A Woman’s Guide To Cleaning And Maintaining Her Firearm

by Tarra Stoddard

Part 1 Presentation and Functionality plays in every part of our lives. Kinda like my grandma always said. “Your porch is the window into your home.” Humm you say, how does that fit into firearm cleaning and maintenance? Your guns appearance and the way it functions shows dedication to yourself, others, and where you fit in the gun world. We certainly cannot forget how maintaining and cleaning your firearm , leads to safety. Aft er you clean your firearm you check the components to make sure they are in perfect functioning order.

To clean and when to clean, that is the question? You should make a habit of cleaning your firearm after each time you shoot your firearm.

I have a designated area for cleaning my firearm, that is clean of any other items. My cleaning workspace is my kitchen table. I give myself at least half of the table so I will have plenty of room to lay things out properly.

Step One: Gathering a woman’s firearm cleaning Essentials:

Your firearm manual, (gun digest has guides if you cannot locate yours),Firearm Cleaning Mat or Plasticized Baby Changing Pads, A short bore rod, a bronze bore brush that matches the caliber of the handgun your cleaning, a bag of patches, (or old t-shirts can be cut to size), a GI toothbrush, cotton swabs, & a cotton washcloth or shop rag, & bore light.

I’m not not into pink. However I am a lady that loves her fingernails. So spend the extra dollar & buy a good pair of nitrate gloves that fit your hands.2121

I recommend Frog Lube or Rand CLP for your cleaning solvent/ oils. I prefer these brands because both are environmentally safe and have no bad “off gas” smell. They are both all- in-ones, which is a cleaner and lubricant. We women like our thoroughness and simplicity.

Now gather up these cleaning essentials and get ready for the next issue: Part 2: A woman’s Method to the breakdown madness.



Tarra Stoddard Is a Native of Greenville, S.C. and Dearing, G.A. My grandparents had a hog farm with a small hog meat deli sales. Being in the country I was driving and plowing fields at 6 years old. Not to mention the shotgun in my hands with the safety & skills to use it. To date I’m a avid hunter of guess what, yes, wild boar! Along with ducks, and deer. I enjoy hunting with my husband and best friend