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Old 11-02-2009, 09:32 AM   #1
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i have 2 guns ,a glock 26 and a hi power double action gun.the first is made of polymer and the other is staibnless steel. i would like to know how to keep my guns in a good shape while using ,so that they last long enough,ive seen guns with ppl that looks almost new and they have used them for a long time,and others who have demolished their,s. where do i put on a shelf or some kind of leather,i also heard that they should be washed with gasoline. any one who has an idea about that

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Old 11-02-2009, 01:47 PM   #2
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Just give them a good cleaning after shooting and keep them in a dry place.

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A frequent cleaning and oiling is all that's needed to keep them looking new. Storing in a moisture free area will prevent rusting or pitting. Gasoline would not be my first choice as a cleaning solvent, it will remove oily deposits but may also damage the polymers and finish. Try Hoppes 9, Break Free or Rem Oil; all should be available at your local gun shop.

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any natural or more available component i can use to clean and oil my gun ,if those materials are not close by

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Keep them clean and get a silicon wipe down cloth (get two);

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Hoppe's Silicone Gun Cloth

for transport get a gun rug;

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Snug Rug Pistol Cases

for a longer storage periods get a Bore-Store;

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Bore-Store at MidwayUSA

You paid a ton of cash for your firearm, invest in it's well being!

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Cane's advice is right on target. Keep your firearms cleaned, oiled and stored in a dry place. Never heard of anyone using gasoline to clean firearms, might be a joke, it might be real but not something I would suggest.

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Good advice above. DO NOT use gasoline on a firearm! Whoever told you that has no idea what they are talking about. Use cleaning fluids specifically made for guns, and oils and other lubricants made for guns. There are many quality brands on the market.

If you want to keep your gun looking new, put it in the box and lock the box in a safe. Never take it out and shoot it.

Otherwise, when you carry a firearm, they will eventually show signs of wear and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Carry them in quality holsters and be careful to not drop or bang them around. Like any tool, a firearm will last a lilfetime as long as it is handled with care.

Here's a picture of my first police gun, purchased in 1970 and carried on duty in all kinds of weather. (S&W model 19 no dash.)
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It is no problem to keep a quality firearm for multiple lifetimes if it is properly cared for and not abused. Periodic cleaning and lubricating is about all that is required. The pictures below are a perfect example. The gun is 118 years old. It was manufactured in 1891. And for nearly the first century of its existence it got no special treatment whatsoever. When I was a kid growing up on the farm, it just stood in the corner with the rest of the guns. It was a working gun. The finish may be well worn but mechanically it is as solid as the day it left the factory. Oh, by the way, it is a Model 1873 Winchester, "The gun that won the west."



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