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Best way to sanitize gun?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by andrewshogun, Feb 26, 2010.

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  1. andrewshogun

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    odd question here, but what I'm looking to do is not to clean the gun per se, but sanitize. it is a used gun and i'd like to make sure it is properly sanitized from a bacteria removal perspective. i sure as heck aint gonna throw it in the dish washer, so wanted to see what you guys recommend. thanks!
     
  2. kenno

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    Buy some cirtus based cleaning concentrate, the clear type without that terrible perfume. Mix some up at about 4-1 ratio in a spray bottle and clean the firearm. Rinse with hot water and dry thoughly. Spray down with WD-40 and dry again, followed by common light oil.
     
  3. chevyforlife21

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    whyyyyy? lol
     
  4. 9mmepiphany

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    or just take the thing completely apart and just put it in a tray of 97% alcohol and swish it around for a while, then hit they with carb cleaner to remove all the grease before re-oiling and re assembly
     
  5. grizcty

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    Easy to do here in Alaska.
    Just leave it in outside, at below zero temps.

    Just out of curiosity, what kind gun?
    And, what kind of bacteria? :scrutiny:
     
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    Maybe to eliminate any biological EVIDENCE? :scrutiny:

    If it's a Glock, it will survive the dishwasher cleaning - been done already. :D

    Seriously, FYI, 30 minute soak in anti-germicidal solution will sanitize most inanimate objects.
     
  7. Zundfolge

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    I can't imagine that bacteria would survive Hoppes.

    I'd stay away from citrus cleaners as those will likely attack the metal ... and for that matter WD40 or anything else not specifically designed for firearms (especially if its blued or nickel).
     
  8. mptrimshop

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    Lysol....eliminates %99.9
     
  9. VA27

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    Pull off the wooden grips, rack 'er up in the dishwasher and run it on the pots 'n' pans cycle with heated drying. Hose 'er down with Ballistol, put the grips back on and call it good.

    No, I'm not kidding! A local pawn shop had a fire and about 30 guns wound up with smoke damage. The guy asked me what I'd charge to clean 'em and I told him. All the handguns went through the dishwasher and I cleaned the long guns with 'Scrubbing Bubbles' cleaner. Took me about three hours. No muss, no fuss, no rust. They're guns for goshsakes, not Van Goghs!
     
  10. Hatterasguy

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    What are you trying to get the blood off it or something?
     
  11. grizcty

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    Dish washer?

    OOPS,
    That's for folks, with running water! LOL
     
  12. DBR

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    Standard "denatured alcohol" available at any paint/hardware store will do the job. After it evaporates just lube the gun because the alc will also remove all of the oils.

    Just a side note: most bacteria won't survive long outside a host. Certain viruses like Hepatitis will.

    Another option would be 10% bleach solution. Personally, I would go with the alc.
     
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    Dump it in an ultrasonic with something like alcohol or any of the paint thinners etc. Be aware of the fire hazard, but if the ultrasonic does not rip the buggers apart, the solvent will kill them. Finally the ultrasonic will make it come out surgically clean. I am always astounded how clean mine are after I use the ultrasonic on them.
     
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    I would go with good sanitizing cleaning. Here's more info if you have more biological/pathogen concerns:

    Bacterial spores can survive for years and can survive contact/soak in solvents/germicide solutions and freezing. The dishwasher can be used, without dishwashing soap or chemical drying agents (such as Jet Dry), to heat-sanitize equipment, as well as dry them in the same cycle. The rack in most dishwashers makes it the perfect vessel for this method.

    Here's a useful pdf US Centers for Disease Control put out that covers everything from parasites, virus, fungi, bacteria/bacterial spore, and toxin.
    http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/vsp/training/videos/transcripts/microworld.pdf

    Here's a quick overview of difference between cleaning, sanitizing, sterilizing:

    Cleaning - The process of removing visible residue - in other words, dirt - from your equipment. Cleaning agents will not usually kill a significant number of the microorganisms. However, cleaning is an important first step, because without careful cleaning, dirt can provide a place for these microorganisms to hide, making sanitizing almost impossible.

    Sanitizing - The process of killing most of the microorganisms on your equipment. Most sanitizing methods used will kill most of the active organisms, but may not kill spores or destroy every individual bacteria. Often, when sanitizing equipment with sanitizing solutions, meaning that any microorganisms that are not on the surface of the equipment, such as those hidden in dirt or residue inside the equipment, will not be affected. This is why it is important to clean thoroughly before you sanitize. Sanitized surfaces still contain some microorganisms.

    Sterilizing
    - The process of killing every living cell in your equipment, including spores. In my opinion, sterilizing is usually not necessary for general shooting/reloading purposes unless your equipment actually come in contact with infectious organisms/spores. Spores are everywhere, especially on ground.
     
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    My guess is it fell in a toilet. You know, sittin' down or standin' up before or after doing the business, and PLOP!

    The gun goes for a swim.
     
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    check out Brownell's web site, where they tested all the top gun metal preservatives, from Cosmoline, to CLP to the super-whamodyne aerospace products...

    that humble little can of WD-40 gave results that surpassed most (CLP didn't perform well at all) and matched the heavy greese stuff (Cosmoline) as well as the aerospace stuff.

    quite surprising to me...
     
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    Oh for pete sake. Just clean the gun the normal way. Just like you would when returning from the range...:banghead:

    "Sanitize" the gun. Yer kidding aren't ya??:scrutiny:
     
  18. Cornhusker77

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    Wouldn't Hoppes sanitize it?
     
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    I'd still love to hear an answer to the "Why?" question.
     
  20. W.E.G.

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    My Roscoe has that "not-so-fresh feeling."
     
  21. X-Rap

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    This is one of the most odd questions I have read. Has the OP been putting his gun someplace it doesn't belong, trying to clean up some crime, found a gun in a septic tank, or is he just one of those OCD Howard Hughes types who is a clean freak?
    All the replies give sound advice, I guess curiosity just demands an answer.
     
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    I have ask here and now, why?! This question is plain bizarre.

    Geno
     
  23. Cromlech

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    If all you are worried about is bacteria, rather than typical propellant/oil/dirt gunk, then you should only be worried about the exterior, and mores specifically, the parts that come into contact with the users hands - right?

    Or did the person you buy it off carry it tucked into their tighty-whiteys?
     
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    I would like to think that many mico-organisms would not survive a bath in chlorinated solvents.

    But I would vote for isopropanol.
     
  25. General Geoff

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    If you want it absolutely sterile, simply disassemble the gun and put all the parts including frame into a pressure cooker full of water. This essentially duplicates the function of an autoclave.


    If the gun has a polymer frame or other parts, be sure to suspend them in the water somehow, don't let them contact the bottom of the cooker or else they may melt.
     
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