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Your Step-By-Step to Proper Gun Cleaning

Your Step-By-Step to Proper Gun Cleaning

Jan 20, 2018 By Minakshi Aggarwal Comments

Your Step-By-Step to Proper Gun Cleaning

Every time you fire a gun, it leaves a little more residue inside it. By residue, we mean carbon, copper, and lead. As all that residue continues to accumulate and build layers upon itself, eventually it will affect how your gun performs.

Proper gun cleaning is critical to ensure your gun will actual fire properly every time you need it.

Grab Your Tools

Some gun owners prefer to buy their tools individually while others opt for a complete gun cleaning kit that has everything they need in a convenient case. Either way, before you start cleaning anything, make sure you have:

  • Cleaning rods – These rods should be a softer metal than the barrel to ensure you don’t scratch or ding the inside of the barrel as you’re cleaning.
  • Brushes – You need something that can reliably clear the carbon buildup without harming the barrel. A bronze brush is reliable go-to option, and you can follow it up with a nylon brush.
  • Jags or Loops – These are simple devices that hold cleaning patches while you push it through the bore. Soft materials like brass or plastic work here, too.
  • Solvents – You will need the right oils and solvents to properly clean your gun. There are all-in-one solutions, or you can get individual fluids. If you go that route, you will need a solvent, a degreaser, a lubricant, and a protectant.
  • Patches – You need enough patches to pass a clean one through the bore with every pass of the cleaning rod.
  • Gun Toothbrush – A good, solid brush to clean the outside grooves and trigger parts can also be useful.

Safety First

Set up a workspace where you will be comfortable. Make sure it is well-ventilated because some of those solvents and other chemicals can be fairly toxic.

Cover the workspace with a tarp or plastic bags followed by some newspaper or paper towels. This will ensure that any chemicals are properly absorbed. And you’ll find it much easier to clean up later.

And, while this should be obvious, always make sure the gun is not loaded before you start cleaning it. Too many people are injured (even fatally) when they fail to take a few seconds to double check the gun. Keep all your ammo far away from any of the solvents and oils you will use to clean your gun.

Every Step Matters

Cleaning a firearm is actually a fairly simple process. But like most simple things, every step matters.

  1. Disassemble the fire arm – Don’t do this blindly. When you want to know how to clean a rifle or a pistol, always start with the manual. Read it carefully! Get familiar with the parts, how to take them apart, how far you need to take them apart for a good cleaning, and more. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning your gun.
  2. Clean the barrel – First, use your cleaning rod with the cotton patch soaked in your solvent of choice. Push the patch all the way through the bore so it exits the other side, pushing as much of the debris out as possible. Second, use your brushes to clean any remaining debris. Put another patch through the barrel. If it comes out clean, you’re good to go. If not, return to the solvents and brushes.
  3. Lubricate components – Lubricate the barrel with a few drops of gun oil. Also, clean and lubricate the action.
  4. Clean the exterior – A quick wipe with a pre-treated flannel cloth will clear off any bits and debris that may be remaining on the exterior of the gun.
  5. Dry fire it – Once you’ve finished cleaning everything and reassembled the firearm, set up a safe place and doublecheck to make sure the gun is unloaded. Now, dry fire the gun. Go through all the motions of shooting to make sure the trigger and slide are still performing properly.

How Often Should You Clean Your Gun?

In general, you should at least give the gun a quick cleaning every time it’s fired, though if it’s only seen a few shots, a bore snake should be enough to clean it out. If it sees regular shooting, you will need to follow the steps above to make sure it is properly maintained.

At the very least, even if you don’t shoot very often, you should still give your firearms a deep cleaning at least once a year to ensure it’s in peak condition for when you do need it.

No Time Like the Present

Has it been a while since you’ve cleaned your gun? Have you just purchased a new gun? Either way, there’s no better time than now to make sure you’re fully prepared and have everything you need to properly clean your gun. At Kiehberg, we stock a wide range of gun cleaning products so you can maintain your gun and make sure every shot is as accurate and safe as possible.


