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Be prepared for shotgun season

Some simple maintenance can ensure a properly functioning firearm.

Posted: Nov. 22, 2017 10:54 AM
Updated: Nov. 22, 2017 11:12 AM

Mason City, Iowa - It’s that time of year when we dig out our good old hunting shotguns and go out to harvest game.
The unforeseen problems therein don’t exactly elate most hunters. Once out of storage, these hunters have come to find out their shotguns do not function properly. Some simple maintenance can ensure a properly functioning firearm.
“One of the most common mistakes I see and correct for hunters here at Hart Brothers Weaponry," says owner Kemlin Hart, "is due to oiling issues. The vast majority of shotguns like to be run nearly dry in regards to lubricant. However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to the amount of oil in your working mechanism. Your choice of oil is the biggest determining factor to most of these types of problems. Non-synthetic lubricants will freeze and make your semi-automatic shotgun problematic, especially when applied liberally.“
Kemlin goes on to say, “Ideally, we want an oil that will not freeze and that can be applied with a thin coat. After all we will be out when it is near or below freezing, chasing our quarry, and more oil means more ability to collect debris and gum up an action. A thin coat of synthetic lubricant, such as G96, is what I personally use and swear by. It has all of the essential qualifiers that I have listed above and even has a pleasant scent.”
Kemlin has knowledge in everything firearm related. Much of his free time is spent machining firearm-related products, including his patent pending barrel. He is the FFL holder for the business as well as the S.O.T. holder. Kemlin is a certified Smith & Wesson armorer, the on-site gunsmith, and has learned from years of hands-on experience. When he is not busy at work he likes to spend time with his wife Amy, daughter Athena and son Toye who are all shooters.

Kemlin Hart
Hart Brothers Weaponry
613 South Federal Ave. Mason City, IA

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