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New Gun What should I do before I fire?

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Old 09-30-2011, 09:45 AM   #1
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New Gun What should I do before I fire?

I just picked up a brand new XD40 Subcompact. Anything I need to do before I shoot it?
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:03 AM   #2
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I would clean and lube, some people say it doesn't need it, but I don't know the environmental conditions it was in before it was in my possession. Doesn’t hurt and only takes a minute. Then shoot the heck out of it.
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:15 AM   #3
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Carefully read the instructions to familiarize yourself with the gun's operation and safety precautions. Before you put any rounds into it, make sure you know how to work the slide and know how to take the weapon apart to clean it.

Some people like to clean a brand new gun before firing it, but I don't really think it is necessary for the XD. When I got my XD, I inspected it, but didn't clean or lube it. It worked just fine right out of the box.

BTW, if you know nothing about firearms and never shot one before, it would probably be a good idea to take a training course or two before you load and shoot the gun for the first time. Make sure the courses include some range instruction.
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Carefully read the instructions to familiarize yourself with the gun's operation and safety precautions. Before you put any rounds into it, make sure you know how to work the slide and know how to take the weapon apart to clean it.

Some people like to clean a brand new gun before firing it, but I don't really think it is necessary for the XD. When I got my XD, I inspected it, but didn't clean or lube it. It worked just fine right out of the box.

BTW, if you know nothing about firearms and never shot one before, it would probably be a good idea to take a training course or two before you load and shoot the gun for the first time. Make sure the courses include some range instruction.
Now that's one on the best answers to this kind of question that I have read on ANY forum.

'Make sure you know how to safely operate the gun before you even touch it'.

Just to add, you may not need to clean it, but it is always worth stripping and inspecting it. Who knows what could have snuck-in the gun during shipping or while on the shop shelf.
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I have been around guns my whole life... I've just never bought my own and been the first person to fire it. I took it apart and ran a couple of clean patches then lightly lubricated it. I plan on taking it to a range or somewhere outdoors, where I can shoot without getting arrested, this weekend. Anyone know of any good free places near Jacksonville, FL? By the way HOLY CRAP the magazine springs are tough the first time you load em.
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... By the way HOLY CRAP the magazine springs are tough the first time you load em.
Yep. I have at least a couple thousand rounds through my XD and I don't need the speed loader anymore. The slide is easier to rack too.
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Take it out of the case, make sure nothing stuck in the barrel, shoot it

Very nice choice btw, i have sub 9mm and its my favorit firearm, perfect all around.
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The oil on them when they are NIB is just a rust preventative. No lube.

So clean and lube unless your doing some kind of torture test. Think of running a car with no oil - it may function, but you're doing damage without it.
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I didnt run any bore cleaner or anything in it. just some patches. then i just put a drop or two of some lube and ran a couple patches in there until it was lightly lubed.
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:38 PM   #10
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I just picked up a brand new XD40 Subcompact. Anything I need to do before I shoot it?
Yes, you must take it to a priest and have it blessed to drive out the demons! If you don't it will turn you into a killer!

This of course is according to all the liberal anti-gunners!

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