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Would you pay to have your gun cleaned?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by BUGUDY, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. BUGUDY

    BUGUDY Member

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    OK, so probably nobody on this site would, but, I am out of work and looking for a way to make some cash. Actually my gunsmith gave me the idea.
    So gun cleaning and minor repair, what do you think.
     
  2. Just One Shot

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    The short answer is..........NO!


    If you can't clean your own gun you shouldn't even own one. For me, part of the fun of gun ownership is knowing how it works and taking it apart.
     
  3. j1979

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    Yea, I suppose you could. I myself would never let anyone do it for me, but there are alot of lazy people out there. I say give it a whirl.
     
  4. 6_gunner

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    No. Even if I didn't want to clean my own guns, I wouldn't go to the trouble of taking them to someone for cleaning, and then going back to pick them up. That would be much more of a hassle than it would be to clean them myself.

    I think somebody proposed this idea before, and it got a similar response.
     
  5. fgr39

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    I have thought about doing this also. I have seen places that offered it as a service. What kind of rates would you charge? Where do you draw the line from minor repair to it needs a gunsmith? Also, would insurance be needed to cover you just incase? I like the idea, I'm sure some people would be willing to pay for the service but the liability part always keep me from really persuing it.
     
  6. jackstinson

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    Sorry, no, I personally would not pay someone to clean my guns.
    I enjoy cleaning my guns. I also use the process to inspect components for wear and/or damage.
    Good luck in your endeavor though!
     
  7. wyocarp

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    For me, the fun is in the shooting, not the cleaning. But I am pretty particular with my guns and would want to know exactly how you would clean them and probably wouldn't be interested in light gunsmithing.

    I think there would be an interest, much like laundry services. It isn't that one can't, it's that they would rather not.
     
  8. OOOXOOO

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    No, in addition to cleaning I check parts for wear and breakage. This is a task I leave to myself.
     
  9. grimjaw

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    If I was extremely allergic to one of the common cleaning chemicals and I couldn't find a substitute cleaner, I might then. Otherwise, no.

    jm
     
  10. TexasRifleman

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    I have paid to have more expensive guns cleaned but I wouldn't trust it to just anyone. I have a SxS shotgun that needed a good takedown and I wasn't gonna do it myself.

    But for everyday cleaning after shooting, nah.
     
  11. expvideo

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    I love cleaning my guns after the range. It's almost like meditation. It's very relaxing, IMO.

    But then again, I'm talking about 1-2 guns. If I went out and shot 15 guns in one day, I would dread cleaning them all.
     
  12. jpatterson

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    Maybe if I had a gun like in that thread "the perpetual fountain of crud" and the service offered a 100% clean guarantee or your money back. But only in that scenario. I enjoy cleaning my guns, it's as much a part of the routine as shooting them is.
     
  13. The Bushmaster

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    No, but I might pay someone to put it back together after I disassembled it for cleaning.
     
  15. Coronach

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    No.

    As mentioned prior, the inspection I do while having the gun disassembled is a key part of maintaining the gun.

    Mike
     
  16. jwr747

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    if I'm not mistaken,a FFL would be required to clean weapons.no difference to the BATFE in gunsmith or gun cleaner. jwr
     
  17. expvideo

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    Only if it's being mailed.
     
  18. zminer

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    I wouldn't pay anyone to clean my guns, but I only have three of them and they're not a big deal to clean. You might be able to get some business now and then out of getting guns ready for auction, or helping people clean cosmoline off of surplus guns, or something. But I'd recommend checking your local business laws - you might need insurance if you are officially a business, but it may have something to do with how much you earn, or something like that.
     
  19. marktx

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    Yes, I would love it if there were a local gun cleaning service. In my mind it's not any different than running a car through a car wash, hiring a lawn care service, eating out, etc. I would rather spend my time doing other things. As it is the only time I clean a gun is after shooting corrosive ammo which is a rare occurrence as i would rather pay a bit more for new stuff just so I don't have to worry about it.
     
  20. The Bushmaster

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    Like several above have stated. When I clean , also, inspect and insure that the weapon is reassembled correctly. I would have a bit of a problem trusting some one to clean my weapons and get them back still working...I have trust in my inspection & assembly and not some one else's.
     
  21. biggiesmalls

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    i clean my own guns, BUT

    i have, in the past, sent off a few pistols to be cleaned by the ultrasound or whatever thing that some smiths use. also, it would depend on how much i value my time. if a kid wants $5 to clean my ruger mk2 or mk3, then hell yea he can do it. those things are a b*tch and a half to clean. most of the time i just cheat with gun scrubber and call it a day, haha.

    **confessions of an ignorant, lazy bum**
     
  22. Hawk

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    Yes.

    I have. I brought mine in because the L.C. Smith take down manual I bought online appeared to have been translated (poorly) from Klingon.

    There's no doubt a number of hunters that would pay to have relatively straightforward stuff cleaned because they don't want to be bothered with it but when I was dropping mine off there was a pile of stuff that I wouldn't try to detail clean on a bet.

    On the brighter side, the fee for detail cleaning a sidelock double is in the neighborhood of 125.00 where I go.

    There's probably a rule of life somewhere that when you solicit cleaning you'll get the stuff some folks know better than to try themselves.
     
  23. yeti

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    I have paid my nephew to clean them after a range session, but I usually end up doing just as much work, putting in just as much effort, making as much of a mess...but now he is getting to the point I'll be able to let him go clean them on his own, guess I'll need to start charging him for the cost of my ammo he's burning, gotts ta get my money back somehow!

    But no, other than that, I'll do it myself.
     
  24. buckthedog

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    If it were a very competent gunsmith I would love to have a full strip and clean done from time to time for a reasonable price
    I would not just trust anyone though

    and by full strip I mean everything that can be removed would be removed and cleaned
     
  25. jr45

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    I had once when I was in the Army. After a field exercise, we could not leave/head home until our weapons were cleaned. Our armor charged me (and another 15+/- soldiers) $40.00 each and he would clean them for us. When you are tired, dirty, and dying to get home, that is a really good deal.
     
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