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Ok, my first question on this forum...please be gentle with the Newbie...

I actually went thru the forum discussions looking for the answer but I dont think I have enough Adderall to treat the ADD I was getting while trying to fish out the answer; however, I did find this:

"I wouldn't trust any firearm until I cleaned it properly first then took it to the range and loaded it there then fired it"

Well! that is my question! What is the proper way to clean prior to initial usage?
 

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I perform a field strip cleaning. From there I decide what should be done. Depending on the manufacturer, a lot if guns come with way too much grease which can cause all types of issues. So a field strip is key.
Plus helps you learn your new gun.
 

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Thanks Azfist...the last time I did a field strip cleaning...I was in college and there was an empty bottle of Night-train involved. I assume we are talking about two way different things. Will have to look for videos on field stripping...should be interesting.
 

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Well JFZ, here's how I do it. Not saying that it's the right way. When I purchase a new pistol, it gets a field strip cleaning, barrel, slide, recoil assembly, firing pin and its channel, extractor, etc. I like to make sure that all the oils and machining residue, if any, are gone. If it's a revolver, I scrub the barrel and the cylinder. Then it's off to the range. If it's a "pre-owned pistol or revolver, then it's a complete dis-assembly and cleaning before a trip to the range.
 

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I too would field strip it and then clean and oil it properly per manual instructions. Make no mistake about it, the firearms do not come lubricated from the factory that is a corrosion inhibitor. They get fired,(tested) and then cleaned out and inhibitor applied. This is so metal internals don't rust in warehousing and shipping. An inhibitor is not a lubricant, you must clean this out before properly oiling and reassembling the gun. So just tear it down and go through your normal cleaning and lubrication process and you should be fine as long as you follow your manual.
 

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Thanks Willjr....which leads to second question!
Recommended cleaning kit for my xds9? I hope that I am not opening up the proverbial "Pepsi/Coke" Debate found on so many other forums!

New York? Just moved down from there after 30 yrs.
 

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If you want to buy one, otis makes a darn good kit. So does winchester and I think hoppes has one. Or you could go another route and build your own.
 

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No problem bud. A field stripping is essentially seperation of the slide, frame, barrel, and recoil spring on a semi auto. Keep your lube out of the striker channel, and firing pin area. The owners manual will give you detailed instructions on proper lubrication! Good luck!
 

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Thanks Teddy And PCarter...will read the playbook and learn how to conduct a field strip. Will look for videos on the xds.
Will wait for recommendations on the "holy grail of cleaning kits"
 

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I don't think there is a holy grail to be honest. From my experience, different pistols like different lube. As a basic guidance. Cleaning patches, bore scrubber, q tips, clp break free, and REM oil is pretty much a solid choice for any gun. And really things that should be in anyone's "kit". Solid choice.

Beyond that people use everything from frog lube to motor oil. Everyone will have an opinion on the matter. Get some clp and REM oil. That will hold you until you explore more.
 

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Oil/lube is not applied to the slide period. If you opt for the barrel fine if the rail tabs fine but never directly on the rails creeps into the striker channel.

Safety is a momentary choice. Prior performance and certification are completely irrelevant.
 

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You want to field strip, apply oil, do a minor scrub down with a brush, run a snake or patch through the barrel, and wipe down. You basically want to clean the firearm as if you shot it already.
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Ok, my first question on this forum...please be gentle with the Newbie...

I actually went thru the forum discussions looking for the answer but I dont think I have enough Adderall to treat the ADD I was getting while trying to fish out the answer; however, I did find this:

"I wouldn't trust any firearm until I cleaned it properly first then took it to the range and loaded it there then fired it"

Well! that is my question! What is the proper way to clean prior to initial usage?
cleaning instructions in manual. read it.
 
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