Cleaning a new gun before you shoot it

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  1. djhaycock

    djhaycock XDTalk 100 Member

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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.
     
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    TexanAviator XDTalk 100 Member

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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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    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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    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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    XDFlash XDTalk 100 Member Founding Member

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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:D

    Woof
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    I always clean the barrel, with any new gun before I shoot it.
     
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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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    I just wiped my down and off to the races!!
     
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    I always run a patch down the bbl at a minimum. Figure it can't hurt to be sure there is nothing in there.
     
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    Always. If I know the platform, I will do a field strip, inspect, clean and lube. Lots of things inside a brand new firearm can cause you grief at the range. Why even take the chance? Besides, it's fun to do.

    I will NOT tell you the time I LEFT OUT the firing pin on an AR I sold long ago. Lucky for me, the buyer quickly noticed it before firing. The point is crazy things can and do happen at the factory.

    Fragments of military cardboard preservative tubes stuck in the barrel? How about the lower full of shipping peanut fragments. Or the barrel practically PLUGGED with cosmoline? Your decision. HB of CJ
     
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    I clean and lube new guns before firing them.

    It gets the hidden dust bunnies and metal shavings out of them.

    Properly cleaning a gun isn't going to hurt it so why not?
     
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    I always take mine apart and do a full cleaning and inspection. They normally have far to much oil on them, mainly because they were being shipped and stored.
     
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    I usually pull it apart and check them out too.

    especially if it's a surplus gun packed in grease.

    I spent about 2 hours cleaning a fresh from the wrapping paper Moisin Nagant...
     
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    I've never cleaned a brand new gun (usually because I went straight from the store to the house to get my ammo and off to the range) but when my upper gets here I'll strip it and clean everything.
     
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    do it, because you can find any factoy defects if there are any, which after shooting might be hard tp prove that its the factory fault.
     

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