Every time we go shooting and send those precious rounds down range, we face the inevitable: “Now I have to clean my guns.” We get out the patches, the oils, the brushes of all kinds, the rods we thread the patches through or screw on the bristle bores. If we are smart, we have, one way or another, acquired a dental tool which allows for detailed removal of built up gunk where a brush just cannot reach. We ceremoniously lay out the mat upon which we will perform said cleansings. I believe the right cleaning patch is very important. A two inch square of fabric can make or break a positive cleaning session. I prefer flannel. Over time, I have tried sturdy, canvas level fabrics, I have tried 100% cotton which frays and rolls. I have used space aged materials which claimed to have cleaning oils built in. But, my all time favorite, foolproof patch is a two to three inch square of flannel. After brushing and boring and picking, I drizzle a little oil on a patch and draw it through the cylinders and the barrel of my revolvers and then the barrel of my autos. I draw a freshly oiled patch through these parts until the patch runs through cleanly. This can, undoubtedly, become overly monotonous from the repetition. However, the proper care and cleaning of your weapon forms an integral part in our successful marksmanship process.
In recently cleaning my guns, after all these steps were performed, including the final rub down of the entire weapon with a light sheen of oil to protect the fact of the metal object, I realized I had never had an easier, swifter time cleaning my guns. I never turned on the t.v. No kidding. Like shooting, I find that ANY dealings with my weapons takes total focus and concentration and then I enjoy exact and streamlined results. I pay full attention to what I do and I find I do the job very well. What about you?