Tips with First Gun (Brand New)
At 30 years of age I've finally decided to purchase my very first gun and what I've got going against me is a total lack of experience combined with no close family or friends that are in the know. I've been lurking in numerous forums reading up but there is only so much info I can glean without posting questions of my own.
I've decided to purchase the new H&K P30s in .40 S&W when it finally comes out in the next few weeks. This is really intended to be my only weapon (at least for a long time) and what I'm hoping to capture are some tips for a person purchasing his first gun with very little experience.
First step is cleaning. From what I've read, when you purchase a gun new it is coated in grease that needs to be removed before your first time at the range. So do I just field strip it and get every last bit of grease out of every nook? What do I use as a degreaser? Can I just use denatured alcohol for that?
Since I'm starting from scratch, I'm currently looking at purchasing the "Otis Professional 40 Caliber Pistol Cleaning System" kit along with some Militec-1 lubricant.
I've been reading people's recommendation to clean the gun thoroughly and then apply the Militec-1 and use a hair dryer to heat it up to bond with the metal. I suppose the question is do I just apply it based on the P30s manual's instructions for normal lubrication? Or do I douse every last bit of metal in the Militec and heat it up? Also, how concerned do I need to be with getting chemicals on the grip?
My last question is related to the first rounds put through the weapon. I've read plenty of people talk about using 124 grain in the 9mm for the first 200 rounds in order to work the kinks out. But since I'm totally green with this I'm not sure how that applies to the .40 S&W. Any recommendations for initial ammo plus long term ammo for range and home defense would be greatly appreciated.