Commanders, leaders and Soldiers,
After a long day at the range, everyone wants to turn in their weapon and go home. But that’s not the right thing to do. It’s critical that all weapons are thoroughly cleaned and lubricated before they’re stored.
- Operators, when you return from the range, the first thing you need to do is clean and lubricate your weapon.
- Armorers, inspect every weapon before storing it in the rack. If the weapon hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned and lubricated, then hand it back to the operator to try again.
You may be wondering why it’s so important to clean your weapon prior to storing it. Humidity can mix with burnt gun powder or carbon and turn into corrosion on a dirty weapon.
Every 90 days, weapons in storage need to be cleaned and inspected according to the specific weapon’s -23&P TM. This will prevent corrosion and make sure your weapon is ready when it’s needed.