I AM NEW TO COLLECTING. I CURRENTLY PURCHASED SOME BEAUTIFUL COLTS AND WIPE THEM DOWN WITH TUF STUSS CLOTHS AND KEEP THEM IN BORE STORES. DO YOU THINK THIS WILL KEEP THEM IN TOP SHAPE.
ANY ADVISE WOULD BE APPRECIATED.
Depending on your needs, and the conditions under which you are storing the guns, you might look into using Vapor Paper and the special plastic bags for storage.
This is how the military and industry now store metal.
The special plastic bags come in pistol and rifle sizes.
These bags are made of a special "hard" plastic material that won't pass moisture.
The Vapor Paper is wrapped around the gun, and when sealed in the bags, gives off a vapor that drives moisture and air out, surrounding the gun with as vapor barrier that TOTALLY prevents rust for at least 10 years.
Jerry, Over the years we have done it both ways, in 'vapor' paper,or sheepskin rugs, canvas gun cases(Boyt), NEVER vinyl, they do NOT breathe and now out in the open, but they are all wiped down with 'RIG' because it works on metal, wood and plastic.
Yes, if you use a safe, doesn't hurt to use the desicant paks or even the 'golden rod'. though I have NOT used mine for years.
Main thing is ,everynow and then (couple times a year?) pull them out and check them and see whats going on. I also wipe(swab) some in the bore & chambers and once a year ,will remove the grips and take a "look see" what's going on under them, again, I wipe under them with a bit of 'RIG'.
If you have stag or ivory grips, I wipe them down with 'baby oil' or you can use 'lanolin' to protect them.
Bottom line is ,use what 'works' for YOU! I just hate to see guns that were 'thought' to be "wiped down, and cased", and they pull them out once a year and they are "rusted up".
I see this all too often from other guys, who I would think were very "particular".
Remember to always handle the guns with gloves on or a sheepskin(two) never touch them, last thing they need is a big old fingerprint in the middle of nowhere, to be "seen" forever more! /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
Guess there about as many answers to this as there are people to post one---let me relate the following of a post I made some time back.
Now I will be the first to admit, I live a somewhat sheltered life. However, that being the case, I have discovered something, that for those like me, who were unaware of it, may find this stuff at the very least, somewhat useful, at the most, a gift from the Red Gods. I speak of something called 'RENAISSANCE WAX'. I HAVE FOUND IT USEFUL ON KNIVES, GUNS WOOD, LEATHER, and who knows what else. A web search will bring up the poop, but as I always carry a few projects around with me, I found time to use this wax, and it has found a home here for sure. First use was on some Ivory, and a K 22 from 1951- Then put it on a couple of Randalls. It IS a keeper. Hard to believe I just ran across it as I am told it has been around for quite some time. At any rate, for those with an interest there you have it. I DON'T THINK IT WILL WORK ON THE CAT, BUT YOU NEVER KNOW??
In addition, one trick I use as well that works just super--I have a can of SHEATH, and a couple old style shaving brushes (bristle only) I use one for my guns and knives, and one for my reloading presses and dies. One dash of Sheath will do about three hand guns, and get in ALL the nooks and crannies. This is a old trick, but bears a revisit.All guns not hanging on the safe door, also are wrapped in their own silicone cloth, and in a plastic bag. Breakfree is also used freely, you can even buy it in a handi- wipe version now, in their own plastic container. I wouldn't be without one. I always wipe down at the range as well. I can tell you, in 40 years, I have NEVER had a rust problem. Whatever works. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
Now, as to Ivory, and Stag grips-- I use minerial oil, and understand from a museum in Ohio that is known for their care of and dealing in Ivory, the this is is just what I should be using. I started using it because my wife put in one her Opals-- Once a year, I leave the grips in minerial oil over night, or for at least 8 hours. Works just great. Good Luck! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
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Depending on your needs, and the conditions under which you are storing the guns, you might look into using Vapor Paper and the special plastic bags for storage. This is how the military and industry now store metal. The special plastic bags come in pistol and rifle sizes. These bags are made of a special "hard" plastic material that won't pass moisture. The Vapor Paper is wrapped around the gun, and when sealed in the bags, gives off a vapor that drives moisture and air out, surrounding the gun with as vapor barrier that TOTALLY prevents rust for at least 10 years.
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Thanks dfariswheel, I had not idea this product existed and it worked so well. I'm going to look into this and give it a try.
Can the gun be removed for a short time (under a hour) and still get the 10 year life of protection?
Hi Jerry- I'm suprised to see you crawled out from under your rock to hide behind your computer. Guys, this man has absolutely NO INTEGRITY!! He arranges for mutual 2 day air shipping and then sends his ground. He spends a month arranging a trade and then tries to bounce the little girl he did "business" with $900 for the case and cleaning kit he purchased with the gun after hers had been shipped. He refused to return her guns when requested and hid behind his "badge"as a glorified toll taker for the Bridge and Tunnel Authority in NYC. He has an accomplice that goes by "CAM," BEWARE OF BOTH OF THESE LOW LIFES!
BEWARE OF "JERRY!" This "man" spent a month arranging 2 day airshipping for a trade deal with a young lady and then sent his ground. He misrepresented the quality and condition of his gun. He tried to bounce her $900 for the case and cleaning kit that came with the gun originally after her guns had already been shipped. He refused to return her guns whaen requested. He has a shill that goes by "CAM" He says he's a cop, but his name is Gennaro Materaso and he works for the Bridge and Tunnel Authority in NYC, probably as a toll taker. BEWARE OF THIS COWARD!
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