How often do you clean your firearm?

rotfl!!! you guys are the best!!! @Zee I’ve heard great things about the ultrasonic cleaners for our guns, just never heard of one for us! If you find one, send me the link, okay? lol @Bugleboy you are too much. I especially like how you can listen, ignore and forget all at the same time! That’s skill! You guys really make me laugh! Thanks for that!

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I think the last time I did a detail strip and clean was about 10 years ago :no_mouth: That said I have pulled the slide wiped down the rails, mag well and feed ramp and relubed after a session that included shooting Bullseye powder. It probably only has 2 - 3K rounds through it since the last serious cleaning. Should be good for another 2 -3K. Might chuck into a can of Varisol prior to a detail strip and scrub her down but then I have to do the whole assembly lube thing which consists of soaking it in a can of 10W40 and Butches Bore Shine prior to cycling the snot out of it before wiping it down and putting 500 rounds through it wet. Makes for a nice weekend of blasting as long as I remember to finish what I started.

I build my guns to operate in any condition, I use the best technological enhancements in lubrication that I can find to ensure that there is lubricity no matter what condition. Carbon is part of that equation. Un burn’t powder however is something that needs to be addressed immediately. I suggest Brake Cleaner followed by hosing down the firearm with CLP (Military thing for Clean, Lubricate, Protect) there are other better things such as Duo-film.

Much more to be said about cleaning guns, especially long arms as well as the notion that you have to scrub the bore after every shooting. If anyone is interested I will sit down and type out the whole compendium of how we have the wives tails of gun cleaning today.

Cheers,

Craig6

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Are you looking at the big Hornady cleaner?

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Ever notice you can only see your eyelashes? You can’t really see the insides unless you pull them away from your eyes, and they’re even pointed toward your eyes. You just see dark when you try. And you sure can’t see the outside of your eye lids.
I know you’re trying right now. Man youre gullible. I can’t believe you’d try anything I suggest!
Just having fun when I know none of you can throw anything at me.

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After every range trip. For the carry, after the range or once a month if it hasn"t been yo the range.

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@Bugleboy you’re definitely a mental case! lol And for the record, I didn’t try to see my eyelashes or lids – I’m gullible, but even I have my limits! lol

@Craig6 I’m interested in your list of wive’s tales regarding cleaning. Sounds useful.

@45IPAC Are you looking at a sonic gun cleaner, too? I’m interested…

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How often do you clean your firearm?

A answer to a very easy question. Some ammos’ are very dirty and your firearm will require more TLC; cleaning becomes more often.

Inspection is needed every time you train with your firearm and always choose a
ammunition that is quality and know to be clean when used. There are several and your cleaning time can be made less frequently done.

I clean around 200 rounds, but always inspect often.

Sincerely yours

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I bought a little fold up table and stools so I can sit on the deck and enjoy while I clean multiples.
It’s long enough for rifles but pretty narrow. It doesn’t take up so much space that I can’t move around the other furniture etc on the deck. Got it at Aldi’s pretty cheap.

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@Craig6 you and my husband may be related.
His motto is “if it ain’t broke, don’t clean it” :woman_facepalming:

Interested to see your writeup

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@45IPAC that’s the one.

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I don’t think it works on guns… cars… computers… or anything what has moving parts :sweat_smile:
It does definitely work on MacOS and Linux systems :slightly_smiling_face:

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:laughing: @Jerzy
His basic strategy is…

  • if it’s working, don’t clean it… might be the dirt holding it together
  • if it’s broken, ya shoulda cleaned it yesterday, but ok, do it today and maybe that will fix it
  • if it’s still broken after you’ve cleaned it, fix it.

:woman_facepalming::joy:

@Zee
:sweat_smile::rofl::joy::laughing:

So the lesson is: “if it ain’t broke - don’t clean it. If it’s broken - don’t touch it” :joy:

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No. If it’s broken, blame somebody else.

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@Bugleboy usually, that’ll be me. Because I’m the one who cleaned it :smile:

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@Zee… don’t clean it, it won’t break. So combining this with “if it ain’t broke, don’t clean it” it can be concluded that cleaning doesn’t have any sense at all :joy:

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When we attended one seminar (Firearms Modifications: Do’s and Don’ts) at the USCCA Expo in Pittsburgh someone asked George Harris how often he cleaned his guns. The gist of the answer was not often, “but my carry gun weekly”. This coming from the man who co-founded the SIG Academy.

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After ,my range session the day before yesterday, I cleaned all the guns I shot that day. I’m proud to say I was able to put my bull barrel 1911 back together all by myself! It took a while, but I persisted and prevailed! Yay! I wasn’t so fortunate with my P365, which should have been oh-so-much easier to reassemble than any of my other weapons (except the S&W Shield EZ, of course). I got to the last step and couldn’t get the slide to go back onto the receiver. I tried and tried, then finally packed up and trotted over to my friendly gun store, where they know me by name. I shame-facedly showed them my P365, and Matt immediately knew what the problem was. Although it doesn’t say so in the manual, you have to hold the slide catch lever up in order to push the takedown lever down! He told me Sig doesn’t tell you that in the manual because the manual applies to other models of Sigs and it’s too expensive to put in one small step that applies only to the P365! Curses! My cleaning session would have been perfect were it not for that one silly step that Sig Sauer couldn’t be bothered to include in their instructions. Grrr!!! I pushed and pushed on that takedown lever, to no avail, and re-read the manual several times to make sure I was doing everything properly, and all the time the answer was not available except in an expert’s private knowledge banks! This was a lesson I won’t forget! Other than that, though, I had a good cleaning experience with all my toys,er, my guns! lol

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Good work @Nancy :smiley: you’ll be a master of the craft soon enough.

@Nancy: good job ! Remember - practice is not on range only :+1:

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