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Gun Storage: Avoiding Rust and Scratches

Hickok45 shares a couple of simple and affordable tips for keeping your guns free from rust and unnecessary scratches. Gun storage made simple.

Hickok45 gives a short tutorial on gun storage, and what he does to keep his firearms free from rust and to avoid getting scratched up. He’s had some of his guns for decades and they look great. He doesn’t baby them, and they do exhibit the normal wear that comes with use, but that’s about it.

Follow these two simple guidelines and you too can have firearms that will look great for as long as you own them.

The first thing Hickok does is he keeps all of his guns in gun socks. He doesn’t have any particular brands or specific kinds that he approves of or favors. Any old gun sock will do. The smaller handgun socks run around $4 or $5 apiece and the longer ones for rifles and shotguns run around $7 to $10.

You can just lay your guns together, one atop the other, in your gun safe without fear of them scratching one another. Even if things get jostled around a bit, or one gun falls into another, the socks will prevent them from scratching each other.

For handguns he keeps the butt of the gun exposed. He doesn’t use the draw strings. In fact he cuts the strings off as they tend to catch on the gun and are a bit of a hassle. With gun butts exposed, he can tell what gun is what.

The second thing he does is he keeps a lightly oiled rag or two handy. Whenever he has a friend or someone over who wants to look at his guns, he doesn’t baby the firearm. He never tells folks, “Don’t touch the metal”. “How do you touch a firearm without touching the metal? How do you do that?” he says.

When they’re done examining the gun, he wipes it down completely: the cylinder, trigger guard, frame, stock, etc.. This way you don’t have to fear someone touching the metal and leaving a spot where rust may develop. Human hands have moisture on them, and wherever your hand touches, that could become a spot for rust to grab hold.

That’s it. Easy-peasy. Wipe them down with an oiled rag and keep them in a gun sock. That’s sound advice from a man who knows his guns.

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Gun Storage: Avoiding Rust and Scratches