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    Front sight cleaning question

    Would it be ok to use a can of air that you use on computers and electronics on a firearm, like cleaning the front sight with it when it gets dust in it.
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    Don't see why not. Compressed air won't hurt a thing on a gun. What you have to be careful of is the compressed solvents, like brake or carb cleaner. They do a wonderful job of removing oil and sludge, but will also blow off some finishes, sights, plastic parts, and grips.
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    The can I have says it contains Difuoroethane -Difluoroethane, also called simply difluoroethane, R-152a, or HFC-152a, is a chemical compound composed of carbon, hydrogen, and fluorine. Its molecular formula is C2H4F2. A gas duster, also erroneously referred to as canned air, is a product consisting of liquefied difluoroethane, trifluoroethane, or tetrafluoroethane in a spray can, with a long nozzle that enables the user to direct a precisely focused blast of gas. . Gas dusters do not use compressed air, but other inert gases that are much easier to compress into a liquid state. Hydrocarbons, like butane, were often used in the past, but their flammability forced manufacturers to use fluorocarbons.
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    I use a lot of these 6" double sided cotton swabs with wooden shafts. They are like Q-Tips but are wound tighter and are not sterile. They don't shed cotton like regular Q-Tips do. I bought a case of 500 of them on Ebay and they were quite cheap. I use them to get into all of the tight spots on my guns and I go around the front and rear sights with them also.

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    But you're an old geezer! Now we need to deal with tech-savvy youngsters!
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    Yes, but the savvy young folks should know that they are destroying the Ozone layer in our atmosphere by using those compressed gas cans.
    We are all going to die of radiation sickness and overexposure to harmful UV but, their computer keyboards will be dust-free and squeaky clean.

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    That's why we all used the environmentally friendly Hoppes #9. That stuff could kill poor Aunt Agnes the same time it was peeling the chrome off Uncle Bud's T-Bird!

    Seriously young shooters, there are several friendly cleaning and lube aids! I love MPro7 to clean anything with. Even gentle on the hands. And to lube, nothing better than FP10 (or Weaponshield) to keep the motion going!
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    I would not turn the can upside down ,by turning the can upside down you will get liquid out of the can and do not know how that liquid will act with the finish.

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