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Frequency of hand gun cleaning

  • After every firing session

    Votes: 47 88.7%
  • After every 1000 rounds or so

    Votes: 4 7.5%
  • About once a year

    Votes: 1 1.9%
  • If and when operation becomes erratic

    Votes: 1 1.9%
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How often do you clean your handguns? For purposes of this poll, let's define "cleaning" as use of some sort of bore solvent and minor dissassembly, i.e., somethiing beyond just running thru a bore snake and wiping off finger prints.
 

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I didn't read at first and just voted for After every fireing session but I'd say an extensive clean depends on the firearm.

Most you can wait for at least 1000 rounds.
 

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My carry gun is always totally cleaned after each firing including mag.
 

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My carry gun is always totally cleaned after each firing including mag.
I know a bunch of people who say that is the wrong way to go. Your carry piece should be a little dirty all the time.

I try not to clean after every range session but that anal retentive side of me gets the better of me most of the time. Esp with my 1911.
 

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Not cleaning after every range session doesn't make any sense to me.

Besides, if you don't clean he's gonna come to your house........

 

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I clean my guns after every shooting sesion. My revolvers (especially my snubbies) are really filthy when I'm done shooting them.
 

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I also clean after every range session.
It is amazing how much dirt you get out after 50 or 100 rounds.

That way I can be sure everything is o.k., since I alsorun a visual check on all parts to make sure nothing is damaged.
 

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i guess a little filth from 50rds wouldnt and shouldnt hurt but like many of you i feel dirty if my guns are dirty and i HAVE to clean them
:rolleyes:
it just bugs me when my stuff is dirty...
 

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I clean after every range outing and if I can't get to the range for long periods, I'll wipe them down and lightly oil every few months or so. It doesn't hurt to be overly familiar with your sidearm.

My SIG's name is Wynona.
 

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You mean... you have to... CLEAN your weapons? Hmmm.:D
 

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We were taught to clean our handguns after every 100 rounds or so. Since we are shooting at least that amount during most trips to the range, our guns end up being cleaned after every time we shoot them.

As Ineffable said, it's also a chance to become more familiar with your weapon, and practice safe handling skills. As a noob, I see that as an added benefit.

Dave
 

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I always clean my firearms after shooting, they may not need it but logic tells me a cleaned and oiled firearm has less chance to jam or misfire. So the few minutes to clean is worth the time if I'm counting on that firearm to save me if I need it. Also it's a good chance to inspect your firearm for wear or damage.
 

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I always clean after each session mainly since I don't know when I will use a parcticular gun again. There best kept clean, oiled, and ready for use. Besides most range sessions consist of surplus guns and ammo which due to corrosive components require immediate cleaning anyway. So since I've gotta get dirty, I might as well clean everything.
 

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Gotta keep a clean machine, I don't care what some say, after shooting it I ALWAYS find grime. Break in apart, put her together, run some dummies, pipe a fresh real one in.
 

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I clean my firearms after every range session. The revolvers get a swab/wipe and the semi autos get the same plus after every few sessions, I field strip and clean them. When any of them have been inactive in the safe for a period of time, I take them out and wipe them down.
 

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I clean them every time I shoot. If only to visually inspect the parts for wear and damage. And well, since you've already got the stuff out, might as well clean and oil them!
 

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I clean mine after every shooting (sometimes the day after). I do it for a few reasons:

1. Why not? Easier to clean if I just get it done.
2. A clean gun is a happy gun.
3. This is the weird one. I am an extraordinarily lazy person and I normally despise cleaning. But, I find the process of cleaning my guns after I fire to be part of the whole experience. I own and shoot guns only because I like it; I have no other motiviation. For some reason, I like cleaning them, too.
4. Jeez, those things are expensive! Something that costs that much should be maintained.
5. I hug them and pet them and I name them George.
 

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I clean mine after every shooting (sometimes the day after). I do it for a few reasons:

1. Why not? Easier to clean if I just get it done.
2. A clean gun is a happy gun.
3. This is the weird one. I am an extraordinarily lazy person and I normally despise cleaning. But, I find the process of cleaning my guns after I fire to be part of the whole experience. I own and shoot guns only because I like it; I have no other motiviation. For some reason, I like cleaning them, too.
4. Jeez, those things are expensive! Something that costs that much should be maintained.
5. I hug them and pet them and I name them George.
Hey JD, we got another one of us!

 

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Clean 'em

i clean my handguns after every firing session whether it was 10 or 100 rounds fired. After being fired powder and metal fouling make the weapon more inaccurate and only become more difficult to remove as time goes on. It is easier and better for the health of all metal parts of the weapon (especially auto or semi-auto) for them to be cleaned immediately. If you own a rifle that is meant for long distance a brush 2 times through the bore is best for maintaining accuracy between 5 shot groups. :cool:
 
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