i wash my guns in the kitchen sink or bathtub.


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cajun47
November 16, 2006, 03:33 AM
is that a bad idea?

i'll take down my ruger 9mm and .45acp and let the parts soak in extremely hot soapy water for a couple minutes then scrub them down, rinse with hot water, wipe off as much water as i can with a towel and let them sit in front a fan. they dry very quickly. then i put a very light coat of rustyduck gun oil on the parts. i been doing this with my 9mm since the early 90s and have shot over 50,000 rounds. it works like brand new. i've done the same thing with my remington 870 shotgun but in the bathtub.

the only down side to this is if water stays in the firing pin area but i dry fire them right after. should i do this with my ak47?

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Owen
November 16, 2006, 10:06 AM
nothing wrong with it per se, but the lady of the house may have an issue with it!

fineredmist
November 16, 2006, 10:11 AM
One of my shooting buddies would clean his Rugar stainless BP revolvers in the dish washer. He removed the grips and in they went. The guns were very clean but his ex wife wasn't really overjoyed with the idea.

1911WB
November 16, 2006, 11:18 AM
That is just wrooong! :)

WESTTX357
November 16, 2006, 11:22 AM
One of my shooting buddies would clean his Rugar stainless BP revolvers in the dish washer. He removed the grips and in they went. The guns were very clean but his ex wife wasn't really overjoyed with the idea


Maybe thats the reason she is an EX:D

CZguy
November 18, 2006, 10:56 PM
Why stop with a bathtub?

What about just dropping the whole pistol in an ultrasonic cleaner. :D

Azrael256
November 18, 2006, 11:01 PM
but the lady of the house may have an issue with it Yeah, that was my thought, too. I read this thread and the first thing that popped into my head was "you're single, aren't you..." Ahh, blessed bachelorhood.

bakert
November 18, 2006, 11:46 PM
Hmmm, To each his own and if it works for you I say fine. But in my case, my wife would probably ---- a brick and promptly tell a few of my my shooting buddies and there's no way I would want any of my gun owning friends to see or find out I was washing my guns in the sink or tub. I would be the laughing stock of those crusty old shooters I know and hang around with.:D

noresttill
November 19, 2006, 01:04 AM
throw them in the toilet with some Ajax and flush it a few times. Dont do it with a kel tec though, you might loose it.

Jesse

Clark
November 19, 2006, 01:10 AM
I have had 100 different surplus rifles in the shower with me to get off the storage grease.

As they say, "Giving your baby a bath is an important part of bonding."

mutt
November 19, 2006, 02:29 AM
I reckon I'm blessed . My lovely young wife is usually beside me , helpin to wash said fire arms...........MUTT :D

Chris Rhines
November 19, 2006, 08:51 AM
I frequently wash guns or gun parts in the shop sink, with hot water and Simple Green or generic detergent. Works well.

- Chris

Buzztail
November 19, 2006, 09:10 AM
I have used the dishwasher method for fifteen years without a hitch- and the one I'm hitched to does not mind as long as I load some dishes in with 'em.
You want to push your luck? try baking paint in the oven

GreyMauser
November 22, 2006, 12:23 PM
Only time I ever used a bathtub was when a double gun got dunked with me in a salt water marsh.

Firehand
November 23, 2006, 01:06 AM
I've gotta ask, unless you're using corrosive-primed ammo, why?

GRIZ22
November 23, 2006, 01:46 AM
Soap and water do nothing as far as removing leading and copper fouling.

CZguy
November 23, 2006, 07:03 AM
I've gotta ask, unless you're using corrosive-primed ammo, why?


I've got to admit, I look forward to answers for this question.

Buzztail
November 23, 2006, 08:48 AM
aside from the lead, and copper, the dishwasher will remove the powder residue. Some of my guns don't need the bore cleaned every trip out. They do get plenty of powder residue on 'em.
A 22 handgun is a prime example, they really do not foul the bore quickly but they do get pretty dirty. Hot, soapy water is great for that.

