Cleaning the Gamo Hornet Maxxim

I just received a new Gamo Hornet Maxxim about 2 weeks ago and I wanted to show you why you should clean every new gun before you shoot it. Some people say you don’t need to clean a brand new gun….But they are wrong.

Let’s see why you should clean a brand new air rifle before you shoot it the first time.

Here is the Gamo Hornet Maxxim with the barrel broke, first cleaning patch and carbon fiber .177 cleaning rod. I did not use any cleaner on the patch. I just placed a clean patch on the .22 cal jag and pushed it through.

Here’s a closeup of the 2nd cleaning patch. Not too bad.

Here’s the 3rd patch. I ran 2 more after this and the final patch was pretty clean. Air rifles are easy to clean since there’s no powder. The dirt is most likely some sort of factory preservative to prevent rust in the barrel.

Does an Air Rifle Barrel Need Oil?

The short answer is IT DEPENDS. Crosman does not recommend it.

***** Always clean an air rifle barrel with clean DRY patches.

Some oils and gun cleaners can damage the seals in air rifles. DON’T OIL THE BARREL OR CHAMBER!!!

***** Always follow the manual’s instructions that came with your gun.

RWS Spring Cylinder Oil

If you’re looking for a really good oil for your pellet or air rifle, take a look at the RWS Spring Cylinder Oil.


Always remember to use BB or Pellet Gun Oil on your air rifles/guns.

*****Never use regular gun oils.******

RWS makes a superb air rifle oil that cleans and lubricates. RWS Spring Cylinder Oil is recommended by Umarex USA. It is recommended that you oil pellet guns/air rifles every 1000 shots.

You can buy some here….RWS Spring Cylinder Oil at

How to Clean a Pellet Gun

And YES, you should periodically clean and lubriicate your pellet gun. It’s very easy and does not take very long compared to firearms.

All you need is the following:

  • Pellet Gun or Air Rifle oil like Pellgun oil or Gamo’s air rifle oil (here’s a link to get some airgun oil….Airgun Oil at
  • A .177 or .22 cal carbon fiber or coated gun cleaning rod
  • A .177 or .22 cal patch jag
  • .177 or .22 cal patches

Here’s how I clean my pellet guns:

  1. Make sure the gun is unloaded with nothing in the barrel or chamber
  2. Push several clean patches through the barrel until they come out clean
  3. Follow the instruction manual that came with your air rifle for oil procedures.