Imagine for just a moment what would happen if you never changed the oil in your car or truck. It would eventually quit running, right? How about if you never sharpened the blades on the lawn mower? Well, let’s just say your yard would eventually have a good cutting of hay on it. So why do we take such pride in testing the endurance of our firearms as if their performance were not important? You may even have heard someone brag, “I haven’t cleaned that thing in years and it still works like a charm…well, most of the time, anyway.”
It is probably our natural tendency in our busy lives to put off the things we can put off doing. Cleaning your firearm is not the place to procrastinate, though. The ad for your firearm might make you think you don’t have to clean it…and you can use it for a boat paddle…and it will do your taxes after a frigid morning in the duck blind. That’s a clever marketing ploy, though. To put it plain and simple, if you refuse to clean it, it will eventually refuse to work.
A firearm is a piece of machinery composed of several interacting parts. Their jobs are varied, but if one quits working, the others will, as well. So let’s stop being lazy and take the time that is needed to get every part in proper working order.