Gun Cleaning Kits: How to Make Your Own Kit in 5 Easy Steps

Oct 4, 2022

When you make your own gun cleaning kit, you can tailor it to exactly what you need and want. This means that you can save money by only buying the supplies that you’ll actually use, and you can also make sure that your kit has everything that you need in it. Plus, when you put your own kit together, you’ll be able to take pride in knowing that you invested time into something that will benefit you both at home and at the range. So, here are the basics you’ll need when putting your own gun cleaning kit together.

Materials needed:

  • A small container or box: This will be used to hold everything.
  • Cleaning rags or old T-shirts cut into squares: The squares of fabric will help you clean your rifle without leaving any scratches. Old t-shirts are especially good for this because they’re soft and won’t damage your gun.
  • An old toothbrush: The toothbrush can be used to scrub away any dirt or debris that’s built up on your gun. It’s especially useful for getting into small spaces and crevices.
  • Paper towels: The paper towels can be used to wipe away any excess oil or cleaning solution from your gun. They can also be used to dry your gun after you’ve cleaned it.
  • Q-tips: Cotton swabs are useful for cleaning small spaces and crevices on your gun. They can also be used to apply oil or cleaning solutions to specific areas.
  • Rubbing alcohol: Rubbing alcohol helps to clean and disinfect your gun. It’s especially important to use if you’ve been shooting in dirty or dusty conditions.
  • Gun oil: Gun oil is used to lubricate the parts of your gun and to help prevent rust. It’s important to use the right kind of gun oil and to apply it sparingly. Too much oil can actually attract dirt and debris, which can ultimately lead to problems.
  • A small funnel (optional): If you have a small funnel, you can add it to your kit now or save it for later. The funnel will come in handy when you’re trying to pour oil or cleaning solution into small spaces on your gun. If you don’t want to include this item, you can always just use a paper towel to help guide the liquid into the small space.

Instructions for putting together your gun cleaning kit:

1. Start by gathering all of your materials. If you don’t have a small container to hold everything, any kind of small box or even a Ziploc bag will work.

2. Next, add your cleaning rags or old T-shirts cut into squares. If you’re using an old T-shirt, make sure to cut off any seams that might scratch your gun.

3. Add the toothbrush, paper towels, cotton swabs, Q-tips, rubbing alcohol, and gun oil to your kit.

4. If you have a small funnel, you can add it to your kit now or save it for later.

5. That’s it! Your new DIY gun cleaning kit is ready to use. Enjoy!

How to know if your gun is clean.

If you can’t see any dirt or debris on your gun, and if it sounds normal when you shoot it, then it’s probably safe to say that your gun is clean. However, it’s always a good idea to double-check by running a patch from your gun cleaning kit through the barrel before you shoot. This will help to make sure that there’s no dirt or debris in the barrel that could cause problems.

Additional advice

It’s always a good idea to read the instructions that come with your gun before you start cleaning it. That way, you’ll know for sure what kind of cleaning solution and oil to use and have in your gun cleaning kit. It will also help you be familiar with the disassembly process. Taking your gun apart and putting it back together again is usually pretty straightforward, but it’s always good to have the instructions handy just in case.

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