parts. You can use these frequencies for cleaning large automotive materials. The lower frequencies tend to clean more aggressively, so larger parts can handle the action.  For more sensitive and delicate cleaning applications, it is best to use higher frequencies. In the higher frequencies, the waves are able to penetrate through small holes and crevices more easily.