This is a discussion on why the constant cleaning? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by bmcgilvray I impose a rule on myself to clean each firearm after each use even though I'm not a huge fan of ...
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Did The monthly clean, bought some S&W stinky smelly stuff in an aerosol can. First time I have ever used this stuff, last time I will ever use this stuff. I thought Hoppes was bad, but this is really terrible. How do I get rid of the kerosine (or what ever) odor that floats from my pistol? I'm walking aound in a cloud of it. If I can smell it, so can every around me. I'm almost ready to soak it in lysol.
I enjoy cleaning my guns as long as I'm not being pressed for time. But with a carry gun, you want to make sure dust, lint, etc hasn't built up over time.
Military Arms Channel Blog: The Importance of Proper Maintenance
Also, firearms are an investment to me. I'd like to make sure I'm doing what I can to prevent carbon build up and rust issues down the road.
Two reasons for me:
#1. Habit - I spent enough time in the military that a field strip and clean after firing was trained into me.
#2. Habit justified - last time I field stripped on of my AR's after firing, I found that one of the bolts holding the gas key on top of the bolt carrier LOOKED like it was staked properly, but in truth was not. It was just beginning to work it's way loose. The other bolt was properly staked and was just fine....so everything probably would have been fine if I just squirted some lube on the side of the bolt carrier, pulled through the barrel, and stuck it back in the safe...but I'm not a big fan of "probably". I tend to prefer "definitely".
The only gun I own I haven't cleaned is my G17 and that is intentional.
I clean and oil my guns everytime I shoot them. But for my carry pistol, I oil it once a week since it is exposed to sweat and other elements. Whether it is after cleaning and/or oiling, I always wipe down the external parts of the it and the mags before I put them away.
Lots of great comments in this thread, but this is the one that gets my +1. Knowing how to break your gun down and inspect isn't like riding a bicycle. Different guns have different manuals of arms. Some you have to pull the trigger at some stage, some you have to press a lever forward before re-affixing the slide, etc. Regular cleaning helps you remember whatever unique procedures apply to a particular gun.I'm not a big fan of "probably". I tend to prefer "definitely".
Sometimes I can go shooting every week. Sometimes it will be a month or two before I can go. Having my guns cleaned and in "like-new" condition means (to me) that they can endure being stored for as long as needed without concern.
I like my guns feeling and running in perfect condition.
But regular maintenance may not be a good thing if your handling procedures are improper. If you are over-oiling, forcing parts, using the wrong tools, you could be introducing problems that needn't have occurred. So the benefits of regular cleaning only accrue if you know what you're doing and are very careful about it.
"It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first."
I don't detail strip. Field strip, yes. Clean after shooting, pretty much every time. It's easiest to clean then. Most of the time, I'll just hit the bolt face, bore, and chamber. It's less work if you clean it while it's still hot, versus dealing with a few weeks/months of built-up carbon.
It could be worse.
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"A gun is kind of like a parachute. If you need one and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again".
'cause our Daddys raised us right! That's why!
My carry gun is usually cleaned and lubed after a range visit,my range guns get shot until they start having FTE,then they get some lube and keep shooting,about once every couple of months they get field stripped and cleaned.My range guns probably average around 1000 -1500 rounds between cleaning,including a few 1911's I got
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Same reason that I start up my generator and let it run 10-15 min once a month. Peace of mind.
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Stupidity should be painful.
Well, that and I take care of my stuff... clean my guitars, bass, fiddle after playing them. Clean and oil my landscaping tools after work. Seems natural to clean a gun after shooting.
And of course there's the lint/dust/sweat thing from IWB CC....