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*Many of us do not think much about our hunting firearms during the summer months. When fall arrives, we are all in a rush to get to the range and sight them in. Fall sight-in time is not the time to find out that your favorite hunting rifle has a problem. Fall is a very busy time for repair facilities. Many are unable to keep up with the demand. Now, during the months when you’re not using that gun, is the time for professional cleaning and servicing.

How about those sling swivels you have been thinking about? Maybe a new scope, re-blue, muzzle brake, butt-pad, recoil pad... Glass bedding, trigger adjustment, and so on. Good Shooting!


*Always check the bore for obstructions before shooting. This may have cost the shooter their life.

*Many firearms have light surface rust that is difficult to see with the naked eye. Removing this will help prevent the surface rust from continuing to penetrate the metal and cause pitting and further rusting and deterioration. Removing this surface rust is a simple process. With light gun oil, such as Hoppe’s or Kroil, wet a patch and rub the surface until the patches no longer show any sign of rust. Use a clean patch with fresh oil each time when the old one becomes stained in red with the rust. If you have a lot of rust buildup, use #0000 steel wool and rub lightly over the surface. A small dab of Simichrome or Flitz metal polish will also help remove surface rust. Use a clean cotton patch for application of the metal polish. Just be sure not to rub too vigorously. Follow up with a light coating of you favorite gun oil. Good Shooting!

Why choose a tactical shotgun when you could use an AR 15 or other Tactical rifle?

Patrol officers are carrying AR-type rifles in their squad cars but are discovering that, if setup properly, a 12 ga. shotgun can deliver a 300 grain slug with combat accuracy up to 100 yards with devastating results. This can be achieved while carrying munitions that range from buckshot to breeching rounds, less lethal, and tear gas all with the same weapon. Many options exist with the shotgun that you cannot get with a rifle. The bottom line is that the shotgun has proven itself to be the most intimidating, effective, and versatile of any weapon deployed in an urban environment. The 12 ga. #00 buckshot round contains (9) .33 caliber lead balls. That is the same as being hit with (9) single traditional rifle or handgun projectiles at one time. You cannot fire a rifle or a handgun but one shot at a time, so it makes it impossible to deliver the equivalent firepower from a rifle or handgun. Another thing to remember is that most encounters that will require the use of deadly force occur at distances of less than 21 feet and, many times, it is closer. If you use deadly force at distances must further away than this, you may be unable to prove in court that deadly force was needed. It becomes a fine line.

*Wood stocks can be cared for by applying a gun stock wax with a soft cloth and buffing vigorously. Birchwood Casey makes a good wax and is generally available at your local gun shop.


*Cerekote is a very tough ceramic coating that will withstand heat and creates a beautiful custom finish.

*If you reload for your semi-auto rifle, it is important to full length re-size your brass. The semi-auto action does not have as much ability to extract cases that are not full length re-sized. If you do not re-size this way and the action is dirty, it will likely, at some time, lead to a stuck case in the chamber. You may have had a chance at the trophy-of-a-lifetime. Good Hunting and Shooting!

1. Always clean from Breech-to-Muzzle ® in the natural direction of the bullet. When you fire your gun, the powder residue and dirt are in the barrel. The chamber and receiver are clean. If you run a brush or patch from the muzzle end, you will push this dirt, residue, and moisture into the chamber and receiver. This is a major cause of stuck cases or problems with lever actions and auto-loading rifles and shotguns. If you push or pull a brush back toward the chamber, you will notice the brush will throw the debris from the bore back into the chamber and locking lugs.

2. Center the tip and rod. Be careful not to let either rub the bore. All firearms record their history. This is the reason most people look down the barrel of a firearm. An experienced eye can tell the method of cleaning, the number of shots, and the gun maintenance applied to the firearm. Many marks are caused by people who carelessly let the tip or rod rub the inside the barrel.

3. Use a clean patch surface each time you go down the barrel. This is similar to mopping a floor and rinsing the mop out. When you are using your firearm, you will get abrasive dirt in the muzzle. The patch with solvent will flush this dirt out in the shortest distance. If you use this patch surface again, the dirt will be deposited in the chamber and neck. The next bullet down the barrel picks up this dirt and erodes the throat. This is the exact equivalent of cleaning in the wrong direction.

4. Never run a brush in the barrel first. This will damage the firearm. The brush will pick up dirt, moisture, or powder residue and deposit it into the chamber or receiver. Never dip a brush in solvent. The solvent at the brush core will collect dirt and drop it into the receiver and chamber.

5. Never go back and forth reversing the brush. This will bend the bristles on the brush. This is the equivalent of bending a wire back and forth until it breaks. You will always ruin a brush; if you reverse it while in the bore.

*After a day in the field, remember to wipe down your gun to remove moisture and dirt that has accumulated. If a gun is properly cared for, it can be handed down to generations for many years. It would have been great to have a hand-me-down rifle from my great-grandfather!

*Remember to always wipe the bore dry and check for obstructions before firing.

*Summer is here and now is the time to have your favorite hunting firearm cleaned and oiled for the fall hunt. Remember safety is our first priority as responsible gun owners. Good Shooting!

*Cleaning and lubrication should be done professionally annually to insure proper function and care of your firearm.


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