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Old 04-17-2012, 05:01 PM   #1
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I know what you all might be thinking, what a silly question right? Believe me, I feel silly asking it… The only reason I bring it up is because there is a guy at my gun club that is adamant that removing the slide to clean the gun causes much more ware to the gun than just cleaning it intact. The barrel and the feed ramp are the only things he cleans. I am thinking that the only way to properly clean it is to field strip it. When I go to the range I usually shoot 50 to 100 rounds. By that time the gun is pretty dirty, I can’t imagine not striping it down to clean it.

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The guy at the gun club is an idiot. Far more wear can occur from not cleaning lubing properly.

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The guy at the gun club is an idiot. Far more wear can occur from not cleaning lubing properly.
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The guy at the gun club is an idiot. Far more wear can occur from not cleaning lubing properly.
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Not sure where the guy at the range gets his information but he is wrong. Guns are designed to be field stripped, cleaned and oiled. Not sure what he even means saying that taking down the slide and barrel leads to excessive wear.

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Military been field stripping the 1911 for 100 years, no wonder they killed so many enemy soldiers with them.

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He's not an idiot, he's just not a shooter!

He's lazy and shows no respect for the gun. (He probably want's Noboma to clean his gun for him.)

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Have to agree with canbrake hes just lazy. Although its guys like that who have trouble with there guns blame it on the gun then if your in the right place you can buy it cheap. I have bout 3 because someone has said its not working right or has problems. After spending a hour or better to find nothing wrong i was bery happy. Got 2 shot guns and a s&w revolver that way.

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I know what you all might be thinking, what a silly question right? Believe me, I feel silly asking it… The only reason I bring it up is because there is a guy at my gun club that is adamant that removing the slide to clean the gun causes much more ware to the gun than just cleaning it intact. The barrel and the feed ramp are the only things he cleans. I am thinking that the only way to properly clean it is to field strip it. When I go to the range I usually shoot 50 to 100 rounds. By that time the gun is pretty dirty, I can’t imagine not striping it down to clean it.

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You are right, Slacker dude is wrong.
Especially on a 1911. They do not like to be dry and will protest with malfunctions if neglect persists.
More & more it seems that I read about how cleaning is bad for the barrel or damages the rifling or some such noise. I can't help but wonder if people who think cleaning guns is unnecessary or overrated take the same outlook to bathing and personal hygiene. Maybe they're the ones driving around with car windows that haven't been cleaned since they bought it.
Edit: Don't forget, field stripping & cleaning is also an opportunity to inspect it and replace worn or damaged parts. Ask him how he replaces recoil springs. One can argue about interval, but eventually they do need it.
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Have to agree with canbrake hes just lazy. Although its guys like that who have trouble with there guns blame it on the gun then if your in the right place you can buy it cheap. I have bout 3 because someone has said its not working right or has problems. After spending a hour or better to find nothing wrong i was bery happy. Got 2 shot guns and a s&w revolver that way.

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