The bolt guns are pretty straightforward, but when it gets down to the semi-autos, they have to be field-stripped and that takes a bit more time. And of course one or two are always going to have a bit of incipient rusting or other problem that needs attention, so it can take a bit to get them all back in the safe nice and clean. Most of them weren't even shot this year, and many of them won't be shot next year either, but come Fall, they all get this maintenance no matter if they were taken out fifty times or not at all.
And every year around this time, I really start asking myself if I honestly need each and every one of them. And the racks will thin out a bit, especially with Christmas coming. But somehow, other ones always seem to pop up over the course of the next year or so.
Funny how that happens.
Now the gun room smells like Hoppe's #9, Break Free and Tetra, and the trash can if full or dirty patches. But if the guns could talk, they'd be happy, because they're all clean and ready for action. And in another year, I get to start all over again.
So are you taking care of your tools like you should be?