Why You Need To Get An Ultrasonic Gun Cleaning

Yesterday I met a customer who had a 1943 Union Switch and Signal 1911A1 that he wanted to part with.  Now if you are not familiar with this model it is the second rarest of the models made during WW2. 

The pistol was only made in 1943 and only 55,000 produced.  A pristine version could command $8k or more.

I am using this example to illustrate an extreme.  This weapon was rusting due to being stored in a humid climate and left alone for decades.

The rust was not bad and mostly on the surface, however, at some point in its life, someone tried to remove the rust using steel wool.

This degraded the appearance and ate away at the blueing.

The gun went from $4-5k to $1,600.

What is Ultrasonic Gun Cleaning?

Ultrasonic Gun Cleaning

Ultrasonic cleaning uses the power of sound waves to achieve its incredible effects. Ultrasonic sound waves are generated by the device and pass through a liquid bath, which is often a detergent or oil solution.

An ultrasonic cleaning and oil bath would have saved this owner thousands in value.

The process is simple and amazingly effective.  The firearm will be stripped down and placed in a hot water based detergent bath and cleaned.

The ultrasonic cleaning machine generates high-frequency sound waves through the use of transducers and electronic ultrasonic wave generators.

These transducers create microscopic bubbles in the solution.  When these bubbles explode it slowly chips away at the carbon, dirt, and grime on the metal and plastic parts of the firearm.

The part surface agitation or “micro-scrubbing” in an ultrasonic cleaning machine is very uniform throughout blind holes, part internals, etc since the agitation is formed in the volume of solution which the part is placed in.

After the cleaning cycle, the firearm is washed down and dried with high-pressure air in preparation for the next step.

The oil bath is really what this process is all about!  We switch out the detergent for a firearm specific oil and start the tiny explosive bubble process all over again. 

The oil will get into every single little crevasse on the microscopic level and get any remaining water out of the firearm. 

What you have at the end of this cycle is a 100% completely cleaned and oiled firearm!  The firearm is blown dry, wiped down and reassembled. 

Now let’s look at traditional cleaning.  We take some sort of nasty smelling solvent and spread it on the dirty parts. 

We scrub it with a brush and spray the solvent all over our workbenches.  Sure the gun looks clean but did you get in every little crevasse?  I doubt it!

There are so many small areas on firearms that get exposed to water, oil, carbon, and dirt that you may never get out. 

This is why we recommend an Ultrasonic Cleaning once a year for your casual shooting firearms and twice a year for your highly used firearms. 

The in-between cleanings can be the hopes and toothbrush method.

gun cleaning

Had our customer used our process it would have eaten off the surface rust and completely covered the gun in a protective oil layer to keep the value at thousands more than it’s current state.

Whether you have a Glock 19 or a 1940 Singer Mfg. 1911 you should consider our Ultrasonic cleaning process to maintain and save your firearms value from rust and corrosion. 

We also do shotguns and rifles using the same process and recommend at the end of the hunting season prior to storing the firearm away for months on end that you allow us to clean it for you and get all of the moisture out of your gun. 

It will be like brand new for your next season of Deer or Ducks!

Do something today that your future self will be thankful for, Keep Training!

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