Should you clean new handgun

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by 11Handicap, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. 11Handicap

    11Handicap New Member

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    I am new to fire arms, i recently purchased my first gun. After tons of research. Took it to the range and was not so hapoy. I understand you need to run 200-300 rounds through it to break it in. A shoot 50 rounds in my new Ruger SR9C, out of 50 rounds i had (9) malfunctions. (5) light strikes/ no fire and (4) failure to extract properly. Should i have cleaned it before i took it to shoot???
     
  2. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Some people do some dont. Almost all good gun smiths will advise you to. I always do but im a gun smith so there you go

    God didnt make all men equal colonel sam colt did
     

  3. Cleaning it before firing it will NOT cause any problems. However, the purpose of the 200-300 round break in period it to smooth out all the parts and get it operating properly. This is the time to find out about light strikes and failures to extract. Presumably, the break in will allow all the metal parts to wear in and function properly. All the little burrs that hinder both chambering and extraction will polish off and such.

    If you ceased after the first 50 rounds and went home, fine. Clean the pistol thoroughly and go shoot it some more. Lubricating it won't hurt, either.

    See how it works after you've run a couple hundred rounds through it. And don't just blaze away the ammo; practice sight picture and sight alignment and trigger control. Get in some decent practice.
     
  4. DodgeThis

    DodgeThis New Member

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    I am not an expert, but I always tend to take mine apart and give 'em a look see to make sure nothing is torn up. Then I clean the snotty gunky crap from the manufacturer out of it. Give it a good lube job and head out to the range. I like to take my cleaning kit with me in case I need to clean it during break in. ( Although I never have ). Take it home and clean it again. Always clean them after shooting. Good luck. Hope it clears it up. Ruger seems to be better than that.
     
  5. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Good advice and ya rugers are usually good quality. Although they are kinda quarky at times....especially new

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  6. 11Handicap

    11Handicap New Member

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    Gosh I hope you are all correct, i did kind of take my ball and go home. I was upset it had so many problems after i took 3 months to select my first firearm. I will clean it regroup and return to range to shoot a couple hundred rounds through it. I shoot a bit slow, really trying to learn form, sight line, pistol grip and slowwwww trigger pull. Was way to fast 1-2 months ago when trying out differnt pistols to buy. Swallowed my new guy pride and asked someone at my range to please help me. I got him and the interst of 4 others all willing to share knowledge with me. Very nice. I left the range with a new grip, chest ready position and a feeling the SR9C was for me. Still hoping that, i will wait and see. What do i do after say 300 rounds if i still have problems??
     
  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    If you have a new gun, and after cleaning and some initial shooting you still have problems, time to contact Ruger customer service through their website.
     
  8. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Call rugers qc guys and see what they will do for you. If not ask some of us by posting your EXACT problems in the gunsmithing forum.

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  9. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    This is one of the reasons I've always sort of steered away from semi auto's.
    Go ahead and go shoot it some more, after a little cleaning.
    If you make it to and beyond 300 and your still having malfunctions, call the manufacturer.

    And by all means, go ahead and shoot a bit slow. Just because your having malfunctions is no reason to not practice all the proper techniques as your talking about.
     
  10. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My wife and I have a pair of SR9c Rugers. I cleaned them before firing. I had no issues on mine but my wife had a couple of miss fires due to a weak grip. Corrected her grip and no more problems. Your grip needs to be firm but dont choke it to death.
     
  11. Paladin201

    Paladin201 New Member

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    Some manufactures treat their guns with an anti-rust preservative, that is NOT a lubricant. I would recommend thoroughly cleaning and oiling any new gun before shooting.
     
  12. sharpshot

    sharpshot New Member

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    I have never purchased a new gun and not cleaned it before going to the range. I carry an SR9C every day and have approx. 500 rounds through it without any glitches. I find the preservative the factory has on the firearm is not much of a lubricant. The preservative being gooey can actually hold debris in it causing malfunctions. I thoroughly clean and lightly lubricate all friction points as specified by the manual. Dirty ammo can also cause suspect reliability. I also own a P95 and an LC9 and they are both 100% reliable. This is just what works for me.

    Be safe.

    Considering the consequences is never wasted time.
     
  13. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    I know some that just put a couple drops of oil on the rails & shoot with no problems. I always clean & lube mine first because the gunk they ship them in can get sticky with heat & cause unwanted cycling problems. Also, if you get it hot enough, it can bake on & then it is really hard to get it off. But, if for no other reason, I just like to. :)
     
  14. Olympus

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    As others have said, if you continue to have problems the. You should call Ruger's customer service line and tell the issues you are having. I have a SR9c and I had issues with mine when I first got it with the trigger not resetting for the next round. Called Ruger and they paid for shipping back to them, they fixed it, and paid for shipping back to me again. No problems since the.

    In my opinion, you've experienced enough malfunctions to warrant a trip back to the factory for repairs. But that's just my opinion.
     
  15. phburks

    phburks New Member

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    Out of curiosity, exactly which ammo were you using when you had these issues?
     
  16. tigerstyle

    tigerstyle New Member

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    I just bought my wife one of these last week we took it home I cleaned it and we took it out a couple of days later to give it a go and the problem she is having is the trigger sometimes won't reset after she fires a round it will just lock back(the trigger not the slide) as if she fired her last round but there will still be a round in the chamber and rounds in the mag. I took it home and cleaned it again and took it back to where we purchased it today and this time with the 10 round mag it worked just find except the last round didn't chamber after she fired the round prior to it but when she put in the 17 round mag in she started having the trigger issue again
     
  17. pabyanghao

    pabyanghao New Member

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    Manufacturers always have their basic care instructions. What is the purpose of that when we don't clean our guns? i clean mine every after two days or it has been used to just prolong the "shelf life" of my toy. ;-)


    Pabyang
     
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  18. 11Handicap

    11Handicap New Member

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    Good news on the Ruger SR9c, after a good cleaning and 250 more rounds it is perfect. I like it very much and did not want anyone to think the piston had an issue. The issue was me not cleaning a new gun and not having run enough ammo through new pisto. Works great now
     
  19. rigjumpr

    rigjumpr New Member

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    I think you have recieved the answer you are looking for so, I have little to add, You have to have confidence if this is to be the tool it is meant to be. keep us in the loop after the next trip to the range.
     
  20. tigerstyle

    tigerstyle New Member

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    How many total rounds have you put through it because my wife has about 200 through hers and still having the trigger sticking back issue. I just want to know about how many more I need her to put through it to get it just right. I have cleaned it every time we've been out to the range so I don't think cleaning is an issue...