There are countless reasons why people purchase firearms, including everything from self-defense to sport. Regardless of what type of gun you own and how you use it, one thing is universal—the need to maintain your weapon properly. Cleaning your gun is vital to keep the firearm in good condition and avoid issues. What are some of the reasons why cleaning your gun is so important?

Understand Your Firearm

The routine of disassembling your weapon to clean it can help you gain a better understanding of how it works and what condition it is in. Cleaning your gun gives you insight into the condition of every part of the weapon, whether you have a simple gun or something more complicated.

Ensure Proper Performance

When your firearm has dirt, debris, and residue inside of it, it is not going to be as reliable. If you skip cleaning your gun after a long shooting session, residual fouling will accumulate and start to gum up the gun. This can eventually lead to a need for repairs or failure. Even if you don’t have a serious consequence of not cleaning regularly, the gunk inside your gun will decrease the accuracy of your shot.

Increase the Lifespan of Your Weapon

A high-quality gun that is properly maintained can last for multiple generations. Unfortunately, if you skip cleaning your gun and take poor care of it, it might not even make it one generation. Make a habit of cleaning your gun after every use, lubricating it carefully, and storing it correctly. At Soteria Training Academy, we have a class specifically designed to help you confidently clean your weapon.

Avoid Common Issues

Finally, cleaning your gun as part of your routine will also eliminate or help prevent a number of common problems with weapons. Some of these issues include:

  • Rusting, which can occur due to storage, applying too much solvent without properly cleaning it, or prolonged exposure to humidity
  • Poor reliability and reduced accuracy, which happen from gradual fouling accumulation
  • Failure to fire, which is a potential occurrence if you skip cleaning your gun for too long and there is severe residue build-up

Soteria Training Academy Can Teach You How to Start Cleaning Your Gun

Soteria Training Academy helps gun owners like you start to develop a good cleaning routine. Our Pistol Maintenance class is an excellent way to learn the ins and outs of maintaining your firearm. Contact us today by visiting our website, or call us at (410) 216-3176 to learn more.