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How to Find Fish

How to Find Fish

Sep 13, 2018 By Minakshi Aggarwal Comments

For a successful fishing trip, you need to be prepared with a stocked tackle box and plenty of time. You also need fish to catch. Many new fishermen think that they can find fish in any body of water. This, however, isn’t true. Fish tend to congregate in certain areas. If you can’t locate these areas, your fishing trip will become a frustrating bust. With certain basic knowledge about fish, one can find them quickly the old-fashioned way without using technology. On the other hand, fish-finding technology has come a long way and makes it easier than ever to find fish. Here are ways to find fish with and without electronics.

Fishing With Electronics

Fishing has become a highly sophisticated, technologically advanced endeavor. Various mapping, sonar and infrared technology can measure water temperature, depth and current speed. Fish finding technology helps anglers detect the specific size, movement and location of schools of fish. Numerous fish finding apps can be downloaded onto your smartphone and ready to use on the go.

Technology has indeed taken the guesswork out of fish finding, making anglers more successful. Fishing technology ranges from the simple to the highly sophisticated and complex, ranging from under $100 to many hundreds of dollars. Your budget, your fishing intent (recreational vs. commercial), the specific fish you’re going after and the fishing environment (lake vs river vs ocean) can have a bearing on what type of fish finding technology is right for you.

Some of the most common types of fish finding technology include:

Side Scan Imaging- This form of sonar allows fishermen in boats to get a good idea of the characteristics of the sea or lake floor. Sonar equipment attached to the front, back or bottom of a boat sends and receives sound waves that bounce off on the objects in the water below. The size, shape and texture of objects can be made known. Side scan technology can detect one’s boat location, rising, descending and flat terrain, the depth of the water, location and size of rocks and timber and most importantly, the location of fish schools and they size and type of fish underneath the boat. lake or sea bottom. Compare the screenshot and diagram to help visualize how Side Imaging works. We’ve included several call outs to explain what you’re seeing. Remember, Side Imaging is a history of what you’ve already passed by.

Infrared-Like the sonar locating technology of side scan imaging, infrared uses reflective signals from objects under the water to provide the fisherman information about the location, size and shape of the objects. However, infrared works with light waves instead of sound waves. With infrared fish finders, fishermen can get idea of the water depth, and terrain under the water. Schools of fish can be detected and quickly located.

GPS- Similar to mapping one’s route, fishermen can locate specific locations where they have had previous fishing success. Many fishing GPS systems update frequently for accuracy. Multiple waypoints can also be displayed. Some GPS systems, such as the Garmin echoMap utilizes sonar to help fishermen chart the best course to find the most fish. GPS like Google Maps can help fishermen discover new fishing spots thanks to the Google Earth view.

Fishing Without Electronics

What if you don’t have access to any fancy fish finding technology? Can you still have a successful fishing trip? In short yes.  Many fishermen of the past have done so. In fact, many fishing truists and fundamentalists believe a good fisherman will be able to quickly and easily know how to spot a fishing goldmine without any high-tech fish finding gadgets.

Whatever your reason is to finding fish without technology, here are some tips on how to find fish quickly and easily sans technology:

Look for sources of food. Like any living thing, fish need to eat to survive.  Weed beds, places with fallen timber, shallow waters where fish can easily catch insects on the surface, “edges” and “feeding lanes” of intersecting currents that flush prey downstream all are great places for fish to hide.

Look for where there is plenty of oxygen. Aside from food, fish need oxygen to breathe. Certain environments promote oxygenation while other locations diminish the oxygen of the water. Turbulent water such as waterfalls and riffles, and the presence of healthy, living, brightly-color vegetation are all indicators of highly oxygenated water. Avoid fishing in areas with decaying plant material, areas that are polluted and which have sewage in the water.

Pay attention to water temperature. Most fish don’t like water that is too hot or too cold. Each species of fish has a preferred water temperature. For instance, big mouth bass, sun fish and perch like water in the mid-70s while lake trout Coho salmon enjoy the chillier waters that are in the low 40s to low 50s.

Fish species have a 10-20-degree water temperature tolerance between the coldest temperature they can stand to the highest. Most of the common types of fish prefer water with a temperature ranging from 40 (the coldest) to 80 (the hottest). While fish can be present in water with a temperature on the extreme, the fish become “inactive” meaning they won’t bite.

