How To Clean A Gun Without A Cleaning Kit Revealed

Do you want to clean your gun? Now, you think where the cleaning kit is, and suddenly realize that you never got one. What do you then? Simple, you follow our instructions for this.

In this post, we will show you the procedures of how to clean a gun without a cleaning kit. So, just pay attention and read the rest of this article until the end to get a hang of things.

So, How To Clean A Gun Without A Cleaning Kit?

Are you one among those that throw away the manual right after procuring an item? This may not cost you much if it is a phone or a refrigerator but does not apply to guns. We mean you must read your gun’s manual in its entirety. Come what may consider this to be imperative.

Take it as a guide as the manufacturer has explained everything in this booklet. Starting from how to care, clean, take it apart and assemble it. You need to learn more about safety as well. Think of this as your first lesson while cleaning or even handling a gun.

The Supplies Needed For Cleaning

Supplies Needed For Cleaning
Supplies Needed For Cleaning

You may need a few supplies for cleaning a gun without a cleaning kit. Don’t worry, as these can be easily found in your house, or at the supermarket. Yes and don’t sweat it out as we have got you covered. We are always here to help, so no worries there.

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Here are the products you need:

  • A paper towel, soft cotton cloth, or a microfiber cloth, whichever is handy
  • Some kind of a tool to cut (like scissors or a knife)
  • WDC or a regular gun oil
  • A long and sleek rod that can be inserted into the barrel of your gun

Believe it or not, that is all you need along with a little patience. You can always get a gun cleaning kit, but we know as beginners we tend to take it slow. You may not like to invest in an expensive kit right away. There is no harm in it and you can take time to procure one for yourself. No hurry!

This Is How You Clean A Gun Without A Cleaning Kit

The first thing that you need to do before dissembling a gun is to ensure that it is not loaded. This is a safety precaution that you need to follow without a second thought. After that you can follow these steps to clean your gun without a cleaning kit:

Take It Apart

As you know that different guns dismantle in different ways. This is we asked you to read the manual in the first place. Once, you have pulled it apart, keep the smaller pieces like bolts and nuts in a safe place. You certainly don’t want to lose them. So, make sure that you store them in a small box while cleaning the rest of your firearm.

Look Into Them

That is correct, now you look into the various pieces (like observing, what goes where, especially if you are doing this for the first time). Start by cleaning the bolts, graduating to the chamber, and finally the barrel.

This way you will be cleaning in levels. There is no need to rush through this process as it may take you some time to get used to it (if you are doing it for the first time).  

Clean Them

By this time, you may have to use the cutting equipment to take out small pieces of cloth or paper (whichever you have opted for). Use the sleek rod and cover it with these pieces to clean the narrow spaces. Make sure you clean them thoroughly, be it the barrel or the chamber.


Now, dip other small pieces of the cloth into WDC or any gun oil that you prefer. Apply it on the bolt first and see if there is more grime that is to come out. This will actually remove all the carbon and foreign particles.

The next you need to do is to inject the rod along with some more pieced cloth or paper into the barrel to oil it. Keep cleaning it till you are satisfied with it.


Then dab away all the dripping oil, dirt (if any), and carbon with another piece of the rag. Keep at it till it shines the way you want it to.

In the end, simply reassemble the gun and check if it is working. Check each and every function properly. Ensure safety and then get on with your sport.

Let us know if you have any more tricks up your sleeve for cleaning a gun without the proper cleaning kit via the comments section. We will like to share it with the whole community. That is right, we are trying to build a community here.

Happy cleaning!

Shane Watson is a Co-Founder veteran. He had served the forces for years and that makes him quite an expert. His years of handling guns of all kinds made him not only a gun enthusiast but a thoroughly experienced one too!

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