Pocket Lint...Kind Of

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    Pocket Lint...Kind Of

    In late October I took a four-day river trip, with my sons and some friends, down the Green River just north of Canyonlands National Park. While on the trip, I carried a 1911 in a kydex paddle holster.

    When I got home, I noticed enough sand had gotten into the works to make the slide feel gritty as I pulled it back to unload the gun. So, I figured Iíd better take the gun apart and clean the sand out. As I hadnít done a detail strip on this gun in quite some time (most of the time I only field strip it when I clean it), I thought this would be a good opportunity. Besides, I didnít want to leave any sand in the inner workings of the gun.

    As I got into the innerds, I noticed something interesting Ė pocket lint. Not just a little pocket lint, but a significant amount of pocket lint. No, I donít carry this gun in my pocket, itís obviously way to big for that. However, this is one of the guns I have carried concealed in an IWB on a regular basis for quite some time.

    So, Iíve resolved to detail strip and clean my carry guns on a regular basis, more often than Iíve done in the past.

    Have any of you noticed ďpocket lintĒ collecting in the bowels of your carry guns? If so, how often do you detail strip them and clean this stuff out?
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    compressed air every so often with the slide locked back....
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    "compressed air every so often with the slide locked back...."

    I use compressed air and also squirt the innards with cleaning solvent from a spray can with one of those little tubes attached. It obviously didnít do the trick.
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    The only carry gun I have that collects lint is my pocket-carried P3AT. I typically "field-strip" and clean it once every month or so, or after I shoot it at the range. I do not detail strip it. As ham-fisted as I can be, that is probably better left to a gunsmith.

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    The 1911 is not too bad to detail strip and is well worth doing from time to time. I am less keen to go deep into my SIG however.

    True tho - lint is invasive and collects even without pocket carry. I carry OWB and over time quite apparent lint/dust accumulates - one particle tending to aggregate to another to make for significant collection.

    Compressed air will usually do pretty well - and another reason for now ''drowning'' the internals with oil is to avoid lint sticking so easily.
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    I notice it at the base of the hammers on my 1911s. I guess it comes from the cotton fibers on my jeans, shirts & vests.
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    Just make sure you oil it after using compressed air becuase it contains a fair amout of moisture unless your compressor has a inline filter or built in moisture trap.

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    I get the same lint type stuff, but maybe a bit worse. It's probably because I always wear an undershirt ("wifebeater"). It was really bad with the Px4, but then again, it might have just shown up better because it was a black pistol.
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    pocket lint will find a gun no matter what you do to stop it. i clean my duty gun and "bug" once a week to make sure that i don't have to much of it. now, this is not a full cleaning, just a break down to blow out the lint.

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