The very first thing a person should do before ever attempting to handle or operate a firearm is to completely read and understand information in the Operator's Guide. If there is anything that is not clear, the operator should consult with other trusted sources of info: the manufacturer's web site, the manufacturer's help line, the gun dealer who sold him the gun, or a well regarded firearm safety expert.
Nearly all Operator's Guides will inform the user when his firearm should be cleaned. Most will say that at a minimum that it should be "field stripped" and cleaned after every discharge. Additionally, when "not in use" the gun should be inspected and cleaned at a prescribed interval. Failure to properly store and clean a firearm could lead to rust, corrosion, malfunctions, or unsafe pressures.
Moreover, while handling a firearm, especially while attempting to clean it, basic fundamental safety concepts should be followed:
So, if we follow the aforementioned rules, the operator should do the following:
If you do not know how to safely clean or handle a firearm, you should not do so until you have been trained. If you need training, GET SOME.
About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.
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