Red Label
November 23, 2006, 09:12 AM
Here is something else to think about. You might want to consider a washtub and dumping the remnants outside when you are done. Gun oils and petroleum products of any type will wreak havoc on your septic system! I speak from experience. Not because I wash my guns in the sink but because someone in my house, who shall remain nameless, had a habit of washing out paint brushes in said sink. I had a $3500 septic repair:cuss: :cuss: :banghead: :fire:

Whirlwind06
November 23, 2006, 03:32 PM
My Dad used to use hot soapy on his black powder firearms.
I could see doing this to my XD. There are so many places that I can't get to. Without detail stripping it. But in my mind water and firearms don't mix! I would rather spend an hour with q-tips getting it clean.

Limeyfellow
November 23, 2006, 07:22 PM
This is why I have my own work shower in the basement with multiple heads and a large metal bowl I can put into use. That way my wife doesn't beat the snot out of me. Still I would be in an even worse state if I used her dishwasher for cosmoline removal.

CornCod
November 23, 2006, 07:52 PM
I hear the soap and water treatment is good at removing the evil remains of corrosive ammo.

dragongoddess
November 23, 2006, 08:34 PM
Well my AK goes through the windex, hot soapy water with a distilled water rinse and the final regular gun cleaning process to include linseed oil on the wood after each trip to the range. Darn thing looks brand new after each treatment.

Now if the water bothers you you can always use some canned air to blow out any remaining water before moving on to a regular cleaning.

Now your partner may not mind if you clean your weapons up in the kitchen sink or bathroom as long as you return the area back to the "clean and uncluttered space" that it was before you started. Its called keeping the piece in the house.

Joe Demko
November 25, 2006, 12:16 PM
Before running any guns through the dishwasher, you might want to look at the ingredients in dishwasher detergents and spot-free drying agents. These things are formulated to remove food residues from dishes. One of the ingredients commonly found in the detergents is silica. It is there to add a sandblasting effect to the water spray. Great if you're removing dried-on chili from a bowl. I'm not sure, though, it is something I want balsted into every nook and cranny on my guns. YMMV.

Walkalong
November 25, 2006, 12:42 PM
Ever try Slip 2000 gun cleaner? It is water based and it works great! Never occured to me to wash em in the sink and I thought I would try anything.:what:

Clark
November 27, 2006, 07:44 PM
Steel washed with Simple Green gets so clean that it can sometime rust in a few hours of exposure to the air.

I make it a habbit of following Simple Green with, hot water, drying, and then oil.

kansas45
December 3, 2006, 04:34 AM
When I detail strip & clean my pistols, I put them in a ultra sonic cleaner. I use a 50/50 mixture of Simple Green & water. After I run the parts through a few times, I dry them with compressed air, then assemble & lube the fire arm as usual. I don't think putting lead fouled gun parts in the dishwasher is a very good idea. I think it would contaminate the dishes.

Mad Chemist
December 3, 2006, 05:08 AM
I was thinking the same thing. Why would you want to contaminate your kitchen sink? Maybe a shop sink might be handy, but if you're not using corrosive ammo then why bother?
You folks that do this are aware that lead is soluble in water right?
I won't eat or touch my face after shooting until I can wash up. Lead is very difficult for your body to eliminate metabolically. With frequent exposure, blood concentrations will increase over time eventually reaching toxic levels.

Nortonics
December 3, 2006, 06:59 AM
throw them in the toilet with some Ajax and flush it a few times. Dont do it with a kel tec though, you might loose it.


Hahahahaha! And I thought I'd heard 'em all...

marty1
December 3, 2006, 10:17 PM
Once a month I load all my guns into the back seat of my 64 chevy convertable and go through the car wash top down. Usually, get the full service which includes waxing.

f4t9r
December 3, 2006, 10:25 PM
seems to have worked so far. So no problem
If it is not broke do not fix it !!!!!!

hueytaxi
December 14, 2006, 12:01 AM
A/2/5 Basic Training at Ft. Polk, La in '65: Coming back to the range after shooting in the wet and mud; you headed for the showers fully clothed with your M-14. You got the weapon clean, disassembled, oiled reassembled and stored...then you worried about yourself.

roo_ster
December 18, 2006, 02:45 PM
Soaps & water can be used without incident to clean weapons. Make sure that the cleaner used is OK on the metal and that any wood is removed.

Also, using hothothot water works best & dries faster. An air compressor is a help, as is a hair dryer or heat gun. Either way, dry it immediately and lube after drying, immediately.

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