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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

    • Rusty Staub: A Man For All Ages
      April 8, 2024 | 1:26 pm
      Rusty Staub

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month is a former major league baseball player who came into the game as a teenager and stayed until he was in his 40s. In between, Rusty Staub put up a solid career that was primarily spent on expansion or rebuilding teams.

      Originally signed by the Colt .45s at age 17, he made his major league debut as a 19-year old rookie and became only the second player in the modern era to play in more than 150 games as a teenager.

      Though he hit only .224 splitting time between first base and rightfield, Staub did start building a foundation that would turn him into an All-Star by 1967 when he finished fifth in the league with a .333 batting average.

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