Quarantine got you stuck at home?
Whether you’re laying low to social distance or you’re enjoying a staycation… you know you wanna play with your toys.
A range day may be out of the question, but there’s plenty of ways to stay busy and still spend some quality time with your pew pews.
That’s right–we’re talking essential gun maintenance…aka gun chores.
Specifically, ones you should be getting done while you’re stuck at home. After all, even if you don’t need them, it’s still good to make sure that your gun is still in good shape and is ready to rock and roll.
So open the gun safe, grab the lube and get to work. Here are some gun maintenance tasks to fill your time.
Table of Contents
Clean Your Guns… All of Them
Stop hissing at me, sheesh! It’s not like I told you to clean your room.
Look, I know no one actually likes field-stripping and huffing caustic fumes while you clean. But be honest–when’s the last time you gave your guns a nice, thorough cleaning? Not just a little barrel swab after the range, but a full-blown cleaning and lube job.
We’re not saying you’re a bad person if you don’t know, but bruh… it’s time.
Check out the 4 Best Gun Cleaning Kits to get you started on everything you need to get the job done right.
Not sure how to get the job done? Then off to How to Clean and Lubricate Your Gun! We’ll be here when you get back.
And yes…we’ve got videos of some popular ones out there.
Change Your Batteries
Somehow, they always seem to be dead just when you need them, but not anymore!
Because you’re going to change all your batteries. Yes, now. Hop to it.
Don’t forget to stock up on the batteries! You probably have something kicking around your safe that takes at least one of these common batteries:
Stock up on what you need, and never be caught in the dark again.
Don’t need to swap batteries? You probably need more lights then!
Brush Up on Procedures with the Family
There’s never a bad time to go over safety rules.
Even if no one else in your family shoots and all your guns are safely locked away, they all need to be well versed in the rules for safe firearms handling.
Review the four rules of firearm safety:
- Treat every gun as if it’s loaded, even when you know it’s not.
- Always point the gun in a safe direction, and never at anything you are not willing to destroy.
- Know what your target is, and what’s beyond it.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire.
If your kiddos are a little too little to understand that, you can practice another set of four rules that will help keep them safe: Stop. Don’t touch. Run away. Tell an adult.
Teach them to respect guns, and you’ll protect the entire family.
While you’re at it, make sure you don’t have guns lying around–they either need to be secured in a safe or in a holster on your body–and that your ammo is stored securely and separately from your guns.
Want to learn more about introducing your kids to firearms? Check out our Kids and Guns 101 guide!
Swapping Out Ammo
Shoot regularly? You can probably skip this section.
However, if you bought a gun after 9/11 and haven’t really touched it since… it’s time.
Ammo can get dirty, damaged, and corroded when it’s left to sit around, so if you have loaded magazines, it’s time to unload them, check your rounds, and load up some fresh stuff.
Especially in your self-defense guns.
Ideally, you’d want to shoot any old ammo that wasn’t compromised to use it up, but if you can’t get to the range, that’s cool–you just want to make sure that your loaded magazines are still good to use.
While you’re at it wipe down and clean your mags, too!
Hey, guess what? You should be dry-firing.
Don’t you roll your eyes at me! Even the best shooters–ever heard of Jerry Miculek–practice dry-firing sometimes.
Best part? You don’t need to go to the range to dry-fire. All you need is your gun, a safe target (not your quarantine partners), and maybe some snap caps.
Prices accurate at time of writing
Prices accurate at time of writing
We seriously love dry-fire training, since it can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. You can practice your aim, you can practice magazine swaps, you can even practice tactical maneuvers around your house.
Just always be sure to NEVER EVER HAVE AMMO AROUND. Never. Freakin’. Ever. That is how accidents happen, and ERs ain’t got time for that right now.
We give you a full rundown on the what, the why, and the how of dry-firing in our guide to Safe and Effective Dry-Fire Training at Home.
Plus our Best Lasers and Targets article if you want to techie up.
Don’t miss it!
Hope you’re holding up well as we get through yet another week of the Boogaflu. We know it’s tough, but you’re all badasses, and you’re going to be just fine.
Anyways, we’re looking forward to getting around to all those gun chores we’ve been neglecting, and we hope you’ll join us!
Have any novel ideas on what to do with your guns when you’re not able to go to the range? And, since we all could use a refresher–check out Prepping 101! Or see the terrible things that can befall guns in Most Common AR-15 Failures (And How to Fix Them).