Originally Posted by eldarbeast
Hot water to clean and bacon grease (or bear, buffalo) to oil it up.
I know you're just kidding, but I actually know a crackhead that oiled two brand new Colts with wesson oil.... and who knows how long he left them that way, but when he brought them in to sell, I bought both of them at a crack needed bargian. Now get this....these two guns had never even been fired and they were still in the boxs. Neither one would fire. It took forever to clean these guns where they would shoot.
Now back to your question, back in the old western days, those dudes depended on guns for food and protection. I can guarantee you those dudes took better care of their gun than a lot of us do today. I'd say the mercantiles had everthing they needed.