Thursday, August 18, 2005

Gun Questions

Here's a couple of questions: Would you buy a gun from a pawn shop? Do you feel it's safe or do you avoid buying from one? Has anyone attended gun safety and cleaning workshops at Bass Pro Shops? Are they informative and useful or just covering the basics without any hands on demos? Are Bore Snakes just as good as cleaning rods? Why or why not? Have you ever used boiling water to clean a bore? Oil or grease to lubricate? Start with a 22 or is a bigger caliber ok?
Light posting for the next three days, work related training and other business will take up a lot of time. Maybe one or two posts a day probably in the afternoons.


GUYK said...

In Florida I would feel safe buying a gun from a pawn shop. The rules are pretty strict and guns pawned or sold to pawn shops have to kept for a while before sold. The law enforcement people make routine monthly checks of moat pawn shops-especially gun dealers looking for stolen weapons.

I don't know about bore snakes vs a rod. I have used a rod for years. But, I have also cleaned smooth bores with a patch on a clothes hanger wire when I was a kid because I didn't have a rod for my 12 guage.

I would be hesitant to use boiling water in a barrel. There are so many good cleaning solvents that will break down residue available that are not corrosive.

I don't understand the question about a .22. If you mean to start teaching someone to shoot maybe. A single shot bolt action is ideal for dry fire and teaching breath control. Also cheap to shoot compared to big bores. I taught my wife to shoot with a single shot bolt Stevens. She is not a crack shot but adequate and could probably be good if she enjoyed it-which she doesn't. I had her drying firing and learning to breath for about an hour before I would let her bust a cap.

The Conservative UAW Guy said...

From a pawns shop? Yes. If you know how to size a firearm up.

It is safe, if you know what your doing. It also helps if the pawn shop is reasonably reputable.

No, never been to Bass Pro classes.
Snakes work quite nicely, but are expensive compared to cleaning patches.

Never heard of boiling water! I would be very leary!

22 is an excellent start for learing aiming, shooting,safety, etc.
Also cheap to shoot.
Not the first choice for defense (for sure).
What do you want to do with your gun is the biggest question.

I only use BreakFree CLP now (after 20 yrs of Hoppes #9 and various oils and greases), for cleaning and lubing, both. I use a little lithium grease on my Glock rails.

Feel free to email me (address in my profile) if you have any questions.
And of course, these are my opinions, and not axioms.

I have been around the block, however... :)

GUYK said...

I use a product actually called "Corrosion Block" that is sold arounf fishing tackle stores and marinas here in Florida. I don't use it as a final barrel lube but after I use solvent and I put it on the actions and wipe down in metal parts on the weapons surface with it. It contains an ingredient that counteracts sodium and prevents rust. Great to use when your weapons are stored close to the coast where there is a lot of 'salt air'

mauser*girl said...

I have looked at guns in pawn shops before. They're often badly priced (usually too expensive for what they are, especially when it comes to pistols that aren't as common as sand on the beach), and much of the time they are in bad condition.

If you're very knowledgeable about a certain type of weapon, you should definitely give it a look at a pawn shop. If the barrel is shot out and it's in crap condition, I'd keep away. But sometimes you come across very rare things for cheap, and you can always get replacement parts.

As for bore snakes - LOVE THEM. They're a wonderful little invention and I love taking them to re-enactments for a quick clean in the field. They're very good.

I've never used boiling water to clean any guns, but I've taken stainless revolves and put them in the dishwasher before. ;) Works pretty well. In general, bore scrubber gets out everything you don't want in your gun quickly and easily, but it's something you have to use OUTSIDE if you don't want to die from the fumes. I used it in the bathroom once. Took me three weeks to get the crud out of my tub. Don't do that.

Weapons cleaning - I don't think you need to take a class on it at Bass Pro Shops. When I got my first Mauser, I downloaded a manual for it online, which helped me take it apart. Everything after that's pretty simple.

You don't need to start with a .22 for your first weapon, either rifle or pistol. My first pistol was an M1911, which is a .45. It's not nearly as scary as people make it seem, just as long as you have a good grip on it. I feel the same about rifles. I'm a SHORT girl - I'm 5'6" - and I shoot a Mauser that is nearly as tall as me. It's a big round - 8mm - and it does kick, but as long as you have the stock on your shoulder nice and tight, it's no problem, even if you're pretty new to it. Just don't be afraid and have a good grip, and you'll be okay with most common calibers.

If you're looking for a small carry piece, may I recommend a Beretta? They make nice little .22s about the size of the palm of my hand. Light, easy to aim, small enough for your back pocket.