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Lionfish are a type of fish native to the Indo-Pacific Ocean however, they are now established along the southeast coast of the U.S., the Caribbean, and in parts of the Gulf of Mexico.

Experts speculate that people have been dumping unwanted lionfish from home aquariums into the Atlantic Ocean for up to 25 years.

The problem is that lionfish are not native to Atlantic waters and they have very few predators.

In an effort to remove the invasive species, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has encouraged and rewarded recreational and commercial divers to kill lionfish in Florida waters.

One Florida man named Courtland H. came up with a unique way to hunt lionfish. Courtland posted a video of himself shooting the invasive species with a handgun at point-blank range.

The video shows him using a Glock 9mm handgun to kill a lionfish 100 feet beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.

The gun was slightly modified to include a longer barrel and non-toxic, lead-free ammunition.

According to Courtland, “I can now tell you that if a shark were to attack me at almost any depth that a Glock 9mm would surely protect me.”

When it comes to the Glock used by Courtland, I can imagine it was cleaned and properly lubricated before and after being used underwater.

What I mean is, lube displaces water, which would help keep the water from interfering with the intricate parts of the handgun, especially when shooting under water.

With that being said, even if you aren’t shooting underwater (which most of us aren’t) it is critical to clean and lubricate your guns, so I want to share with you the proper way to oil different types of guns that you may own.

Semi-auto handgun. After you disassemble your pistol, there are three main areas that need lubrication: the slide, the barrel, and the frame and its parts and mechanisms.

With the pistol unloaded and closed, put oil on the barrel hood that is exposed in the ejection port. Then lock the slide open.

Put a tiny amount of oil 1/4 inch back from the muzzle of the barrel. This will keep the barrel/bushing area lubricated.

Next, put a drop of oil in the open ejection port where the slide and frame touch on both sides. Turn the pistol upside down.

The rear of the slide is now sticking back of the frame. Place oil in each slide rail groove and on the center rail that cocks the hammer.

Now, close the slide and hand cycle the pistol half a dozen times with the muzzle pointed down, which will spread the oil.

Revolver. After you have cleaned your revolver’s chambers, barrel, and external surfaces, a light coat of oil is recommended. The cylinder turns on a shaft that is called the yoke.

Put one drop of oil at the point that the cylinder and yoke join. Tip the revolver muzzle up as you apply the oil and rotate the cylinder after each drop.

If you continue to hold the muzzle up and turn the cylinder after you apply the oil, it will run to the rear of the moving surfaces.

Next, apply one drop to the hand that rolls the cylinder, while keeping the muzzle pointed upwards. Immediately after applying the oil, cycle the action several times.

Open the cylinder again and put one drop of oil on the rear of the cylinder in the center where it turns against the frame.

On some revolvers, there is an ejector rod lock in the front of the ejector rod. Place one drop of oil into the end of the ejector rod.

Once again, tipping the muzzle upwards and turning the cylinder will help spread the oil to the moving surfaces.

With the cylinder closed, cock the hammer. Put two drops of oil along each side of the hammer while it’s cocked and cycle the action several times.

AR-15. With an AR-15, you should use a small amount of lube on the rear sight, dust cover pin, front sight, forward assist, trigger guard/pivot pin, bolt catch, magazine catch, trigger, hammer pins, and the ejector.

Next, apply oil to the charging handle, the buffer spring, the extractor pin, and the firing ping.

Finally, I would apply a generous amount of oil to the takedown pin, the pivot pin, the carrier rails, bolt exterior, bolt lugs, cam pin, and the gas rings.

Lubricating the AR-15 is a longer process that requires plenty of time. Do it only when you feel like you have the time to take every part out of the rifle, clean them, and then lube them.

Anytime you clean or lubricate your firearm, be sure the gun is not loaded and ammo is in a different room.

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