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Old 09-12-2011, 03:07 PM   #1
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So my family stopped by last night, some who I haven't seen for a really long time, for one of our big Sunday dinners. A lot of them are gun enthusiast so naturally they wanted to see and examine my new handguns. After everyone left for the night I then proceeded to wipe them down and my brother began to laugh saying that it was total "overkill" for me to wipe down my guns every time they're handled. I politely tried to tell him that the natural oils from our skin and all other corrosive compounds we collect on daily basis from sweating, working ect. can be very harmful to guns themselves. He still said it was excessive. Am I in the wrong here?

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Old 09-12-2011, 03:19 PM   #2
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I don't think so. Continue doing as you are.
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All depends, is it a quick wipe down, or do you spend hours wiping each one?

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I do the same thing. Nothing wrong with taking care of your possessions.

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How much care is too much?

How much is "just enough"?

You'll think it's "overkill" till you wind up with

a sweat-etched fingerprint in your blued finish.

I wish I could oil my guns daily.

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Nothing wrong with taking care of your possessions.
Take care of them as you see fit. Did your brother pay the bucks for them? Doubt it. Don't take care of them at all and let the guns go to hell, or take care of them like you payed the money for them and make em last a lifetime.

I was told by my grandfather there are the top 3 things a man must never do to another man, "sleep with another man's wife, wear another man's hat, or clean another man's gun for him-unless your the one who dirtied it" I consider this to also mean, don't criticize another man's gun cleaning!
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I work in a gunshop fulltime so I handle firearms on a day to day basis, and after we close I always wipe them down to remove oil from peoples' hands. I clean my firearms every weekend whether or not they've been handled. So to answer your question, no it's not overkill.

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Overkill? Who cares?
Your guns, your rules.
FWIW, my dad was the same way. I'm that way with blued guns. Stainless less so.

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i keep a oily rag in my safe to wipe guns down as i put them back. they get handled they get wiped everytime. only exception are what i consider working guns. those that i use for SD purposes but they have finishes designed to resist such handling. the ones that i use for sd that are blued get wiped down. parkerized ones dont need it as much.

but you arent nuts. finger prints from humans are corrosive to guns from extended touching. the ois in our skin repel the salts from our sweat to the outer most surface and those salts get deposited and start corrosion.

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Message for your brother-

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Not HIS guns. How would he feel if you critqued him waxing his car?

When someone starts a sentence with "It's none of my business...." it is very tempting to respond with "That's right."

It does not matter if your guns are made of PLATINUM and will never rust or tarnish- they are yours, not his.

Just a stab in the dark here- older brother?

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