The process of cleaning a firearm is vital to its operation and safety. The solvent trap has been designed specifically for this task. You mustn’t drill a hole in it because doing so will not only void your warranty but could be illegal depending on where you live. In the United States, it’s illegal to drill a hole in a firearm’s solvent trap.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the reasons why drilling holes in solvent traps is illegal.
Why Drilling Holes in a Firearm’s Solvent Trap is Illegal
In the United States, it’s illegal to drill a hole in a firearm’s solvent trap. There are various reasons why doing so is unlawful. They include:
1. Digging a Hole in the Firearm’s Solvent Trap Voids Your Warranty
Your firearm contains several parts whose performance is reliant upon one another. If you try to do too much, or if you try to do the wrong thing by modifying your firearm with aftermarket parts that are not compatible, then you may void your warranty.
Not only could this be a huge inconvenience since you’d have to send the firearm back to get repaired at no cost (assuming that there isn’t something else wrong with it), but it could also be a huge expense.
2. Law in Your Area prohibits aftermarket Parts and Customization May
There are places where you’re not allowed to customize your firearm. For instance, some states only allow the use of aftermarket parts that have been approved by their state laws or local authorities, while others may require that all aspects be factory original.
Using a drilled solvent trap will automatically qualify as a breach of law in the specific states where using aftermarket parts is prohibited. You must find what’s permissible and what’s not in the state you intend to use your firearm before buying aftermarket parts like solvent traps.
If you already use such an accessory on your firearm, it would be best to replace it immediately with a factory original or alternative part that doesn’t have any perforations. This way, you can be sure to be on the safer side of the law.
3. Using a Drilled Solvent Trap Endangers Lives
Drilling a hole in your solvent trap puts both your life and those of other people around the firearm at risk. The reason is that the hole may allow the solvent to leak from your firearm during firing.
If this happens, you will have a puddle of flammable liquid on the floor or benchtop. If it ignites, especially if you are cleaning near an open flame (like in your garage), then there’s every chance it would result in a fire.
In conclusion, drilling a hole in your solvent trap is not only against the law, but it also endangers lives. Stay safe by using a firearm that has no perforations and never clean near an open flame.