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Cleaning Tricks to Keep Your Gun in Tip-Top Shape 1

Posted on April 04, 2022 by Brooke Chaplan

As a gun owner, your number one responsibility is to practice proper gun safety. One safety precaution involved ensuring that your gun is clean and properly maintained. A lack of cleaning and lubrication can result in a firearm that doesn’t fire when needed. So then, how do you clean your gun to ensure it’s in tip-top shape? The following tips will help you learn how to properly maintain your firearms.

Dissemble Before Cleaning

While this goes without saying, you should always unload and disassemble your gun as per the manufacturers’ recommendation before cleaning. Dissembling your gun enables you to gain access to the inner parts. Therefore, you can easily clean dirt and powder residues that would otherwise cause inefficiency. If you don’t have a user manual to refer to for dissembling, make sure you get a digital copy of the same firearm online. Ensuring that your weapon isn’t loaded will also prevent it from firing off unexpectedly.

Use Recommended Cleaning Brushes

In order to properly clean your gun, be sure to use a specially-made gun cleaning kit. Normally, these kits have brushes made of quality bristles to take out dirt even in their hard-to-reach spots. At the same time, these brushes can clean out the barrels without causing deterioration. Inside the cleaning kit, you should also get brush types that are made of nylon, phosphor bronze, cotton swabs, and stainless steel. Note that each brush type has a different cleaning purpose. Again, be sure to consult your manual.

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The Importance of Gun Safety When Storing Your Weapon 0

Posted on October 03, 2021 by Brooke Chaplan

After purchasing your first firearm, you’ll need to spend some time learning important safety strategies for using and storing your weapon. Even seasoned firearm owners can sometimes forget the best practices for safety, and it is worth reminding yourself of why proper storage methods can potentially save a life. Keeping these benefits of storing your gun safely in mind helps you remember to make the right decisions when you aren’t actively carrying your weapon.

Prevent Accidental Firings

The majority of firearm-related injuries occur due to accidents. You’ll want to make sure to store your weapon unloaded. It is also important to store your gun in a safe location where it won’t be dropped or accidentally triggered. For example, it is better to store your firearm in a small, portable safe by your bed rather than in a box on a high shelf.

Protect Children From Accessing Your Firearm

If you have children in your home, then keeping them away from your firearm is one of your biggest priorities. Even if you are child-free, it is best to be prepared just in case a little one visits your home. Make sure to determine the size of the safe you plan on getting if you decide to purchase a safe from online companies like Security Centers, Inc. Quality safes should be big enough to hold all of your firearms, and they’ll lock up tight so that you know your weapons are always secure from little hands.

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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Dale Murphy: A Hallmark of Excellence
      July 2, 2024 | 1:53 pm
      Dale Murphy

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was a standout player of the 1980s, remembered not only for his exceptional skills on the field but also for his exemplary character and sportsmanship.

      Born on March 12, 1956, in Portland, Oregon, Dale Murphy’s journey to becoming one of the most respected players in baseball history is a testament to dedication, perseverance, and a genuine love for the game.

      Early Career and Rise to Prominence

      Murphy was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 1974 MLB Draft. He made his Major League debut on September 13, 1976, at the age of 20. Initially a catcher, Murphy transitioned to the outfield early in his career, where he would solidify his place as one of the premier outfielders of his era.

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