Today’s weapons are designed to withstand tough conditions and perform even in a hostile environment. However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t need any maintenance or care. If you carry regularly, it’s critical that you understand how to properly care for your EDC gun. After all, you are relying on your firearm to protect yourself if a situation arises while you’re out of the house. The last thing that you want is for your EDC gun to be in poor repair and not provide you with the security that you need. Here are some of our best tips to care for your EDC gun.
Do Basic Care Every Day
Any day you take your EDC gun out and prepare to carry it with you, you should perform a brief check to ensure that it is ready to go. Do you have a round in the chamber? Are there clumps of lint from your clothing visible on the gun? Is the magazine seated properly? Is there any visible corrosion or rust? Many gun owners do this basic inspection without thinking about it, but as you care for your EDC gun and start the practice of carrying every day, you should get yourself into the habit.
Field Stripping and Deep Cleaning
There are two basic types of ways to care for your EDC gun with cleaning. In general, you should start by field stripping your weapon. Most semi-automatic pistols do not need any special tools to be field-stripped.
Once you have taken care of field stripping, the parts that should be cleaned might vary slightly depending on your firearm. In general, you should:
- Clean the chamber if you have a revolver, or the magazine if you have a semi-automatic pistol
- Clean the barrel
- Clean the moving parts
- Oil and wipe metal surfaces
Deep cleaning is a bit more involved, and some EDC gun owners decide to use a gunsmith instead of doing it themselves. Under normal conditions (and if you are not firing your EDC gun regularly) you can wait 12 to 18 months before having your firearm deep cleaned.
Keep Conditions in Mind
When you are deciding how often to care for your EDC gun, you should also remember the conditions that it has been exposed to. For example, if you are traveling in a very hot and humid place, your weapon may require more maintenance than if you were in a less warm and wet environment. The more that your firearm is exposed to dust, humidity, and other issues, the more likely it is to experience problems without maintenance.
Know Your Spring Replacement Schedule
Over time, the springs inside your EDC gun will wear out. Instead of wearing out as a result of being compressed for too long or getting old, springs inside of guns wear out due to the compression and release cycle. When deciding when you need to replace the springs inside your EDC gun, start by checking your owner’s manual. In general, smaller pistols need the springs replaced more frequently.
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