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How To Clean Your PCP Air Rifle

PCP (pre-charged pneumatic) air rifles have become increasingly popular for target shooting, hunting, and recreational shooting. While these rifles are highly accurate and powerful, they require regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure optimal performance. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to properly clean and maintain a PCP air rifle.

Before Cleaning

Before you begin cleaning your rifle, make sure to unload it and remove the magazine. You should also make sure that the air reservoir is empty. Once the air rifle is unloaded and safe, you can begin the cleaning process.

Disassemble the Rifle

The first step in cleaning your PCP air rifle is to remove the barrel and bolt. This will allow you to clean and lubricate the barrel and bolt separately. Start by removing the barrel from the receiver. This is usually done by unscrewing the barrel from the receiver. Once the barrel is removed, grasp the bolt handle and pull it out of the receiver.

Properly Clean Barrel and Bolt

The next step is to clean the barrel and bolt. To clean the barrel, use a cleaning rod with a patch loop and insert it into the barrel from the breech end. Push the cleaning rod through the barrel until it exits the muzzle. Apply a few drops of gun oil or solvent to the patch loop and insert it into the barrel. Push the patch loop through the barrel, scrubbing the interior of the barrel as you go. When you reach the end of the barrel, pull the cleaning rod out and repeat the process a few times to ensure the barrel is thoroughly cleaned.


Once the barrel is clean, thoroughly clean the bolt. Start by using a clean cloth to wipe any dirt and debris off the bolt. Then, use a cotton swab and gun oil or solvent to clean any areas that are difficult to reach. Make sure to pay special attention to the grooves and moving parts of the bolt.

Use a High Quality Lubricant

After the barrel and bolt are clean, you can lubricate them. Start by lubricating the barrel with a few drops of gun oil. Then, apply a few drops of gun oil to the bolt, paying special attention to the grooves and moving parts. Once the barrel and bolt are lubricated, reassemble your PCP air rifle and you’re ready to go.

Inspect your Airgun

In addition to regular cleaning, your PCP air rifle should also be inspected on a regular basis. Make sure to check for any signs of wear and tear, such as scratches or dents. You should also periodically check the power levels of your rifle, as well as the seals and o-rings. If any of these components become worn or damaged, they should be replaced immediately.


At Airfire Tactical, we want your air rifle to last. 

Properly cleaning and maintaining your PCP air rifle is essential for optimal performance. By following these simple steps on a regular basis, you can ensure that your rifle will remain accurate and powerful for many years to come.


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