Look for safe hiding places. Fish have many predators that can easily snatch them from the water. Because of this, fish tend to conceal themselves. Gaps in timber-covered water, lily pads, fallen trees, submerged logs and rocks, ledges, deep pools and edges around sudden drop-offs are great places where fishes tend to hide.

Pay attention to the current. Fish don’t like strong, fast-moving currents. Instead, many fish prefer moderate currents. Moderate currents can be found along the banks and just under the surface of the water. In streams, the ideal, moderate current is directly around rocks.

Whether or not you use electronics to find fish, you won’t be successful if you don’t have the proper equipment. At Kiehberg, we sell a variety of quality fishing gear, at comparable prices. If there is something missing from your tacklebox, contact us today or browse our fishing gear inventory.

Air Pistol Buying Guide

Air Pistol Buying Guide

Jul 13, 2018 By Minakshi Aggarwal Comments

Whether you’re looking to purchase your first air pistol or it’s been awhile since purchasing your last air pistol, you may come across some confusion and you’ll quickly find that air pistols aren’t necessarily cheap. It is important to know what you’re specifically looking for.

What Are Air Pistols?

Air pistols, sometimes called BB guns, can shoot either plastic pellets or metallic round BBs. While there are differences between air pistols and airsoft guns, which don’t shoot metallic BBs very well, and different appearances between air pistols and BB guns (air pistols and rifles look nearly identical to real firearms), the minute differences will only be significant if one chooses to use their gun for competition.

The pellets of air guns are often propelled through the muzzle of the gun with pressurized, compressed air. However, both air pistols and air rifles can also propel pellets via spring-piston and a CO2 canister.  

What Are Air Pistols Used For?

Air pistols aren’t as dangerous as real guns and as a result, are much easier, and cheaper to purchase. While most people get guns for self-defense or to practice target shooting, people get air pistols for a variety of reasons including target shooting, to use in competition, to hunt small game and as a humane method of pest control.   

The most popular use for air pistols is competitive target shooting. Air pistol target shooting has been an Olympic sport since the 1980s and has grown in popularity as the sport requires only a gun, ammunition, targets and an open field. The sport can be enjoyed by participants of any age and fitness level.

Many who purchase air pistols don’t have their sights set on being an Olympian, but enjoy the popular pastime of “plinking,” going into the back yard and shooting at makeshift targets.

The more powerful air rifles can be effectively used to hunt small game such as rabbits, birds and squirrels. Likewise, air rifles can be used to eliminate larger pests such as rats and mice. Whether you’re using your air pistol for small game hunting or pest control, be sure to be aware of your area’s specific firearm use laws.

How Much do Air Pistols Cost?

Air pistols can range greatly in price. The cheapest, most basic varieties can cost less than ₹6,874 while high-end ones with all the bells and whistles can cost upwards of ₹68,745. The cheaper guns are best for infrequent, recreational use while it takes the greater investment in a good-quality gun to be successful in competitive shooting.

When deciding how much to spend on an air pistol, consider the gun’s intended use, the desired power and precision of the gun and the gun’s durability. Some other things to consider is the gun’s propulsion method and the type of ammunition required for the specific type of gun.

What to Consider When Buying an Air Pistol

As mentioned previously, power and precision play a big part in the outcome of your shots. Certain means of propulsion make the pellet or BB exit the gun at a higher velocity. Heavier ammunition will have more impact upon hitting a target. When you combine a high exit velocity with a heavier pellet, you’ll get a more accurate shot.

The durability and overall safety of the air pistol are other things to take note of. Cheaper guns aren’t built with the same quality as the more expensive ones. If you choose to go the cheap route, be sure to clean and maintain your air pistol to ensure safe operation.

Besides ammunition, there are also accessories one should take into the account of the air pistol budget. Shooting glasses, scopes and sights, air tanks, targets and cleaning kits are all things to investigate to ensure that your gun remains in great operational order and that it will last many years.

Air pistols can provide years of great fun and can help one keep up his or accuracy during hunting and competition off-seasons. If this is your first air pistol purchase, feel free to contact us and let our specialists help guide you to the right gun for you.

The Best Knives for Camping

The Best Knives for Camping

Jul 12, 2018 By Minakshi Aggarwal Comments

The great outdoors is a wonderful place to explore and experience on a regular basis, especially when you’re camping. However, if you don’t have the proper gear, you might find yourself seriously underprepared for the situations that might arise during your time away from civilization.

