As any gun or rifle owner in Kemah knows, proper care means regular cleaning of the basic firearm parts. For the novice, this may seem like an intimidating task, but by following the proper steps, the gun or rifle can be cleaned safely and effectively. There are many guides that walk gun owners through the basics of cleaning gun parts, but it is always best to follow any special instructions provided by the firearm manufacturer.
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When you buy a firearm in Kemah and you decide to clean it later, before you do anything else, first Unload the gun. Make sure that the gun is completely unloaded. Check the chamber and the barrel to make sure that it is free and clear of bullets. Never skip this most important first step.
Second, move to a well-ventilated work area with a large, flat surface to work on. The gun chemicals in Kemah that will be used for cleaning have a strong odor, so proper ventilation is a must. The table or workbench should be covered by a soft cloth where the gun can be taken apart without worry of scratching or damage.
Then take out the gun cleaning kit designed for the type of gun being cleaned along with a supply of clean rags. There are different cleaning kits for different types of guns. If you own more than one type of firearm in Kemah, there are also cleaning kits that are made to work with a variety of gun types. They are called Universal Cleaning kits and can usually be found at any gun or hunting supply store. The basic pieces of the cleaning kit include the following: a gun chemical cleaning solvent, oil for lubrication, a cleaning rod with clips and cleaning patches. Some kits also include a small brush, but a toothbrush will work just as well.
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When putting a gun away for long-term storage, do not lubricate it entirely, but apply only a light coat of lubricant to the exterior. The reason for not lubricating the working parts is that grease and lubricating oils have a way of creeping around where they're not supposed to be, especially if temperatures fluctuate in your storage area. For example, a lube applied to the bolt of an auto loading shotgun may find its way into the fire-control system or even seep into the stock. So save your lubricating chore until you're ready to use the gun again and put the lube where it's supposed to be.
There are many good metal preservatives on the market, so take your pick. Some of the new high-tech preservatives that leave a micro-film on the metal are nice if you don't like a greasy look. Apparently they work as well as they claim. Call me old-fashioned, but I like to see the preservative on the metal, which is why I usually use such old-time favorites as Birchwood-Casey's Sheath or RIG grease.
If you already own a Gun safe, or plan to buy one, a smart accessory is an electric heating element. Actually, even a light bulb will do. The trick is to put the heat source at the bottom of the safe so that the warm, dry air rises and flows continuously around your guns.
In my own gun room, I follow the 65/65 rule for temperature and humidity, which is just about ideal for gun keeping. A heating element is also an excellent idea for traditional closed-door gun cabinets.
The best rule for safe gun keeping is to use simple common sense. One final tip when storing your guns with their muzzles down ensures that any muzzle lube will make its way out of the muzzle rather than into the fire control system or the stock.
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Gun shops, as Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) handle hundreds of thousands of background checks every year for their customers. It can be a somewhat emotionally charged process for the purchaser. You have decided to purchase a firearm. You have shopped. You have found the one that fits you and worked out the best price with the dealer you want to work with. You are ready to buy. Now comes the background check. If you are new to this process, some nervousness and uncertainty are not uncommon. What will the result be? Will you be able to purchase the firearm that you already feel is yours, or will all your careful work making your selection be for naught? It can be even more nerve-wracking if you are trying to reclaim a firearm that you have put into pawn temporarily, a family heirloom perhaps. Most gun and pawn shops have seen just about every scenario. While complications do happen, this does not have to be a fear-filled process.
A little knowledge helps to ease most fears. First, lets give a little exposition about what the background check system is. Background checks for firearm purchases became the law of the land with the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, and on November 1st, 1998 Individual states were given the option to use the national system for this or establish their own. The State Legislature mandated that the system must meet or exceed the requirements established by The Brady Act. In addition to the check against the records, the State unit runs a check against the NICS (National Instant Check System) on both the prospective purchaser and the firearm they intend to purchase. This assures that the person is legally able to purchase a firearm and that there is nothing negative in the history of the firearm itself, in the case of previously owned firearms.
What is important to remember about background checks for firearm purchases is that the process is not about judging your worth as a person. They are about making sure that firearms are only sold to people who are legally allowed to purchase them. Sometimes the systems employed by the government are slow or incomplete in their information. If you believe that you should legally be allowed to exercise your Second Amendment rights, but your background check says otherwise, there is a recourse. While it will often take several days or sometimes even a few weeks to get the result changed to reflect the correct information, all is not lost. Just follow the rules and be patient. So, remember to bring your driver's license, leave about 30 minutes before the store closes for the background check, be patient and breathe easy. Your gun shop owner and or dealer is there to help.