How often do you clean your guns after firing. Thank you
As soon as I get home from the range or if I have not used it oil and wipe with lubricant every couple of months.
Clean when I get home from range, light wipe down at least weekly. Oil and wipe at least once a month, unless I’ve been out in the rain or heavy sweating, then more often.
Similar to others…once I get back from the range religiously…every now and again the ones not in rotation in the safe may get a wipe down but that part I’m more agnostic
This is the motorcycle oil, 1911/9mm discussion all over again. Search the forums. Most people will wear them out from cleaning long before they’d be worn out from use.
@Dawn has pointed to great thread. All the answers are there !
I’ve found one difference after one year from that post - if I don’t have time to clean after the Range… I don’t care This tool still runs smoothly for another 1,000 rounds.
The only exception is EDC - this one has to be clean and ready to shoot every morning.
.22LR are peculiar. I’ll clean the actions and wipe down after every session, but I leave the bore unmolested until I notice accuracy deteriorating. Incidentally, that’s also the SOP for the US Olympic team and the US Army Marksmanship unit and I reckon they know a lot more 'bout this than I
After every range trip. I also find myself wiping my primary CC weapon down and oiling it in between range trips during the summer, as it spends a lot of time AIWB against my sweaty self.
In addition to cleaning after range practice … I load a mag and cycle/dry fire 10 dummy rounds to verify functionality after reassembly and functional trigger/safety and slide checks. To date I haven’t had the weeks go by without going to the range.
I clean mine evey thousand rounds or when im board at home on a Saturday watching old westerns
Like waterboard? I hope not…
Yup just like that
Ok i to the range and shot my 22 mk111 ruger pistol. Is it ok to wait. Day or two before I clean it. Also do you feel strip and clean every time
Take care of your horse, it will take care of you…
I’m a novice. I guess if it is semi auto, when cleaning it, take it a part, but only as much as you know how to without any tools, I guess the basic of removing the slide, and barrel; Clean the inside of the magazine also. I understand to clean it at the end of the day or next day after it has been fired, but do not wait more than two days. From personal experience, it is easier to clean it the sooner I can get to it, as it feels like the soot from smoke and heat tends to harden a bit over time. If it is not used or fired for a very long time, then clean it each season or four times per year, I guess. In that way, one could catch any issues by seeing and inspecting it during cleaning, I guess depending on if it an EDC, wear and tear, vs if it is kept indoors - it would likely not need as vigorous of a cleaning. It is an investment to buy one, and safety and life/limb can depend on it; So err on the side of caution by regular cleaning without over doing it. I imagine if it is kept clean, it makes each cleaning an easier chore, and maybe even an enjoyment, like a hobby. Some to me are like works of art or family heirlooms.
The ones I keep in the safe without a lot of use I wipe down every two months and add oil and lubricant, the ones I carry and shoot at the range constantly I clean right away because I need them to be operational when needed. And by the way I consider all my pistols to be works of art and family heirlooms.
I like that perspective. Taken care of, they can last for multiple generations
If you have ever bought a brand new firearm it has been shot one time at the manufacturer. I would think the gun manufacturer would clean them before they shipped them out if they thought it was going to damage the firearm to be stored without cleaning - they don’t. Therefore, I think all of us cleaning the heck out of our firearms might be overrated?
I admit I don’t always disassemble and clean between range trips. Before each range trip I do lock the slide back (on a semiauto pistol), and put a drop of oil on each grove and rack it back and forth to spread it out. I know nobody wants to buy a used firearm from me - that’s OK, none of them are for sale
Thanks. Sounds like a great tip for newbies like myself; Oiling them sometimes as well.