Q tips for gun cleaning?


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Lone_Sheep_Dog
June 11, 2010, 12:42 AM
Does anyone use q tips for gun cleaning? I have been doing this lately and I really like to use these. I put solvent on them to clean and then I use them to oil the gun too. Seems like it saves a lot of time.

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jakeiscrazy
June 11, 2010, 12:44 AM
I love them! Use them same way.

brboyer
June 11, 2010, 12:48 AM
I like the six inch dental q-tips with the wood shaft.

lab28143
June 11, 2010, 12:50 AM
Everytime. Great for getting into tight places

LaserSpot
June 11, 2010, 12:58 AM
Well of course I do.

The wood ones are the best when they can be found. Q-tips are also useful if you want to check the crown and rifling of a gun at a flea market or gun show. Push it into the muzzle about half an inch and shine a small flashlight. The Q-tip will reflect light and let you see how much rifling is left; without it you're just looking into a black hole. Many old surplus rifles are completely smooth-bore at the muzzle from improper cleaning.

Toothpicks are also handy for loosening crud in the corners.

Arkansas Paul
June 11, 2010, 12:59 AM
All the time.

deadin
June 11, 2010, 01:00 AM
Don't forget pipe cleaners.........

NMGonzo
June 11, 2010, 01:02 AM
Not really any other way to detail clean.

WNTFW
June 11, 2010, 01:06 AM
Qtips
Tooth picks
Popsicle sticks
Bamboo Skewers
Baby bottle brush
Tooth brush (GI and whatever 4 out of 5 dentist approve)
Stainless bush
Bore hair brush
Tile & Grout brush

China bristle paint brushes are good for cleaning and applying oil sparingly.

I'm a bit of a brush freak in general.

Clifford
June 11, 2010, 01:06 AM
That's what they were made for right?

I use them for all my gun cleaning needs, they work really well for cleaning my press as well. I have found Q-tip brand to be the best, the cheapie kroger, Kirkland ones don't hold up very well to solvents and oils.

Tim the student
June 11, 2010, 01:10 AM
Yup. They certainly have their place, and they work great.

dec41971
June 11, 2010, 01:51 AM
Great for lubing too. :p

javabum
June 11, 2010, 02:31 AM
I too use them from cleaning to lubing my fire arms.
Down fall is you go through a bunch of them.

AWorthyOpponent
June 11, 2010, 03:19 AM
Omg!!!!

How on earth did i not figure this out!! I feel sooooo dumb. My life will be soo much easier now....

Shadow 7D
June 11, 2010, 03:41 AM
best are 'cotton tipped applicators'
they are the 6" long wooden Q tip, when you are done with the cotton you can break the stick and use it as a pic.

AWorthyOpponent
June 11, 2010, 03:52 AM
best are 'cotton tipped applicators'
they are the 6" long wooden Q tip, when you are done with the cotton you can break the stick and use it as a pic.

It's like Christmas in July...in June...

AWorthyOpponent
June 11, 2010, 03:54 AM
best are 'cotton tipped applicators'
they are the 6" long wooden Q tip, when you are done with the cotton you can break the stick and use it as a pic.

It's like Christmas in July...in June...

Quilbilly
June 11, 2010, 04:24 AM
Every time.

possum
June 11, 2010, 04:30 AM
i ues regular q tips and have for a longtime for gun cleanning, as well i am gonna order some of the specialty q-tips form bear metal clean as well.

Shadow 7D
June 11, 2010, 05:24 AM
I forgot, the wood shaft also is great for drifting out pins with out marring the finish

Chemist
June 11, 2010, 11:44 AM
I'm so glad to find others that use them! I haven't told anyone about using them because I didn't want to get that 'Q-tips aren't for guns' crap from the guys.

deadin
June 11, 2010, 12:03 PM
Stainless bush


That's got to be painful..:uhoh:;):evil:

Actually I use brass brushes. Less likely to scratch somethin that shouldn't be scratched.

