Before ever stepping foot in a lane at a firing range, new firearm owners always start at the same place: the components, care, and safety precautions of that firearm—and safety precautions for shooting and firearm ownership as a whole, of course. Every firearm owner should recognize that, while their gun is a finely crafted piece of engineering, it is also a powerful and potentially dangerous tool and needs to be treated accordingly. Of course, gun safety rules like “always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use it” and “ always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction,” may seem like common sense rules to most of us—but for safety’s sake, those reminders never hurt. However, for all the good gun safety practices many of us stick to, misfires do still happen. In order to keep misfires from happening from a mechanical standpoint, there are a few things you can do to keep your AR 15 in top condition.
Any experienced AR owner probably took one look at this first heading and thought, “Yeah, no kidding.” But seriously folks, it bears repeating. Clean your firearms regularly. It’s such a basic step, but we know how it goes; it can be easy to tell yourself you’ll do it later and skip over when you’re running late and need to get to another task. But don’t forget to come back to your gun and get to that cleaning! According to some estimates, failure to clean a firearm regularly may account for 80 to 90 percent of all mechanical function problems! With rates that high, and considering this is something well within your control, keeping your firearm clean, lubricated, and well-maintained should be a top priority to help avoid misfires and malfunctions. As an added level of safety precaution, regular and thorough cleaning will ensure you’re taking the time to check over every part of your AR. If you’re checking over all parts regularly, you’re more likely to catch any potential problems before they become malfunctions, so when you’re installing your new KeyMod handstop, take a minute to inspect the rest of your AR to better avoid misfires and mishaps.
While regular and meticulous cleaning will go miles toward keeping your AR in good repair, wear does happen and, over time, can not only affect your firearm’s accuracy, it can lead to dangerous misfires. There are a few components more likely to cause issues, so here’s what to keep a close eye on:
Again, and we can’t emphasize this enough: the first step to keep your AR in good repair and avoid misfires is to clean and maintain it regularly, especially if you fire it frequently. Shop Rail Scales online today for our specialized KeyMod hand stop options and more!