Mine was still pretty wet from the factory, so I didn't see the need. But some have said that despite being fully lubed, there's still dirt and grime from the manufacturing process that should be cleaned out of a new gun. It's a bit late for me to go back, but if you know how to clean a gun, you know it doesn't really take that long.
It couldn't really hurt if you clean it properly, could it?
It's always nice to take it apart and inspect the parts yourself (make sure nothing got broke, shouldn't have, but can you TRUST it?), and breaking it apart and cleaning it will lube all the parts to start the break-in process...
My XD wasn't bad, but my father got a compact (I think it's a Sky, some Daytona, FL company iirc), and it needed a lot of lube and racking to break it in enough that it wasn't malfunctioning (failures to eject, or when it did eject and chambered a new round, the slide wouldn't close completely)...but after a short break-in, it worked fine.
I always clean a new gun. The lube in them is more to prevent seizing and rust while in storage, then it is to ensure proper function. And there is certainly no advantage to not cleaning-so it's best to do so.
i was always told that, they are packed in a type of rust inhibitor/preservitive for long term storage/shipping. that it is not a lubricant at all and should be cleaned off and lubed properly before fireing.
not sure if thats myth or not but i have heard it many many times and i would rather be safe than sorry and clean all my new guns before i shoot them.
Bought an XD 9 couple weeks ago and field stripped that night before fireing...Doesn't take long and as has already been make sure everything looks good...It did seem like the "stuff" from the factory was more to protect it than lube it. At least it's not packed like an old military rifle in cosmoline...
As my XD40 is my first gun I had no clue about cleaning before my first range trip. However moving forward, after learning more and reading other replies on this forum I'll certainly be cleaning my new guns before their first fire.
Thanks all...I probably shouldn't have even asked the question, I already knew the right answer but I really wanted to just pick it up and shoot. Anyway, I picked it up today, gave it a good cleaning (by the way, the packing oil looked more like grease than a light oil). Thanks for keeping me in check.
I recently bought a 10/22 and shot it without cleaning it. Now my damn barrel is baked on tight with the gunk from the facotry and I am unable to take it off. I definitely will be cleaning all of my new firearms from here on out.
When I first got my police issued Sig, I thoight they issued me grease to thriw at people. My P225R was caked in lube from the factort, took three rags just to get it all of. Regardless od new or used, I still inspect and thoroughly clean each weapon before it makes the debut at the range for safety. Rather spend that extra time than come home with less ammo and fingers.
I have never taken a new gun out of the box and fired it without field stripping it and doing at least a minimal cleaning. How "wet" the gun is my guide for how much cleaning it gets. Dry get a light clean and lube. Wet (dripping) gets a full cleaning. The field strip and clean lets me do a proper function check once reassembled.
At the very least run a patch down the bore.
It is really quite simple. Look down at your right hand. (Left of you are a southpaw.) How different would your life be if a KaBoom took away the use of that hand?
Take the time to properly check out your equipment before you blindly pull the trigger on it.
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