EDC clean or dirty

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    EDC clean or dirty

    I go to the range about once a week to get familiar with my firearms and my EDC, but after I'm done shooting my carry gun I don't want to carry it dirty, so i will clean it at the range just so I can carry it the rest of the day. Is this too much to do or a good habit?

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    I say a good habit. However, when reassemblying an auto make sure you have done so correctly so it functions. I personnally do not but perfer to do so at the house or I carry 2 weapons on me that day.

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    It depends on how much I just shot. If I only put a couple of dozen round through it, I'll just wipe it down and run a bire snake through it until I get home. If I intended to do more than that, I will usually carry something else that day and give it a thorough cleaning at home.

    I don't like to clean at the range as it would be too easy to get rushed or possibly loose parts. I like controlled environments for jobs like that.
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    I shoot at an outdoor range and wouldn't consider field stripping a pistol out there.

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    I have the luxury of having several carry guns... all of the same platform. I never shoot my current carry gun at the range. If I want to shoot carry guns "A, B, and C", then I clean and holster carry gun "D", and carry it. If I want to shoot carry guns "B, C, and D", then I clean and holster carry gun "A". In public, I'm always carrying a clean, ready-to-use handgun.

    I do my cleaning at home, in a controlled environment.
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    A little bit dirty.
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    I have no problem carrying a dirty gun, I usually clean it when I get home. Been a couple of times after a range trip when I cleaned my EDC a day or two later, pretty sure it wouldn't be my EDC if I doubted it's ability to function while being a little dirty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    A little bit dirty.

    ^^^^I'm in this camp here^^^^^

    Your pistol will fire fine on the way home if need be.
    I would wait till I'm home, then clean it.

    If you spent all day there and ran through 1000-2000 rounds,well maybe.
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    I wait until I get home before cleaning. Then I'll do a more thorough job of it. I figure the firearm was shot recently without a problem & it can continue shooting if necessary.
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    I carry a gun I won't be shooting,the other guns get cleaned once a year whether they need it or not,or when the Semi's turn into single shots where I have to manually rack the slide with each shot....OK maybe just before that
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    I'm 100% confident that my EDC guns will function when dirty. That being said, as long as I have the option, They will be clean when carried.

    That's just me.....

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    EDC clean or dirty

    Quote Originally Posted by Jpsopris View Post
    Is this too much to do or a good habit?
    yes:)

    of course there's nothing wrong with wanting to keep your gun as clean as possible. but unless you did some kind if rapid fire, several thousand round torture test on the firearm then it's going to be no less reliable on the way home as it was on the way there.
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    If I use it, I clean it...always!
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    I clean it every time I use it.
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    Clean guns???? You're supposed to clean them????
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