Maybe not for your typical severe winter storm or short term power outage – but in a long-term WROL situation, having firearm maintenance supplies is important. Keeping your firearms functioning properly – well….. just makes sense doesn’t it?
So – what type of things should be put back?
First – cleaning supplies.
An assortment of cleaning supplies such as bore patches, brushes, q-tips, rods, rod tips, and picks. There are lots of complete kits that can be purchased at a variety of price levels. It is important to have the correct rod diameter to match up with the caliber of the barrel.
Some people prefer aluminum or brass rods over stainless steel – I am one of them. Stainless is harder and will resist getting scratched by the bore. I prefer the softer metals to stick in the bore of my expensive firearms that I am trying to send projectiles downrange with precision.
Of course – bore brushes and bore patch tips need to match up to the bore size as well. Many of these supplies are not expensive but difficult to find an alternative should a part break. Keep lots of spares.
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Gun Cleaning Checklist
- Cleaning rods – one for every caliber/gauge
- Bore patches – several boxes/bags (old t-shirts can be cut up as well)
- Rod patch tips – several for each bore size
- Bristle Tips – I prefer brass – several for each bore size
- Powder Solvent – several bottles
Second – lubrication.
Some firearms require more lubrication than others. Get to know your gun. I know of no gun that works better with no lubrication at all. There are tons of brands of lubricants and seems like everyone has their favorite. I often use regular Rem Oil as well as Break-Free CLP. Motor oil will also work in a pinch.
Bottom line – have a lubricant on hand and know how much your firearms need.
Gun Lubrication Checklist
- Gun oil – in spray/pump bottle, several
- Gun oil – squeeze bottle, several
Good to have several of each and in different sizes. Small portable bottles can go in field packs and shooting bags.
Third – spare parts.
All depending upon what firearms you have the spare parts that need to be put back will vary. Here is a quick and simple list of the most common parts to consider:
- Firing pins
- Sight systems – spare open sights and optics
Keep your powder dry!