A new way of taking care of firearms

The firearms have to do with the fact that it needs constant maintenance to be effective. During the war, this should be done even every day, as it can be life or death. However, scientists from the military laboratories have devised a new substance that will make it easier to take care of the weapon and make it much less time consuming.

Specialists from ARDEC (US Army Research, Development, and Engineering Center), the military research center of Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey, have developed solid lubricant (DSL) for the maintenance of handguns, which will replace the previously used liquid substances.

Every weapon requires constant cleaning and although the currently used armament has been seriously upgraded for years, there is still a need for routine cleaning and cleaning.

This is essential because the weapon is equipped with a lot of moving parts that have to work without any problems, and lubrication ensures that they work without any jams. Meanwhile, after each shot, the barrel is filled with hot corrosive gas, leaving a thin layer of carbon residue and, if not regularly removed, builds up, resulting in jamming. Worse, guns often get dirt and sand that can also cause problems.

For most types of weapons, CLP is used, a liquid substance that cleans, lubricates and protects against corrosion. Unfortunately, cleaning removes the CLP, which must be constantly applied.

The problem of cleaning up arms has increased since 2001, when US and Allied forces began a global fight against terrorism. Weapons designed for action in Europe did not do well in the Middle East, where the sand was jammed causing it to jam.

Specialists from ARDEC were therefore commissioned to develop a new lubrication method for small and medium-sized weapons. Engineers have come up with a rather interesting problem, because instead of applying the DSL directly to the weapon, it covered the components already at the production stage. As a result, lower friction has been achieved which allows the mechanisms to work much more freely, in addition to higher abrasion resistance and better corrosion protection.