Introduction: Gun Cleaning Rods From Fiberglass Reflector

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Coming up with some of the nicer goodies can be expensive when it comes to gun accessories. This is a street side fiberglass reflector pole. Without the reflector it is about $2. The handle was made from a cheap screwdriver that was heated just enough to pull out with pliers yet not enough to scorch the plastic.

Step 1:

Duplicating the patch tip with drill bits and pin files. Pick a bit that fits inside the cleaning tip.

Step 2:

The file was loaded with chalk so as not to clog with the fiberglass file both sides flat but taper toward the back.

Step 3:

Find a drill bit the size of the inside of the factory cleaning rod hole.and use it to drill two holes.

Step 4:

Use pin files to make the grove.

Step 5:

Nearing completion.

Step 6:

Heat metal screw driver with a torch in tell the plastic is softened .

Step 7:

Pull screw driver out with pliers or vice grips.

Step 8:

A drill bit a little larger than the fiberglass rod was chosen to clean out the screwdriver handle shaft hole. Then I used a very small drill bit to pepper the inside of the screw driver handle hole with irregular pot marks approximately 1/8 inch deep so the epoxy would have to fill in these gouges. The back end of the fiberglass shaft was temporally inserted and removed and roughed up with sandpaper and finally received a few file strokes. The metal screwdriver part was used one last time to mix the epoxy and apply it in the screw driver handle hole and then the cleaning patch hole and end was coated with a small amount of epoxy. A larger screwdriver handle could have been used but the larger hole would have required supporting the fiberglass rod to keep it straight until it dried.  The fiberglass rod can be made as long or as short as you want. If you mess up on the end then cut it off and start again. I left my rod full length. Other products can be homemade if you can no longer buy them in the future. 

Step 9:

Handle is now glued in place with a good quality epoxy.