Shooting 10,000 rounds through a .45 automatic (SIG P220) in a single day was, to say the least, an educational experience. Although the gun was cleaned after each thousand rounds, we ended up with a streak of copper virtually plated to the steel of each groove in the barrel. Conventional brushing was only slightly effective, even with a variety of solvents. I finally got the gun clean using a product recommended by an old-time gunsmith. It looks like a pot scrubbing pad from a clean kitchen. The loops and curls of the pad are silver in color. A couple of strips clipped off and wound into a bristle brush are enough. Using one of the currently popular pull-through devices might work, but might also take a little longer. Properly used, this product will have your barrel spotlessly clean more quickly than anything else I know of. (800) 342-1548; big45metalcleaner.com
Tips & Techniques: Rough Cleaning
Henry Repeating Arms continues to contribute cash donations to veterans organizations, with more than $325,000 in donations this year alone.
Smith & Wesson has unveiled a new addition to its metal-framed lineup of M&P9 M2.0 pistols with the Competitor, a competition-ready option from Smith & Wesson's Performance Center.
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