Tallinar
June 11, 2010, 12:05 PM
I used them to clean the slide rails out on my 1911's (when I owned them). Great little tools.

pockets
June 11, 2010, 12:14 PM
Does anyone use q tips for gun cleaning?
Yes....for the past 45 years.

REPOMAN
June 11, 2010, 12:38 PM
I agree w/ some of the others.... The 6" wood handled swabs are the best...... Used them for years.....

Oregun89
June 11, 2010, 12:46 PM
Everytime

lucky-gunner
June 11, 2010, 12:47 PM
If it's wrong to use Q-Tips there is a lot of Marines that are cleaning their firearms wrong.

Happy Shooting

bpl
June 11, 2010, 12:53 PM
I use Q-tips all the time. I clean my ears with them sometimes too! :)

Al Thompson
June 11, 2010, 12:57 PM
bpl, that's when they are called "ear mops".... :D

Those cheap red shop rags are very handy as well.

XxWINxX94
June 11, 2010, 01:01 PM
Yup, you will find lots of household materials can be a big help when cleaning firearms. I, personally, like a toothbrush.

clamman
June 11, 2010, 01:21 PM
You can cut the Q tips in half and put them on your cleaning rod, and they make a perfect swab for the .17HMR

fastbolt
June 11, 2010, 01:39 PM
Not all "cotton-tipped swabs" are the same.

It would be prudent to consider the potential for unintentionally leaving cotton fiber debris inside the firearm's mechanism where it might have the potential to cause a malfunction.

I remember in one of my more recent armorer classes listening to an armorer describe how enough of the head of a cotton-tip swab had been left inside a slide's firing pin channel so that it prevented the striker-type firing pin from firing the pistol afterward. Apparently it wasn't noticed at the time of a detailed cleaning. :scrutiny:

I use them, but I'm also careful in their application. Ditto pipe cleaners.

pockets
June 11, 2010, 02:05 PM
Apparently it wasn't noticed at the time of a detailed cleaning.
Apparently it wasn't a detailed cleaning, if they left in more than they took out.
Sorta like; "the surgery went perfectly....now what did I do with that sponge?".
Can't blame the tool for the workman's error.

fastbolt
June 11, 2010, 02:20 PM
Hey, there's folks who are trained armorers ... and then there's folks who are trained armorers ... ;)

I've yet to go to an armorer class in which I'd let 95% of the class touch one of my weapons.

Granted, I made my fair share of mistakes after returning from my first couple of armorer classes, but I was fortunate in that I was able to basically apprentice myself to a much more experienced armorer at my agency. Even after more than a dozen armorer classes I was still learning new things about various platforms. The more classes I attended, though, the more stories of problems I heard from other armorers.

I've seen junior armorers I've tried to assist do their own fair share of mixing up parts, installing parts backwards or in some incorrect orientation that I hadn't seen done up to that point. :scrutiny:

As with other training venues, sometimes a newly minted armorer returning from their first armorer class may have learned just enough to really cause some problems. :uhoh:

I've seen armorers have problems in recert classes, too.

FWIW, I try to make sure the cotton-tip swabs I use resist coming apart easily ... and I check for errant fibers left behind, too. ;)

Shadow 7D
June 11, 2010, 02:59 PM
Fast bolt, give one of them a CZ-82/83 bag gun, and have them assemble it, tell them the sear spring is easy, you just have to put in the hammer block at the right angle...

Only should take them a day or 7..
If Q-tips arn't for guns, then why, when I was in the army as a medic, did the supply sergeant "help" us pick up medical supply's (different channel, they can't actually order CL VIII stuff) so they could horse trade for Q-tips?

If they aren't for guns, it isn't just the Marines who are wrong.

Bad Penny 03
June 11, 2010, 04:20 PM
Yep, lots of swabs of all kinds.

I buy the 1000 pack of Q-tip brand at Costco.

If I can't find the wooden ones with the medical supplies I usually find them in the electronic section.
They use them for cleaning the heads on old cassette players and gawd knows what else.

