Cleaning guns

James discusses cleaning guns. Part 1. Part 2.

I think, at least for new shooters, the additional cost of cleaning equipment over and above the cost and the gun and ammunition is probably the number one reason good guns get destroyed.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • SpudGun

    Great article, I just wish the author added the caveat about cleaning brand new guns as well. The number of stories I’ve heard about a new shooter purchasing a gun and not wiping the shipping grease and other gunk off it before going to the range and then having problems is all too ubiquitous.

  • Maigo

    A cheap kit for walmart, a brush, a boresnake and a can of CLP is only $50… But I guess people don’t even wash their new cars and have the paint flake off in 5 years

  • Simon_The_Brit

    Not cleaning your gun ensures that on the day you really, really need it to go boom, it goes click

  • jdun1911

    I hate cleaning gun. I hate cleaning my gun collection every year. Keeping the rust out is my only concern.

    Last Friday I shot over 700 rounds (500 .22lr and the rest was 5.556) in my AR doing timing and moving drills. You know what I haven’t clean it and won’t until the end of the month. I expect to shoot over 700 rounds every Friday till the end of the month.

    Yeah, my AR15 is very very dirty but I won’t lose any sleep over it.

    People are too anal about cleaning. Some spend more time cleaning their firearms than you know shooting.

    Bore Snake is very good. He is correct on the limitation and advantage of it.

  • HK_USP_45

    I love cleaning my guns, always have. It’s a chance for me to fondle them more. You could eat off of my guns, they’re so clean (although the CLP probably wouldn’t taste good).

    Just as a note, I did some personal testing of the Bore snake, and they do not clean well. You should really re-think using them. The thing is they leave your barrel all nice and shiney, but it’s not really all that clean. Test it yourself, run the bore snake through as you normally do — see how nice and shiney the bore is now? Now that it’s been “Bore snake” cleaned, take a regular bore brush, run it through a couple of times, then some patches, you will be AMAZED at how dirty the bore snake left your gun. At least I was.