How to keep your firearm in good condition

Why is gun maintenance important?

Firearms maintenance is an ongoing task if you want your gun to perform reliably and continue to look like it did when you bought it.

This article will go into detail on individual firearms through video tutorials and online articles.

First, maintenance of a firearm is separated into two parts:

  • Maintaining the gun’s appearance
  • Maintaining the gun’s function

What Can Affect My Gun’s Appearance?

Your gun’s finish (appearance) can be worn down by several things:

  • Scratches/Handling Marks
  • Holster Wear
  • Corrosion/Rust

The causes of are infinite, but are easily grouped into a few bad decisions:

  • Improper Gun storage
  • Inferior holsters
  • Improper maintenance
  • Improper care during handling

How do I protect My Gun’s Finish?

Your gun should be stored in a location where it will not be disturbed. This will prevent scratches and handling marks.

When out of storage the firearm should not be overly handled. A firearm is to be treated as if loaded at all times. This thought process will prevent accidental discharges and keep your guns away from situations that might scar, scratch or otherwise degrade the finish.

Having a good holster is paramount if you wish to carry your gun. Stainless steel will hold up better than most black finishes, but the holster has just as much to do with keeping your gun looking great.

  • Don’t put oils on the inside of your holster – they attract dirt and dust which are abrasives
  • Use only a properly fitted holster – if your holster won’t hold the gun securely, the firearm will move much more increasing abrasive action and exposing the gun to a possible out-of-holster experience (getting dropped on the pavement.)

Maintaining your gun is more than just filling out the warranty card after purchase. You have to protect the finish regularly – whether you shoot the gun or not – to maintain its appearance.

  • Take clean, soft cloth and with a light amount of gun oil, wipe down the external metal surfaces of the gun. Do NOT get oil on wood surfaces, night sights or fiber-optic sights. Oil is for metal only.

How do I maintain my gun’s performance?

Performance can be split into a few main groups:

  • Reliability
  • Accuracy

Reliability covers the gun’s ability to accept a broad range of ammo, perform its tasks a spectrum of environments and do it every .. single .. time.

Reliability can be hampered by improper design, but that’s rare in name brands like Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Walther, Glock, Springfield, and Para.

To keep your quality firearm performing at its peak, it should be:

  • Stored in a cool, dry environment when not carried
  • Cleaned and oiled after EVERY firing
  • Oiled every 3-6 months (external surfaces should be oiled more often for IWB carry guns)
  • Shot regularly to help you realize that certain springs or magazines are wearing out
  • Maintained by replacing worn parts when needed

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