Just a random thought I had while cleaning my pistols today. I'm sort of a traditionalist by nature. I'm also take quite a bit of pride in taking are of things, especially my firearms. Even the less expensive ones. As I lubed up my 1911, I thought of all the articles written on the current crop of firearms (pistols, rifles and shotguns) proclaiming the ease of upkeep of so many of them. The non-corrosive steels and plastics give one the impression that maintenance of these weapons can be an after thought. While I think modern materials are great, the thought that one should not take active care of their weapon is so foreign to me. I guess it comes back to taking pride in what you own. Frequent handling and assessment of one's weapons, even while cleaning, leads to familiarity, which is a positive thing.