What are some of your slick gun tips?


June 15, 2005, 03:24 PM
Being new to THR, I'm assuming that at some time there's been a thread like this...but another can't hurt!

Just general tips, things you do that are just simple, cool ideas. I'll start the ball rolling with one of my own.

Being an amateur photographer, and a one-time digital imaging consultant, I notice that a lot of people take pictures of their guns for posting and/or insurance purposes, with mixed results. If you have access to an average flatbed scanner, try just doing a direct scan of the gun. I do this for all mine, and make sure they're included in backup files for insurance documentation. Depending on how much resolution you use, you would not believe how detailed the scans can be! Long guns can be scanned in sections and then just stitched together with any picture editing program. Besides the great detail, you never have to worry about lighting.

Here's an example, and keep in mind that this is a reduced copy of a .jpg which was a reduced copy of a .bmp file. You can make it as fine or simple as you set the scanner.

[This was a shot of the 4566, the only change to it has been a set of S&W logo Hogue rubber grips. Serial number purposely blurred.]

The 10/22 was scanned in sections...Quality suffers from downsizing for web, but you "get the picture" on sectional scans. That was done right after resanding/refinishing a brand new stock on a brand new rifle. [Later refinement was a rubber butt pad to give my long arms another inch or two of distance.]

I've scanned and printed pictures of guns so lifelike, that pictures on the wall in my den have been mistaken for the actual! Two reminders...place it easy on the glass, and make sure it's clean and dry, relatively free of solvents which can cloud the scanner glass. Finally, after placing it, just cover with any old suitably colored material for the background...obviously the cover won't close with a gun in there!

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June 15, 2005, 03:28 PM
Front sight, press and followthrough? :)

June 15, 2005, 03:28 PM
Very cool. I wish I thought of something like that; my coolest gun trick is shooting spent 20 guage hulls from the hip with my 10/22 and not missing.

June 15, 2005, 03:39 PM
Keep the muzzle pointed down range?????? :p

No seriously, keep the Muzzle poined down range.

June 15, 2005, 03:42 PM
I would tell you a really cool trick involving a soldering iron and piano wire and a 10/22 bolt... but I might get in trouble :rolleyes:

Standing Wolf
June 15, 2005, 05:51 PM
1. Always double-check to verify you've got magazines—the right magazines—in your gun box before leaving home.

2. Always bring extra ammunition.

R.H. Lee
June 15, 2005, 06:04 PM
You can run a cleaning patch through a .22 bore with a piece of weed wacking line. Tie a knot at the end of the line and poke the other end through the patch. You don't have to worry about buggering up the bore.

June 15, 2005, 06:13 PM


June 15, 2005, 06:57 PM
Riley, you can also singe the end, making a little blob to hold the patch on.

June 15, 2005, 07:06 PM
Clean M-1 Garands upside down to prevent solvent from entering the gas system.

June 15, 2005, 07:13 PM
Any time you're going to use a scope, buy Butler Creek flip caps. Keeps off rain, dirt, dust and open instantly. A must-have for hunters.

Fishing supply stores sell paint for leadhead jigs. Super tough (it's made to beat against rocks) and comes in bright colors. Use it to paint handgun sights for low light.

Bore snakes for quick cleaning

June 15, 2005, 07:37 PM
Always make sure you have *ALL* the keys to your gun locks *BEFORE* you get to the range

June 15, 2005, 07:56 PM
there are a bunch of them here:


mainly for the ar-15

June 15, 2005, 09:19 PM
My slick tip is this: Do not wear vinyl gloves when trying to pick up a jar of Ed's Red. It's way too slick to hold onto. You... er, I... will have to mop up the bench, the wall, and the floor.

June 15, 2005, 09:38 PM
Some rimfires don't like to be free-floated. Put a self-adhering felt furniture pad on the stock in the barrel channel right at the end of the forearm. This will often tighten up the groups.

Keep your strong hand thumb off the gun when shooting for accuracy.

Shoot your rifle with iron sights before scoping it. Lotta people think they've got a bad rifle when they've got a bad scope or mount.

June 15, 2005, 09:46 PM
When in the field with blued steel firearms, keep cold rifles cold. Don't bring them inside to "warm up" in a cabin or tent, and NEVER set them by the stove.

A sheepskin lined rifle case has never been improved upon as a means of safely transporting or storing your rifles.

Don't hold bolt action war rifles like scoped hunting rifles. Move your head back further so you can cycle the bolt without breaking the weld.

June 16, 2005, 10:33 AM
Clean M-1 Garands upside down to prevent solvent from entering the gas system.

Upside down.... Trigger group up toward the ceiling or muzzle pointing toward floor....

Thanks, just confused...


June 16, 2005, 11:52 AM
Fixed-base 1911 and similar magazines CAN and SHOULD be disassembled for routine cleaning and inspection/parts replacement! It's not hard, but it's kind of tricky until you get the knack...

June 16, 2005, 12:07 PM

Trigger group up. The gas port is on the bottom of the barrel.

June 16, 2005, 12:21 PM

Sorry didn't mean to be vague, I should have said.

Upside down.... Trigger group up toward the ceiling

Stickjockey: Thank you for your clarification. :)

June 16, 2005, 02:39 PM
:D :cool:

June 16, 2005, 11:32 PM
Use car wax on your guns. On anything from the cheepo powder finish on a new 870 to your high end race-gun, a good wax or polish (not cutting past) will keep rust away. It will also slick up a mag, inside and out.

To bore sight a bolt gun, remove bold and place in a bench and get it where you can see a distant night-light etc, by looking inside the bore, then adjust the crosshairs to the same light.

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