If you’re into the hobby of target shooting and you want to hone your skills in this sport, you need to put in hours and hours of practice. To be able to do that, you need to have a good shooting range where you can perform different drills that will not only help you increase your speed in target shooting but will also help you improve your aim and agility.
There are a lot of different target shooting ranges across the country today so you need to find one that’s going to be suitable for you and your budget. Take a look at what kind of courses they have and check whether or not that’s going to work for you and the type of skills that you want to develop. Go online and do some research and list down all of the different shooting ranges in your city along with their contact details so that you can call them up later on for further inquiries. Aside from that, also take the time to read some reviews about them so you can find out what other people have to say about their experience with them. A good target shooting range that you can check out would be hillcountryshootingsports.com.
If you want to keep your guns functioning effectively and firing safely then proper inspection and maintenance need to become routine. Whenever you fire your guns there is a small explosion in the chamber that leaves behind dirt and residue. If you don’t want your gun to malfunction and cause injury then you need to clean it regularly. That includes after every time you fire it and after you have been to the gun range. Here’s how to clean your guns properly.
Get yourself a cleaning kit.
You can buy a ready made cleaning kit online or put one together yourself by buying the components separately. A great place where you can find cleaning supplies online is hygo.co.uk. Here is what you will need to have in your cleaning kit.
Gun oil or some type of lubricant.
Patches and patch holder
Microfiber cloths for polishing
Make sure your gun is unloaded.
This should be self-evident but always take the time to double check and make sure that the gun is unloaded every time you clean it. Don’t forget that there may still be a round in the chamber after you take out the magazine so make sure this round is removed as well. After you open the chamber take a look through the barrel from the back and make sure there are no rounds remaining.
Take your gun apart according to the factory specs.
Your owner’s manual will give the disassembly instructions so that you can clean your gun. This will give you access to all the parts that will need to be cleaned. Semi-automatic guns can be stripped of their major components including the barrel, slide, guide rod, magazine and the frame. Whereas shotguns or revolvers won’t need to be stripped down to be cleaned. You don’t necessarily have to field strip the gun to clean it thoroughly. Don’t take the gun apart further than it needs to be unless it needs to fixed. Here is a video showing you how to take your gun apart.
Clean your gun in a well-ventilated area.
The fumes from the solvent can give you headaches and make you sick so make sure that where ever you decide to clean them is well ventilated. The solvents and lubricants smell horrible so again use a well-ventilated area, preferably outside if you can. Use old cloths or newspapers to cover the table or surface where you plan on cleaning your guns, it’s a messy job.
Clean out the barrel first with the patches and cleaning rod.
Soak the inside of the barrel using a cleaning rod, work from the back of the barrel and if that isn’t possible then you will need to use a muzzle guard. There are far too many accidental shootings that happen during the cleaning of a gun. Soak a patch in solvent and push it through the barrel, push it all the way through so that you don’t redeposit everything you just cleaned out of the barrel.
Alternate between the patches and the bore brush to clean the barrel.
Use the bore brush several times along the full length of the barrel, this will help loosen any debris there is in the barrel. Then attach the patch holder with some patches already soaked in solvent and push them through the barrel. Use a patch only once and keep using a new patch until it comes out clean. Then use a dry patch to dry the barrel and double check it to make sure you haven’t missed any debris or dirt.
Keep the barrel lubricated.
Apply some lubricant to a piece of cotton and run it through the barrel to oil the inside of the barrel.
Clean solvent and lubricant to the action.
Put some solvent on the gun brush and brush down all parts of the action after that wipe it all off with a clean and dry microfiber cloth. Use some lubricant on the moving parts of the action. This will help prevent some rust, but if you apply too much you will end up having debris stuck to the gun, so just use a small amount.
Wipe down all parts of the gun with a clean microfiber cloth
You can use a microfiber cloth or get your hands on some luster cloths. Luster cloths have been pretreated with lubricant to remove any debris and make your guns shine.
If you want to keep your guns in good condition then you need to clean them after every use. A high quality gun needs to be treated with care and cleaning your gun will only take about a half an hour of your time so it’s worth it. Take care of your guns and they will be there when you need them.
Stop wasting your money buying these expensive targets. Here I am going to list 5 DIY targets you can do at home very very cheaply
1 Paper targets
We all know, paper is cheap, buy a packet of A3 paper, put a large circle up to the edges of the pager, then start drawing circles on the inside until you get to the very center. I would leave about 2 to 3 centimeters in between each circle. You can also buy them from target barn, click here to check them out
2 Metal targets
If you are shooting with a heavy weapon like a rifle or an ak47, I would suggest you do the same thing as above, but this time you cut a piece of sheet metal. IF you are going to go this route, please do your self a favor and distance yourself from the target. At least 50 meters, because the bullet can bounce back 🙁
3 Rubber target
These are great for huge bullets. How do you make a rubber target?? By simply cutting pieces of a huge tire and stick them to a thick cardboard paper. You are ready to go… Or you can buy these mannequin (dummy) type targets where you can then check out where you hit. You can also use ink bullets for these type of mannequins because they are expensive and you would not want to destroy them at one go. You can buy them here https://www.mrtargetonline.com/shop/rubber-dummy/
4 Glass bottle targets
Yes, these are fun, once again, make sure you are at least 50 meters away. To make it more challenging, you can hang them either with a tree branch or with some kind of pole that you create yourself
5 Sand Bag targets
Sand bags are a great solution if you have a shooting range close the houses. Because sand bags absorb the noise. You can buy these cheaply or you can buy the sand and bags, and fill these up at home which will cost a little bit less