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How to Clean a Gun

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

A clean gun means a safe gun. As a beginner or an advanced gun carrier, these tips will keep your weapon ready for fire and avoid possible mishaps. As a specialized gun store, Razorback Armory takes pride in our dedication to pay attention to detail + safety.

Familiarize Yourself with the Firearm First

The more you clean your gun, the more you get to know your gun. Just like any other possession, we have to take the time to give the weapon a little tender loving care. Each time you fire, the dirt and grime cake up, leaving buildup within your firearm.

Has it been a while since you've done a cleaning on your firearm? Start with the bore cleaning foam, where it will bond with the gun creating a reaction with the carbon and lead fouling. Soon enough, it will loosen up, allowing the Boresnake rod (or your preferred bore cleaner) to go through the barrel.

Boresnake Bore Cleaning

Boresnake style products are some of the best products out there - easy, user-friendly, and gets the job done. The main purpose of the Boresnake style product is to clean the barrel and the chamber, nothing beyond that. The Boresnake style cleaner is pulled down the barrel from the chamber to the muzzle so that all debris goes out the end of the barrel and not back into the firearm itself. For ease and convenience, Boresnake will be your right-hand cleaner allowing for flexibility within the gun.


After cleaning the gun, apply a small amount of lubricant where the rails run together. If you put too much lubricant, you may end up with greasy hands and an oily cloud!

Are you in a jam, literally? The first step - lubricate your gun! Spray a lubricant on the weapon to create a smoother transition when firing the gun.

Detailed Cleaning

If you want to go beyond the basics, we suggest looking at the manufacturing instructions for a thorough deep-clean.

Step-by-Step Cleaning Process

  1. Disassemble

  2. Use a bore cleaning foam for an in-depth cleaning

  3. Use Boresnake to clean from breach to muzzle end

  4. Use your degreaser cleaner (Solvent)

  5. Wipe everything off + clean it off

  6. Use your oil (light-film lubricant)

  7. Reassemble

  8. Function check the weapon

Keep your emphasis on clean + safety

You can't over clean a gun, but you can under clean one. When in doubt about steps to take, contact a professional at Razorback Armory to help assist you in gun cleaning, diagnostics, and gun repair. We can help!


Razorback Armory is St. Louis's top full-service firearm shop committed to selling, servicing, handling, repairing, customizing, teaching, researching, idolizing, and generally loving everything guns and ammo. We are more than your typical gun store - we are your locally owned specialized gun store and knowledge center. Our aim is to serve our customers with top-notch service and provide the best education and training.

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