Wash your gun with water?

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  1. Sep 24, 2009 #1
    field

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    like with running water in a sink? is it ok to wash your XD, Glock, Sig, Stainless steel 1911 in water? sorry if i come off as retarded.
     
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    robinsre

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    It's OKAY (as in probably won't damage your gun) if you dry the gun off well afterward and make sure that all the internal components are dry. I'd avoid using any soaps or detergents as they can leave a film on the firearm.

    That being said, even if you dry the gun well afterward, water is usually not as great a solvent as Hoppes, CLP or other powder solvents.

    I would just find a preferred solvent and use that instead of water.
     
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    I've heard tons of stories from folks who dunk their guns in soapy water and then use compressed air to dry them. No problems.

    The only problems come when you leave them wet. Just dry them well.

    That said, I typically use RemOil and CLP to clean my guns, with a little Wilson Ultralube on the rails. I may eventually get an ultrasonic cleaner just to do a better job of it all.
     
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    It's a requirement if you use corrosive ammo.
     
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    Will it rust?
     
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    Reminds me of the magazine ad that Colt used to run when they first came out with the stainless version of the MKIV/Series 80 pistols in the mid 80's showing the pistol sitting in the top rack of a dishwasher next to the coffee mugs.

    Jim
     
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    misfit-x

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    It could if you don't wipe it down with oil.
     
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    Sirius1963

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    Use really hot, or boiling water and it will dry pretty quickly.
     
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    MagicPie

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    I do that often, using a ultrasonic cleaner, water and dish soap. No problems, but it's very important to rinse it well, and dry.

    I know I never get all the water out, as I don't do detail strips, but as long as you oil the gun, and keep it in a climate controlled room, opposed to locked in a box, rust is never a problem. Verified when I do, do detail strips.

    Ultrasonic, soap and water, works far better then any gun cleaner by the way.
     
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    Joeywhat

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    I like brake cleaner instead. It's REAL cheap...I think the last big can I bought was $3, and it's lasted a couple brake jobs and a dozen gun cleanings. Eats just about everything, works MUCH better then water. The only drawback is that you should probably wear gloves and glasses while doing it. The pressurized can also helps get some of the carbon and dirt and crap out of tight spaces.
     

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