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Q&A: Jim Chamberlain, gunsmith at H&H Shooting Sports Complex

by Ed Godfrey Published: January 5, 2014

Jim Chamberlain, one of the gunsmiths at the H&H Shooting Sports Complex in Oklahoma City, recently participated in an online chat with readers of

The following is a partial transcript from the chat.

Log on to on Friday at 11:30 a.m. for the next chat with Outdoors Editor Ed Godfrey.

What is the most common gunsmithing problem you encounter?

That's really kind of a tough one. Probably issues created by poor maintenance. People don't clean their gun enough or don't clean it properly and end up breaking parts or put them in wrong.

That's a year-round problem. They clean the wrong areas. They get too much buildup in places. They use too thick and heavy of oils. There are 100 ways to mess it up.

How often do you recommend cleaning a firearm?

Field cleaning should be done every time you finish shooting it. But once a year I recommend a deep clean where the gun is completely disassembled and gone through a sonic bath.

With all the different cleaning products on the market, how do you know which products to use?

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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