Delaware Hunter Safety Education Course


Cleaning and Safe Storage of Firearms

Cleaning a Firearm

It is every hunter's responsibility to ensure their firearm is in working order before hunting. Not only does regular care and cleaning of a firearm ensure greater shot accuracy, it also helps ensure that the action and safety mechanisms function correctly. Let's look at how to clean a firearm, as well as the proper way to store one at home.

Always follow these safety rules when cleaning any firearm:

  • Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  • Ensure the firearm is unloaded.
  • Clear the workbench of any material you do not need for cleaning.
  • Move all ammunition to a separate location.
  • Make sure your work area has adequate light and ventilation
  • Wear some type of eye and hand-protection gear.