SHTF procedures for cleaning and lubricating

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SHTF procedures for cleaning and lubricating firearms - Low-budget, highly effective materials and processes

Intro: FerFAL's experience as an antique gun dealer during the Argentine collapse provided unique insight into cleaning and lubricating firearms using cheap, commonly available materials (instead of wildly expensive cleansers and lubes specifically marketed for guns).

Materials list

  1. Red high temperature grease
  2. Motor oil (conventional or synthetic)
  3. Kerosene
  4. WD-40
  5. Liquid silicone (ArmorAll etc I think)
  6. Rags (not the "made for guns" cloth - simple ratty old T-shirts etc)
  7. Old toothbrush and/or brass brush


READ THE OWNER'S MANUAL - there may be some parts that will malfunction if oiled/lubed/WD-40'd.

Clean in a well-ventilated area - fumes from some of the cleaning materials can mess you up.

Wash your hands when you're done - in addition to somewhat noxious chemicals, the lead residue you're cleaning off can get on your hands. Having lead residue on your hands while you're eating seems like a bad idea.

  1. Use the kerosene to clean the barrel. Soak for a couple of hours, then clean w/small kerosene-soaked cloth patches
  2. Use the Red High-temp grease for cleaning and use a touch of it for lube (along w/the motor oil)
  3. Wipe everything down to get the crud out.
  4. FerFAL mentions using a screwdriver to clean the rails and grooves. I keep a brass brush and an old toothbrush because I really don't like scratching the finish or otherwise making it easy for rust to get a foothold. Using a tool that's harder than the accumulated crud but softer than the finish will help preserve the firearm without compromising the finish (and thus permitting rust or corrosion).
  5. FerFAL also mentions making a bulk amount of Ed's Red Bore Cleaner.

See Also


Surviving The Economic Collapse Ed's Red Bore Cleaner

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