This is a discussion on Gun Cleaning Kit within the Related Gear & Equipment forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Here's some links - did some shopping for ya': Jag set - yup, no bore brushes. Cleaning rod - as mentioned before check for bore ...
I like the Otis kit with a nice size bottle of Gunzilla.
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This is what I do to clean my pistol:
Unload and clear. Disassemble fully. I like to start with the lower receiver (grip half) and work my way up. I dip my AP (all purpose) brush (could be tooth brush) in solvent or just use something like Remoil or Gunzilla. I scrub it down, try and get every little angle under/behind everything. You will know when you are done because your hand will be tired or pieces start flying off.... no, JUST KIDDING, dont scrub that hard. Do a quick wipe with a rag to get excess oil or solvent off. Set this aside and move on to guide rod and spring. These shouldnt take much scrubbing at all, sometimes just a quick wipe with the rag will do. Then I take the barrel and scrub the outside of it rather well, just enough to get the carbon off. You really dont want to scrub off the finish. Take care of the feed ramp, this should be chrome and should just wipe off, but on occasion it may take some TLC. Next, I lube up the space between the bushes on my bore snake and run it down the barrel a few times. This is really, REALLY important: NOTHING GOES DOWN THE BARREL BACKWARDS! Why? Accuracy, being a sniper in the Marine Corps, this is huge and I apply it to ever gun I touch. DO NOT FLOSS YOUR BARREL or run your rod or snake down the wrong way. Going from the chamber to muzzle will get it clean, trust me. Set the barrel aside with the other parts and move on to the slide. Again, using the AP brush, just scrub the whole thing, every angle and way you can. Wipe it and set it aside. Now, some people might call this good, lube it and reassemble. But no, I dont and either should you. Take the lower receiver in one hand and a Q-tip in the other. Guess what, now comes the daunting task. Q-tip EVERYTHING until the cotton comes out clean and dry. This should take a while. Dont bother Q-tipping the spring and guide rod, just wipe them down with the rag. Q-tip the barrel on the outside only, you are done with the chamber, maybe touch up the feed ramp though. Only stick a Q-tip into the chamber if you see a piece of junk in there and only do it in circular motions going around the chamber to get it. Q-tip the crap out of the slide as well. Lube using your favorite lube. I use the finger method: put a few drops on my index finger and rub thusly. Place a few drops on the shinny spots for good measure and on the springs. Reassemble. Work the action a few times to disperse the lube around where its needed. Wipe down the outside some and work it again. Repeat this a few times until you dont see lube on the outside anymore. There should be a thin (depends on lube) film on the outside of the chamber. Your semi-auto handgun is now cleaned and lubed.
This is how I clean all my guns, one of my guns gets this treatment almost everyday. Its my EDC that I shoot almost everyday. It only takes me about 30mins to complete.
Hope it helps!
don't know if one kit fits all. over the years you will find what works for you. by this time you will have build your own kit.
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don't use steel cleaning rods. Aluminum or brass won't harm the bore.
Tooth brushes are a must
Do not switch directions inside the bore with a brush it bends the bristles and will ruin the brush.
Use a proper fitting jag and use cotten patches
Use a good solvent for really bad fouling
Clean from breach to muzzle whenever possible.
gun cleaners in a can will get the gun clean faster then any other method, just make sure to lube the parts after you are done blasting.
While you're on this cleaning jag, I used to use a lube named "Triflon". Supposedly, it was a Teflon/lube mix in an aerosol can. I think the can was black. I really loved the stuff and no longer can find it.
Does anyone know if its still made?
It also smelled pretty good too.
Oh and thank you Avenger for the seminar, nice to have it all spelled out again, boy did I forget some stuff.
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OK so I picked up the Otis Elite kit. Definatley a lot more than I will probably ever need, but it's awesome in a nutshell. Great for handguns. Super quick and easy. It came with a video for easy instructions.
Basically they have 2 cleaning methods, the quick method and the more detailed.
With the quick cleaning, it's run a patch with solves, run a bore brush, run a dry patch. That's it!!!
I am a little suspicious of just doing those 3 things becuase everyone says to run the patches till they are clean, so I am not so sure about just running one patch, and I havnt scoured the instructions to see if it elaborated on how many times you're supposed to do the 3 steps, but I am not hurting anything by doing each of the 3 steps 2-4 times, etc.
Also, as I was tyring it out, I had some questions. One of the thngs that sold me on the kit is that it has bore burshes clearly labeled as to what caliber. When it comes to the Eye Patch Holder loop thingy, this is not labeled so my question is does it matter?? That probably made no sense. I need to know if the tool that holds a patch on the end - if that is caliber sensitive becuase they are not marked and I have a couple different sizes.
they're not too caliber specific b/c you adjust the thickness of the patch wad by how you install it on the slotted tool for the caliber you are currently cleaning. Re-read the instructions - it's probably small slot for .22 - .30, med for .31 - .45, large for shotgun or something like that.
Its covered here. Get your brass and tooth brushes #9 solvent Q tips some rods and start working it till it comes clear...
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A tip. If you're using brass brushes instead of jag tips, clean off the brushes with alcohol or Gunscrubber when you're done. The solvents will dissolve them. The foam based products make the whole barrel cleaning much easier. Just fill the bore first thing and by the time you're done it will have dissolved out the gunk. Clean out the residue with a couple of patches (I use one with Gunscrubber and follow with one with a little silicone). No brushing or scrubbing needed.
Thanks for the tip. Here's my current process
- field strip, clean lower half with solvent /toothbrush/qtip wipe with tshirt rag
- Clean Slide with solvent /toothbrush/qtip, wipe with tshirt rag
- Then I do the barrel per Otis system, chamber to muzzle with solvent patch, then dry brush, then dry patch.
Then I reassemble. Wipe it all down. How does that sound?? a few more questions
Should I use Jags in this system, if so how do they work, how should I use them?
Also I have a few of the mop like brushes, should I use them and if so how?