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How to Clean a Rifle
Any responsible gun owner knows that the key to keeping a gun safe and long-lasting is to clean it. Cleaning a rifle is not difficult to do, but doing so can help you avoid misfires and other unnecessary problems. This basic guide will help you get an idea of what is involved in cleaning a rifle.

Before you get started, safety is the name of the game. This means that, before anything else, you ensure that the rifle is unloaded. An accidental firing could be tragic. Also, when using bore solvent, make sure you are in an area with adequate ventilation. For details on how to properly clean your particular gun, consult your gun’s owner’s manual.

Making sure that the gun is unloaded, turn the safety off and remove the bolt, taking apart the gun. Now that you have the bore separated, apply bore solvent to the inside of the bore. You can use a ramrod or a bore mop, but apply solvent to the end of it and push it through the barrel of the gun. Once solvent has been applied, allow it to soak on the dirt for 10-20 minutes.

Take a brush and clean out the bore. Use a dry patch to clean the loosened fouling. Then, wipe down the bolt and the breech. If there is excessive dirt, do not be afraid to apply a little bore solvent to that as well, to break it up. Lightly oil the bolt and receiver with a microfiber cloth and then wipe down the entire gun. You want to avoid pooling of oil on the gun, as it can thicken and cause problems.

Any gun safety class should teach you how to properly clean your gun. But with this guide, you will have a general idea of what it takes to keep your gun clean. It is a big responsibility, but an important one if you want to be a good rifle owner.

Kids and Gun Safety
If you have a gun, it is very important to teach your kids about gun safety. Children should never be allowed to handle a gun unsupervised – and even when supervised, you need to be incredibly careful. Instead of teaching your child to be afraid of the gun, a few basic lessons should be taught that explain why a gun is serious business and how to be safe around them.

Teach your child, first and foremost, that a gun is not a toy. A gun is a dangerous weapon. While a child might see a gun in a cartoon and watch as people get up and walk away after being shot, the child needs to comprehend that there is a difference between what they are seeing on television and what happens with a gun in real life. If the child does not understand this yet, then they should absolutely be nowhere near a gun.

Also, talking about guns is serious. In this day and age, if a child jokes about having a gun, the police can be called. The same goes for talking about shooting someone. Even if these are jokes or pranks, they are not something that society laughs about. Keep your child informed about the fact that guns are serious.

And if a gun is found lying around, whether out in public or by an irresponsible parent, the child needs to not touch the gun. Once the child touches the gun, accidents can occur. Teach your child to leave guns alone, and if one is lying around anywhere, he or she should notify an adult immediately. If other kids are around, have them leave the area and try to get others to leave with them. Safety of everybody is key.

Understanding the basics of gun safety for children is not difficult, but it needs to be reinforced to prevent accidents from occurring.

Buying Your First Gun
It can be daunting to go through the gun-buying process for the very first time. If you are inexperienced at buying guns, then you may not know where to begin. Walk into your average gun shop and you will see so many models of different shapes and sizes – it’s intimidating. But buying your first gun does not need to be a scary or intimidating experience. Follow a few basic steps and you can truly enjoy the gun-buying experience.

First, determine why you are buying the gun. There are personal reasons for any gun buyer. If it is for self-defense, then you may be looking for a smaller model, such as a hand gun. If you need one for target practice, there are many different models to choose from. If hunting is your main priority, you likely want to start out with a rifle. In any case, have a clear purpose for buying the gun beforehand. That way, you will have an idea of what to look for.

Next, pay attention to your budget. A gun can be a few hundred dollars or it can be over a thousand dollars. The trick is finding one that is good quality at a price you can afford. Price is not the only factor, but making sure you can handle the price of the gun you are looking at is key.

Finally, you need to take gun training. No matter how great your gun is, it is only as good as the person handling it. If you have a $1,000 gun, but you have no idea how to use it properly, then it is useless. Take the time to learn how to properly stand and shoot, and practice shooting it regularly so that you know how to aim it. Plus, with gun training, you will learn gun safety, which is a priority among any good gun owner.



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