Antique guns are collectibles. They’re valuable, usually passed down from generation to generation. Or, if you’re a gun enthusiast, you’ll probably have bought one online through auctions and dealers—and spent quite some money on it, too.
Antique guns are historic, durable, and resilient. They provide a fascinating glimpse into another period—you wouldn’t want to compromise the quality of your priceless firearm by handling it carelessly. If your antique gun isn’t given proper care or maintained properly, it’s possible that it could disintegrate or fail to perform properly. Here are some essential guidelines to maintain your antique gun.
Cleaning the Barrel
Regular cleaning and proper handling are essential for the durability of your gun. Wear protective gloves when handling your gun, and start by saturating a cleaning patch that’s attached to the cleaning rod, and run it down the gun. Take the patch off, inspect for rust, and continue with new patches until there’ no leftover residue.
Remove the barrel from the wooden gunstock, put your barrel in a bucket of warm water, and run the cleaning patch on the barrel. Continue to do this until there’s no residue left. After, spray a small amount of lubricating oil onto the barrel, mixed with water. Clean the metal parts cover with oil with a soft cloth.
Cleaning the Gunstock
Use a small, stiff-bristled brush to run over the barrel several times to spread the oil evenly. Alternatively, you may also spray hot water mixed with a little bit of soap, and use a soft cloth to wipe down your gun. Avoid using a cloth that leaves a film of oil behind since it’ll lead to the accumulation of more dirt on the gun. Dry the firearm with a clean cloth. Don’t use alcohol to clean your gun as it can strip or skin the historic finish of your antique.
Humidity can infiltrate your gun’s wooden gunstock, and cause damage to not only its appearance but also its durability. Most antique guns have wood gunstocks and humidity in the environment can cause wood to swell and contract by absorbing moisture. If the environment is lacking the right amount of humidity, it can cause the wood to crack.
Maintain your antique gun by regulating the humidity in the environment that you store it in. Alternatively, you should consider replacing its gunstock to avoid any damage to your gun. At Carolina Gunstocks, we’ve got iconic wooden gunstocks available for all types of guns. You can also buy Sterlingworth Fox and Muzzleloader gunstocks with us online.
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