For most gun owners, cleaning a gun is as close to zen as they’ll get.
The motions of taking down a pistol or a rifle and removing all the built-up carbon fouling and dirt offer a welcome retreat into a task servicing a weapon that they love.
Cleaning a gun is a pretty straightforward task, and yet, in the opinion of the author, many people ignore a critical cleaning component.
“Toothbrush” style cleaning brushes and carbon picks.
These essential items are often neglected by most gun owners because they’re content to use patches and barrel brushes and call it a day.
Look, as long as you’re cleaning your gun every few hundred rounds then you’re doing your part. But, if you want to get a long life out of your gun and ensure it works for years to come without issue, then you owe it to yourself as well as your firearm to make the decision to purchase these inexpensive tools.
Why Toothbrush Style Cleaning Brushes Are A Must Have
The image you see above is the appropriately named “toothbrush.” cleaning brush.
The reason you want one of these is the same reason you don’t use your fingers to clean your teeth. These brushes get into the nooks and crannies of your gun that patches simply can’t reach. And they clean built up gunk off your gun fast.
There are generally two different material types used in these brushes. Nylon and brass.
Different materials are used on different surfaces. Nylon, being the softer material, is great for cleaning delicate surfaces like wood, or exterior metals on the slide and frame that you don’t want to be scratched.
Brass, on the other hand, is a tougher metal that can take care of cleaning internal metal and polymer surfaces that typically accumulate buildups of carbon, oil, and dirt.
These Toothbrush styled brushes generally come in two different sizes. The larger sizes are for cleaning large areas and the smaller ones help you get into nooks and crannies. Either or will work for getting inside receivers, trigger assemblies, gas pistons, slides, magazine wells, and magazines. They are effective at loosening dirt, fouling and debris without harming any part of a firearm. Truthfully they really make gun cleaning easy and faster.
These metal picks look like the picks a dentist would use to clean your teeth. They’re ideal for getting inside those spots that brush can’t reach.
Their hooked necks and their sharp ends get you into places you simply can’t reach with a standard brush.
They’re essential too, as eventually dirt and carbon build up in those hard to reach areas can compromise the function of your firearm.
Best of all is both of these tools are quite affordable.
You can get sets of nylon and brass brushes as well as cleaning hooks for under $10 on Amazon.
Just pair them up with your favorite oil and lube and your gun will work flawlessly for as long as you own it.