Most of us, including me, do not give our firearms as much care and attention as they need.
Ideally a firearm should be cleaned after each use. This means that you need to do something even if you have not fired the weapon.
Recently I wanted to introduce my grandson to my M1 Carbine. We got it from the safe, picked up some ammo, a few magazines then headed to the range. Much to my dismay and his disappointment it would jam every few rounds. The problem was my inattention to the weapon. It had not been used or cleaned for some time and the old oil had collected dust and dried out causing the malfunction. This was a minor inconvenience for me but the same thing under different circumstances could cost you money, trophy game or even your life.
If you have been out hunting, plinking, working or whatever when you stop for the day take a few minutes and at least wipe your firearm down with a silicon cloth or lightly oiled rag. Just exposure to the moisture in the air or a little rain can cause damage if ignored. When you start to put it away for a while then go through the full cleaning routine. Pay attention to the hidden spots like under the grips, in little holes like for the firing pin, cylinders etc. Use a little protective oil. I like Break Free® CLP. A light coating does a fantastic job.
If you use the gun a lot then you should take it to a good gunsmith occasionally for a full blown cleaning and inspection. Just before the start of the season is a good time to do this. The gunsmith will identify any weak or worn parts that may need attention and make necessary adjustments. Do this and you will start the season with a “like new” firearm that you can depend on.
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