How often should you clean your pistol(s)?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Glockpotion23, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. Glockpotion23

    Glockpotion23 New Member

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    How often should you clean your pistol(s)? Me personally, i clean mine after every range trip but what if you cant make it to the range that often? I know Glocks require very little lubing so im not too concerned about that. Just curious if there is a certain timeframe; any thoughts?
     
  2. Firearms4ever

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    I clean my firearms after every range trip aswell, and I wipe them down everytime I handle them. I personally like to clean mine every two weeks to every month. Since I handle my firearms daily that's my general time frame in which I clean them.
     

  3. MrWray

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    I clean after every firing, and i also field strip and wipe down every couple of weeks whether i shoot or not "just to keep my mind at ease"
     
  4. trip286

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    Every time it's fired, and a wipe down every evening.
     
  5. JonM

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    i keep a few boresnakes in 30 45 22 calibers that only see clp for running through the bores of guns that sit for a while but are otherwise clean.

    i clean after shooting but sometimes go a week or more after shooting.

    glocks need cleaning like any other gun. nothing special about em other than a lot of strange mythical powers that exist by the will of the easter bunny.

    any gun that gets ccw'd gets cleaned every week. ccw guns need more frequent cleaning to get body oils and dirt and debris out of them.
     
  6. gollygee

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    I generally clean after every trip to the range. I have several pistols in my carry rotation & when I change to a different one, I clean the lint, etc. that may have collected around the hammer & wipe it down with a silicon cloth before putting it in it's soft case & back into the firesafe.

    My wife has a Raven .25 that hadn't even been looked at for over 20 years which I decided to exercise a while back. Blew off the dust bunnies, loaded it up & fired two mag loads without a hitch. Decided it was about due for cleaning anyway, so cleaned it up, reloaded it & back in the night stand drawer.:)
     
  7. BlueTurf

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    I thoroughly clean my handguns every time I shoot them, no matter how many rounds I put through it. I also wipe them down if I handle them.
     
  8. trex1310

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    +1 on every time you use them.
     
  9. BlueTurf

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    Why would you NOT clean them after each use?
     
  10. Overkill0084

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    I agree. However in other, unamed, forums there are people who see things a bit differently.
    Those who don't clean their .22s until they have functional issues are the ones who baffle me. I've never understood why a .22 would be considered less worthy of proper upkeep.
     
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  11. orangello

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    I generally clean after each "range trip", but it may be a few days or the next weekend before i do it. If it was less than a box of ammo fired, i may just do a quick wipedown & barrel swab with less attention to low-buildup areas.



    I got my sister my Bersa Thunder .380 after a quick cleaning of her purse gun (a .25acp, maybe Titan) revealed an almost complete plug of caramel in the barrel. I figured the Bersa was new enough that she would take better care of it & use a holster inside the purse.
     
  12. mcb

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    After every range trip. I always wipe them down anyyime I handle them. I have three different carry guns and will routinely clean even if I haven't shot them. The guns I don't shoot often I pull out of the safe and clean a few times a year.
     
  13. BlueTurf

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    This sounds real familiar. I do the same with my guns. I get them out of the safe every now and then and look down the barrel with a bore light. I also know at any time I could get any of my guns, rifle or pistol, out of the safe and they will fire with no problems.
     
  14. levelcross

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    I'm a more is better kind of guy, every trip to the range means a cleaning and inspection to see if anything has changed, every night when I put my carry piece up on the night stand it gets a wipe down. The first of every month every gun gets a cleaning even if it has not come out of the safe, which is rare. The wife has gotten accustomed to cleaning her carry gun the same way, she even wipes it down when she puts it in her holster to go out.

    As for the guys that wait till they have problems to clean their guns, I hope that these are NOT Bugs. I just don't understand this line of thought, just my .02
     
  15. bartwatkins

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    I always do - but I can tell you that there are alot of folks out there who do not. I know some of them.
    And I'm not just talking .22's either but all their guns. From semi-auto pistols to AR's...
    They may run a bore snake down the barrel but they talk about feild stripping and "cleaning" with solvent like once every few years.
    These folks laugh at the likes of us too.

    To me part of the enjoyment of owning a firearm is to disassemble and clean it. I do so every single time that I shoot. It is enjoyable and relaxing to me.
     
  16. bartwatkins

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    I always do - but I can tell you that there are alot of folks out there who do not. I know some of them.
    And I'm not just talking .22's either but all their guns. From semi-auto pistols to AR's...
    They may run a bore snake down the barrel but they talk about field stripping and "cleaning" with solvent like once every few years.
    These folks laugh at the likes of us too.

    To me part of the enjoyment of owning a firearm is to disassemble and clean it. I do so every single time that I shoot. It is enjoyable and relaxing to me.
     
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  18. gollygee

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    I've read the same things with any caliber. Have even read claims that running a brass brush thru the bore will wear the barrel out. Just doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Besides, I enjoy it.
     
  19. trip286

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    I don't see how a brass brush could wear a barrel out, when in some guns/calibers they have a solid chunk of metal flying down the barrel accompanied by heat and pressure, sometimes up to over 3500 fps. What's the fastest common civilian round? I think I saw one on a hornady chart that runs something like 4200, but I'm not sure. If that doesn't wear a barrel out right away, I couldn't do it with a brush.
     
  20. phburks

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    Not to mention that the brass bristles on the brush are a softer metal than the steel barrel.