One of the most important tools you can take with you on a camping trip is a good knife. Camping knives are utility tools that you can use for cutting rope, preparing food and even cutting wood for the fire.

If you’re unfamiliar with knives, though, you might be overwhelmed by the amount of choices on the market. The most important thing to consider when purchasing knives is the way that you will use it. Take a look at some of the most common knives for camping and their uses so you can make the best decision for you.

  • Swiss Army

    – Swiss Army knives are some of the most familiar knives to outdoors enthusiasts and handymen alike. These were originally commissioned by the Swiss Army in the late 1800s and contain a variety of different tools, including a blade for cutting. Swiss Army knives vary widely on the number and type of tools they feature. While some only contain 3-4 different tools, others can feature up to 32 different tools. Of course, some of these tools may never be of use to you while you’re camping, so identify what you need before you buy.
  • Multitool

    Multitools are like Swiss Army knives in the fact that they contain a variety of different tools within a unique folding design. These tools often include a variety of different blades, including a serrated blade for easier sawing. Multitools tend to be a little better for camping than Swiss Army knives, mostly due to the higher amount of utility and a more rugged design for the rough outdoors.
  • Pocket Knife

    – The pocket knife is a classic camping tool. It usually includes a single folding blade, but they can also feature multiple blades on some of the more expensive models. Pocket knives are simple and inexpensive, making them a good choice for campers just starting to use knives as part of their outdoors excursions.
  • Assist-opening

    Assist-opening knives are similar to pocket knives in the fact that they are small, compact and easy to fit into your pocket or pack. However, these blades are spring loaded and only need a small amount of effort to open. This spring-loaded mechanism allows for greater ease of use, which comes in handy when one of your hands is busy doing something else.
  • Machete

    Machetes are the largest blades on this list, but that doesn’t disqualify them from the running. If you’re planning on hiking through unexplored wilderness, it’s definitely handy to bring a machete with you. With their long, heavy blades, you’ll be able to cut through thick vegetation with ease.
  • Survival

    – Survival knives are made specifically for survival situations in the outdoors. These are heavy, fixed blades that are perfect for chopping wood and hunting. If you’re looking for a knife that is sturdy, strong and super sharp, this is the the camping knife for you.
Why Choose for Your Sports and Outdoors Equipment

Are you in the market for quality sporting goods or outdoor equipment? Maybe you’re looking for something that is hard to find, such as a specific type of tactical knife or disguised self-defense weapon that isn’t available in most sporting good stores. You could be an aspiring marksman looking for a reputable sporting goods store that sells a variety of trusted, name-brand, high-quality pistols or rifles.

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Air Guns vs. BB Guns

Air Guns vs. BB Guns

Jun 13, 2018 By Minakshi Aggarwal Comments

When it comes to air (airsoft) guns and BB guns, many people think they are one and the same. Maybe you think they are the same thing. 

While they are similar and parts of their names are confusing, they are different types of guns. 

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Artificial Fishing Lures vs Natural Fishing Bait

No matter if you’re new to fishing or you’ve been at it for many years, you know that you need either bait or a lure to attract and catch a fish.

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Transitioning From Training to Real Knives

Transitioning From Training to Real Knives

Jun 23, 2018 By Minakshi Aggarwal Comments

Have you been using a training knife and are ready to graduate to the real thing? Regardless of your reason or motivation for learning to handle a knife, whether it be hobby or extra protection, taking the step from a training knife to a real one may seem intimidating.   

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Advantages of Shooting Airguns over Firearms

Advantages of Shooting Airguns over Firearms

May 09, 2018 By Minakshi Aggarwal Comments

Are you wondering why so many people are interested in airgunsat both a hobby and competitive level?

Contrary to popular belief, air guns are way more than just a toy. These pellet guns that shoot at high velocities are used and enjoyed by adults all across India and the world. In fact, air guns have many advantages over traditional rifles and guns. Keep reading to find out what makes airguns a superior option. 

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Fly Fishing for Beginners

Fly Fishing for Beginners

May 27, 2018 By Minakshi Aggarwal Comments

Do you want to learn how to fly fish? There’s no time like the present, and learning how to do it isn’t as difficult as you might think. Fly fishing can be an amazing experience all around, and it allows you to connect to nature and enjoy some peace and quiet.

