View Full Version : Gun Cleaning after Shooting

20-11-2009, 03:57 AM
It depends on the usage. however the recommended proceedure is to atleast run a bore snake after every shooting session and a detail strip and cleaning operation after 100-200 rounds.

after every shooting session:

just run a bore snake (or a cleaning rod) through the bore to remove any heavy carbon fouling.

after say 100-200 rounds:

strip the gun apart but dont touch the firing pin, trigger and ejector mechanisms. soak a wet cotton patch with solvent of choice (HINT: Pakguns cleaner) and run it through the barrel bore a couple of times. let the solvent sit in there for a few minutes and then run a couple of clean and dry cotton patches through the bore to remove any carbon residue. as far as the rest of the gun is concerned, use a cotton patch soaked with a solvent (could be any specialty solvent or WD40 or plain old kerosene) and scrub everything u can possibly get ur fingers on (try using a tooth brush, it helps alot). try reaching for the trigger, firing pin and ejector assembly without taking it apart. dry everything and then lightly oil everywhere specially all the moving parts and all contact surfaces that rub against each other such as slide rails and locking mechanism.

tip: dip the gun parts in kerosene and scrub with a soft tooth brush and then blow dry. everything will come out nice and clean. its alot faster.

after 1000 rounds:

strip everything along with the trigger, firing pin and the ejector mechanism. clean everything using the above mentioned proceedure. extra step here is to atleast run the barrel bore with a good quality copper solvent to remove any copper fouling buildup.

Bottom Line:

a periodically cleaned/maintained firearm will last u alot longer then a lesser/over cleaned one.


22-11-2009, 10:24 PM
Post moved from 'How to clean Mags' under separate topic as it is very helpful.

22-11-2009, 10:39 PM
Post from 12g is always lovely and right into bullseye ;)

21-01-2010, 12:12 PM
Clean guns is reflection of clean minds...............Guns are men jewellery.

Tipu Sultan
21-01-2010, 08:10 PM
Nice and informative. I previously was over conscious about cleaning the whole gun each time I fire a couple of rounds from it.

21-01-2010, 08:49 PM
Since one has stripped the gun apart, cleaning the trigger, firing pin and ejector becomes too enticing. Its hard to refrain from meddling with them.

What's the harm in cleaning them as well.

22-01-2010, 12:54 PM
Nice and informative.

22-01-2010, 07:23 PM
Nice and informative :)

26-01-2010, 11:33 PM
Very informative. Thanks for sharing Sir. :)

27-01-2010, 12:52 PM
@12 gauge sir jee tension mien daal dia app ne.
how am i suppose to take apart a the firing pin and extractor??????

27-01-2010, 02:29 PM
@12 gauge sir jee tension mien daal dia app ne.
how am i suppose to take apart a the firing pin and extractor??????

bro, its very easy task no matter what type of handgun you have. all you need to do is to take your firearm to a reputable armorer and have him disassemble the gun for ya. watch him carefully and u'll learn to replicate the procedure in no time. any good/reputable armorer will gladly do it for you for a nominal fee of say 200-500 rupees. in my experience, the charges mostly depend upon the market value of the firearm. if its expensive then charges can be as high as 500 but if its something like a local made clone, then u'll probably get away with 50 rupees charge.


27-01-2010, 03:59 PM
Excellent post and right on time. :) I was looking for this very info. (that what kind of cleaning is required after how many rounds.)

28-01-2010, 12:38 AM
very nice and informative post

02-02-2010, 06:40 PM
Just to add up a little more to the topic. Make sure not to lubricate the firing pin channel. This slows the firing pin action ending up with weak primer strikes in semi-auto pistols and other guns also.....

here is a clip showing cleaning tips for Glock and other semi-auto pistols.



08-02-2010, 08:47 AM
Gentlemen, a query for pindi/isb members. Where may I be able to find the Hoppes #9 solvent in pindi/isb, and at what price? My brother just bought a Cougar, forgot to buy cleaning supplies at the right time and now needs some help...

27-02-2010, 09:11 PM
nice informative

25-03-2010, 11:41 AM
Very informative. Thanks for sharing. smile

04-04-2010, 09:34 PM
i use (Ammonia solution + lemon max) for copper foiling removal and this thing works :D

04-04-2010, 11:38 PM
i use (Ammonia + lemon max) for copper foiling removal and this thing works:D

In which foam you got ammonia and from wear...

04-04-2010, 11:53 PM
i use (Ammonia + lemon max) for copper foiling removal and this thing works:D

are you sure its ammonia? ;)


07-04-2010, 01:57 AM
nice informative post, thank you bro

07-04-2010, 06:58 PM
i use (Ammonia + lemon max) for copper foiling removal and this thing works:D

In which foam you got ammonia and from wear...
oh sorry forget to mention it is ammonia solution available at medical stores for bleaching hair.

07-04-2010, 10:29 PM
Very nice info.....Thanks 12 Gauge & PsiFactor.