Those who are new to firearm ownership are sometimes unfamiliar with the procedure involved in cleaning a gun properly. At Green Mountain Guns we feel that it’s important to understand that firearms are a major investment and proper care will help maintain their value, as well as their reliability. We have a wide range of gun cleaning kits and accessories available.
Following are the five basic components of a typical gun cleaning kit:
Solvent is used as the first step to get copper, lead, powder fouling and ammunition residue out of gun barrels and from all other metal components involved in firing. It is applied with patches or brushes to the bore or metal parts.
It is a light oil that does not harden or gum and is used to drive out moisture and give lasting protection from rust as well as reducing friction from moving parts.
A cleaning rod can be made of stainless steel or aluminum and will be one piece or more commonly come in sections. It is used for cleaning the bores by using solvent and patches or brushes and pulling slowly back and forth through the barrel.
Rod End Accessories
These are generally slotted patch holders or bronze bore brushes. They are attached to the end of a cleaning rod and allows you to pull and push the patch or brush through the barrel to clean and lubricate it.
Patches are generally made of 100% cotton and come in various sizes for different barrel diameters. They are soaked in solvent for cleaning to remove fouling. Then, as a final step the patch is lightly oiled and pulled through the barrel. This drives out all moisture and protects the bore from rust during storage.
We encourage you to ask the professionals here at Green Mountain Guns, your Denver gun store, if you have questions about gun cleaning techniques. Every type of gun will involve slight differences in how they need to be cleaned.