Hey if you’re like me you love to take your handguns out and spend Saturday afternoon either at the range or out in the boonies plinking away at targets or varmints. The downside is that if you’re going to keep your guns in tip top shape, they have to be claimed the next day.
You can’t just leave all that carbon, lubricating oil, dust and dirt sitting there. Over time it will attract moisture and you will begin to see deterioration in the condition of your weapons. Okay fine — so what we all do is spend three or four hours during the next week breaking down our weapons. Then we clean them. Then we lubricate them. Finally, we reassemble them and store them safely, ready for our next outing.
All of our friends are doing the same thing. The amount of time we all spend as a group doing this is immense. But what if there was a way to get out of it?
Well there is — and it’s the way that the guys who run National Guard Armory’s professional shooting ranges have used for years. They use ultrasonic handgun cleaners and spend their afternoon drinking Cokes and eaten chips while a machine does her gun cleaning for them.
Ultrasonic gun cleaners have been around for decades, but they’re only now becoming inexpensive enough for small gun clubs and individuals to own them. The term alter sonic sounds pretty exotic, but it’s actually really simple:
All ultrasonics really do is make a powerful high-frequency noise inside of the tank full of water. This produces cavitation, which I’m not sure I fully understand — but I do know that this cavitation thing scrubs anything that you put inside the ultrasonic tank. The other thing that’s really neat is that it gets into places that you and I could never reach with a brush, or even a single piece of wire. It really leaves no stone unturned and removes every single bit of old gun oil, carbon residue and anything else that may be coming up the works for you.
But these gun cleaning systems do more to: after you clean your guns in them, you rinsed them off and then put them into another pan to lubricate. You just pour weapons lubricate solution into the pan, lower the pan into the ultrasonic cleaner and hit the button. In the same way that the cavitation uses the cleaning solution to scrub away any dirt, it uses the lubricating solution to remove any lingering traces of moisture that are left over from the cleaning and rinsing.
In the end, what you end up with is a perfectly cleaned and thoroughly lubricated handgun. And you get this without having to sit at a badge get your hands dirty when you’d really rather be watching the game.