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15 Must-See National Parks in India

15 Must-See National Parks in India

Apr 11, 2018 By Minakshi Aggarwal Comments

Have you ever wanted to explore the natural wonders that India has to offer? There are a ton of manmade tourist spots in this beautiful country, but many visitors forget about the beauty that can be found in India’s national parks.

You may be surprised to learn that India has over 80 national parks to choose from, and they’re located all over the country. As such, it’s likely you will find a national park near you, no matter what part of India you’re visiting.

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Hunting Laws in India

Hunting Laws in India

Apr 30, 2018 By Minakshi Aggarwal Comments

You may have seen movies or perused history book pictures that portrayed wealthy Englishmen decked in hunting gear kneeling proudly beside the tiger, elephant or rhino they had just shot.

When most people think of hunting, they think of the wild safaris of Africa. For many years, hunting was popular and profitable in India as well. India has such a variety of native animals that hunters came from all over the world to try their luck at shooting one of these exotic animals.

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History of Sports in India

History of Sports in India

Mar 23, 2018 By Minakshi Aggarwal Comments

India may not be the first country you think of for sports prowess. In fact, India has been home to sports for thousands of years. Some sports such as kabaddi, badminton, polo, archery, chess, wrestling and hockey are believed to be created in India.

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Types of Fishing Nets

Types of Fishing Nets

Mar 27, 2018 By Minakshi Aggarwal Comments

When you go out fishing, you likely make sure you have the essentials: bait, hooks, line, line cutters and fishing pole. If you’re looking to catch multiple large fish like salmon, you should also consider investing in a good, sturdy net or two.

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How to Throw a Tomahawk

How to Throw a Tomahawk

Feb 16, 2018 By Minakshi Aggarwal Comments

Some people get extreme enjoyment from throwing a tomahawk. It is most enjoyable when the tomahawk is properly thrown and sticks to the target.

There is more to properly throwing a tomahawk than getting any old tomahawk and throwing it at a target. The correct technique and, of course, safety, need to be practiced to make one’s tomahawk throwing session successful and enjoyable.

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12 Reasons the Fish Aren't Biting

12 Reasons the Fish Aren't Biting

Feb 17, 2018 By Minakshi Aggarwal Comments

Fishing requires much patience as well as some inside know-how. You may have the patience, but that patience can easily be thrown out the window if you consistently provide conditions that aren’t conducive for bites.

If you’re nearing your wit’s end and don’t know why fish aren’t biting, here are a couple reasons to consider:

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Folding Knives for the Outdoor Enthusiast

Folding Knives for the Outdoor Enthusiast

Jan 09, 2018 By Minakshi Aggarwal Comments

Selecting a folding knife for an outdoor enthusiast may seem like a daunting decision.

Folding outdoor knives are small. Their small size makes them portable and make them easy to place anywhere. Knives have many practical uses when it comes to the outdoors. Hunters and fishermen can use folding knives to cut up their catch, hikers and campers can use knives to cut branches to clear paths, to make firewood and as self-defense.

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Machetes 101: Everything You Need to Know

Machetes 101: Everything You Need to Know

Jan 07, 2017 By Minakshi Aggarwal Comments

When you think of a machete, you likely envision explorers or natives using them as they are hacking their way through a dense tropical jungle where paths either don’t exist or they’ve become overgrown with vegetation. 

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Where to go Fishing in India

Where to go Fishing in India

Dec 22, 2017 By Minakshi Aggarwal Comments

Fishing is one of the favorite and popular pastimes of both those residing in and visiting India. The variety of ocean, rivers and both natural and manmade lakes means your fishing excursion will not leave you empty-handed. The variety of open ocean, rivers and lakes has made India a fisherman’s paradise. The diversity of fish you’ll find here is unlike any other.

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Selecting CO2 Cartridges for Your Air Gun

Selecting CO2 Cartridges for Your Air Gun

Nov 02, 2017 By Minakshi Aggarwal Comments

Congratulations on your new air gun. Whether you’re going to use your air gun for competition or plinking, it won’t be of much use without CO2 cartridges. 

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