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Cleaning a new gun before you shoot it

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Old 01-13-2009, 11:06 PM   #1
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Cleaning a new gun before you shoot it

I've looked in the manuals and haven't found an answer and my father, a member of Uncle Sam's Gun Club, doesn't have an opinion on this.

When you purchase a new firearm, should it be cleaned of the factory oil before you fire it the first time?

If so, how much more than running a few patches down the pipe should you do?

Thanks in advance.
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Most of the time I do not bother with it.. I will take some Militec with me and make sure she is nice and lubed up (haha) thought the first session.

After that, a nice thorough cleaning to get rid of all the gunk then I go to my usual personal routine.
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Old 01-13-2009, 11:51 PM   #3
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It's habit to clean and relube, just because my taste is normally mil-surplus guns.
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i tend to bring my guns home, and clean them up. for one thing if i've just purchased a gun i'm not totally familiar with, i like to know how to tear it down in case the need arises at the range. i also like to examine the inside of the gun for any defects, or unusual wear prior to use, that way if i get it home for a good cleaning after its first range trip and i see something odd, i would know if it occured from me shooting, and not wonder if it was there prior to me taking it out just after purchase.

also its untelling how long the gun has sat somewhere, so a fresh lube cant hurt.

do you have to.. no probably not..
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:34 AM   #5
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Most new guns have a bunch of gunk on them from the factory. I always use some gun scrubber to get that crap off and lube them properly. Don't forget the magazines.
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You should do a tear down clean and lube
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:03 AM   #7
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I just picked up a new XD40 and it had so much oil on it that I was slipping when trying to rack it.

Do you need to, usually not, but it does not hurt to field strip and inspect and lube. Right?
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I usually break it down and wipe it/relube the gun before I fire it for the first time, but there have been times that I shot it straight out of the box. Most of the time though, I do this more to familarize myself with the new weapon more than actually cleaning it.

When I picked up my XD .45, the owner of the shop threw me a box of 45 ammo and a couple of targets and told me to go try it out. Who was I to argue

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I've looked in the manuals and haven't found an answer and my father, a member of Uncle Sam's Gun Club, doesn't have an opinion on this.

When you purchase a new firearm, should it be cleaned of the factory oil before you fire it the first time?

If so, how much more than running a few patches down the pipe should you do?

Thanks in advance.
I always clean the barrel, with any new gun before I shoot it.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:38 AM   #10
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At a minimum, you need to inspect the barrel and the action and likely both will need a good cleaning and oiling per the manual specs. It really varies from manufacturer to manufacturer how much cleaning you'll need to do, but it should be obvious from a visual inspection.

For example, most Remington rifles come fairly clean. I usually scrub out the barrel, clean the chamber, pull the bolt to clean the lug recesses, locking lugs and bolt face, etc., and oil where appropriate.

On the other hand, I recently bought a new Mossberg shotgun that looked like it was packaged by a small child who went a little wacky with the packing grease during craft time!! It was absolutely caked with grease in the action, on the bolt, even in the barrel, etc. When I pulled it apart, the gas piston was about the only thing that wasn't absolutely filthy. Even the barrel had gunk in it combined with the remnants from it being test fired at the factory. I spent over an hour just disassembling, cleaning/oiling and reassembling the shotgun before a single round went through it.
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