Ronsch
June 11, 2010, 05:57 PM
I use so many, I yelled at my son for cleaning his ears twice a day and wasting them....Just kidding about my son, but I do use a whole lot...Small wooden skewers can be had cheaply at restaurant supply stores or oriental food stores and are great for getting gunk out of small spots and loosened up before swabbing it down.

Bad Penny 03
June 11, 2010, 08:36 PM
http://www.bearmetalclean.com/why-should-i-buy-gun-cleaning-swabs.html

Everything you ever wanted to know about swabs.
:D

FuzzyBunny
June 11, 2010, 08:49 PM
I have about 40 cases of the six inch dental q-tips with the wood shaft. Each case must have 40 packs of 50 or 100 in each pack (med quality). We used them alot on the film and audio business to clean delicate wlectronics and things.

I just love them for reoiling the collector guns I don't shoot and just store. Great for getting into odd places.

Wonder if I could sell them at the gun show?
I though I was the only one that used them on guns.

Tim the student
June 11, 2010, 09:11 PM
Seems crazy to see all the people that thought no one besides them used them.

I thought it was commonplace.

Bad Penny 03
June 11, 2010, 09:18 PM
Seems crazy to see all the people that thought no one besides them used them.

I thought it was commonplace

Yeah, crazy...me too.

Dominus
June 11, 2010, 10:28 PM
Yup chalk up another here as well.....good stuff.
Using the Q-Tip for everything that I can reach with it......
Far from the only thing I use (keeping it on topic:neener:).

Sav .250
June 13, 2010, 05:13 PM
Nope. No reason, just don`t.

smallbore
June 13, 2010, 05:15 PM
Yes.

preachnhunt
June 13, 2010, 05:34 PM
If you cut a paper shaft one in half the shaft part is the perfect size for getting crud from the primer side of a ML nipple.

UserM4
June 13, 2010, 07:38 PM
don't forget to clean behind your ejector! dental picks are great for this.

SMMAssociates
June 13, 2010, 07:48 PM
I've had problems finding them occasionally, but the wife and I were in a CVS Drug Store one night after supper and I found some in the "makeup" area with a pointy tip on one end, and a sort of paddle-shaped tip on the other end. I think I cleared the shelf....

One comment - some Q-Tips fluff too much in use, and make a mess. Others just have too little "cotton" on 'em. Wood v.s. paper or plastic sticks don't seem to matter.

Regards,

Tim the student
June 13, 2010, 11:06 PM
One comment - some Q-Tips fluff too much in use, and make a mess.

If you rotate them between your fingers it seems to "tighten" them up a bit so loose strands don't get all over the place.

killchain
June 13, 2010, 11:10 PM
Does anyone use q tips for gun cleaning? I have been doing this lately and I really like to use these. I put solvent on them to clean and then I use them to oil the gun too. Seems like it saves a lot of time.

Huge box of Q-Tips have always been in my bag, ever since day one of Basic Training to today.

Q-Tips ROCK. They clean you, and your weapon.

tasco 74
June 13, 2010, 11:54 PM
yep i use em......... they are good to clean air rifles with too................

LIFE IS SHORT.....

GRIZ22
June 14, 2010, 12:17 AM
I'm so glad to find others that use them! I haven't told anyone about using them because I didn't want to get that 'Q-tips aren't for guns' crap from the guys.

Yup, you will find lots of household materials can be a big help when cleaning firearms. I, personally, like a toothbrush

The Army has been issuing "swab, cotton tipped" and grey handled toothbrushes to clean M16s with since 1968 that I know of. Prior to that everyone I knew had a extra toothbrush and shaving brush to clean their M14s. Not a new idea then either. My uncle (WWII vet, ETO) told me about having a gun cleaning shaving brush and toothbrush in his day.

Lee Roder
June 14, 2010, 10:55 PM
yep, cheap and work very well. everything gets cleaned in tupperware containers of ATF/acetone. qtips reach where nothing else i have does. when parts are clean, qtips are great for applying grease too. i go through a box of 500 for a couple of bucks every few months.

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