I’ve been asked by three different people in the last month how to clean their new gun. Two were semi-automatic pistols and one was a shotgun. There are a lot of new, first-time gun owners out there who have no earthly idea how to disassemble or maintain their new gun and need help.
Fortunately, there’s a huge repository of that information readily available to anyone with a phone or a laptop. YouTube may not be the gun-friendliest platform on the intertubes, but if you know of a type of gun for which someone hasn’t already produced a video showing how to take it down and clean it, let us know in the comments. They are few and far between.
Hoppe’s — makers of everyone’s favorite gun scent — has a great selections of videos on their channel that are perfect for just this kind of thing and I’ve pointed a couple of people their way in the past. Their latest edition, just posted yesterday, is on cleaning the venerable, reliable Remington 870 shotgun. Naturally, they push their cleaning products (that’s the whole point). But whatever brand of solvents, lubes, rods and brushes you prefer to use for gun cleaning, this is a good primer for someone who just bought his or her first pump gun.
Here’s another one:
Is there a video producer you most often turn to when you buy a new mohaska? Someone who turns out simple, clear instructions for field (or detail) stripping guns and cleaning them? If a friend asks you how to disassemble and clean the new used Ruger Mark III he just bought, what do you tell him?