Armory Den’s Best 1/2×28 Thread Patterned Solvent Trap Selections

Firearm enthusiasts have used solvent traps for various firearm cleaning and maintenance operations for years. And while these devices can be attached to the threaded end of any firearm, it’s important to use one that is particularly suited for the intended firearm.
Here we’ll showcase some of the best selections in the 1/2x 28 solvent trap range offered by Armory Den. But before we get started, here’s a quick rundown of the different solvent traps offered by Armory Den.

Overview of Armory Den's Solvent Traps

Armory Den offers solvent traps in various thread pitches, including the 1/2×28 and the 5×28 thread pitches, which are the most common firearm thread pitches in the US. Our solvent traps are made from durable and high-quality materials designed to give you both comfort and flexibility during cleaning usage and transportation.
Most of our solvent traps are made from either aluminum, titanium, or stainless-steel material. We designed our products this way to ensure that we can accommodate all our customers’ various needs and budgets.
For example, our titanium solvent traps are constructed with high-grade grade 5 titanium material to provide our clients with a durable solvent trap material that can withstand adverse environments due to its superior anticorrosion properties. Our aluminum solvent traps are more suited for customers looking for a cheaper and lightweight option that can accomplish the same task of preserving their expensive cleaning solvent, for those willing to pay the extra dollars for titanium, we have rarely heard that it was not worth the investment!
Regardless, we offer various lengths of the 1/2×28″ solvent traps designed with aluminum and titanium materials.

Best Selections in The 1/2 x 28 Solvent Trap Range:

1- 7″ GR5 Titanium 1.45 OD” Solvent Trap Tube: Given the incredible cleaning, storage and transport functionality crammed into this firearm accessory, it’s no surprise why this device takes the top spot on the list. This 7″ GR5 titanium 1.45 OD” solvent trap tube kit is a multipurpose device that comes with either 1/2×28 or 5/8×24 grade 5 titanium thread mounts.
The entirety of the kit, including the end cap, is constructed with durable grade 5 titanium that can last through numerous cleaning sessions. The solvent trap kit includes one sealed end cap, nine stainless steel storage cups, and either the 1/2×28″ or 5/8×24″ thread mount.
Furthermore, the solvent trap features an ergonomic design and weight balance to promote ease of use during cleaning and maintenance. While its construction material provides extreme strength and anti-corrosive properties that help extend the device’s shelf life for an extended period.
2- 9″ Aircraft 7075 Aluminum (M36x1.25 TPI) Solvent Trap Kit: There’s nothing as exciting as getting a fantastic solvent trap at a great budget, and the 9″ Aircraft 7075 Aluminum (M36x1.25 TPI) Solvent Trap Kit helps bring that excitement to life. This solvent trap kit is the aluminum version of the GR5 Titanium 1.45 OD” Solvent Trap Tube mentioned earlier. It includes a 1/2×28′′ and 5/8×24′′ thread mount, 8 Stainless Steel K Cups, and a sealed end cap. The outer diameter of this kit is 1.73 inches, while the inner diameter is 1.375 inches.
Furthermore, this solvent trap is a military-grade direct thread solution with a Type III (hard-coat) anodized finish. The Type III Hard-Coat Black Anodized military-grade application has a sealed end cap thread for simple switching.
Additionally, this solvent trap type includes a groove design for easier handling and is more durable to prevent damage over time.
3- 6″ or 7″ x 1.05″ OD 6061-T6 Aluminum Solvent Trap Tube with Stainless Steel Cups: If you’re looking for a solvent trap with class, then you should be looking at the 6″ or 7″ x 1.05″ OD 6061-T6 Aluminum Solvent Trap Tube with Stainless Steel Cups to meet your expectations.
This exceptional solvent trap has become very popular within the firearm community, especially among Ruger 10/22 and other .22LR firearm enthusiasts. The solvent trap kit includes everything from a sealed end cap to a combination of the 5/8×24″ and 1/2×28″ thread mount, all constructed from 7075 Aircraft Aluminum material.
If you’re unfamiliar with this material, this is the same material used in constructing aircraft structures and has been touted for its strength and ability to reduce wear and tear on threads.
Furthermore, this solvent trap kit also boasts a type III anodized finish often used for military applications, further enhancing its appeal to firearm enthusiasts looking for a perfect combination of quality and effectiveness at a limited budget.
4- GR5 Titanium Adaptive Solvent Trap Kit (AST): When you talk about a premium choice solvent trap, the GR5 Titanium Adaptive Solvent Trap Kit (AST) is the number one solvent trap that comes to mind. This elegant solvent trap combines a well-balanced design and a high level of craftsmanship Hence, we featured it on the list of best 1/2×28 solvent trap kits.
The Titanium AST Model has a 1/2×28″ or 5/8×24″ Thread Mount, a Sealed End Cap, a 2.5″ Tube Extension, and 8 Adaptive Storage Cups with modular designs.
Like other storage cups, its Adaptive Storage cups can be used to store solvents for reuse or for transit storage to ensure proper disposal.
Moreover, this solvent trap model also features a 1.375-24 TPI to 1.1875-24 TPI Standardized Adapter. The thread adapter allows firearm enthusiasts to save time by not having to use a vise and wrench to install solvent traps on firearms with a 1.1875-24 TPI thread pitch.
Furthermore, our GR5 Titanium Adaptive Solvent Trap Kit (AST) is engineered and designed the same way as our 7075 Billet Anodized Aluminum and 304 Stainless Steel Adaptive Solvent Trap, but it’s made of Grade-5 Titanium.
However, it’s important to note that the Grade-5 titanium solvent trap is stronger than its aluminum counterpart and will last longer if subjected to the same usage conditions. In addition, keep in mind that the titanium solvent trap is also a bit heavier than its aluminum model.
The solvent traps listed above are only a few of some of the best 1/2×28 solvent trap models offered by Armory Den. We have a wide selection of premium solvent traps tailored to various design specifications to trap expensive solvents during firearm cleaning operations.
Nonetheless, please visit the Armory Den store for a full list of our featured selection of 1/2×28 solvent traps.

