When owning a gun it is very important to understand how important maintaining and cleaning your gun is.  Whether you have chosen to own a gun for shooting/target practice, you received it as a gift from an older relative and it’s been in the family for generations, or it’s simply for self defense, one thing is true for all, cleaning your gun is important!  Why is cleaning your gun so important?  It’s like any other tool that you may have, it needs to be cleaned and maintained to continue working properly, not to mention safely.  For example why do you think a gun has been in the family for generations and able to be passed down?  Because it was properly maintained and cared for.  In case you needed further reasoning we have the 4 top reasons why cleaning and maintaining your gun is of utmost importance!

Top Reasons To Clean Your Gun

  1. Longer Life- Guns that are cleaned, oiled and properly stored in a safe dry environment will last for generations.  Guns that are not cared for and maintained correctly have a shelf life of years instead of generations.
  2. Learn To Lubricate-  Lubricating your gun properly is very IMPORTANT!  Too much lubrication can cause dirt to build up, can get into the chamber and other working parts and cause a malfunction. Malfunction and gun translate to unsafe and dangerous.
  3. Get to Know Your Gun- Cleaning and maintaining your gun will allow you to get to know how your gun actually works.  It is best to be as knowledgeable as possible when it comes to owning a powerful weapon as such.
  4. So it works when needed-  If you bought your gun as a self defense weapon chances are you probably want it to be in working order when you may need it the most.  Proper maintenance and cleanings will ensure that your gun is ready and in proper working order for when it may just save your life!

While there are undoubtedly many other reasons why cleaning and maintaining your gun is so important, these 4 reasons are probably at the top of the list.  Owning a gun of any make, model, or size is a huge responsibility and should not be taken with a grain of salt.  You are in charge of a very powerful tool that can inflict a lot of damage.  Being properly educated on how it works as well as proper care and maintenance is a responsibility you sign up for when purchasing a gun.  If you aren’t quite sure how to go about your first cleaning or you feel uncomfortable it is best to seek the teachings and services of a professional.  Learning how to properly care for your weapon is half the battle, then sticking to a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule is the other half. If you are an avid gun collector you may already know the importance.