How often do you clean your guns?

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How often do you clean your gun(s)?

Only after shooting it. Clean is clean.
37
43%
Every month, even if I didn't shoot it.
13
15%
Every six months, even if I didn't shoot it.
7
8%
Annually, even if I didn't shoot it.
2
2%
Whenever I think of it, or get bored.
25
29%
Never. If it can't run with 10 years of dirt, it's not reliable enough.
3
3%
 
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Re: How often do you clean your guns?

Postby Sevens » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:23 pm

I'd do it, but I'd stick to handguns, and we aren't local to each other... so the conversation is academic. :|

I wanted to mention that it was a couple years back that I transitioned from gun oil to a grease lube. On semi-auto pistol rails and barrel/bushing contact points, I use Shooter's Choice red lube, comes in a syringe and is all to expensive, but I like it. I like it because it stays where I put it and it doesn't fling off and even after a heavy round count, when I take the pistol apart, I can see that it's still in the mix and doing what I ask of it. My guns seem to run well on it.

I'm not the type to run things really wet, I know some are and some have great reasons to and some folks get (IMO) far too concerned about what other people do. I still do use Rem oil in my Ruger Mark II's action, and I use it in semi-auto rimfire rifles. I will also use a tiny dot of it on pivot points and such, but you won't find any of my handguns flinging or dripping oils or lubricants.
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Re: How often do you clean your guns?

Postby evan price » Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:02 pm

I voted "When I think about it" but that's really not the case.

Range only guns get cleaned when they get grungy, start having malfs, or Red Dawn comes on the TV late night movie shows :)

Carry gun gets blown out with compressed air every couple weeks, cleaned once a month.

The safe toys (antiques) get a heavy oiling and a coat of Johnson's paste wax and left alone.

I'm not really worried about a stainless-steel gun that has some soot on the cylinder. Some people are really anal about that sort of thing.

I'm used to running most of my guns wet; they run smoother, the fouling cleans easier, and they rust less- I have humidity issues in my home. Sigs prefer to run wet anyway.

I switched to using primarily Mobil One 0w20 synthetic motor oil for general lubing and some hi-temp, hi-pressure grease for slides and moving parts. I like silicone grease in most cases but I have some special grease that comes in syringes I get from work that so far has been excellent for guns and even as a sprue lube for my bullet molds.
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Re: How often do you clean your guns?

Postby TTMR » Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:28 pm

When ever I get bored i pick a gun or two, detail strip it and clean it up.

They also get cleaned after every range session as soon as i get home.
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Re: How often do you clean your guns?

Postby Mrs. Daspirate » Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:32 pm

We clean most of ours every time we shoot them. There's only about 2 that get shot rarely enough for that to be a concern, and one of those is a mosin nagant. I'm not sure it's ever been cleaned. :)
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Re: How often do you clean your guns?

Postby GWC » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:54 pm

You mean we are supposed to clean guns?
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Re: How often do you clean your guns?

Postby Shaolin_dragon » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:22 pm

Mrs. Daspirate wrote:We clean most of ours every time we shoot them. There's only about 2 that get shot rarely enough for that to be a concern, and one of those is a mosin nagant. I'm not sure it's ever been cleaned. :)


I'm not sure you're meant to clean a mosin...doesnt not cleaning add to the fireball effect when you send a round down range and obliterate everything within a 10' radius? :lol: :lol:
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Re: How often do you clean your guns?

Postby Chuck » Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:13 pm

Sevens wrote:I wanted to mention that it was a couple years back that I transitioned from gun oil to a grease lube. On semi-auto pistol rails and barrel/bushing contact points, I use Shooter's Choice red lube, comes in a syringe and is all to expensive, but I like it. I like it because it stays where I put it and it doesn't fling off and even after a heavy round count, when I take the pistol apart, I can see that it's still in the mix and doing what I ask of it. My guns seem to run well on it.


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Re: How often do you clean your guns?

Postby Jake » Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:25 pm

Once upon a time there was a thread where someone was accused of firing their gun in a park.
The accused was an Open Carrier who apparently scared a couple bird watchers.

After being cuffed and detained he was eventually released.
One thing he had going for him was that he had a clean gun on his hip.
He was cleared of firing the supposed shot.

Food for thought.
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Re: How often do you clean your guns?

Postby Sevens » Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:33 am

It wasn't THAT specific event, but the idea of such an event that is one of the things I hold near & dear when carrying my clean gun. Lots of lint, maybe, but no powder fouling. Anyone who's ever been around firearms would be able to tell that mine hasn't been shot.
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Re: How often do you clean your guns?

Postby parbreaker » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:11 am

Sevens wrote:It wasn't THAT specific event, but the idea of such an event that is one of the things I hold near & dear when carrying my clean gun. Lots of lint, maybe, but no powder fouling. Anyone who's ever been around firearms would be able to tell that mine hasn't been shot.


That's definitely a good reason to clean your carry guns often.

Personally, I clean my guns every time I shoot them. If a gun goes about 6 months without being shot, then I give it a quick cleaning and re-lubrication.
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Re: How often do you clean your guns?

Postby Brian D. » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:26 am

With a semiauto pistol I get ready to do some cleaning when the slide starts making a gerrrrrrr-schluuuuunk sound going back and forth rather than the normal shlunk-shlunk noise. :mrgreen:
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Re: How often do you clean your guns?

Postby carmen fovozzo » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:15 am

After every range visit.....

I'm hoping someday to have a gun FS that Chris wants to buy. I'll be going to range with some dirty ammo just before he picks it up from me... :)
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Re: How often do you clean your guns?

Postby xmattkx » Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:45 pm

My pocket carry gun looks a lot dirtier all the time than my OWB Gun... Just lint and the like, but it keeps me cleaning it relatively often. Wouldn't want a misfire when you really need
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