Cleaning Gun Silencers

In the past gun silencers have been used mainly by gun enthusiasts and hunters looking for a way to reduce gun noise when hunting. However, in recent years gun silencers have become more popular due to increased gun control legislation in some areas. For a short history on gun silencers check out the wikipedia page on gun silencers.

The gun-silencer is a device that reduces the amount of noise created by the gun shot. It is attached to the gun barrel and has a series of chambers that reduce gun noise by slowing down and trapping gun powder particles before they exit the gun barrel. In order to be effective, gun-silencers must be cleaned regularly as burn residue from gunpowder can build up very quickly making them no longer function as well as they should.

The gases, soot and unburnt powder that come out of the gun settle on the lamellas and inner walls of the silencer. This makes a rough surface that is good for oxidation. Oxidation makes the lifespan shorter as well as they should as silencing performance. If this happens a lot, then the non-burnt propellants in the silencer might explode.

Dismountable gun silencers have the gun-silencer divided into several parts which are attached with springs. The gun-silencer breaks down into several pieces for easy cleaning.

The individual components are disassembled and sprayed with or placed in gun oil. After a period of time, they are treated with a brush. If the result is good, the silencer is degreased with a gun part cleaner, for example, and put back together again. We have written about gun cleaning solvents and oils, check this article out for more information.

You must clean and lubricate the screw connections on dismountable models regularly using assembly pastes. For this, the right gun grease is important.

Enclosed gun silencers are designed so that all their components are permanently attached without any seams or joints in order to reduce noise leakage.

It can be hard to clean an enclosed silencer. Even if you put it in gun oil or use an ultrasonic bath, it might not be clean. In this case, it can be helpful to use a cleaner specifically for silencers.

To clean your gun silencer, fill it with this effective soot releaser and leave it in the gun cabinet for 1 to 3 days. The cleaner will loosen the soiling. After the cleaner has been poured out, rinse the silencer with water and shake it.

The residues in the rinsing liquid show that the cleaning result was good. If there is a lot of stubborn dirt, it can help to use a bottle brush. Heating up the cleaner bath to about 85°F to 105°F speeds up the application time. The silencer only needs to be dried after that, and the existing threads might be oiled or greased lightly.

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