Today I tried and failed to clean cosmoline out of 9 Tokarev magazines
So, today, I thought it would be a good idea to finally get around to using some mineral spirits to clean out 9 Romanian surplus Tokarev magazines I've had sitting in cosomline and wax paper. I figured I'd need 10 magazines if my inability to get .45 ACP ever lead me to use my Tokarev in a competitive sporting event.
I dropped all the mags in a bucket with a full container of mineral spirits. It did indeed dissolve a lot of the cosmoline, and the mineral spirits got brown, but there was still a lot of cosmoline inside the magazines, which were too narrow to insert a toothbrush into.
I removed the bottoms from about 4 magazines to clean off the springs, and used the part that pushes the cartridge up to try and scrape out as much cosmoline as possible. The magazines were still filled with cosmoline like jelly doughnuts filled with dango sauce and I couldn't get it all out by scraping. I inserted some q-tips in through the holes in the sides of the magazines and swished them around and they came out looking like they were covered with supermutant earwax.
In the end I just couldn't clean them up so I poured out my mineral spirits and put the mags in a cardboard box on top of my gun safe, thinking that I could get some new mineral spirits and a pipe cleaner brush or something, and try to keep cleaning them next week. At least the springs all still seem to be in good condition.
I really, really like my Tokarev, but because the grip is small, hard, and communistic, it kind of bruises my thumb a bit when I fire it, because it kicks pretty hard what with its small size and bottle-necked cartridge. However, it is very reliable. Even firing cheapo Norinco ammunition I've never gotten a stovepipe or anything like that. What a great sidearm.
Since I like the Tokarev so much, I've been considering getting a new Norinco Tokarev. People on the internet have been saying good things about it. But, there are two questions on my mind:
1.) Here on bullshido.net, I recall someone cited a friend as saying that since the Norinco Tokarevs are made from converted rail track that the metal would be very brittle, and that they would eventually bust apart while being fired. Are there any known instances of something like that happening? I wouldn't want to use an unsafe firearm.
2.) Where the heck can I get a new Norinco Tokarev?
Thanks for the link!
Hey, it says that cosmoline melts at 113-125 degrees. It sounds like I could just leave the magazines out in the sun here in Las Vegas, and the metal would heat up, and the cosmoline would melt. Does that seem like a good idea?
Not if it has impurities in it. Try white gasoline.
Add a little palm oil and aluminum, and now we're talking.
Originally Posted by TM
After a couple of drinks, a lot of stuff seems like a good idea. Leaving it in the hot sun doesn't seem like it would cause it to ignite if that's what you're really asking, however. I don't know if it would get the gunk out.
Originally Posted by Wounded Ronin
What about getting some Hogue grips?
It wont melt it like you are thinking. It will make it less like syrup and more like warm syrup.
Originally Posted by Wounded Ronin
I'd actually thought about that, and wondered if they made them for Tokarevs, and wondered if it would be ironic to use them on milsurp firearms.
Originally Posted by Phrost
... and tasty, too.
Originally Posted by kwoww
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