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Beginner’s Guide to Reloading Ammunition

Reloading ammunition can be a little daunting for beginners. From assembling the right equipment to understanding the process and ensuring safety, there are many things to consider.
This guide is designed to help those just starting out to understand the basics of reloading ammunition. We’ll cover everything from the equipment you need to how to actually reload your rounds safely and effectively.

How to Reload Ammunition (Ammo)

Once you’re set to reload your ammo on your own, there’s no dilly-dallying. The following simple process should give you a general overview of how to reload any ammo without narrowing it down to specific calibers:
Before you get started, the first thing you need to do is gather all the necessary equipment and components. You’ll need a reloading press/bench, dies, shells, powder measure, scale, and primers. Find a workspace that has adequate lighting and offers you enough space to work.
After picking up your equipment, you’ll also need the components you’ll use to reload your ammunition. The choices here are brass cases, bullets, and gunpowder. You can usually find brass cases at a firearm range. As for bullets, you can either purchase them or cast them yourself.
Once you have all your equipment and components, it’s time to reload! The process is pretty simple and only requires a few steps:

Clean the Brass Cases

The first step is to clean the brass cases. You can do this by using a case tumbler to remove any dirt, debris, or grime from the brass cases.
You’ll simply dump your brass cases into one of these tumblers stuffed with walnut shells and rice. Then add some polish to the mix and let the cases tumble in.
Since the process is loud and can expose you to lead contamination, it’s best to do the cleaning outside the house where there’s a free flow of air.
If using case tumblers is a challenging process to undertake, you can opt for chemical case cleaners. These will also clean your brass cases but require less effort.
All you have to do is place all your casings in a mesh bag and dump the bag into a chemical case cleaner. It would help if you allowed the case to soak before rinsing with hot water and air drying them.
Alternatively, if the two options aren’t viable for you, you can also use the good old fashioned method of hand cleaning. When you choose to do it by hand, you will have the opportunity to inspect it while you clean.

Resize the Cases

After cleaning the brass cases, the next step is to resize them—this is important because brass cases expand when fired and must be resized back down to their original dimensions.
If you don’t resize the cases, they won’t fit as snugly in the chamber of your firearm, which can lead to dangerous consequences.
There are two main types of brass case resizing: full-length and partial/neck resizing.
Full-length resizing is when the entire brass case is resized back to its original dimensions. Partial/neck resizing is when only the neck of the brass case is resized.
The type of reloading you’ll be doing will dictate which type of brass case sizing you need to do.
For example, if you’re reloading ammo for a bolt-action firearm, you’ll need full-length resizing. But if you’re reloading for a semi-automatic firearm, you’ll only need to do partial/neck resizing.

Load the Primer

The next step is to load the primer into the brass case. Depending on your preference, you can either use an auto-priming system or a hand priming tool. Be careful while loading the primer not to contaminate it with liquids or oil.

Add the Gunpowder

Once the primer is loaded, you’re ready to add the gunpowder to the brass case.
There are a few different ways to measure the amount of powder you’ll need to add. The most common way is by using a powder scale.
You can also use a powder trickler to help you get the powder into the case a little bit at a time.

Seat the Bullet

Once you have the powder in the brass case, you’ll need to seat the bullet. Seating the bullet simply means pushing it down into the case until it’s seated on top of the powder. You can use a bullet seating die to help you with this step.

Crimp the Case

After the bullet is seated, you’ll need to crimp the case. This step helps to keep everything in place once the round is fired. You can use a hand-held tool or a press to crimp the case.
Assuming you’re using a single-stage press, here are the steps to follow:
  • Insert the brass case into the shell holder and raise the ram to its highest position.
  • Screw-in the die until it just touches the shell holder.
  • Back out the die a half-turn to allow for any adjustments that need to be made.
  • Slowly lower the ram until it is in contact with the top of the brass case.
  • Activate the press to begin the sizing process. You may need to apply some pressure to get things started.
  • Once the ram has reached its lowest position, stop the press and screw the die-out another half-turn.
  • Remove the brass case from the shell holder and inspect it to make sure everything looks good.
  • Repeat these steps for each brass case that you need to reload.
These steps should get you going and give you a perfectly crimped case for your reloading project.
While reloading your ammunition will increase the performance and accuracy of your firearm, proper cleaning and maintenance ensure its longevity. You can buy some of the best solvent trap kits to help clean your firearm and ensure it can operate at its top performance.
Now that you have the basic steps for reloading ammo, you can practice and perfect your technique. With a bit of practice, you’ll be reloading ammunition like a pro in no time!

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6 Essential Upgrades for Your Glock Firearm

Glock handguns are some of the most popular pistols on the market, and for good reason. They’re incredibly reliable and can be customized for a variety of purposes.  If you’re thinking about updating your Glock, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, you need to decide what kind of update you want to make. There are cosmetic updates, like new grips or sights, and functional updates, like trigger jobs or barrel replacements. 
Once you know what kind of update you want to make, research the different options that are available. There are many aftermarket parts and accessories that can improve the performance of your Glock.  Take your time and make sure you do the update correctly. Improperly installed parts can cause serious problems with your firearm. If you’re not comfortable making the update yourself, take it to a qualified gunsmith.
Updating your Glock can be a great way to improve its performance and make it more enjoyable. With a little research and attention to detail, you can make sure that your update is done correctly, legally, and safely.
In this article, we are going to about 6 essential upgrades for your Glock firearm.

Why is upgrading a Glock firearm necessary?

A Glock is a highly effective firearm. Its popularity is great evidence of its reliability. It is, therefore, necessary to ask why anyone would want to upgrade a Glock. Well, let’s start with the meaning of upgrade. According to an article on Wikipedia, an upgrade is a process of replacing a product with a newer version of the same product. Oxford dictionary, however, defines “upgrade” as raising the standard of something or improving the function of something by adding or replacing its components.
In context, upgrading a Glock firearm is necessary if you want to improve its function or change a component that is no longer performing effectively. For instance, Glock Ges.m.b.H designed most of their Glock models with a polygonal rifling; a polygonal rifling is unsuitable for a lead bullet. A lead bullet is the cheapest in the market. A box of lead bullets is like $10 cheaper than non-lead bullets. Thus, you might want to replace your Glock’s barrel if you are on a tight budget and still want to maintain or improve the effectiveness of your firearm.

