Clean your rifle – by the book

A new book by Bill Harriman deals with all aspects of the cleaning and maintenance of the most commonly encountered types of sporting firearms, including airguns.

Cleaning And Maintaining Modern And Antique Firearms: A Concise Guide gives practical advice distilled from the author’s 50 years’ experience in shooting sports and gun collecting, with an emphasis on safety and value for money.

Bill has impeccable credentials to be offering advice of this kind: he’s director of firearms at the British Association for Shooting & Conservation, and since 1985 he’s been one of the arms and militaria specialists for Antiques Roadshow.

The process of cleaning materials and other consumables is discussed in detail, as are the tools and implements necessary to maintain a gun’s condition, reliability and value.

The specialist techniques required for cleaning and maintaining every type of firearm are described, as are those for dealing with ancillary equipment. The book also covers how to mark and record firearms to discourage theft and aid their recovery should they be stolen.

As the author remarks in his introduction: “This book is not just about preserving wood and metal, it is about preserving heritage too.”

The book has an RRP of £12.95, but is available to Airgun Shooter readers for £10.95 with free P&P if you use promo code BASC Firearms at the checkout on the Quiller Publishing website ( or over the phone on 01939 261616.

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