How Often Should You Clean Your Gun?

Do you know how often should you clean your gun?

If you don’t then today you will get your answer. In this article, I will be talking about how often should a firearm be cleaned. I will tell you when to clean your gun after each use or when you can let it be for some time.

If you are someone who fires a gun, you know exactly how became dirty the gun after shooting. You fire a single shot, and there is quite an amount of debris on the barrel. Not only that, but a blow-back operated gun also throws gases into the mix, making it even dirtier.

How Often Should You Clean Your Gun?

Q: How often should I clean my gun?

Many people wonder whether they should clean the gun after every use or leave it for a while. Yesterday, my friend asked me how often to clean a rifle and then I thought I should write about it. In short, let me answer your question. Generally, you should clean your gun barrels after each use. If you your gun or rifle is new then you easily clean. You can read our best rifle cleaning kit reviews to buy the perfect one.

Now, if you don’t have time then you can wait three or four days. But I recommend you to clean your gun within 1 week after use. Having a good cleaning solvent is also very important.

Now let me talk about in depth. So, let’s begin.

Corrosive Ammunition:

Corrosive Ammunition

Corrosive priming wears down the gun pretty quickly. To avoid this, you should clean your gun after each shot you fire.

However, always keep in mind, the primer is either corrosive or not, there is no other way in between.

Also, there is also surplus ammo floating on the market that is less expensive.

Therefore, you can afford not to clean them after each usage. This ammo makes your gun dirty to a point where cleaning a single is not enough at all. So, it is better not to do it.

Modern-day ammo does not have this characteristic.

However, in case you use the older military surplus ammo you need to check properly. They have the primers. The two primers that are generally used are Berdan and Boxer.

Also, you should know this there are only two types of primer available on the market boxer and berden.

Berdan Primed Ammo:

Berdan Primed Ammo

Berdan primed ammo is not much corrosive. These primers are hard to find in the US as well.

Now, this does not mean you would not have to clean your gun regularly with this primer. They contain AA Chlorate salts. These salts wear your gun down pretty quickly.

What is even more problematic is they do not get cleaned by most of the cleaning solvents available on the market.

As a result, you will definitely need a machine to do the job.

Boxer Primed Ammo:

Boxer Primed Ammo

These are one of the most widely used primers as of now. Boxer primers along with a brass casing are the most favorite primer in indoor shooting ranges.

These casings also are not corrosive except for their surplus versions.

So, if you are not using the surplus ones, you need not worry.

Modern-day Primers:

Modern-day primers are made up mainly with a Lead Styphnate base. These primers do not cause residue buildup on the gun. So, it is not necessary to clean them after each shot you fire. However, I would suggest cleaning the bore with a cleaning solvent and a cleaning patch. In addition, you should also clean the exterior of the gun with it. This, in turn, helps prevent rust from damaging your gun.

When to Field Strip:

Field stripping a gun is essential to maintain its performance level for years to come. The process removes a lot of residue build-up and ensures your gun stays functional for a long period of time. Otherwise, the gunk and grime can affect it pretty quickly and you will end up with a damaged firearm.

Removing Buildup:

You should field strip your firearms to get rid of the carbon buildup in general. Without the field stripping, carbon buildup removal is a very difficult process.

Now, the process is different for several kinds of firearms. When it comes to pistols, I would suggest field stripping them fully and cleaning them after every single usage. On the other hand, pump action firearms, lever, and bolt firearms do not that regular field stripping. In addition, in case of semi-auto guns require more field stripping than the aforementioned ones, and that too with quite a lot of blowback.

Field Strip Regularly:

You should definitely field strip your gun pretty often, regularly if possible. Now, in case you lead a very busy life, you would have to at least clean your gun with a bore snake.

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Now, as a final verdict, I would suggest you clean at least the barrels of your gun after each shot you fire. If not so, then you should absolutely clean the firearm within a few days, a week in maximum.

In general, you can clean modern guns with a lot less work and hassle on your part. In addition, you will have to keep in mind the age of the firearm, the firearm type, and of course, the ammo.

So, this is everything you need to know on the matter. If you have any more questions on your mind, or if you want me to talk about some other topic, please do let me know in the comments section below.

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