These are pictures from some guns that were flooded with salt water from Hurricane Sandy. I have been cleaning these guns for a couple weeks on and off. Takes me about an hour to clean each one completely. Some are so bad that I have been sanding the parts to try to take the pitting out from the rust. On this first Mossberg I actually sanded and sand blasted the bolt. Never thought I’d ever have to do that to a gun.
Lever action rusted all the way to the firing pin: Salt dried from the sea water on the butt plate of a lever action. Salty 10/22 trigger pack: An older semi auto .22 Savage: Dried salt on the magazine: Rusty bolt of a Savage: Rustiest Taurus ever (most annoying revolver ever to work on too): I cleaned every piece of the revolver and here’s how it turned out: This FEG PPK clone was so rusty that I couldn’t move the slide or remove the magazine. Ended up just soaking it in Brownell’s solvent (which works absolutely great by the way):
This Mac 11 was completely rusted shut so I resorted to dunking it in solvent:
I may post another chunk of photos but I’m almost done with these guns.
Lesson learned? NEVER let salt water get to your firearms. And if salt water does end up in your firearms, get it out immediately. Kind of obvious so I’ll shut my mouth.
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