Wash your gun with water?

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  1. field

    field XDTalk 500 Member

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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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    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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    It could if you don't wipe it down with oil.
     
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    Use really hot, or boiling water and it will dry pretty quickly.
     
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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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    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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    What kind of soap do you use in the ultrasonic cleaner?
    What guns do you clean it?

    What guns / finishes / parts would you NOT clean in an ultrasonic cleaner?

    Sorry to thread hijack and feel free to redirect me. It is just that I picked up an ultrasonic cleaner and I am not sure how to use it on guns.

    Chapie+
     
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    I just use any dish washing soap, they all work the same to me. Dishwashing soap will ensure nothing can really go wrong, it's when people start adding degreasers, and various cleaners where problems occur.

    Typically I use put a drop or two of soap, and add more after I wash a few things, or if it was really dirty then replace the water and soap. Afterward, rinse with tap water, shake the parts dry, and proceed to wipe what crude remains, towel dry, oil, etc.

    I clean whatever gun will fit from a field strip, I do barrel, and springs together. Later the slide, and then frame. Things work best if you don't put too much in there, the lesser insider the better the result. If it's too big and bulky, then I just hold a section of the part in the water, and rotate.

    Normally nothing goes in for more then a minute or two, with the exception of say, a AR15 bolt and carrier, that go for 5 minutes.

    I have heard not to use ultrasonic on aluminum framed guns, I however do it all the time. Just I keep it in there for only a few seconds instead, and my ultrasonic is not industrial grade, so I doubt it could ever really cause a problem.

    Following these steps, normal soap, limited amount of time, and careful over watch. I never had a problem, while too getting a gun is nearly spotless, minus a few areas that need a extra wipe.
     
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    Yes...A preferred method for black powder barrels.
     
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    Basic training night infiltration. Dummy bombs going off. Tracers overhead. Face down in soupy mud a foot deep. After that we all took our M14's in the shower with us. Only way to get the mud off. Had to pass inspection the next morning. Fun times.
     
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    Don't get that shlt in your eyes, man. BLEEVE ME! Not pleasant.

     

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