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EDC clean or dirty

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    There isn't a great deal of table space at the range so cleaning there wouldn't work. I shoot off the .22 for a bit, this is fun lol, then I go through a couple of boxes in my carry. I end my range time with a few hundred through the .22 again, like I said this is fun. I clean them when I get home. Could have been wrong advice but I was told to clean each time I shoot and to take the firing pin out and clean at least every 6 months.
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    I take it home and clean it after the range.
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    Mine will make it home to be cleaned! DR

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    Quote Originally Posted by minimalbrat View Post
    Could have been wrong advice but I was told to clean each time I shoot and to take the firing pin out and clean at least every 6 months.
    In my opinion, you were told correctly. I might modify the firing pin frequency a bit. As long as the firing pin continues to move freely, it's likely fine. I remove and inspect my firing pins every couple of months, but I've never found an issue that a wipe-down, Q-tip the channel, and replace wouldn't solve.
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    Agree with everyone that says take two to the range. One to kill paper, one to strap to your side after you wreak revenge on dead pulp.
    I would not do any type of cleaning at the range. Too likely to lose something. I spent two hours once looking for my recoil spring after qualifying with my 92F at Fort Polk. I ain't trampsing down that road again.

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    I'm in the "Shoot it = Clean it" camp.
    I also don't shoot my carry choice of the day at the range. If I want to shoot one I normally carry, I'll rotate one of the other carry options into the holster that day...and that's where it stays.
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    i prefer to carry a dirty semi-auto, when possible. if my carry pistol has had 10-100 rounds through it when it's on my hip, then i KNOW it works. it's very hard to reassemble a modern designed gun incorrectly, and i have confidence in a newly cleaned gun, but not quite at the same level as that with a gun that was fired before going in the holster. no pistol of mine has ever choked because it was too dirty, because i clean them before they get that dirty.

    if i'm carrying a DA revolver, then i prefer it to be clean, or at least with no more than a few rounds through it.

    if i've been carrying a particular gun for two months or more, then it gets cleaned even though it hasn't been fired during that time. i will either pay special attention during reassembly (if i'm going to carry it right away), or switch to a gun that has had some rounds through it.

    one of my inspirations for my bias is a comment from World IPSC champion Ross Seyfried: "a 1911 will run dirty, but it won't run dry."

    my pistols are always well lubed after cleaning.

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    I'm in the "little bit dirty" camp. If my gun worked at the range, then it's going to work when I really need it. I go to the range 2-4 times a month, shooting hundreds of rounds though my 22 pistol but perhaps 50 rounds or less through my EDC autos each trip. I clean and lube the guns I regularly shoot about once a month. After purchasing a new auto and breaking it in, I then intentionally run it dirty for many trips to the range (hundreds of rounds) to prove to myself that it will function perfectly while dirty (I never shoot a gun dry). I have never had a problem shooting any of my EDC guns that I could blame on shooting it dirty; they are modern S&W pistols. I'm fairly new at this (less than 1 year), so I can't speak from decades of experience like many others can. I've settled on this practice based on what I've read on this forum and the S&W forum.

    Added thought: Every trip to the range I try to always shoot my EDC at least a few rounds with the defense ammo currently loaded in it. This proves to me it would have worked if I needed it. Just another way to build confidence in my EDC and the ammo.
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    I generally prefer to clean it so not to get powder or residue on my clothing. However I keep my EDC on me at the range unless I am practicing with it, then I carry another gun. Always a Glock though.

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    I generally prefer to clean it so not to get powder or residue on my clothing. However I keep my EDC on me at the range unless I am practicing with it, then I carry another gun. Always a Glock though. I prefer to keep the same manual of arms.

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    Prior to my latest range trip last week, I hadnt cleaned my HK P2000sk in a couple of months. No I didn't fret, I
    continued to carry it with the utmost "FAITH" that it will go bang the next time the trigger is squoze. Sure enough, last week, she went bang!

    I have no problem running my HK dirty....IT'S A HK!!

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    ...and virtually all will "go bang".... until they don't. Reasonable maintenance is afforded to many things that don't cost as much, nor possibly play a critical defensive role, like a firearm does. When I pay around $1000 for a firearm, the maintenance is gonna be much more than haphazard.

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    I carry my ditry gun and clean it at home along with the other guns that where shoot that day. Trust any gun that I carry or it wouldn't be a carry gun
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    I clean it every time I shoot it. But I wait until I get home.
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    EDC clean or dirty

    I always clean mine at home and on the same day they are fired. The most I will do at the range is a bore snake, but I rarely do that. If I had a carry gun that I didn't trust to shoot a little bit dirty, then I likely would not carry it. I figure that after the first round it's already a little bit dirty...each round after that is being shot from a dirty gun.

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