Essential Upgrades for Your Glock Firearm

Glock Conversion Kit

One of the best ways to upgrade your Glock firearm is to purchase a Glock conversion kit. It is possible to convert your basic firearm into a weapon that resembles a rifle with this kit. Glock conversion kits are designed to make handguns more accurate at longer distances. This is a function that you would not normally achieve with your Glock.
A Glock conversion kit can improve your shooting range and accuracy to about 200-yards; that is a huge upgrade. However, because it takes your Glock to a new “level,” you might have to get your license updated also.
This kit also allows you to add a flashlight, red dot, and other accessories that would aid you in your shooting.

Glock Trigger Upgrade

A Glock’s trigger is properly one of the components that make it an interesting firearm to possess. What makes the trigger more interesting is the trigger safety that your finger can only engage. So why would this interesting piece of the component be upgraded? Well, the trigger is far from being perfect. Some users have complained that the trigger feels pulpy on their fingers. Also, the trigger feels gritty when in use. Some users just hate the fact that it is made of plastic.
Therefore, you can upgrade the trigger to suit your needs. Some experts have suggested that changing firing pin safety, striker, and trigger springs would make the trigger smother and easier to use. Therefore, if you can’t afford to change the trigger mechanism of Glock, you can replace the springs.

Change the Barrel

As earlier pointed out, a Glock’s barrel is grooved with a polygonal rifling design. This leads to a significant abrasing of a lead bullet. A traditional rifling with a land and grove design can accommodate a lead bullet with minimal abrasiveness. However, not all variant of Glock has polygonal rifling. For instance, Glock Ges.m.b.H dropped the polygonal rifling design with its Gen5 Glock.
Therefore, you need to check the model of your Glock before deciding to replace its barrel. The Gen5 Glock was only released in 2017. If you still want to retain your old Glock, perhaps for sentimental purposes, you can upgrade its barrel.

Extended Slide Release

A slide release is an indicator that shows you when you are out of ammunition. It can also allow you to manipulate your Glock when you want to reload or when it malfunctions. However, for an important component as this, Glock Ges.m.b.H only made it as a metal glued to the release lever.
If you want something more reliable, you can install an extended slide release. Glock usually comes with a slide release that requires pulling the slide back before it can be released. That is why the manufacturer doesn’t call it a slide release but rather a slide lock.

Tactical Rear Sight Replacement

Rear sight gives you shooting precision. Therefore, it is an essential part of your firearm. There are different rear sight configurations, and you can change the one on your Glock if it doesn’t suit your needs.

The Grip

A short firearm grip is essential in determining how effective it is. If a grip is not designed accurately, it could be slippery or difficult to hold for long. Glock grips aren’t bad, but they are mass-produced. Therefore, it might not suit your specific taste. There are various upgrades for you, like grip enhancers and an anti-slip cover.
No matter the level of upgrade you make to your Glock, it can’t replace the role of an adequate cleaning exercise. For instance, using land and groove rifling will not stop lead from building up in your firearm bore. Adequate cleaning will ensure your Glock will be at its top performance. If you need a thorough guide on how to clean your Glock, you can check our blog on ‘The Proper Way Of Cleaning and Maintaining Your Glock Firearm.’

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Shooting Range Essentials You Need to Carry on Range Day

No matter how experienced you are with firearms, there’s always something new to learn at the shooting range. Whether practicing your stance or adjusting your aim, mastering the range is essential to being a safe and responsible firearm owner.
Of course, while you’re focused on your target downrange, you don’t want to worry about whether you are prepared for any eventuality during your range time. We’ve put together a list of essentials for every firearm owner to take with them to the range. Keep these items close by, and you’ll be ready for anything on range day!

Essential Items You Need to Carry With You on Range Day

Range days are a fun way to spend some time with friends and a great opportunity to work on your shooting skills. However, there are some essentials you need to carry with you before heading out on range day. Some of them include:
1. Range Bag – This is one of the most important things to bring on range day. Of course, after getting your firearms and ammo ready. A good range bag will keep all your gear organized and easily accessible. So look for one with plenty of pockets and compartments, and make sure it’s sturdy enough to withstand the wear and tear of frequent use.
2. Spotter Scope or Monocular – A spotting scope or monocular is a must-have for accurate target shooting. It allows you to see the target in detail, making it easier to adjust your aim. Nonetheless, you might need a variety of scopes depending on how far you’re planning to shoot. For instance, there are different scopes for spotting a target at 100, 300, or 1000 yards.
3. Targets – While most shooting ranges usually have targets, it won’t hurt to come with yours just in case the unthinkable happens. When bringing targets, it’s essential to have a variety of targets available so that you can practice with different types of shots. Paper targets are the most common type, but you can also bring metallic or cardboard targets.
4. Firearms – You shouldn’t even think about going to the range without your firearm. Unless, of course, you don’t own one. In that case, you can rent one at the range because obviously, you can’t shoot without a firearm! But if you do own firearms, make sure to bring along all the firearms you plan to use on range day.
5. Ammunition – Unless you’re planning on dry firing your firearm, there’s no reason to go to the range without ammo. But now that we think about it, even people that do dry fire sometimes use dummy rounds to dry-fire their weapons.
That being said, ammunition is an essential item at the range, so make sure to pack plenty of rounds for each firearm.
6. Trauma / first aid kit and a tourniquet – If you’ve ever witnessed a shooting range accident, you’ll want to have a first aid kit on hand when at the range. Moreover, having a tourniquet with you can be lifesaving. It might just be the difference between a life and death situation, especially in cases of severe bleeding.
7. Notebook – A notebook is a handy way to track your shooting progress. It also allows you to record any tips or techniques you learn. Whether you like it or not, you can’t keep track of your progress in your brain. You need the help of a pen and a notebook to help you document your range experience.
8. Gloves – Should we even be talking about this. Shooting can be a dirty activity, so it’s always good to wear gloves to protect your hands. Moreover, July weather isn’t always available all around the year, and you might need to wear gloves come January. So it’s important that you practice shooting with gloves ahead of time.
9. Packable rain jacket – You don’t want to be caught without a rain jacket on rainy days, especially when using outdoor ranges. A packable rain jacket is essential in case of inclement weather. Plus, it helps reduce the chances of you coming down with a cold.
10. Masking tape – Masking tape is useful for marking targets and temporarily fixing broken equipment. Spent ammunition makes holes in targets, and masking tape helps you repair the target so it can be reused.
11. Multi-tool – A multi-tool is a handy all-in-one tool that can come in handy on the range. You never know when you might need to fix or adjust something on the range. So it’s essential to have a multi-tool with you while on the range.
12. Additional magazines – Rather than wasting time stuffing ammo into magazines, having additional magazines helps you maintain the vibe you’ve worked up till you’re done with your range time. So ensure you bring plenty of extra magazines to avoid refilling your magazines during range time.
13. Eye protection – There’s a common saying that “those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” Having eye protective gear can be the difference between visiting the emergency ward and going home safely after your range time. So, when coming to the range, pack a pair of eyeglasses or goggles that fit well and offer adequate protection for your eyes.
14. Ear protection – Just like with eye protection. Shooting can be loud, so it’s important to protect your ears with earplugs or earmuffs. Trust us; you don’t want to be in a situation where you need hearing aids because you didn’t protect your ears while shooting your firearm.
15. Portable cleaning kit – If you’re wondering, we saved the best for last. The importance of a cleaning kit to a firearm owner cannot be overemphasized. A portable cleaning kit is essential for keeping your firearms in good working condition. It should include all the necessary tools, cleaners, and lubricants that you’ll need to clean your firearm properly.

