How often do you clean your firearm?

@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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@Zee @Jerzy Thanks so much for your encouragementl It means a lot.

I take off for New Orleans for my mother’s 93rd birthday, so I won’t be around a lot. I’ll still be reading the posts, just probably not posting much myself.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Your Mother !
flowers

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UGH! That’s frustrating! I’ve found that I usually skip the manuals these days and head right over to YouTube (or one of my coworkers) when I need to learn something about the firearm - especially when it’s taking down or putting it back together. I love having the visuals in the videos.

Happy birthday to your mom and safe travels, @Nancy!

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I followed the manual when trying to change the headlight on my Fusion. It left out the location of a clip that needed to be removed and I put a crack in the bumper cover trying to pull it off.

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@Dawn I use youtube now alost exclusively after fussing over my P365 for so long. Appreciate the good tip. And thanks for the birthday greetings for my mom. It all went really well and I had a good drive, avoiding Hurricane Dorian during my stay in New Orleans!

@RocketPak I can’t believe they left the clip location out, when it was crucial information! But I’m not trusting manuals of any kind much anymore. It’s too bad. That’s supposed to be our go-to place for definitive information about our products. If you can’t trust the manual, it’s harder to trust the product, I think. What else are they not telling us about???

I went shooting with my sister while in New Orleans and we had a great time. It was the first time she had ever shot a handgun, and she did really well. I gifted her a S&W M&P .380 Shield EZ and my 9mm SigSauer P365, and she’s in hog heaven! lol And no, I didn’t give her the P365 because I was angry at Sig Sauer or anything, I just wanted her to have a 9mm carry gun. She did really well with both guns, and you just can’t have too many guns!!! Right??? We didn’t have time to clean the guns, but I told her about youtube so she should be okay. She’s pretty smart.

It’s good to be home and I hope to hear from y’all soon!

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welcome back @Nancy! invite your sister on here? she’d be welcome!

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I clean all of my guns once a month or sooner depending on how much range time I get

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Youtube has been incredibly helpful for me for fixing/cleaning firearms, lawnmowers, dishwashers, and dryers. I’ve seen repair men using Youtube when they’ve worked on my furnace before. So instead of opting for the expensive service call, I see if I can find a video and fix it myself. I’ve had a lot of success with that. (I did need a new furnace :frowning: )

Glad it was so helpful, @Nancy! Welcome back!

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