Care and cleaning of Firearms
CARING FOR YOUR FIREARM
Participants must take very good care of their firearm(s). Take care of them as if your life depended on it, because in war, it would. This policy is for safety so that we can inspect all guns for proper working order and cleanliness. Guns should never be laid on the ground (grounded) unless you are ordered to do so, with the exception that they are laid in your tent beside your sleeping spot. Guns should be stacked or laid in your tent, never leaned on tents or tent poles, as they could be damaged if they fall and could rip or stain tents. They should be placed in a gun sock with a tompion in the muzzle for the night.
Field cleaning of rifles and pistol will be done after every battle or firing session, such as drill practice or target shooting. It will consist of using hot water or black powder cleaning solvent, then running patches down the barrel until they come out clean and dry.
All weapons should be thoroughly cleaned immediately after an event. It will be done the same as a field clean, with the additional steps of removing the cone for cleaning, using bore butter in the barrel and on all metal parts, and polishing the ramrod, bayonet and brass fittings.
Deep cleanings should be done periodically, especially after any particularly wet events. They will consist of the same steps as a field clean and a thorough clean with the additional steps of disassembling the gun to check for rust, clean it and take precautions to prevent it as much as possible. This will involve removing the barrel bands, the barrel and the lock plate. The workings of the lock plate should be inspected for wear such as cracked springs. Stocks should be inspected for cracks, and should have scratches and dings touched up.