Range Safety Rules

Following the basic safety rules is essential when you go to the shooting range. Here are some safety rules that will keep you and other shooters safe while practicing on the range.
  • Keep your firearms pointed in a safe direction at all times.
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and keep bystanders safe.
  • Make sure your firearm is unloaded before entering the shooting range.
  • Use proper shooting etiquette at all times.
  • Wear appropriate eye and ear protection while shooting.
  • Never drink alcohol or take drugs before shooting.
  • Keep your firearms in good condition at all times.
  • Respect the firearms of others at the range.
  • Only discharge your firearm when the range is declared hot. Keep your firearm away when the range is declared cold.
  • Remember, safety is always paramount when handling firearms.
*Please be advised that these are general safety tips and not all-encompassing safety recommendations, and the publishers of this article accept no liability for any death or injuries that may occur by those that read this article.
Range time is essential to the success and improvement of your shooting skills as a firearm owner. But what good is range time if you have faulty firearms that are in poor condition? At Armory Den, we are committed to helping you keep your firearms in perfect working condition.
We have a variety of firearm cleaning kits that can help you clean and protect your firearm properly. And with one of our kits in your possession, rest assured that your days of making a mess while cleaning your firearm are over.

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Tips for Storing Your Ammunition

Ammo storage is a critical part of owning firearms, yet some owners overlook this area. Negligence in proper storage of your ammunition can lead to various issues, from decreased accuracy and damage to the firearm to accidental discharge or even misfire.
You should be extra careful if you’ve got little children and pets in the house. More than 200 children in the US have died this year because they had access to these items when they shouldn’t. We will go over the basics of ammo storage and provide a few tips for keeping your rounds safe and secure.

5 Tips For Storing Your Ammunition

Follow these tips to properly store your ammunition and keep it safe and ready for use.

Clean Your Ammunition

You need to clean your ammunition to ensure that it won’t cause damage while reloading. This procedure is necessary when you plan to use it or you intend to store it. The dirt buildup and grime on your ammo can easily attach to your firearm and ruin it. So it would be best if you got rid of this fouling before stacking them up for storage.
Cleaning your ammo is pretty straightforward. All you need is a simple procedure and a good cleaning kit. Armory Den offers excellent cleaning kits, including cleaning solvents, lubricants, cleaning brushes, solvent traps, and everything you need. But if you don’t have any of these, you can improvise with household items such as a separator, vinegar, salt, and water.
Fill a container with warm water, and add some drops of dishwashing liquid, salt, and one cup of vinegar. Submerge your ammo in the solution and leave it for about 15 minutes before stirring. After that, leave them for another 30 minutes before rinsing. Use a small primer to remove any debris between the casings and sun-dry them for a couple of days before applying lubricant.

Use Secure Storage Options

Secure storage options are a must-have for every firearm owner. Owning a firearm comes with a responsibility to ensure your safety and those around you. One of the tools that can help you store your ammo more securely is an ammunition lockbox. These boxes come in different sizes, but they serve one primary purpose—to keep the ammunition safe from unauthorized access.
Some lockboxes use a simple padlock for safety, while others use more complex electronic devices that require a code or key to be operated. Whatever type of lockbox you choose, it’s essential to keep it away from children’s reach and use it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
You should consider portability and durability when shopping for an ammo lockbox. For hunters and frequent travelers, ensure that the storage box has a comfortable handle for easy carry-on. Then it should deliver superior strength and durability to protect your ammo from burglary.

Control Humidity

Another vital aspect of ammunition storage is regulating the humidity you expose them to. If the storage environment contains plenty of moisture, it will cause your rounds to corrode. At the same time, too little humidity will cause them to crack and split.
A simple way to control humidity in your ammunition storage compartment is to use a moisture absorber like silica gel packets. You can find them at most hardware stores or online vendors. You need to place them alongside your ammunition, and they will absorb any excess moisture in the air. But how can you strike a balance between excess humidity and extreme dryness?
According to the National Rifle Association (NRA), your ammunition storage compartment should be kept between 30%-50% humidity. So if you use big chambers like a lockbox or safe, you can introduce a mini dehumidifier into that space and set the humidity level within that range. Otherwise, simple silica gel packets will do.

