Cleaning and Maintenance of your firearms

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Re: Cleaning and Maintenance of your firearms

Post by LJ126 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:01 pm

Something I did not see discussed beyond dry lubricants is how to clean and lube your weapons for extreme cold weather, single digits (Fahrenheit) and below.

There are two main issues at play (disregarding precipitation): oil gumming and condensation. When the needle drops, most oils get somewhat tacky, almost like wet fingernail polish. Some freeze, becoming like an epoxy. Many firearms-specific greases are essentially worthless in very cold weather, (generally) being less resistant to the cold than oil.

While there are low-temperature oils, most firearms function just fine with no oil at all. Simply wipe off the weapon until it's as close to bone dry as possible. With products that utilize PTFE/Teflon, all that should be left is an invisible trace layer of PTFE, which (according to Katahdin Precision Coating) retains friction-reducing properties at low temperatures, as low as -454F.

Everyone loves to bash on Rem-Oil but it's good for cold weather, as it's thin enough that the oil is easily wiped away. It also utilizes Teflon, which can't easily by wiped completely away, leaving an invisible layer of friction reduction. There are also low-temperature specific oils and greases that can be used.

The other issue - condensation - is also easily mitigated, but let's understand what's going on. So, you've been out for hours in 0F weather, and you step into your room temperature vehicle/shack/BOL, and your weapons immediately begin acting like a frosted beer glass on the table. If this isn't dried or completely evaporated by the time you return outside, it will freeze. Obviously, that's an issue.

Again, the fix is simple. Strip down your weapon and wipe it dry before returning outside.
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Re: Cleaning and Maintenance of your firearms

Post by LowKey » Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:01 pm

[quote="LJ126"
The other issue - condensation - is also easily mitigated, but let's understand what's going on. So, you've been out for hours in 0F weather, and you step into your room temperature vehicle/shack/BOL, and your weapons immediately begin acting like a frosted beer glass on the table. If this isn't dried or completely evaporated by the time you return outside, it will freeze. Obviously, that's an issue.

Again, the fix is simple. Strip down your weapon and wipe it dry before returning outside.[/quote]
...Or keep the weapon outside at he ambient temperature. :awesome:
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Re: Cleaning and Maintenance of your firearms

Post by procyon » Tue Jan 20, 2015 6:46 pm

On the condensation problem, I do have one thing I do to deal with it when carrying one of my revolvers in cold weather on the farm.
When I was younger, I ran into the issue with it freezing up if I got in and out of the truck often while working. So I started carrying a plastic gallon zip lock bag in my coat pocket. Before I get in the car I pull the revolver (holster and all) and put it in the bag. Squeeze out most of the air and seal it before you get into the truck (or house, heated barn, etc). The bag will get wet, but it will cut down on the moisture on the handgun.

And you could say "just leave the heater off in the truck". That would work if you aren't in the vehicle for long, but if I am out working fences/dropping trees/etc - what is going to happen is that I will fog up/frost over the windows on the inside of the truck.

The plastic bag trick would be tougher with a long arm though.
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Re: Cleaning and Maintenance of your firearms

Post by LJ126 » Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:47 pm

LowKey wrote:
LJ126 wrote: The other issue - condensation - is also easily mitigated, but let's understand what's going on. So, you've been out for hours in 0F weather, and you step into your room temperature vehicle/shack/BOL, and your weapons immediately begin acting like a frosted beer glass on the table. If this isn't dried or completely evaporated by the time you return outside, it will freeze. Obviously, that's an issue.

Again, the fix is simple. Strip down your weapon and wipe it dry before returning outside.
...Or keep the weapon outside at the ambient temperature. :awesome:
This potentially presents a whole series of other issues. Do you feel comfortable leaving your weapon unsecured, in the elements? Maybe that's an issue, maybe not. I guess it all depends on your individual situation.
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