I clean my Glocks after I get home from the range. Whatever works for you is fine.
I carry mine a little dirty... When I go to the range I always have my carry gun tucked away nicely especialy if I breaking in a new firearm.. I will usually squeez off 50 or so rounds at the end of my range visit just to reinforce muscle memory for it, especially if I was shooting a new firearm or different caliber. This isn't some kind of scientific measure at all, just something I do to stay as familiar as I can with my carry gun, and somewhat of a small reliability test for it since its last outing. From there, it gets tucked back in and carried until somewhere down the road when I decide to clean whatever I took to the range; could be a day or so, but it could also be as long as a month. When I'm breaking in a new EDC that I just gotta carry ASAP, it's a little different.. I'll run the snot outta it on its first range trip, if everything ran well, I'll clean it and oil it up before carry. Once it's I the rotation it gets the same treatment as all the others.. My XDS is n my hip right now after running 50 rounds at the last trip to the range and all I've done is wipe the exterior down, oil the rails and wiped the feed ramp down... Cycles like butter :wink:. I also read somewhere that a slightly fouled barrel is more accurate..
I feel strongly about this both ways. :)
I've done both. Back when I was qualifying each quarter, I'd usually clean my weapons at the range, test fire after cleaning, and go on my way. Now that I'm retired, I usually clean them at home, when I can concentrate on the task at hand.
Because I've put my pistols back together, only to have them not work correctly, I always take them outside and fire them a couple of times before I consider them "service ready", after cleaning. It's just my thing.
Whatever works best for you is good enough. Just get in a habit, and stick to it, so you don't one day draw your pistol and have it go "click" because you left it unchambered, intending to clean it later. Be safe.
Personally I think modern handguns using modern ammo don't need the same level of cleaning as they did in years past. Not saying I don't clean my blued revolvers after use to avoid rust and certainly some .22 pistols need a good cleaning after 500 rounds of cheap ammo. But Glocks and the like?- A good wipe down and they are good to go. But then i don't shoot more than a couple of hundred rounds at a time anymore. For my carry gun I always shoot a couple rounds out back after a complete cleaning. I want to know it's functioning.
I follow a simple rule: If you shoot the gun, clean if afterward.
There's no round-count involved. One cartridge or 1000, it's all the same.
Clean at home, where you can take your time and be careful.
When you pick up your weapon, it is clean, oiled, and like-new, ready for use.
Some people have a different perspective. That's OK. The cleaning procedure is only partly about cleaning the gun. The other parts involve understanding, muscle memory, and learning about how the mechanism works.
Clean 'em the day i shoot 'em. I do wait until I get home from the range.
Always clean. I read a story somewhere where some innocent permit holder got pulled over. Turns out there was a shooting, and this guy's vehicle matched the description of the shooter's car. Permit holder tells the cops he's armed, they take his gun and examine to see if it had been fired. Nothing but nice and clean. I don't remember the rest of the details.
The chances of something like that happening to somebody are slim to none, but I'd just prefer to have a squeaky clean gun that smells like Hoppe's No. 9.
I always clean after shooting, but not at the range. But I carry a Glock and dirty isn't an issue. I just don't want to carry around a stinky gun.
It sounded like he was asking if he needed to clean his EDC before leaving the range in order to maintain its reliability. My opinion is that the gun just needs to be routinely cleaned. clean it after you shoot it or periodically if you never shoot it to check for corrosion. but that does not need to happen at the range. your firearm will fire many, many rounds before it starts to bind up. it will be fine the rest of the day, week, or month in your hip though if you don't get to it right away.
I think that cleaning them the same day is a good habit to have though. if you wait, you may forget.
I will clean mine at home the same day of shooting. But I have never considered cleaning my gun at my range. It's 8 bucks or 4 for members like me per half hour at the local indoor range and I'm not spending money to rent space to clean a gun. If the carry gun I shot is a revolver I reload all the cylinders. If its a semi auto I load it but don't chamber it because I know I'm going right home and it is the only time I feel confident in carrying unchambered.
I use froglube on my gun so cleaning consists of just wiping it down. Since it is so easy I just wipe down the outside before I re-holster and head home. This way I know my cloths won't get dirty.
If something like this would happen and your just coming from the range carrying your gun that you were firing, how would a LEO react to a dirty firearm? My friends father said to me once " you can't be innocent from a shooting with a dirty gun" and I am thinking this is what he was meaning.
I had one gun that was more accurate when dirty versus freshly cleaned. The first 3-5 shots had a larger spread than the follow up shots. With that gun (XD .40 with a 9mm conversion barrel) I made it a policy to remove the barrel, clean it while at the range, reinstall and send 5 more down range. Personally I like a clean gun. I had a 1911 that I didn't clean once between trips to the range and the slide got really stiff on me when tried to use it outdoors on a very cold day.