View Full Version : Preventing Rust and Corrosion Damage to Guns and Ammo

08-20-2012, 12:47 PM
I always thought this was common knowledge and gun owner 101 stuff. However after seeing some of the threads here lately I'll toss my 2 cents out there.

Gun storage:
I'm assuming we as responsible gun owners have safes for our firearms and/or possibly ammo. I know I don't want my stuff stolen and for the cost of one good gun you can protect all your firearms with a decent safe. With that said... Get a gun safe. It can be as simple as a Gun Vault (http://www.amazon.com/Gunvault-MV500-STD-Microvault-Pistol-Safe/dp/B000TG9RCC/ref=sr_1_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1345494113&sr=1-2&keywords=gun+vault) or as big and elaborate as The GIBRALTAR (http://www.sportsmansteelsafes.com/fortress.htm). (Scroll down the page a bit).

To help prevent rust/corrosion on your guns and ammo while your gear is stored in your gun safe I recommend Mini Dehumidifiers! (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000H0XFCS/?tag=hyprod-20&hvadid=15467976219&hvpos=1o6&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10867362091259524784&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&ref=asc_df_B000H0XFCS) They are inexpensive and work great.

Basic Gun Care
Simple care and maintenance. It's basic and simple like changing the oil in your car every 5k miles.

Clean your firearms after shooting. This generally includes a breakdown/partial disassembly of your firearm. Instructions for this procedure are in the manual for your particular make and model firearm. Don't have a manual? Google it! Not to mention most manufactures will send you a free manual if you ask them for it.

Basic Gun Maintenance
Haven't shot your gun(s) for a while?

A quick wipe down with the gun oil/lube/protectant of your choice every few weeks or so will help your firearms last indefinitely.

I prefer Hoppes #9 and M-Pro7 on a cloth and boresnake for basic maintenance. This process takes about 45 seconds per gun. But you can use something as simple and as inexpensive as 30 weight motor oil (non-detergent) which actually works great. It does however get gummy over time. If this happens a quick wipe down with Hoppes #9 takes the oil right off, then simply re-apply the oil.

Beware using Gun Scrubber on anything other than metal! I shot that on my Sig P230 splashing the factory plastic grips and it ate them up.

For long term storage I would recommend RIGŪ UNIVERSAL GUN GREASE (http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=31842/Product/RIG-reg-UNIVERSAL-GUN-GREASE) and optimally an air tight argon purged system. However vacuum sealing in a mylar bag or a gun safe with a plug in style dehumidifier (http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1138359695/goldenrod-dehumidifier-rod-with-detachable-plug-110v-gold) is going to work great as well.

As for ammo storage - keep it in your safe. If there is no room for it in your safe store it (if at all possible) in its factory packaging in a cool dry place. Somewhere inside your house is usually the best bet. I buy a lot of ammo in bulk and I've never had any corrosion issues with ammo in surplus ammo cans. If you're worried about it toss some desiccant (http://www.amazon.com/Silica-Gel-Desiccant-Packets-Sachets/dp/B004BMCJK2) in your ammo can.

There is a ton of stuff out there for gun maintenance - find something you like and use it.

08-21-2012, 7:01 AM
A great reminder! Good work.

08-21-2012, 7:14 AM
I wipe my guns with an oily cloth once a month and never had a problem with rust. It's not that hard to keep them from rusting.

08-21-2012, 7:28 AM
I also hear a carnauba-based wax(S.C. Johnson or Minwax Paste Waxes) applied to the exposed surfaces before you oil can also help prevent rusting/tarnishing.