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    Dos and Doníts: Removing Rust From Your Handgun

    Dos and Doníts: Removing Rust From Your Handgun
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    By: Keely Sharp
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    Most modern handguns are coated that is meant to protect the surface from becoming rusty. However, in the case that you do ever need to remove rust from your handgun, here are some tips.
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    THE DONíTS:
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    1) Donít use lubricant or oil iron oxide will turn into particles, cause more harm to help because the particles are they more abrasive than the coating on the gun.
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    2) Donít soak the handgun in sugary cola (i.e. Coca Cola or Pepsi)
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    Small components of the gun can be degraded by the phosphoric acid. Also, it gunks up the gun.
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    3) Donít use abrasive brushes
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    If you use a brush with bristles that are more abrasive than the gun, then you could destroy the finish,
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    THE DOS
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    The best tools for cleaning the rust off a gun are: copper wool, copper bore brush, copper brush, clean (dry) cotton cloths
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    1) Use a dry cotton cloth to wipe off gun
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    This removes anything on the surface of the gun, and also ensures that it is dry.
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    2) Separate major polymer and steel components
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    Because a lot of pistols contain polymer, itís important to separate the polymer pieces from the steel.
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    A clean, dry cloth should suffice for surface sediment on polymers.
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    For removing ingrained dirt from polymer components, use a plastic scrub brush. A clean toothbrush can work. If the dirt is really ingrained in the polymer components, you can use warm water and a drop of dish detergent.
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    Keep polymer components separate from the steel ones. You want to keep the steel components completely dry during the hardcore rust removal process.
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    3) Use a copper/brass brush to remove rust from steel components
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    This will remove the tough rust, dirt, and salt particles that can be embedded in the steel.
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    4) Once all components are clean and dry, reassemble and store.
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    Once both your polymer and steel components are completely dry, you can reassemble the pistol and store it in a dry place.
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    Preventative Maintenance ó Keep Rust From Coming Back
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    The easiest way to prevent rust from returning is to wipe down all surfaces of the gun with a dry cloth. The accumulation of moisture ó especially salt water ó accelerates the oxidation of steel and iron surfaces.
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    The drier the gun, the less opportunity there is for rust to form. If you put unused handguns in a safe, consider placing a desiccant in the safe. Desiccants can remove excess water from the air.
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    So, the principle lesson in preventing rust is to keep it as dry as possible. Regular cleaning and maintenance ó to the order of once or twice a month ó should be sufficient for most people.
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    Read More:
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    How To Remove Rust From A Handgun – Concealed Nation
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    My Thoughts:
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    I read once that if you can find a penny thatís made all of copper, itís a useful item to scrape off surface rust on a gun.
    The only easy day was yesterday
    Dedicated to my brother in law who died
    doing what he loved being a Navy SEAL

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    I use steel wool and white gasoline. Works like a charm. Nothing cleans better.

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