All airguns must be well maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. It is built to precise standards and damage or mistreatment can seriously affect its performance and safety.
Do not attempt to strip an airgun without having the proper tools, facilities and knowledge to do so safely. Many air rifles contain powerful springs and/or compressed gas which can cause serious or fatal injury if released in an uncontrolled manner.
After shooting is finished, ensure your airgun is dry and free from dirt before storing it.
The safe condition of an air rifle is important. Rusted, damaged or blocked barrels and actions will be unsafe, and fouling or corrosion may cause mechanisms to fail with potential serious consequences.
If there is any doubt as to its condition, the air rifle should not be used until it has been properly checked and repaired by a competent gunsmith. Allowing small amounts of fouling to build up in the rifling will reduce the consistency of accuracy. Ensure airguns are serviced annually by a competent gunsmith.
Modern barrels provide consistent accuracy over many thousands of shots and require little in the way of cleaning. The accuracy of a new gun is likely to stabilise once it has fired about a hundred shots and some lead has coated the barrel.
How often should I and where should I lubricate my airgun?
Generally, the only lubrication that needs to be applied regularly is oiling the action after cleaning and wiping the whole rifle over with an oily rag after use, particularly if conditions have been wet or damp.
It is recommended to have the air weapon serviced annually to ensure it remains safe to use and will operate effectively. Keep all service records.
If in doubt about maintenance and repair, consult your local gun shop.