Proper maintenance and care are important factors for prolonging the use and functionality of your weapons. With the proper cleaning and maintenance your firearm will last for many years to come.
The first thing you will need is a cleaning kit designed for use with your style of gun. You can find cleaning kits at most sporting goods stores or specialty stores which solely focus on firearms and the accessories that are needed to use and store them properly. The best value if you own different types of guns is a universal cleaning kit; This will have everything you need to clean a handgun, shotgun or rifle.
To get started in the cleaning process it is important that you choose a space that is well ventilated. It is also recommended that you have a worktable to make it easier to clean your firearm. To avoid scratching your firearm or the work surfaces always remember to place a tarp or other large cloth over it. Lay all of items you will be using during the cleaning process out on the table so that they are easily accessible, this will save you time if you have to go searching for something that you are missing.
At this point you are ready to remove any parts from your firearm that will make it easier to clean. After you have done that and are ready to start. Now, choose the proper cleaning rod for the type of firearm that you are cleaning. Soak the cleaning pad that is on the cleaning rod with cleaning solvent and run it through the barrel. This will remove any residue or debris that you may have in your barrel. Repeat this process at least two times changing the cleaning pad after each pass, on the third pass only use a clean dry piece of cloth to remove any excess solvent that may be in your barrel, repeat this step until the cloth comes out dry and clean .
The final step is to oil all the moving parts of your firearm, inspect your firearm to make sure that it is clean and in proper working condition. By following these steps you will insure that your weapon will continue to work properly for years to come. After all, you've invested a lot of money into the purchase of your firearm, getting the most use out of it is important.