Control Temperature

SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute) recommends avoiding extremely high temperatures (above 150°F). The ideal storage temperature is between 55°F and 85°F. Having excess heat or cold in the storage box can cause an undesirable effect on your ammo. When the storage space is too cold, the air becomes moist and fosters mold growth and corrosion. The lubricant wears out when it’s too hot and loses its protective effect.
If you want to maintain a consistent temperature in your ammunition storage space, consider using lockboxes or safes. These devices are great options for controlling the temperature. But when shopping for one, check if it has an inbuilt temperature regulator. Those types are usually costlier but are typically worth the investment.
However, if you already own a version without an inbuilt temperature regulator or you’re on a tighter budget, you can get a mini temperature monitor to do the job.

Use Ammo Labels

It’s essential to keep your ammunition well organized and accounted for, especially if you have an extensive collection. One way to do this is by using ammo labels. These stickers can identify the type of ammunition, the caliber, and even the weight. This arrangement will make finding the right rounds easier when you need them.
These boxes, though, are not a necessity for storing your firearms. They only make the storage more organized. You can do without these boxes if you don’t have plenty of space in your home. Otherwise, you can purchase them from hardware stores or online platforms.
We’ve discussed the ideal storage conditions for ammunition. Ensure that it is clean and the storage space is cool and dry. You can find excellent cleaning solutions at Armory Den. We offer every cleaning and the lubricating item you will need to keep your firearm in perfect condition before storing them.
More-so, consider investing in a solid storage compartment like lockboxes and safes. It helps to keep the children safe and keep the firearms away from the wrong hands in the event of a burglary.
Storage devices may be one expense you are never prepared for while purchasing your firearm. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to have one in your home. The many benefits it has to offer to justify the investment.
References:

  1. https://www.aftermath.com/content/accidental-shooting-deaths-statistics/
  2. http://www.foldmagazine.com/level/gun-safe-humidity-level.html
  3. https://gunnewsdaily.com/best-way-to-store-ammo/
Notice: Please be advised that this article is for information purposes only and Armory Den, Inc., Armory Den, and/or Armoryden.com, does not accept liability for any negligence, injury, death or other personal or environmental consequences that occur from the sourced and unsourced information in this article. 

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Common Gun Cleaning Mistakes That Can Damage Your Firearm

Cleaning your firearm is not the most glamorous of activities, but it is a necessity nonetheless. Every responsible firearm owner must clean their pieces regularly to ensure proper functionality and longevity. While there are firearm cleaning benefits, it’s important to execute the routine correctly to avoid damaging your firearm.
Here, we will outline some common firearm cleaning mistakes and how to avoid them.

Failing to Unload Your Firearm Before Cleaning

Failing to unload your firearm before cleaning is a potentially dangerous mistake, as it can result in an accidental discharge. When cleaning your firearm, ensure that the chamber is clear so that no ammunition is present. Remove the magazine and check the chamber for any rounds that you may have left behind.
Besides accidental discharges, cleaning your firearm with rounds in the chamber can cause damage to the firearm. Rounds can ricochet off the barrel or other surfaces inside the firearm and potentially cause injury. So, always remember to unload your firearm before cleaning.
*This article is for information purposes only and the publishers of this article accept no liability for any injury or death that may occur by anyone who has been exposed to the content of this article!

Using Gasoline or Kerosene to Clean Your Firearm

Using gas or kerosene to clean your firearm is a big no-no. These harsh chemicals can strip away the protective coating on your firearm, leaving it exposed to rust and corrosion. This chemical is bad for your firearm; it also constitutes a fire hazard risk.
A more reliable alternative for cleaning your firearm is a biodegradable product like Hoppe’s No. 9 Cleaner & Lubricant. This gun cleaning solvent will help you get rid of grime and dirt while preserving the protective coating of your firearm. More reliable cleaning solvents like this are available at Armory Den. You can reach out to us if you need one.

Failing to Remove The Cosmoline

Cosmoline is a slimy petroleum jelly that manufacturers use to preserve firearms. But once the firearm is out of storage and in use, it’s no longer necessary to have this preservative. So you may need to clean up the cosmoline on your firearm, especially if it looks messy.
But removing this substance is not as straightforward because it may have seeped into nooks and gaps in the metal. You’ll need acetone or mineral spirits and a little bit of heating and hard scrubbing to get rid of it. Failing to remove the cosmoline from your firearm can cause different problems, including corrosion, jams, and even complete firearm failure. So make sure you take the time to remove all traces of cosmoline.

Failing to Clean the Internal Components

Many firearm owners neglect to clean the internal components of their firearms because they are hard to reach. But skipping these parts can lead to fouling, which can cause the firearm to jam and even prevent it from firing correctly.
The internal components need to be cleaned just as thoroughly as the barrel and other external surfaces. To do this efficiently, ensure that your cleaning kit has small-size brushes and rags that can reach the tiny gaps in your firearm.

Not Using a Bore Guide

Another mistake that people make when cleaning their firearms is not using a bore guide. A bore guide is a slim, plastic, or metal rod that inserts into the firearm’s barrel and helps protect it from scratches or damage. It also ensures that the cleaning process is more accurate and thorough.
When you’re cleaning your firearm, the cleaning rod inevitably bounces around and can cause wear and tear on the barrel. But a bore guide centers the cleaning rod to move straight through the barrel, preventing any possible damage. So make sure to use a bore guide next time you clean your firearm.

Forcing Parts Back Together When Reassembling

Don’t try to force parts back together when reassembling. In the process, you could break something valuable. If those parts came off easily, they’d more likely fit back in the same manner unless there’s something you’re not getting right.
When reassembling a firearm, always ensure that you’re using the correct tools. And if there’s any part, you find confusing to fix, consult the user’s manual or take the firearm to a qualified gunsmith for assistance.

Failure to Use a Good Lubricant

Lubricant is so important during firearm maintenance because it acts as a barrier between the metal parts of the gun and the dirt, carbon, and other residues that build up over time.
A good lubricant will help keep the internals of your gun clean and free from corrosion while also reducing wear and tear. It’s important to use a lubricant with all these qualities: it must be non-toxic, soluble in water, and have low volatility (it won’t evaporate easily).

