Complete Beginner’s Guide to Basic Gun Maintenance

The gun store guys make a how-to video:

I didn’t have time to watch all 30min yet, it looks like it might be alright though. I stopped it at around 8:15 where he called Hoppes solvent “Hoppies”.   hahah do people say that?  That’s the first time I’ve ever heard it.



ObsidianOne April 17, 2012 at 12:10 am

I recall it being said on an official video for a Hoppe’s boresnake from the company themselves. I still call it ‘Hops 9’ though. Hoppes sounds stupid.


dave w April 17, 2012 at 12:49 am

As long as you dont use gun oil, google just took me to a strange place when i typed that into my browser. :/


thebronze April 17, 2012 at 01:30 am

I call it “Hoppies”.


sarclmbr April 17, 2012 at 06:13 am

Ha…I’ve always called it Hoppies since I was a kid.


True Blue Sam April 17, 2012 at 06:32 am

Hops are in beer. “Hoppies” makes your gun smell right.


TuxedoTshirt April 17, 2012 at 07:23 am

I remember the first time I saw one of their commercials I did a double take. Hearing the announcer say “hopp-ees” in this gruff “i’m trying to sell you serious gun products” voice was odd.


ItsPossumTime April 17, 2012 at 07:35 am

Yep. “Hoppies.” Theres a carwash here with that same name and that’s how they pronounce it, too.


Dontshootmebro April 17, 2012 at 08:09 am

Yeah, its Hoppies. I would rather pronounce a stupid word/name correctly, than be thought stupid for mispronouncing it.


Erich Martell April 17, 2012 at 08:42 am

There was a “Hoppe” family where I grew up, and they pronounced it “hoppy” – I’ve always pronounced the solvent that way.


Jesse Ingall April 17, 2012 at 08:58 am

Pronounced “Hoppies”


Bear April 17, 2012 at 09:05 am

Sidenote: Did anyone else look at the Mauser and at first be like…why does he have a replica Han Solo pistol????


Komodo Saurian April 17, 2012 at 01:12 pm

Glock – take apart real nice and careful.
SKS – slap it at the table now and then.

Brings new meaning to “breaking apart”.


Todd S April 17, 2012 at 03:30 pm

“Hoppies” is the stuff I dab on my wrist and neck when I don’t feel manly enough. Otherwise, I clean my guns with it.


Matt G. April 17, 2012 at 04:42 pm

Ive heard it called that. If they wanted it to be called “hoppies” they should have spelled it correctly. I will continue to call it “hops” like someone who understands how words work. Besides, “hoppies” is way too close to “hippies”.

Also, I will continue to not use it because their are better things out there.


Ed April 18, 2012 at 01:08 am

I like this post. “Understands how words work.” “Their are better things.”


Frank April 17, 2012 at 09:46 pm

I used to say, “Hopp(e)s” with a silent “e”. Then, I started saying, “hopp ees” when someone corrected me.


Weer'd Beard April 19, 2012 at 08:00 am

Seems all the old-timers at the range say “Hoppies”, and all the younger shooters say “Hops”


Glocker23 April 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I stopped watching after he lubricated the internal parts to the slide and then smacked my head against the desk when he put lubrication ON the firing pin. Looks like I found the video that my buddy must’ve been following when he bathed the firing pin on his XD in lube and then wondered why after 100 or so rounds he was getting light primer hits…


K April 19, 2012 at 06:48 pm

it is “hoppies” even according to their own marketing


ENDO-Mike April 20, 2012 at 04:20 pm

Evidence! Thanks K.



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