How to Clean a Break Barrel Air Rifle?


A break barrel air rifle is a great investment for anyone who enjoys hunting or shooting. However, like any other firearm, it requires regular maintenance to keep it in good working condition. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps of how to clean a break barrel air rifle so that you can keep it in a top shape.

Clean The Barrel (Internal)

Use a bore guide to protect the muzzle and chamber of your air rifle while you clean the barrel. Insert a cleaning rod into the bore guide, and attach a patch jag to the end of the rod. Soak a cleaning patch in gun solvent, and run it through the barrel from breech to muzzle several times. Repeat this process with a dry patch until the patches come out clean. Finally, run a few patches soaked in gun oil through the barrel to protect it from rust.

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Clean the Barrel (External)

Use a soft cloth to wipe down the outside of the barrel. Be sure to pay special attention to the breach area, as this is where dirt and debris are most likely to build up.

Clean the scope

Use a soft cloth or lens brush to remove any dust or fingerprints from the surface of your scope lens. If there is any build-up on the lens, you can use lens cleaner and a soft cloth to gently remove it.
Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive materials on your scope lens, as this could damage it.

Clean The Woodwork

Use a soft cloth or polish specifically designed for wood surfaces to wipe down your air rifle’s stock. Be sure not to use any harsh chemicals or cleaners, as these can damage the wood.

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Clean The Action

The action is the part of your air rifle that loads, cocks, and fires the pellets. To clean it, start by removing any dirt and debris with a soft brush or cloth. Once you’ve removed all of the visible dirt, lightly lubricate all moving parts with gun oil before reassembling your air rifle.

Clean The Trigger

Remove any dirt or debris from around the trigger using a small brush or toothpick. Then, lightly lubricate the trigger mechanism with gun oil before reassembling your air rifle.


By following these simple steps, you can easily clean your break barrel air rifle and keep it in good working condition for years to come. Regular cleaning and maintenance will also help increase its accuracy and lifespan. Thanks for reading!

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Sean Campbell’s love for hunting and outdoor life is credited to his dad who constantly thrilled him with exciting cowboy stories. His current chief commitment involves guiding aspiring gun handlers on firearm safety and shooting tactics at the NRA education and training department. When not with students, expect to find him either at his gunsmithing workshop, in the woods hunting, on the lake fishing, on nature photoshoots, or with his wife and kid in Maverick, Texas. Read more >>


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