How to Clean a Blank Firing Gun
Before we get into the cleaning of your blank gun, it is very important to always take every precaution to be as safe as possible. Blank firing guns are not toys. A blank gun should never be pointed at anyone, even as a joke. In any environment, a blank firing guns should always be treated like a real gun. Like a real gun, you should always assume the blank gun is loaded. And, Never! Never! Never try to fire real ammunition from a blank gun. The blank firing guns are all made from a metal that is very soft. Blank guns are made to fire blanks ONLY. If your blank gun is not treated with respect, it can cause serious injury and in some cases death.Blank guns should be cleaned to keep them in tip top condition, just like you would to maintain real functional firearm. Blanks are a bullet shell with paper or plastic to contain the same gun powder found in a real bullet. The difference between the two is that the blank has that plastic or paper wading instead of a live bullet. Like real guns, the gun powder, dirt, and grime projects onto the metal of the blank guns. This residue will eventually rust and shorten the life of your blank gun. Over time the damage done, will cause misfires, fouling, and malfunctions just their real counterparts. Not only that, friction points on the blank gun will also wear much quicker if not cleaned properly.
In this article, we take a look at the proper procedures, precautions, and safety measures used to clean and care for semi-auto, automatic, and revolver type blank firing guns.
So, when should you clean your blank gun? The real answer is you should clean your blank gun every time you use it. You want your blank gun to operate like it did coming out of the box, don't you? Cleaning will prevent mishaps when that theatrical, or that film perdition performance needs perfection. It doesn't mean the blank gun will never wear out, but it will help keep your blank gun operating longer than it would by neglecting to take proper care of it.
How do you clean your blank gun? If you know anything about real fire arms, the method is pretty much identical. Although, because of the way a blank gun is made, a blank gun is more difficult to clean than a real gun. And REMEMBER SAFETY IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE!
1. It is important to clean your blank gun in a well ventilated area. Some cleaning agents and solvents are noxious or toxic. There are non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning agents and solvents around. You can look for words "non-toxic" and "bio-degradable" on the label to be sure.
2. You need a basic gun cleaning kit, which includes gun oil, a bore brush, solvent, a bore brush, a patch holder with patches, and a cleaning rod.
3. These items are not in the kit, but you should also have Q-tips and rags.
4. Lay down a garbage bag, newspaper, and paper towels to protect the area you will be cleaning around. Lay garbage bag down first, then line the garbage bag with newspaper and finally paper towels. As you clean your blank guns, don't be afraid to change the paper towels. They can become dirty quite quickly. (After the final step and cleaning is completed, turn the bag inside out catching all the newspaper and paper towels and dispose of the trash).
5. Always use eye protection when cleaning a blank gun. The same type you would use for a real firearm.
6. Keep the blank firing gun pointed in a safe direction throughout the cleaning and anytime you handle the blank gun.
7. Make sure the blank gun is not loaded. With a semi-automatic and automatic, check to make sure the chamber is empty. With revolvers, check the cylinder and make sure there are no blanks or empty cartridges remaining in the blank gun.
8. Field strip the blank gun. Different blank firing guns will strip differently. Please check your manufacturer's users manual to see the number of pieces your blank gun will break down into.
- a. Usually, the components of a semi-auto and automatic are the top slide, a guide rod, a spring, and a block. Be very careful when breaking down the blank gun. You do not want to lose any parts, or misplace anything. Retailers rarely, if ever, carry parts for them. So, you would have to replace the blank gun if anything is lost. Also, remember to put everything back together in exactly the same manner when finishing. (When cleaning is complete, the spring, and all other parts should be put back in facing same direction they were removed. Sometimes the spring will only work one way.
- b. Usually the components of a blank firing revolver entail the cylinder and associated connecting parts. You should not need to breakdown or disassemble the blank firing revolvers.
9. Next, attach the bore brush to the cleaning rod and push solvent back and forth in the barrel. This step should be used for all front firing blank gun models. The front firing models have an open barrel and all gases are discharged from the front of the blank gun through the barrel. With some blank guns the barrels are blocked, or restricted. This type of blank gun is a top-firing blank gun. The gases are vented through a small vent to the side or top of the blank gun and prevents any discharge out of the barrel. If the top firing model describes your blank gun, step 7 and 8 would be skipped.
10. After the barrel has been scrubbed with the cleaning rod, use the patch holder and patch to run through the barrel to wipe excess solvent and loosened residue. You are done with this step once the patch appears not to be picking up further debris. Note: With many blank gun cleanings, the patch will eventually become blackened and soiled. When it does, we recommend discarding the dirty patch and using a new one.
11. After the patch comes clean of solvent and blank gun residue from the barrel, swab the barrel with a patch with a little gun oil (not much, just a dab). The oil will protect the barrel, but too much gun oil will be a dirt magnet and will cause build up of foreign debris much quicker than normal.
12. Wipe the other components with solvent and gun oil, using Q-tips to get into nooks and crannies, and reassemble the gun. As for the blank firing revolvers go into each cylinder. For both the semi-auto and automatic, and revolvers use the Q-tips around all moving and non-moving parts of the blank guns.
13. Finally, put a light amount of gun oil (not too much, just a dab) on a clean rag and wipe down the exterior of the blank firing gun.
14. As an added measure, you can purchase special silicone gun cleaning cloths. The silicone cloths will remove any finger prints, protect the blank gun, and leave a beautiful sheen on your newly cleaned blank gun.
15. When finished, you can turn the garbage bag inside out capturing all the newspaper and paper towels.
16. Voila! You are done.
Again, we can't say this enough! A blank firing gun should be treated like a real firearm. Lock it up! Always separate and store the blank gun away from blank cartridges when it is not in use.
Be aware that some blank firing guns are real guns fitted with special adapters to make them fire blanks. Blank guns designed specifically for blanks cannot fire live ammunition. Doing so will result in serious injury and possible death.