Disassembling Your Firearm Too Much

Many people think that the more they take apart their firearm, the more accessible it will become to ease the job. But this approach can be counterproductive. Over-disassembling your firearm can do more harm than good.
You should only disassemble your gun as much as necessary to clean it effectively during your cleaning routine. If you’re not sure how to properly clean your firearm, consult a professional. They will be able to show you the right way to clean your gun without damaging it.

Neglecting to Clean Magazines

Neglecting to clean the magazines can cause them to jam, preventing them from loading properly and potentially causing damage to the firearm.
To clean the magazine, you’ll need to remove it from the firearm. Be careful not to lose any parts. Once it’s out, use a cleaning brush or Q-tip to clean out any dirt or debris that may have accumulated. You can also use a light lubricant to lubricate the moving parts. Then reassemble the magazine and put it back in its place.
By avoiding these common mistakes, you can ensure that your firearm stays in good working condition and is ready to handle every task you need. Having a complete cleaning kit will make the maintenance routine a lot easier. You can find some of the best cleaning items at Armory Den, everything from cleaning brushes and solvents to solvent traps and muzzle extensions. Contact us today to find out more about the products we offer.
References:

  1. https://www.fieldandstream.com/guns/gun-cleaning-mistakes/
  2. https://www.survivopedia.com/dos-and-donts-of-gun-cleaning/
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Proper Vehicle Firearm Storage Options: How to Choose

Like most firearm enthusiasts, you probably have a few firearms that you like to take with you when you go out. While it’s fun to shoot at the range or in the woods, you need to ensure that your firearms are stored safely and securely in your vehicle when they’re not in use.
Today, we’ll discuss some of the best vehicle storage options for firearms and how to choose the most suitable for your needs. Keep reading to learn more!

Vehicle Storage Options for Firearms

There are a variety of storage options for firearms in vehicles. The most common and obvious option is to keep the firearm in a case or lockbox in the trunk. This is usually a good idea, as it keeps the firearm out of sight and out of reach of potential thieves.
However, there are other options to consider if you want to keep your firearm more accessible and secure. Some of them include:

In-holster

One option is to keep the firearm in its holster. This is a good option if you want to be able to access the firearm quickly, but it can be uncomfortable to wear a holster for long periods.

Trunk vault

A trunk vault is a great option for storing firearms in your vehicle because it is out of sight and out of reach of potential thieves. Most trunk vaults are made from sturdy materials like steel or reinforced plastic, making them difficult to break into. Additionally, many trunk vaults come with features like keyed locks or combination locks for added security.
The main downside of using a trunk vault to store firearms in your vehicle is that they can be difficult to access in an emergency. If you need to get to your firearm quickly, you may have to open the trunk first, taking precious time.

Locking drawer

A locking drawer is a popular option for storing firearms in vehicles. This storage option is great because it’s usually very secure and can be hidden away from view. However, the downside of using a locking drawer is that it can be difficult to access your firearms during emergencies. Plus, most locking drawers are shallow and may not be able to accommodate all types of firearms.

Hard case

A hard case is another common option for storing firearms in vehicles. Hard cases offer good protection for your firearms and can be hidden away from view. However, hard cases can be expensive and difficult to access in an emergency.

Vehicle firearm rack

A vehicle firearm rack is a great option for storing firearms in vehicles because it allows you to quickly and easily access your firearms in an emergency. However, vehicle firearm racks can be difficult to install, and they may not offer the same level of protection as other storage options.

Console vault

The console vault is a popular storage option for firearms because it’s out of the way and doesn’t take up much space. Most console vaults are made of steel and have a keyed or combination lock.
The benefit of a console vault is that it’s usually out of the reach of small children. Even if they somehow manage to get into the vault, they likely won’t be able to open it. Another advantage is that many console vaults come with a mounting plate to bolt it down—this makes it more difficult for someone to steal your firearms.
However, the drawback of a console vault is that it’s not always easy to access your firearms in an emergency. If you need to grab your firearm quickly, you might have to stop and unlock the vault first. Moreover, console vaults can be quite pricey. If you’re on a budget, this might not be the best option.

Firearm safe

A firearm safe is another popular option for storing firearms in your vehicle. Firearm safes come in various sizes, so you can choose one that’s big enough to hold all of your firearms. Most firearm safes have keyed, or combination locks, and some even have fingerprint scanners.
One advantage of a firearm safe is that it typically provides more protection than a console vault. If your car is involved in an accident, your firearms will be much better protected in a firearm safe. In addition, firearm safes usually have more room than console vaults so that you can store other items in them as well (ammunition, scopes, and attachments).
However, one disadvantage of firearm safes is that they’re often quite heavy and difficult to move. If you need to change vehicles frequently, this might not be the best option. Another disadvantage is that firearm safes can be quite expensive. If you’re on a budget, you might want to consider another storage option.

Hidden compartment

A hidden compartment is another great option for storing firearms in your vehicle. Hidden compartments can be installed in various places, such as under a seat, trunk, or glove box.
The advantage of a hidden compartment is that it’s usually effortless to access your firearms. If you need to grab your firearm quickly, you can reach for it and go. Another advantage is that hidden compartments are usually quite affordable. You can find many DIY kits online or at your local hardware store.
Nonetheless, the drawback of a hidden compartment is that it’s not always as secure as a console vault or firearm safe. If someone knows where to look, they might be able to find your firearms. Furthermore, hidden compartments can be difficult to install. If you’re not handy with tools, you might want to hire a professional to do it for you.

Safety Considerations for Storing Firearms in Vehicles

While it’s important to choose a storage option that meets your needs, there are some other safety considerations to keep in mind when storing firearms in vehicles. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe:
  • Make sure the firearm is unloaded before storing it in the vehicle.
  • Store the firearm in a locked compartment, safe, or container.
  • Keep the ammunition stored separately from the firearm.
  • Do not store firearms where they can be easily seen or reached by children or unauthorized adults.

