New Old Gun Maintenance Question...
Ok..."old" is relative, but in any case...I recently acquired a Colt Defneder that was my dad's. For reasons I won't go into, he is not around for me to find out details on this particular weapon. When I discovered that he had the gun about 2 years ago, I asked why he had it because in 34 years being his son, I never knew he had any firearms in the house. His response was simply "I wanted a Colt". If you knew him, it would not be a surprise that he bought the gun simply because it was a Colt, he was an impulse buyer like that.
Anyway, I don't know where he bought the gun or if it was new or used. It has virtually no wear on it, so I am going to assume new for the moment. I tried looking up the serial number on Colts website, but got a "number not found" reply along with the recommendation that I purchase their entire serial number catalog for a fee, of course.
Anyway, my question is this....assuming the gun is 3-4 years old and has never been fired to my knowledge, would this warrant the need for any precautionary maintenance (aside from cleaning and greasing) before firing? I guess my main concern is the springs/levers in the recoil and firing mechanisms. Forgive me for the simplicity of my terms, I am not a gunsmith. I am just curious if these things can become brittle if they just sit for long periods of time without regular use.
Thanks for any input you experts might have.
Re: New Old Gun Maintenance Question...
Clean it. Check it. Test it out at the range. If you're not sure what to look for it even what you're looking at, have a gunsmith give it a real go through.
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