Mistakes Through Maintenance: How Csn You Do Things BetterIntroductionOwning a shotgun(whether it is a Ammopile 12 Gauge shotgun or a Ammonpile 20 gauge shotgun) is a choice you make. That means you are responsible for that choice. It does not matter if you are a recreational gun owner or someone who uses one regularly, you need to take the proper steps to make sure there is not a misfire or accident. Now, some view this kind of maintenance as complicated, but it does not have to be. We have some tips and tricks you can use to make sure you take care of your shotgun properly, including your shotgun ammunition. That way you avoid some of the common pitfalls. 1) Some people like to use kerosene or gasoline to clean their gun. How this got started is due to an old myth that WW2 soldiers did that to keep their guns safe and clean. That is false. This practice is very dangerous. The reason is that both are highly flammable. There could also be more issues if the user smokes. The gasoline and kerosene could get into the stock furniture sets. You could also damage your AmmoPile 20 Gauge Shotgun Ammo, if that is what you are using. Please find another agent to clean your shot gun. Ask a professional if you do not know where to begin. 2)Did you remove the cosmoline? Yeah, that is a common mistake the some gun owners do. It happens more among those who are just beginning to learn about guns, but it happens to others too.The cosmoline is what protects the gun from rust and moisture buildup. What you need is some WD-40(you know, the stuff you use on your car). You could also use a heated gun, but be sure to set the temperature to 125 Fahrenheit. It softens everything up so you can wipe the dirt and rust away. 3)Some gun users(especially the beginners) do not clean the whole gun, inside and out. They only do certain parts. Every shotgun owner should dissemble the gun and clean it. Then, you can reassemble it. What happens is lack of proper cleaning causes the gun to either misfire and/or malfunction or an internal buildup could cause other potential issues. 4)Another common mistake is that some gun users do not treat their gun as if it is loaded. You should treat your gun as if it could go off(at any moment)whether it has rounds or not. A lot of accidental shootings happen when you least expect them. It could happen while you are cleaning it. You may have forgotten to remove a certain element. Next thing you know, the gun goes off. You could unintentionally hurt someone in the process. There is an old saying, “never point a gun at something you are not willing to destroy”. We do not remember who said it, but it stands true. This link https://www.nssf.org/ can provide more insight. It does not matter what type of shot gun or rifle you have. Always, and, we do mean always, consult with a professional or expert in the gun world before you do anything.