Cleaning Of Shotguns As Received From Storage

a. Shotguns which have been stored in accordance with paragraph 77 above will be coated with either OIL, lubricating, preservative, light, or COMPOUND, rust-preventive, light. Shotguns received from ordnance storage will, in general, be coated with COMPOUND, rust-preventive, heavy. Shotguns received from manufacturers will usually be coated with "Cosmoline,1' which is similar to COMPOUND, rust-preventive, light. Remove as much of compound and oil as possible with rags; then, use SOLVENT, dry-cleaning, to remove all traces of the compound, or oil. Particular care should be taken to see that all recesses in which springs or plungers operate, trigger mechanism and slide lock groups (or similar parts) are cleaned thoroughly {par. II). After using the

SOLVENT, dry-cleaning, make sure it is completely removed from all parts with clean, dry rags. Then oil and lubricate gun (par, 11). If guns are to be used immediately, bore and chamber should be wiped dry of oil and excess oil removed from exterior surfaces with a dry rag.

CAUTION: Failure to clean the firing pin and the recess in the bolt in which it operates, or the slide lock and trigger mechanism, may result in gun failure at normal temperatures, and will most certainly result in serious malfunctions if the shotguns are operated in low température areas, as COMPOUND, rust-preventive, and lubricating oil will congeal or frost on the mechanism.

Ik SOLVENT, dry-cleaning, is an inflammable noncorrosive petroleum distillate, of low inflammability, used for removing grease. It should not be used near open flame, and smoking is prohibited where it is being used. It is generally applied with rag swabs to large parts and as a bath for small parts. The surfaces must be thoroughly dried immediately after removal of the solvent. To avoid leaving finger marks, which are ordinarily acid and induce corrosion, gloves should be worn by persons handling parts after such cleaning. SOLVENT, dry-cleaning, will attack and discolor rubber.

Section XII

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