What to Consider When Choosing a Vehicle Storage Option for Your Firearm

There are many reasons why you might need to secure your firearm in your vehicle. Maybe you’re a law enforcement officer who needs to transport a weapon to and from work, or maybe you simply want to keep your firearm out of sight and out of reach of children or unauthorized people.
Whatever the reason, it’s crucial to choose a storage option that will keep your firearm safe and secure while still allowing you quick and easy access when you need it.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing a vehicle storage option for your firearm:
  1. Ease of access – You’ll want to choose a storage option that allows you to quickly and easily access your firearm when you need it and keeps it securely stored when you don’t. A good option for this is a locking glove box or center console.
  2. Concealment – If you’re worried about someone seeing your firearm, you might want to choose a storage option that offers some degree of concealment, such as an under-seat lockbox.
  3. Mounting options – Some vehicle storage options need to be mounted to be used, so make sure you choose an option that can be easily installed in your vehicle.
  4. Cost – Vehicle storage options can range in price from around $20 to $200, so choose an option that fits your budget.
No matter your reason for needing to secure your firearm in your vehicle, there’s a storage option that will fit your needs. Just be sure to consider all of the above factors before making your final decision.

Tips for Keeping Your Firearms Safe in a Vehicle

In addition to choosing the right storage option for your firearm, there are also a few general tips you can follow to help keep your firearm safe in your vehicle:
  1. Keep it out of sight – If possible, keep your firearm hidden from view to deter thieves and prevent accidents.
  2. Unloaded and disassembled – When storing your firearm in a vehicle, make sure it is unloaded and disassembled (if possible) to reduce the risk of an accidental discharge further.
  3. Avoid hot cars – Never leave your firearm in a vehicle parked in direct sunlight or a hot environment, as this can damage the firearm and make it more susceptible to accidents.
  4. Know the laws – Be sure to familiarize yourself with the firearm laws in your state before storing a firearm in your vehicle, as there may be specific regulations you need to follow.

The Best Way to Store Your Firearms in Your Vehicle

The best way to store your firearm in your vehicle is a storage option that keeps your firearm secure and easily accessible in case of emergencies. However, regardless of the storage option you choose, it’s vital that you clean and lubricate your firearm properly before carrying it or storing it in your vehicle.
At Armory Den, we offer various firearm cleaning kits and solvent traps to help you clean and keep your firearms in proper working condition. We know the importance of firearm maintenance concerning the durability of any firearm, and we are committed to helping you ensure that your firearm lasts as long as possible.
If you have any further questions about firearms or vehicle storage options for firearms, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
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A Quick Guide to Cleaning Your Reloading Equipment (Press)

Cleaning your reloading equipment ensures that your rounds fire correctly, and also helps prevent malfunctions and enhances the safety of your ammunition.
Whether you’re getting your firearm ready for the hunting season or are preparing for your target-shooting event, this guide should help you have a seamless shooting experience.
We will discuss the best ways to clean your reloading press and provide you with helpful tips on preventing corrosion and other damage.

Firearm Reloading Equipment Cleaning and Maintenance: The Key Concepts to Focus on

Effective cleaning and maintenance of firearm reloading equipment requires adequate preparation and the proper tools and cleaning supplies.
Before starting, make sure you have everything you need within arm’s reach. This includes:
  • A clean work area
  • Lubricating oil
  • Cleaning solvent
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Old toothbrush (optional)
Now that you have everything you need, let’s get started.

Disassemble the Reloading Press

Start by disassembling your reloading press according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once it is disassembled, take a look at all of the parts.
Inspect each piece for dirt, debris, or any other foreign substance. If you see anything that doesn’t belong, use a rag to remove it.

Clean the Press

Once you have inspected and set aside all the parts and pieces of your reloading equipment, it is time to move on to the main business; cleaning the press. This can be easy or challenging, depending on the type of press.
If you have a turret press, the process is pretty straightforward
Unscrew the dies from each turret and put them to the side. Next, use a soft brush to remove any powder residue or buildup from the turrets. Once that is done, move on to cleaning the press frame.
An excellent way to clean the frame is to use a combination of compressed air and a soft brush. This will remove any dirt or debris that has been collected on the frame. Once you have done this, wipe down the frame with a rag to remove any lingering residue.
Now that the press is clean, it is time to move on to the dies
The first step is to remove any buildup on the dies. This can be done with a soft brush or a die pick. Once you’ve removed the buildup, you can use Hoppe’s gun bore cleaner to clean the dies before wiping down the dies with a rag to remove any residual solvent.
Once the dies are clean, it is time to move on to the primer tray
The primer tray should be cleaned with a soft brush and compressed air. Once the tray is clean, wipe it down with a rag to remove the residual cleaning solvent. With the reloading equipment now clean, you can put it away in a clean, dry place for a few minutes before starting the lubrication process.
Now that the reloading press and its associated parts are clean, we can lubricate them in preparation for reassembly.

Lubricate the Press

Before you reassemble the press, you will need to lubricate all moving parts. This includes the ram, die carrier, and other moving parts on the press.
You can use any lubricating oil that you have on hand. However, it is essential to make sure that it is light and non-abrasive.
Lubricating the Ram
To lubricate the ram, you will need to remove the die from the carrier. Once the die is removed, you can apply a light coat of oil or grease to the ram. Focus only on the ram’s components that come into contact with other metals in the press. Be sure to wipe away any excess oil before reassembling the press.
Lubricating the Die Carrier
You do not need to remove the die carrier to lubricate it. Simply apply a light coat of oil or grease to the die carrier’s moving parts. Again, wipe away any excess before reassembling the press.
Lubricating the Arm
You will need to lubricate the arm of your reloading press before each use. A simple lubricant like oil or grease will do the trick. Just apply enough lubricant to the moving parts of the arm and allow the oil or grease to sip into the arm’s moving components.
Ensure you apply equal amounts of lubrication to any pivoting points of the arm to create balanced friction and a seamless movement of parts.
Lubricating Other Moving Parts
You will need to lubricate a few other moving parts on the press. These include the pivoting pins, shell plate, and turret and die.
As with the pivoting pins, you’ll need to apply a small amount of oil or grease to these parts. However, you don’t need to be as generous with the lubricant as with the arm. A light coat will do just fine.
Once you’ve applied the lubrication, move each of these parts back and forth to work the lubricant into the moving components. It would help if you also took this opportunity to inspect the parts for any damage or excessive wear.
The turret and die are two of the essential parts of your reloading press, so it’s necessary to make sure they are well-lubricated. Use your finger or an old cloth to apply lubricant to the inside of the press housing to lubricate the turret and die.
Finally, apply a small amount of lubricant to the outside of the turret and die; this will help to keep them from rusting.
Cleaning your reloading equipment is essential to ensure that it lasts for many years. The number of times you’ll be cleaning your equipment depends on how often you reload and the number of rounds you fire at a time. Ensure you clean as frequently as you need to maintain your equipment’s performance.
You shouldn’t equally forget to clean your entire firearm using approved solvent traps kits from Armory Den that will help you maintain a clean firearm for prolonged services.
By following the above simple steps, you can keep your equipment in top condition and enjoy a seamless reloading and firing experience.
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Essential Hunter’s Kit: Must-Have Tools & Accessories for Your Next Hunting Trip

Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or just starting out, it’s essential to have the right gear and tools for your next hunting trip. There’s much equipment to choose from: knives and ammunition, tents, and firearm cleaning and maintenance kits.
This guide will help you prepare for your next hunting adventure. We’ll discuss the must-have tools and accessories for your next hunting trip so you can improve your chances of successful kills out in the wild.

The Right Weapons and Tools

First and foremost, you’ll need the right weapons and tools for your hunt. If you’re planning on hunting big game, you’ll need the correct type of firearm for the job. For small games, an air rifle will do the job just fine.
Regardless of what type of game you’re hunting, make sure you have the correct ammunition. It’s also essential to have a sharp knife handy for gutting and skinning your prey. A good pair of binoculars will also come in handy for spotting games from a distance.
One more thing, always carry a portable cleaning kit so you can clean your firearm on the go and resume your shooting without too much strain. A clean firearm is an effective firearm.

Clothing and Footwear

Next, you’ll need to make sure you’ve dressed appropriately for the hunt. Depending on the season and location, you’ll need to pack different types of clothing. However, you should always dress in layers to prepare for any weather conditions. Your base layer of clothing should be made of polyester, silk, nylon, and merino wool, which can easily absorb sweat from your body and keep you dry.
As for footwear, start with a good pair of non-cotton socks that will absorb sweat and keep your feet warm and dry. The next thing is to look for a good pair of hunting boots to protect your feet and keep them dry. You don’t want to be miles away from camp and suddenly realize you’ve developed blisters all over your feet and can’t continue your hunting adventure!

Hunting Blinds

If you’re planning on still hunting, a hunting blind can be a Godsend. A suitable blind will help you stay concealed from your prey and provide some shelter from the elements. When choosing a hunting blind, make sure it’s large enough for you to move around comfortably and that it will provide good camouflage.
The right type of blinds depends on the game you’re hunting and the level of concealment or field of view that you’re looking to achieve. If you’re hunting deer or turkey, you might want to settle for silent deer blind windows. However, if you’re hunting smaller animals like coyotes or birds, you might want to use universal blinds for a better field of view.

Tree Stands

If you’re an avid deer hunter, you’ve spent some time hunting from a tree stand. Tree stands offer a great vantage point for spotting and taking down games, but they can be dangerous if you’re not careful. When using a tree stand, always use a fall-arrest system to prevent serious injury if you should happen to fall.

Legal Hunting Documentation

Proper hunting documentation is one of the essential things to acquire before heading out on your next hunting trip. This includes a valid hunting license and any permits or tags required for the game you’re pursuing.
Depending on the state you come from, lack of a valid hunting license can result in a hefty fine, and you may even lose your hunting privileges. So make sure you’re up to date on all the requirements before heading out.

A Hunter's Backpack

Your backpack is going to be your best friend on a hunting trip. It’s essential for carrying all your gear, including your food, water, shelter, and extra clothes. When choosing a backpack, make sure it’s comfortable and has enough space for everything you need.
It would help if you also considered getting a pack with specific features for hunters, such as a built-in rain cover and a place to attach your rifle or bow.

A Good Camera

While you’re out in the wild, you will want to document your experience. A good camera is a great way to do that. But don’t just get any old camera. Make sure it’s durable and can handle being dropped or getting wet. You’ll also want to make sure the camera has features specific to hunters, such as a night vision setting.

GPS Tracker

A GPS tracker is a must-have for any hunter. It can help you keep track of your location, especially if you’re hunting in unfamiliar territory. It can also come in handy if you get lost or injured and need to be found by search and rescue.

Compass

A compass is another essential piece of equipment for hunters. It can help you navigate the woods and ensure you don’t get lost.

Enough Food and Water

Of course, you’ll need to bring enough food and water for yourself and your hunting partners. It’s always better to err on caution and bring more than you think you’ll need. You don’t want to run out of food or water in the middle of a hunt.

Binoculars

Binoculars are an excellent tool for hunters. They can help you spot game from a distance, which is especially helpful if you’re hunting in an area with dense vegetation. They can also scout out potential hunting areas before you even set foot in the woods.

Flashlight

A flashlight is another essential piece of equipment for hunters. It can help you see in the dark, crucial for safety and successful hunting. You can also use it as a form of communication to signal for help if you get lost or injured.

First-Aid Kit

A first-aid kit is an essential piece of equipment for any hunter. It can treat minor injuries, such as cuts and scrapes that you may have sustained while hunting. You can also use it to treat more severe injuries, such as snake bites or broken bones.
With these essential items in your hunter’s kit, you’ll be ready for anything. From safety gear to legal documentation, preparing will help ensure a successful and enjoyable hunting trip. Remember to keep your weapons, especially firearms, clean and functional with the help of a portable cleaning kit for a continuous and successful hunting experience.
Notice: Please be advised that this article is for information purposes only and Armory Den, Inc., Armory Den, and/or Armoryden.com, does not accept liability for any negligence, injury, death or other personal or environmental consequences that occur from the sourced and unsourced information in this article. 

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