Why Proper Firearm Maintenance Is Important

Same as any other tool, your firearm needs proper maintenance to provide the best possible performance. Firearm care involves preventive maintenance procedures performed periodically to help ensure proper function. A variety of specialized chemical solutions, lubricants and tools are often used to clean and maintain a firearm. It does not matter whether it is your conceal and carry self-defense weapon, great-grandfather’s old Winchester, or a range toy, uncared for guns are less likely to operate the way they were designed to. Here’s a list of reasons why you should practice proper gun care, which will mean learning how to clean your gun.


Simple gun care can help ensure your firearm lasts for generations if not a lifetime. You’ve probably heard someone saying their gun has been in the family since their great-grandfather bought it. The gun has lasted that long because of proper maintenance. It was well cared for by each owner, from the first owner to the current one. Chances are none of the owners shot the gun, threw it somewhere dirty and damp, and forgot about it for years.

Generally, you can help preserve a gun for long by cleaning, oiling, and storing it properly. However, guns with wooden features will usually require more than a simple cleaning and oiling. Depending on the wood type used, you can wax or polish your gun’s wooden features the same way you would your furniture.

You will learn how the gun works

Not every gun owner would want to know what occurs to make bullets leave a gun’s chamber. While it might not be a burning desire, you will probably learn a little bit about how your gun works when cleaning and maintaining it. More importantly, you’ll get to know how the different parts interact with one another.

Disassembling, cleaning and reassembling some guns could prove more complicated than others. But you don’t have to be a gunsmith to know how to field strip, clean and oil your guns. This knowledge can prove helpful in certain situations.

You will learn how to lubricate your firearm

When maintaining your weapon, more gun oil might not be a good thing. Issues like the excessive buildup of dirt are more likely when your gun’s moving parts have too much oil. The accumulation of dirt is known to cause failure to fire (FTF) and light primer strikes. If used in excess, oil can work its way into the parts responsible for moving rounds from the magazine to the chamber. This could result in failure to eject (FTE) among other malfunctions.


From self-defense weapons to hunting guns, having a reliable firearm improves your safety. When they pull the trigger, most gun owners are betting their lives on the firearm’s effectiveness. Whether or not the gun works could mean the difference between life and death. Having a rusted barrel or letting crud collect in the over lubricated parts could very well be your last mistake. You should always clean your gun after shooting it.

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