A quality firearm should give you decades of reliable use, but this will only happen if it is maintained and stored properly. Pistols, rifles and shotguns all rely on metal components in order to function correctly, and this means that they are susceptible to rust and corrosion. Without proper storage, the rusting process can set in quickly and compromise the safety and functionality of your weapon. Here are some essential steps to follow from gun rust prevention experts at HinderRUST.

  1. Reduce humidity: It takes only the smallest amount of water to come into contact with your firearm to begin the rusting process, and this includes water vapor in the air. According to the National Firearms Museum, a relative humidity of 50% is ideal for gun storage. Any higher and rust will begin, and any lower puts wooden gunstocks at risk of cracking. You can use a dehumidifier in the room in which your guns are stored to maintain this crucial balance or keep a desiccant like silica gel in your safe or gun bag to absorb extra moisture.
  2. Stay out of bad weather: Ideally, you should avoid exposing your gun to rain, snow and other moisture outdoors as it causes rust and tarnish quickly. If you are outdoors and it begins to rain, try and place your gun in a covered area to keep it dry. If it gets wet, be sure to dry it thoroughly and clean it well as soon as possible.
  3. Clean your gun regularly: Cleaning your gun is an essential part of keeping it functioning properly, as well as removing any build-up of burnt gunpowder and other debris that can trap moisture and lead to rust.
  4. Use a high-quality anti-rust spray: When cleaning your gun, it’s a good idea to use a light application of a high-quality rust inhibitor at the same time. Avoid solvent-based products, those that use animal by-products, or those that have high VOCs, as these can damage your wood gunstock and have a strong smell that can attract insects.

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HinderRUST – the only firearm corrosion prevention product you’ll ever need 

HinderRUST gun lubricant and anti-rust spray was developed in order to give gun owners an all-in-one, corrosion and lubrication solution that provides the highest level of protection for your firearms. It is ideal even under the worst conditions, including long-term storage in high humidity and salty air, without reapplication, simply because it electrochemically bonds to metal surfaces and doesn’t evaporate.

It is easy to apply, solvent-free, safe on all firing mechanisms and will not damage wooden or plastic gunstocks. It uses no animal byproducts, resulting in no unpleasant odors and there is no need to wipe down your piece before you go out and shoot as it does not interfere with gun performance.

Our gun lubricant and anti-rust spray can also be shipped anywhere across the country and is available in a 4 oz. can with a dauber or 8 oz. squirt bottle as well as larger cans for your convenience.

For more information on cleaning rust off guns, or information on our products, please contact us today or shop for our firearm rust prevention product here.