Quick and Easy Gun Cleaning 101

Becky Yackley |

In this video, I’m going to show you basics for cleaning a gun. Whether it’s a pistol, rifle, or shotgun, this video will help you get through the very basics.

First, check that your firearm is unloaded. Always do this following the 4 cardinal rules of gun safety

For quick cleaning, I usually do three things: clean the action, clean the slide, clean the bore. This isn’t a deep clean, but just a quick going over. This is what I do during a competition; at the end of the day before I go to bed. If it’s a shotgun, I also clean the magazine tube.

I Look over my gun, wipe out the action and clean under the extractor (q tips, brush, rag, paper towel). Add oil. Run a bore snake. Run a dry patch to wipe oil and carbon out. Oil where appropriate. Check gun sights and mag release, reassemble.

You want to learn these basic steps so that when you pull a firearm out of the safe, you have a basic idea of what you’re looking for on cleanliness: is it clear, is it clean, is it oiled? Those are the big things that are simple to see and every firearms owner should know.

Come along on this video with Becky Yackley to learn more.


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About Becky Yackley

Becky Yackley primarily competes in 3 Gun, USPSA, Bianchi pistol, but has competed in shooting since 1989 in disciplines from service-rifle, to NCAA Air Rifle & Smallbore, air pistol, and a little bit of long range rifle.