Some gel blasters, such as pistols, have only a limited number of parts. The SKD Glock, for instance, is comprised of a single unit to which you can attach one magazine. Although some pistols might allow for a scope, they do not often have many parts that must be cleaned. An SMG, however, which is short for submachine gun, can be fitted with scopes, large hoppers, or silencers. Each additional part that you attach to your blaster makes playing with it more fun, but it can be a potential failure point if you do not spend a few minutes before deployment cleaning and prepping your weapon.
Cleaning the SMG can typically be done with soap and water. However, soap and water can leave a film, and water can require extra time to dry. For faster care, instead of using water and soap, you can use a rag dubbed in rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol spread along the surface of your SMG will remove dust and grime and evaporate very quickly.
If you do not have rubbing alcohol, you can spray glass cleaner onto a cloth or sponge and wipe down the SMG. Glass cleaner is largely comprised of rubbing alcohol, and it will be film free.
Accessories should be washed inside and out. For instance, sniper scopes can be cleaned with a small piece of cloth wrapped around a tongue depressor or other thin stick. The most important components, however, include anything through which a gel ball travels.
After handling a gel ball, you might think there is a slight film on it. However, this slick feeling actually comes from the nature of the ball itself. Gel balls are a type of super-absorbent polymer, which absorbs water and swells into a larger ball. Water will remain on the outside of the ball, and because of the polymer, the ball will feel gel-like, but there is no actual chemical film.
However, water, over time, can lead to mildew and mold in the cracks of the accessories. Consequently, to clean the accessories, you need to simply wipe them down with soap and water, paying special attention to connection points or places that attach by screwing. If you want to dry the blaster quickly, you can use a hair dryer to dry the SMG muzzle.
The hopper holds the gel balls, which feed through a small funnel into the gun. The hopper will always be a bit wet because the water will get on the inside surface. Not washing the hopper can lead to a stale smell, which can make getting shot with a gel ball harmless but kind of disgusting. You should wash the hopper in the same manner you wash any large bowl. For instance, the lid of the hopper will lift off, and you can reach in with a cloth and wipe down the inside surface. To get it as clean as possible, you should make sure you wrap the cloth around your finger and wash the inside of the hopper funnel.
The interior of the muzzle can be wiped down with a cloth wrapped around a pipe cleaner or other similar rod. A ramrod used for cleaning real weapons or a thin circular stick used for crafts will also work.
For best results, you should ensure your ammunition is properly drained prior to loading it into the gun or hopper. For instance, you can drain the balls and dab them dry with a lint-free cloth. If you do not drain them properly, you risk getting water in the battery compartment.
To ensure the battery re-charges fully, you should leave it on the charger for up to two hours. To maintain the life of the battery, you should not leave it charging for longer than four hours as this can actually have the unintended effect of shortening your battery’s ability to hold a charge.
Storing your gel SMG blaster is easy as long as you inspect it and remove all the gel balls. A gel ball left in the hopper or feeding chamber will eventually dry, and as it dries, it will shrink. A shrunken gel ball can potentially jam into other parts of the gun.
Every SMG is powered by a battery. You should remove the battery prior to storing the gun. For safety and best results, you should place the battery in a dry drawer and away from other batteries.
Of course, the best place to store your gun is in a case made specifically for your gel blaster. If you do not have a gun case, a duffel bag or box will work. Storing the case, bag, or box in a cool environment will ensure you do not end up with a staple gun.
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