Don't clean your gun too much???

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    2fastforU XDTalk 100 Member

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    I was discussing my new XDM with a friend of mine who is a die hard glock guy. I told him that I haven't had a chance to shoot it, but I've cleaned it, and dry fired it, thats about it. His reply, "Oh, be careful, you don't wanna clean it too much. When I bought mine they said only clean it if you shoot it a bunch, but not if you only put a few rounds through it." Does this make sense to anyone? I know my father-in-law cleans all his guns once per year(maybe more), whether he shoots them or not, and everytime he shoots them he cleans them. I can't see how cleaning a gun could be bad for it.

    Clean it, oil it, put it away.

     
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    I clean my pistol after every round fired. It drives the guys at the range nuts but one can't be to clean.;)













    I would just clean it after shooting for a day at the range. I've also gone as long as 500 rounds. Frankly, it didn't seem to make much difference. Except that after 500 rounds it took me longer to clean than if I had done it the past 3 range outings each time.
     
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    Clean after each shooting. And check and wipe down after handling.
     
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    cleaning it too much? that doesn't sound right to me. I try to clean mine after each range trip but that doesn't always happen, though it hasn't gone more than like 400 rounds without a cleaning
     
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    I clean mine when I'm bored..... it still works.
     
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    I clean mine when ever I get a chance and not after every range trip. Yes you can over clean it. There's another thread here where this guy used a dental pick to scrape the barrel rifling clean, and another that uses lapping compound, that my friend is over cleaning.

    Brush the residue off the barrel and slide and frame with a tooth brush and Hoppes run a wet patch through the barrel leave it for 5 to 15 min then run a bronze brush or bore snake. If it's a brush run a dry patch then a oiled patch afterwards now wipe it down.
    No qtips, to dental picks, not dremel.
     
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    thank you agalindo I just couldn't take it today.

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    If you do not clean your gun, every time you touch it you will get lead residue on your hands. So whether you give a rip about a clean gun or not, at least remember to wash your hands before eating if you've been handling your unclean firearm.
     
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    That's good advice.
     
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    I've read the threads about "how often do YOU clean your gun" just wondering if there is a REASON to only clean it say every 500 rds instead of every trip(100-200).
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    I fondle, (cough cough) I mean clean mine atleast once a week whether I shoot it or not. Making sure it's free of resdues, use a bore snake and making sure it's lubed up ok. Heavier cleanings after about 500 rounds. Lighter cleaning in between.

    I was in a gun shop and the owner told me a story of an LEO training session where one of the officers had a Glock. The officer was told from where he got it he never had to clean a Glock. Well when they stepped up to the line and everyone cleared their weopons to show they were safe. Guess what happened? The officer who never cleaned his Glock could not even wrack the slide back to eject the chambered round because it got so gunked up it locked in place. LOL! How embarrassing would that be?
     
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    I clean my rifles a lot, I don't clean my pistols much at all.
    As long as you are not driving out pins and such to strip it down, true "overcleaning" takes a lot to achieve. Constantly removing pins which are designed to stay tight will obviously cause slop where you really don't want it.
    Please please please do a THOROUGH function check after cleaning since that's where a LOT of malfunctions begin.
     
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    I am sure you are repeating that story as told to you. I have doubts as to the truthfulness though. First of all, all departments, at least to my knowledge, inspect duty weapons periodically and certainly before live fire training or qualifications. If it was so full of gunk the slide couldn't be racked, how did it pass any type of inspection?

    As to the original question, I don't think there is any harm possible in cleaning a gun regularly. Steel is much harder than copper brushes and it is impervious to any gun cleaning solvents. I try to clean my guns after every range session but if I don't get to it right away I don't worry about it.

     

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