CLEANING OF THE CANNONS
Each time we shoot a small part of the internal oil of the pressure group is expelled into the barrel, this oil or lubricant is gradually mixing with the material of the pellets such as lead, copper and even plastic. This dirt lodges in the extruded one of the weapon being able to arrive to produce variations in the precision. There are several systems for cleaning the canyon and there are certainly different “schools” with recommendations of the most varied, so here goes the method that works best for me. Visit our site for air rifle reviews.
First check the routine safety procedures (weapon unloaded and with the safety on) and verify that the barrel is free of obstructions, to illuminate the barrel and check its status there are on the market some very useful flashlights that have at their end an angle of fiber optic that allows to light comfortably the canyon without glare and access to parts of difficult access with conventional lanterns.
For cleaning, a ram of the caliber of the weapon, with a cleaning brush (pleasant) and an accessory is used for the final finishing of the barrel. The stick must always move in the same direction as the pellet, that is, from the chamber of the barrel to the mouth. This is easy with swingarm guns and for fixed barrel guns you have to resort to flexible fiber sticks or felt balls.
In the case of the cleaning of tilting cannons, first the brush of bristles or the interior must be smoothed gently, it can be slightly soaked with some special synthetic oil to facilitate its application, and then pass dry cloths (“paches”) To remove the dirt left by the brush and remove traces of oil, there is an accessory for the stick that is a grata wool for the final finish. It also serves to use some degreasing solution and later with dry cloths the barrel is completely dried.
There is a false belief that solvents such as those used in firearms can be used, since with the intention of removing lead there are some shooters who use it, however these products are designed to eliminate the remains of gunpowder and other substances resulting from it. the combustion of gunpowder and its aggressive solvent properties can seriously damage the joints of our compressed air guns or damage plastic finishes. It is necessary to ask for advice in the armories to know what products can be used or not, certain solvents can be effective to eliminate the lead very well and protect the barrel, but they must be used carefully and avoid contact with rubber and plastics. There is a special guide on the market to prevent cleaning liquids from affecting unwanted parts of the weapon, it is called “Stoney Point”.
In fixed-barreled weapons, the same procedure can be done with special flexible sticks or with special felt pellets, which can first be soaked with special oil and then “pelletized” dry pellets until they are seen to come out clean. In very powerful weapons you can put two felt balls in each shot. Visit airriflelab.com for complete air rifle reviews.
In Co2 weapons, the problem of oil residues is less important since the gas is not flammable. However, in the Co2 arms, light lubrication of the guns is important since the Co2 weapons produce a lot of moisture condensation due to the low temperatures of the gas, which can lead to oxidations.
There are special maintenance capsules on the market for Co2 weapons, they are used in the same way as conventional ones, but with Co2 a special lubricant is mixed that aims to keep the valve mechanisms in perfect condition, especially the mechanism in the one that acts the percussion hammer and that opens the valve.
The external care of the weapon covers the metal parts and the wood especially, in the case of the metal it is essential after each shooting session to pass a cloth moistened in oil by the metallic parts that have been in contact with the hands, since the humidity of the hands is the main culprit of the oxidations of the weapon. In addition to the oil there are some practical silicone cloths that protect the metal from oxidation since it has water-repellent properties (it repels water and moisture).