I suppose you don't "need" to, but I would. The dirtier it gets, obviously the more difficult it is to get clean when you finally decide to clean it. If it's a defensive pistol, absolutely for reliability reasons. The second scariest sound in the world is a "bang" when you're expecting a "click". The scariest sound in the world is a "click" when you're expecting a "bang".
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Thanks for the advise on cleaning, all. I surely do clean them every time. [Sometimes I don't really mind hubby] And my Ruger Mark III is so pretty I can't allow a fingerprint or bit of dirt be on it :-)
Well, I guess training was just pounded in my head from the service, they always told us to clean our weapons, even if it didn't need it, any way,if we wanted to play with our weapons, they never said no if we said we were going to clean it, just went to the armory and checked it out. But seriously,why would you not clean it first chance after firing, that way by field stripping it, you can inspect the major parts for damage.
After all it is a tool to maybe save your life, and you want to make sure it is in good working order before you have to use it. You want it to work flawlessly when you need it to and what better way than to inspect all the moving parts as you clean them.
I use to clean my guns every time I fired them. If I shot at a crow with my single shot shotgun, well then I would run a patch down the barrel. Somewhere along life's bumpy road I quit doing that. I have done things that caused me to put a thousand rounds down range in the course of a day. I have done that with Sig, S&W, Wilson Combat, and Nighthawk Custom. None of the guns had any problems that I would account to being dirty from firing. In fact, at the end of the day, that dirty gun was loaded and on my hip for the trip home, with me having no fears for its dependability. So, if I can put a thousand rounds down range, and still have full defensive confidence in my gun, why should I clean it after every small firing session? For me my rule of thumb is to clean a pistol every 500 rounds or so. Now if it gets soaked in the rain I'll break it down for a wipe down, but that's about it. As I like to tell students when talking about a defensive handgun, "That gun ain't no prom queen!"
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well, each to their own, dont clean it, but that one time you might really need it, something MIGHT have broke and you not know it, then when it really need it, the last thing I would really want to hear is a click instead of a boom. To not clean is definitely your choice, but whay play RUSSIAN ROULETTE with your last choice? I would think if you were a instructor in weapons, you would at least tell the students the importance of cleaning and inspecting a weapon.
Also, why would the finest equiped Military in the world continuously stress the validity to keep a clean weapon if it was not extremely important?