Nobody wants to invest money in a beautiful firearm only to have it rust out a short time later. By the same token, if you possess an heirloom firearm, you want to make sure you take the best care of it so it can be passed on to future generations. The problem is that firearms are apt to have rust or corrosion issues these wishes can seem quite daunting.

Do not fear. Protecting your firearms, old and new, is easy as 1-2-3, assuming you have a high-quality gun storage bag.

Before delineating the three steps for fighting rust and corrosion, it is important to define what corrosion is.

Corrosion and Rust: What is the Difference?

anti corrosion bagsWhat is corrosion, what is rust, and is the answer to both of these questions the same? Almost. Corrosion is defined as the chemical breakdown of something. Corrosion can occur in metal, ceramic, and many other types of materials. Rust is a type of corrosion that involves the chemical reaction when oxygen interacts with iron. Often, the oxygen is introduced by moisture.

Both corrosion and rust are serious problems for owners of guns, and for anyone who owns and stores metal tools, bikes, cars…it’s everywhere!

Preventing Firearm Rust and Corrosion

Now as promised, the proof that it is as easy as 1-2-3 to protect your firearm from the forces of corrosion and rust.

Step 1: Let the firearm cool.
Step 2. Wash the firearm in cold water and make sure it is 100% dry, with no moisture present
Step 3: Put into individual anti-corrosion bags.

That’s it.

There is one little catch, however. These steps will only work if that last one involves storing your firearm safely in a high-quality anti-corrosion bag.

What Differentiates Anti Corrosion Bags from Others?

Doing a Google search will convince you quickly that the market is full of anti-rust and anti-corrosion products. There are a lot of different types of products aside from rust-inhibiting storage bags, and there are many brands and types of bags as well. When selecting a rust-prevention bag, be sure of the following:

  • No harmful chemicals. Try to find a gun storage bag that will use a harmless vapor to inhibit rust. This is safe for what you are storing and safe for you when you remove the item from the bag.
  • Durability: Make sure the bag itself will last as long as you want to protect your firearm.
  • Ensure the product itself will not leave any marks on your prized possessions
  • Ensure the product has multiple closures and that it closes securely. Otherwise it will not work as promised.

Protecting your firearms is easy if you follow the right steps…and if you have the right tools.

By Published On: May 20, 2022Categories: Rust Prevention