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How to clean a revolver

Frontier Justice’s Guide to Cleaning a Revolver

How to clean a revolver

Proper cleaning is an essential part of firearm ownership, especially with specialty firearms like revolvers. At Frontier Justice, we proudly support our Second Amendment rights, and part of that support is education on responsible firearm ownership.

In this blog, we will go over how to properly clean a revolver, while also discussing some general firearm cleaning tips. You can also reach out to our firearm experts directly with any questions you have about how to clean a revolver, as well as  any other questions regarding firearm ownership. 

How to clean a revolver

Before we get into the specifics of how to clean a revolver, here are some general guidelines for cleaning all firearms.

Follow the firearm safety rules

When field stripping and cleaning your revolver, always keep in mind the four fundamental firearm safety rules

  • Always assume the firearm is loaded
  • Always point the firearm in a safe direction
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire
  • Always know what you’re shooting at, and what’s beyond your target

Use the right equipment

It’s crucial to use the correct supplies when cleaning your firearm. We recommend the cleaning kits from Breakthrough, as they have everything you could possibly need for a thorough cleaning, including brass brushes, jags, and mops. 

Cleaning your revolver

Cleaning a revolver or wheel gun is like cleaning six separate firearms. You have to clean the cylinder just like the barrel, and those cylinders can get very dirty. A revolver can be difficult to clean, but investing in a bore snake can make your life easier. When cleaning the barrel, go back to front and never the other way around. You don’t want to go into the chamber, but rather clean the way that the bullet comes out. 

Step-by-step instructions for how to clean a firearm

Extra revolver cleaning tips

Knowing when, where, and how to clean a revolver should be enough to keep your tool working smoothly. However, here are a few extra tips to consider while cleaning:

  • Don’t under or over clean: Obviously, not cleaning your firearm enough poses potential jamming, backfiring danger, or other malfunctions due to built up debris. However, cleaning your firearm too often is just a waste of time, and shouldn’t be necessary if you’re using quality firearm cleaning equipment. It’s best to find a happy medium to make sure that you’re not risking any damage to your firearm, one way or the other.   
  • Don’t lubricate your firearm too much: Lubrication is an important part of firearm maintenance, but using too much lube after cleaning can cause many issues. If your firearm is too wet and you carry it every day, that wetness will draw in more dirt and grime. It’s best to hit the essential points of contact on your firearm with a light amount of oil, and use a patch to evenly distribute the oil across the points of contact.
  • Take a Private Lesson: If you’re a new firearm owner, a great way to really learn about your new tool is to take a private lesson with one of Frontier Justice’s firearm experts. In our private lessons, we can tailor our instruction specifically to your firearm and make sure you know everything necessary for proper cleaning, maintenance, operation, and storage of your firearm.

Trust Frontier Justice with all your firearm cleaning needs

Properly cleaning and maintaining your firearm is a responsibility all firearm owners should take seriously. At Frontier Justice, we provide everything you need for a thorough firearm cleaning, from cleaning kits and lubricants to private lessons tailored specifically to your firearm questions. 

Learn more about what makes Frontier Justice different by reaching out to us, signing up for our membership club, scheduling a firearms class, or simply stopping by and checking out our store, boutique, and indoor shooting range for yourself!

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