So, you started your collection of firearms and you might be wondering how do I care for them? It is always nice to collect firearms, but you can’t just collect them and expect them to stay in working condition without taking care of them the right way. No matter what you collect, taking care of what you collect just go along with the territory. It is so easy to get caught up in the feeling of owning something so classic, that you forget that the item needs to be taken care of as well. Whatever your preference or level of curiosity, you have a concern to care properly for your collection.
If you own collectable firearms, you should know how to care for them. Did you know that if you handle a gun carelessly, you could compromise its value as a classic piece? In addition, it is possible that the firearm could deteriorate and fail to work at all. That means all the hard work you did acquiring those collectible firearms, was for nothing! Below are a few was you can car for those collectible firearms.
When handling collectible firearms, it is so important to not handle them without gloves. Bare hands will compromise the protective coatings applied on the parts. You will want to wear nitrile gloves when handling antique guns. These are disposable gloves suitable for cleaning or coating the surfaces of old firearms. When handling these guns without cleaning them, you can use simple cotton gloves.
It is so important to make sure you keep your collectible firearms dust free! Dust can trap moisture increasing the likelihood of corrosion occurring. When you dust the firearms, the best type of cloth to use is a cotton cloth, do not use a commercial cloth, they often eave oil and fibers behind. When dusting, dampen the cloth just a little, never use spray cleaners or alcohol of any kind, they can strip the finish.
3. Relative Humidity
The relative humidity of the environment in that you store your collectible firearms could affect their durability and appearance. If humidity is too high, the wooden parts of the gun will absorb moisture and expand. On the other hand, if the environment is too dry, the wood will be more prone to cracking. It is best if the RH is kept between 40 and 50 percent. When the RH swings to much it can cause shrinkage and cracking or splitting.
When owning collectible firearms, you should want to display them to show off your collection. One thing to always remember, do not use hooks, wires or nails to display them, you should put them in cases. You can also use padded display fixtures to minimize the strain on the firearms. Also make sure your guns have proper ventilation and a good temperature and humidity level. This will help to keep mold and mildew from accumulating.
Another thing you can do is document your collection. You can either take pictures or write down all the serial numbers. This way you know what you have and if anything ever comes up missing, you have a record of the piece. It is also great to take photos, so you can remember what your firearms looked like before you put them away in the case.
Owning collectable firearms is great, but just remember to keep all firearms inside a locked case, this way no one can grab it and damage it in any way. The collection is yours and you have put a lot of money and effort into collecting the firearms, so enjoy and keep them looking good with the tips I gave above.