Yup, those are spider webs inside the barrel

As a caveat, this gun just came into my possession like this:

As shown in the above image, that poor J-frame .38 was stored in the back of a roll-top desk for years and, when inspected, the cylinder contained five greenish Nyclad SWCs which probably dated to the Carter Administration and the barrel had a pretty decent cobweb lacing from the muzzle to the chamber complete with a couple of emaciated visitors who likely checked in sometime during the Reagan-era.

Would the gun have gone boom if needed? Probably. Maybe not. After cleaning and inspecting– as well as switching to some rounds that were a little fresher– the popgun went bang 5/5 times and was ready for more. Thankfully it was apparently put up clean and just got dirty over time through neglect. The worst thing that it came away with was some brass corrosion and a sprinkling of surface rust that showed itself once the dust was cleaned away.

So how often DO you clean your guns?

I talk about that in my column at Tac44.com.

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About laststandonzombieisland

Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as Guns.com, University of Guns, Outdoor Hub, Tac-44, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms Talk.com, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at Amazon.com as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the U.S. federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

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