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Cleaning a gun is perhaps the single most important thing anyone can do with their weapon. Even if the collector has personal weapons that they have a license to carry, the guns must be taken care of to ensure that they will work properly and look great at the same time. The action on a firearm that is regularly in use is effected by firing, and care must be taken to remove gun powder residue to ensure the gun fires properly every time. You don’t necessarily need to be a master gunsmith in order to clean your gun.
However, a gun collector who keeps vintage guns as valuables must still keep their weapons clean in order to maintain their high value. Without the weapons being properly maintained, it is hard to get what they are really worth if they are to be sold.
The metal work on guns must always be cared for to make sure that it does not rust or corrode over time. In fact, the metal on most guns comes into contact with moisture frequently, but that moisture is often hard to see. Keeping the gun dry and in locked storage will help to ensure that the metal is always in good condition regardless of how old the gun is. It’s important that if you do have a storage container such as a gun safe, you install a dehumidifier to make sure no moisture is present to rust the metal.
If the gun has leftover residue and rust from a previous owner, it is wise to clear off all of that sediment before putting the gun up for display or in storage.
The woodwork on a gun can be even more vulnerable to humidity and temperature changes. Wood cracks easily when the temperature is constantly changing. This means that the gun must be cleared of all moisture, mold and mildew before it is stored or displayed. When woodwork has been engraved or embossed, the small cracks in that engraving or embossing can hold onto moisture and allow the gun to form new mold or simply crack slowly over time. It’s best to store firearms in a controlled temperature environment which means that you don’t want to store these in an unheated garage or basement as the cold or extreme warm temperatures could cause irrepairable damage.
Keeping up the value of the gun also requires ensuring that it remains looking good. This means that the gun must be cleaned periodically to ensure that it is always going to look good. Also, the gun must be test fired on occasion, if possible, to ensure that it still works properly. A gun that is very old and still fires is worth much more money than a gun that is a relic but does not operate properly. There are even people who do wild west gun shows and trick shooting who prefer to use vintage guns. However, those guns have to be in good condition for them to be of any value.
Keeping a gun clean is a matter of getting at every little nook and cranny to ensure that the weapon is not at all corrupted in any way. All of the metal and wood work must be cleaned regularly to prevent rust and mold. Also, the gun must be kept in a dry and cool storage space that will allow the weapon to remain dry over time. Most importantly, you will need to learn the skills required to clean your gun without doing harm to it or causing a potential issue while firing it once it’s back together.
When collecting guns or preparing a gun for sale, remember to clean it thoroughly to ensure that the sale value is as high as anticipated.
The AR15 is one of the most popular rifles on the market, selling in the thousands every year with its versatility and high quality. One of the most important parts of a gun, especially the AR15 is the scope. There are many different scopes available for the rifle depending on what you intend to use it for. There are hunting scopes, target practice scopes and even self defense scopes.
When you have made the decision to change the scope on your AR15 you will need to know how to change out a scope on your rifle, without damaging the scope and the stock. Follow these simple steps and you will have no issues:
Step 1 - Get together the equipment you will need, a screwdriver, an allen wrench, and the new scope, scope base and mounting rings.
Step 2 - Hold the rifle in the position you use when you are taking aim, make sure it is comfortable. Note this position so you can mount the scope in a way that is complimentary to your posture.
Step 3 – Remove the old scope carefully by unscrewing it from the base and removing it carefully from the gun.
Step 4 – Once you have completely removed the old scope you can begin installing the new one. Begin by applying a light layer of oil to the receiver on the rifle, as well as to the bottom of the rings and the bottom of the base.
Step 5 – Making sure you follow the instructions of the scope, attach the base of the scope to the rifle receiver, then attach the mounting rings to the base, making sure that all connections are secured tightly and securely.
Step 6 – Now it is time to make sure that you have set up the scope correctly. Take your AR15 rifle to somewhere you can set up a target, either a shooting range or anywhere where you can get a target set up about 25 yards (22.9 meters) away from you.
Step 7 – Remove the bolt from your AR15 and install a bore sighter in the muzzle. Look down the bore and adjust the scope to its highest magnification and then place it on the bottom half of the mounting rings.
Step 8 – Fit the top rings over the scope, securing loosely so that you can adjust the position of the scope. If the scope’s recticle can be positioned to the center of the bore sighter’s recticle without any tweaking you have successfully installed the new scope.
Step 9 – If the scope’s recticle cannot be positioned to the center of the bore sighter’s recitle then you will need to change the scope installation. You will need to change the position of the mounting rings, you can do this using the scope’s knobs or screws. Keep adjusting until the scope’s recticle can be positioned to the center of the bore sighter’s recitcle. When it is you have successfully installed the new scope
As you can see, changing out the scope of your AR15 rifle is relatively simple, and shouldn’t take too long. It can be a little tricky to get it properly aligned but once you get the hang of it, it should be relatively simple to accomplish. You just need to make sure you follow the instructions above and in the manual of your new scope, as well as being careful while removing and attaching the new scope, so you don’t damage anything.