Scheduled Maintenance?

I have got to get an oil change on my car today! And I’ll have my sons do the latest required vehicle check-up when their home this weekend.

We are religious about preventative maintenance on our vehicles - are you as religious about your preventative maintenance on your firearms?

What maintenance schedule do you stick to (not just cleaning)?

Absolutely not. If it won’t run dirty I won’t own it. As many guns as I own if I cleaned them religiously I’d never have time to do anything else.

After a heavy workout at the range I may blow it out with some sort of carburetor, break cleaner, or on rare occasions something specifically formulated for firearms like gun scrubber, shake it down, wipe it off, and put a few drops of oil on the heavy wear areas then I slap it back together wipe off the excess and move on.

If I notice any problems with functionality I will then get serious about a “proper cleaning”.

I’m more strict on my pistols than rifles. But all batteries get swapped after 90 days not matter what. Pistol gets checked weekly cleaned and oiled with battery swaps, Rifles inspected before use and before trips.

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Mine get a wipe down, a bore snake, and four drops of oil (one on each slide corner) after each use. They rarely if every come completely apart. The SR22 is the only one that seems sensitive to cleaning.


Hello again, Dawn.

For me, cleaning and inspecting my guns is like an exercise in Zen. It is a relaxing and meditative experience to sit in my gun room and lose myself in my beloved guns. Do they all need all that attention? Not necessarily. Glocks will run forever, and Beretta 92s and Jerichos are almost as happy with very little maintenance. On the other hand, our 1911s prefer regular cleaning and care to run trouble free, and don’t even get me started on Desert Eagles. So by all means, clean your guns regularly and enjoy getting to know them intimately, I think you will find it relaxing.


About once a year (usually in the winter months following hunting season) I will go through the WHOLE safe. Each firearm gets a good looking at and fondle to check for anything out of whack. Those that wear leather are treated to a Neet’s Foot Oil rub down. Those with brass and canvas bits are inspected for “Gradoo”. Wood and metal parts are rubbed down with CLP (shaken not stirred) and barrels are treated to a bore snake with a CLP finish plug.

For the guns I actually use (the knuckle draggers) they wait till all the fondling, petting and snuggling is over and get back in the safe just as dirty as they were when I took them out. They wait patiently to be called upon for first round hits at stupid long distances and function flawlessly on demand. Why? Because I built them that way.



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Decided to carry a different gun on Friday. It is on the desk awaiting a field strip, wipe down, and re lube.

Yeah, just how I roll.