Use Gun Cleaning Equipment that works.
Proper gun cleaning is critical to keeping firearms in the best possible working condition. For competition shooters, they appreciate the benefits of cleaning their firearm after each use; by removing residue buildup, it preserves the firearm.
Seemingly insignificant powder residue can impact the accuracy of a firearm. You certainly don’t want to gamble with accuracy at the range, completion, or in a self-defense situation. A small – but mighty – tool to consider adding to your kit is a pack of gun cleaning swabs.
Remember, even the sweat from your palms can damage your weapon! That is why antique guns should be handled with cotton inspection gloves. Since most guns are considerable assets, keeping them well-maintained preserves their value.
Q-Tips are NOT Gun Cleaning Swabs!
Guns need to be cleaned with low lint cotton swabs. Q-Tips are too small to be effective and contain excessive lint. For most firearms, 6 Inch cotton swabs with.a wooden shaft are ideal. Swabs utilize standard cleaning rods. If you have picked lint out of a barrel before, you may be hesitant to try low lint cotton, and in that case we recommend the naturally lint-free foam swabs. To degrease, use a high purity isopropyl alcohol solvent.
The nooks and crannies of your weapons can be difficult to clean with traditional brushes and cloths, which is why foam and cotton-tipped applicators come in handy. Tight spaces like the bore of the barrel need to be cleaned, but only a small swab will be able to get in there and completely rid the area of buildup.
Each gun has its own small space which can benefit from a thorough cleaning using an applicator and the solvent. With semi-automatic weapons, the areas beneath the ejector, contact points between the frame and slide, and the slide’s interior grooves can all attract residue. Revolvers can accumulate debris in the forcing cone, cylinder ratchet, and along the face of the cylinder.
Should I use Foam or Cotton Swabs to clean guns?
It’s up to you! The US Military recommends low-lint cotton or foam swabs. Q-Tips won’t work! Some prefer foam swab because they naturally contain no lint and come saturated in isopropyl alcohol solvent for convenience. Foam swabs with a wooden shaft or low lint cotton swabs are ideal.
Both active duty and veteran shooters know the importance of having a clean gun. Which is why they turn to these powerful little products whenever it’s time to clean their weapons.
If you own multiple types of firearms, having different sizes and types of swabs on hand can be useful. For instance, Puritan makes low-lint swab 6” cotton applicators, which are ideal for cleaning most types of guns. If you have weapons of larger calibers and longer barrels, however, you may need longer applicators, such as the 8” shaft swab. Some gun owners also prefer anti-shedding, lint-free, foam swabs.
If you’re a firearms owner and would like to purchase some gun cleaning swabs to include in your gun cleaning kit, visit Harmony Lab & Safety Supplies online to browse through your options.
Speak with a product specialist to find which gun cleaning swabs are the right fit for your needs.
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