In the pages below various techniques are described for cleaning, preserving, restoring and refurbishing antique firearms. These techniques require toxic and/or aggressive chemicals, sharp tools etc. so below maybe some superfluous precautions:

  • Keep children out of your workplace at any time
  • Keep your workplace clean and orderly
  • Work in a well ventilated area or work outdoors
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke in your workplace
  • Use respirators
  • Use hearing protection
  • Wear eye protection
  • Wear protective gloves
  • Beware of open fire when brazing, welding, blueing etc. in combination with spilled gunpowder or solvent vapors
  • Always consult a qualified gunsmith before firing antique firearms