How often do you clean your gun? Some people do it after every shooting session, others don’t even do it yearly. There’s no rule about how often you should clean your gun, but here’s something you should keep in mind: A gun that is clean and well-lubricated is far less likely to malfunction than one that isn’t. If you have a gun for self-defense, you want to be sure it’s in working order.
Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to talk about being safe when cleaning your gun. This is serious. Accidental shootings during gun maintenance occur all the time. A couple years ago, baseball star Jose Canseco shot off his middle finger while cleaning his gun. A few days before that, a young man accidentally shot and killed his 9-month-old son.
As a father, stories like that make my stomach sink. It’s such a tragedy, and it could have been avoided with a few simple precautions. The Preppers Life recently wrote a post with 6 rules to follow when cleaning guns. Memorize these rules, follow them, and don’t be another statistic.