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A friend of mine (new to guns) bought a new S&W 1911 last weekend. He had asked me if he needed to do anything to it before he took it to the range. I told him that he might want to clean it. That being said, I have actually taken pistols to the range right out of the box without any issues. Are some models better out of the box than others? I have shot Glocks, and some Rugers right out of the box without a cleaning and not had a problem. Your thoughts??
 

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Usually I shoot guns right out of the box. The barrels should be clean enough. Moat of my guns just have excess oil on them which will burn off anyway. No biggy. It's really up to you.
 

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Usually I shoot guns right out of the box. The barrels should be clean enough. Moat of my guns just have excess oil on them which will burn off anyway. No biggy. It's really up to you.
Yeah.. Thats exacty what I told my buddy. I told him its up to him whether or not he wants to clean it before he takes it to the range. Although, I did tell him that if was going to put a few hundred rounds through it then he should clean it when he returns home.
 

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Some manufacturers don't put a heavy layer of grease on their products. If the gun is reasonably clean when you get it things will likely go well at the range. What motivates me to to tear down and clean a new gun is that is the best time to spot imperfections or improperly seated parts.
 

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Some manufacturers don't put a heavy layer of grease on their products. If the gun is reasonably clean when you get it things will likely go well at the range. What motivates me to to tear down and clean a new gun is that is the best time to spot imperfections or improperly seated parts.
Exactly. I will always tear them down before I shoot them. After that, if I think I need to clean it I will. But I always inspect it
 

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I have always cleaned mine before taking them to the range. It is a personal thing. Always inspect the weapon before firing it for the first time.
 

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I always clean a new gun before I fire it. Not only does it give you a chance to inspect the weapon, but it allows you to make sure the weapon is properly oiled.
 

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I wouldn't use a firearm without first thoroughly inspecting the internals and making sure everything it seated well and where it should be. Plus, you don't know how long they were in storage, and may need to have some lubrication added or some grease removed!

Plus it gives you a chance to get familiar with stripping the firearm before it gets all dirty from use...So when you DO strip it to clean it after your first use, it's that much easier to do it.
 

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Guns are shipped in preservative oils/grease to ensure there is no rust, this stuff is not intended to act as lubricant for extended use. Ideally you should remove it and ensure the gun is lubed properly. If nothing else, your chance of problems be decreased. Some guns demand it. CZs or old Combloc Milsurp stuff can be quite gooey.
Like so many things in life, just because you can get away with it doesn't make it a good idea.
 

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Guns are shipped in preservative oils/grease to ensure there is no rust, this stuff is not intended to act as lubricant for extended use. Ideally you should remove it and ensure the gun is lubed properly. If nothing else, your chance of problems be decreased. Some guns demand it. CZs or old Combloc Milsurp stuff can be quite gooey.
Like so many things in life, just because you can get away with it doesn't make it a good idea.
My Desert Eagle came from the factory is this thick sticky packing grease in and on it. It took some tine to get it all off.
 

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If nothing else, remove all grease/oil from the bbl, the heat generated from shooting will solidify the goo and deposit it in the lands which makes is a real b*tch to clean, not to mention the loss of accuracy...
 
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