Keep your firearms in great working order!

Posted by oldglory on October 15, 2013

With ‘hunting season’ upon us, it is time to head out on these real crisp mornings with a thermos full of coffee and a shotgun, hoping to bag that perfect pheasant or turkey. To hold that prized bird, wings spread wide… But, let us remember safety. When was the last time you fired your trusted shotgun? LAST hunting season! Many of us don’t shoot our shotguns nearly enough, and if you are like me, you hunt with a firearm handed down from your father or even grandfather.

These firearms need special attention, so bringing them in to a licensed gunsmith, such as Old Glory Guns & Ammo, in Mason, NH. is a great idea! Parts wear and corrode over time, especially without careful care and maintenance. The last thing we need while out in the deep woods, on a cold morning, is a malfunction, causing injury. Not as nearly important, but very frustrating, is putting that bird in your sights, and a mechanical malfunction causing your firearm to not fire at all, resulting in a lost trophy! The team at Old Glory Guns & Ammo can keep your firearms, including long guns and hand guns, in top working order, ready when you need them. Having been in business for over 28 years, we have the knowledge and skill to maintain your most prized possessions, your firearms! We are a premier gunsmith, with three gunsmiths and with a machinist on staff, we make sure every piece fits perfectly, when it comes to your guns. There are a few major points to remember when cleaning your shotgun…

1. Wipe it down with paper towels or a cloth, getting all carbon buildup, unburnt powder, and old oil off, paying special detail to the ejector port and chamber.

2.  Get a good quality solvent, and be generous with it. Spray all areas that move, and have powder residue.

3. Using a soft bristle brush (I use old toothbrushes) scrub the entire gun, loosening all dirt.

4. Wipe it down with a clean rag, paying attention to any areas that leave dirt on the rag.

5. Swab the barrel with solvent soaked pads… Next, scrub it with the appropriate ga./cal. Brush., and then send clean swabs thru until they come out of the bore CLEAN.

Next, lubricate and gently wipe excess oil off all moving parts.


This procedure should keep your firearm clean. We have all the cleaning supplies and accessories you could need at Old Glory Guns & Ammo. When it comes to gunsmithing, If you have any questions, feel free to stop in or call us. We are here to help, and have a staff full of firearms knowledge.