How to Clean a Remington Viper

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The Remington Model 522 Viper is a .22-caliber, auto-loading rifle that was made by Remington from 1993 until 1998. The polymer-stock rifle, which weighed 4-1/2 pounds, was the successor to the company's Nylon 66. As with all firearms, it's critical that a Remington Viper be cleaned thoroughly after use to prevent dirt and other material from building up in the barrel.

Make sure your Remington Viper is completely unloaded. The Viper comes with a 10-round magazine and may have another cartridge in the chamber. Visually inspect the action to make sure no cartridge is in the chamber.

Place the rifle on clean, soft rags to avoid making a mess. Drizzle some gun cleaning fluid on the wire brush from your cleaning kit. Run the brush down the barrel between 10 and 20 times, working from muzzle to chamber and then pulling it back out. Re-coat the brush with fluid halfway through the process.

Attach one of the small gun-cleaning patches to the tip of the cleaning rod. Both items should be supplied with a gun-cleaning kit. Run the patch down the barrel between 20 and 30 times, working from muzzle to chamber. Change the patches as they become dirty. You may go through several patches in this step. Stop when you can't see dust or other debris in the barrel.

Inspect the chamber and magazine for signs of dirt. Use a patch dampened with gun oil to wipe them clean. Return your cleaning supplies to a dry, clean place.


  • Always treat your gun as though it were loaded. Do not point it at anyone -- especially yourself -- while you're cleaning it.


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