How to Oil a BB Gun

Maintaining your BB gun can look a little different from gun to gun, but we’d like to share with you some helpful tips that you can use to oil a Daisy Buck and a multi pump BB gun.

First for the Daisy Buck, a common starter BB gun.

  • Fill an oil dropper with oil. FP-10Opens in a new tab. is a great oil for this.
  • Insert the oil dropper into the hole on the gun that says “oil here”.
  • Squeeze the dropper dry.
  • Lean the gun slightly forward, at about a 30 degree angle.
  • Shoot the gun at least three times.

Any excess oil that you inserted into the gun will leak out where the stock meets the rest of the gun. This is not necessarily bad for your gun, but does waste oil that could be used next time you need to lube your gun, so pay attention to what you need, as you often want to use the minimal amount of oil possible.

Any other moving parts that you can reach, you should put a drop of oil on, because, surprisingly, when things rub against each other, they wear down.

This lubrication should last you about 1200 shots, or two full magazines worth of BB’s shot.

If you are looking to oil your multi pump BB gun, then follow these steps:

  • Open your pump handle as far as it will go.
  • Identify any spots where moving parts will rub against each other.
  • Place a conservative amount of an oil like thisOpens in a new tab. where those parts will move against each other. Be sure to put several drops on the pump head, a small part that will appear at the bottom of the linkage slot.
The pump head is the small black rubber piece visible at the end of this groove. The exact appearance may vary from gun to gun, but this is where you will find it.

If you are wanting to oil a CO2 powered airgun, using a silicone based oil, like that pellgun oilOpens in a new tab., place a drop on the tip of the CO2 cartridge, and you will be good. This will blow the oil around the gun, and keep the seals healthy.

This oil is only suitable for lower powered airguns, as high pressure like what you would see in a PCP might cause the oil to explode, and we refer to that as a catastrophe.

What Happens If I Don’t Oil My BB Gun?

If you do not oil your BB gun regularly, you will face early wear and tear on your gun. Signs that the gun need to be oiled are squeaking or an otherwise inexplicable loss of power.

This of course is bad for your gun, and refusing to treat your airgun to an occasional oiling is like refusing to oil your car. The results are just much more catastrophic with a car. Metal grinding against metal is not good at all, and you need to be careful to not allow that to happen.

The gun will sometimes announce to you that it needs some TLC by squeaking in protest when it has not been oiled in a long time. This is a sign that the metal parts are grinding against each other without having any protective oils between them.

Tanner Rydalch

Hey there, I'm Tanner. I grew up in Idaho, where there is plenty of space for shooting. I think Airguns can be a lot of fun and are a great introduction to firearms.

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