Gun cleaners can take a toll on your skin, particularly on your hands, even non-toxic gun cleaners. Gun cleaners can contain toxic chemicals, so protect your skin with some sort of chemical resistant gloves like Nitrile. Non-toxic gun cleaners will remove the oil from your skin and make it dry. So always protect them
I like to wear Nitrile gloves whenever I’m cleaning my firearms. Nitrile gloves protect your skin from chemicals that can harm or dry out your skin. They’re really cheap too.
These fit really good and allow you to handle small delicate parts. Protect your skin…always. There are 100 gloves to a box. They are powder free and latex free. You can buy a box here….SafeTouch Nitrile Gloves at Amazon.com
Here is a really fantastic product from Hoppe’s….Lead B Gone Skin Cleansing Wipes. Every shooter should use these.
If you use soap and water after shooting, reloading or handling lead bullets, you’re only removing about 70% of metal contaminates from your skin. Hoppe’s Lead-B-Gone Skin Cleansing Wipes will remove 99% (after a water rinse) of metal contaminates like lead, arsenic, nickel, cadmium, silver, mercury, zinc, chromium, copper and antimony. These metals are toxic.
*** Never touch your eyes, nose, mouth or food after shooting, reloading or handling ammo.
The first step in cleaning a gun barrel is to apply gun cleaner and let it sit. Well…what’s the best way to do this? Patch? Pour it down the barrel? Spray it on a bore brush?
Actually you can do any of these but to really apply a liberal amount of gun cleaner to every inch of the bore you need to use a Bore Mop.
A bore mop is a thick cotton mop the same diameter as the gun bore. You apply gun cleaner to the mop and then push it back and forth through the bore to really soak it. They work great because they hold A LOT of gun cleaner. They can saturate the bore easily. You can’t really do this with a patch. They also wipe the lose fouling out of the barrel.
Gun Cleaning Mat
A gun cleaning mat can make gun cleaning more organized and faster. There are many gun cleaning mats available from Tipton, Tekmat, Lyman, UTG, Glock, etc. Most are made from some sort of foam rubber material and provide a non-slip surface to layout your parts on. They all seem like the greatest thing since sliced bread but are they really?
I have used several different gun cleaning mats in the past but now only use a white cotton towel or t-shirt. Here the the reason…most gun cleaning mats are gray or black which is a somewhat dark color. Now think about the color of most gun parts….they’re black. It’s really hard to see small black gun parts laying on top of a dark gun cleaning mat. I also like a towel because it stops round parts from rolling around and getting lost on the floor. Towels are cheap too…like $6.00 at Walmart.
If you really want a gun cleaning mat, there are some that are not too dark like the Tipton Cleaning Mat and the Lyman Essential Gun Maintenance Mat. I have a Tipton Gun Cleaning Mat for rifles and like it because of it’s light color. You can buy gun cleaning mats here at Amazon.com.
Lyman Essential Gun Maintenance Mat
Tipton Gun Cleaning Mat