Wood grips and cleaning...remove em or???

Wood grips and cleaning...remove em or???

This is a discussion on Wood grips and cleaning...remove em or??? within the Firearm Cleaning & Maintenance forums, part of the General Firearm Discussion category; OK so I just put these nice new Kingwood Hogue grips on my Smith. Hogue recommends removing them for all cleanings. I use both the ...

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    Question Wood grips and cleaning...remove em or???

    OK so I just put these nice new Kingwood Hogue grips on my Smith. Hogue recommends removing them for all cleanings. I use both the "safe" style spray cleaner and the old fashioned gun solvent on the wheel and barrel.

    I saw one guy at the range wrap his wood grips with a paper towel.

    Is that a good idea or should I take the extra step and remove them every time???


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    A lot depends on the type finish and, of course, the value of the grips. Solvents and oils can be detrimental to wood. If Hogue recommends removing them, then they obviously are aware that some oils/solvents can do damage.

    If your desire is to keep them "good as new," you might consider removing them if there's no danger of dinging them up. Wrapping a rag or paper towels around them may work well enough.
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    Thanks Old Vet. I think I will take them off. It's easy enough and since it's my carry gun it's not like I shoot it every day!

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    Personally I take mine off. Why not? It takes no time at all and it keeps oil and solvents from getting on them. Where's the gain in not taking them off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmhawth View Post
    Personally I take mine off. Why not? It takes no time at all and it keeps oil and solvents from getting on them. Where's the gain in not taking them off?
    The only gain is a quicker clean at the range like that old guy did with the towel trick...but you both make a great point. They are expensive and EASY to remove...so why not?? I'll just clean it when I get home. :)

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    You could slide a latex ballon over the grips if you wanted to save time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phreddy View Post
    You could slide a latex ballon over the grips if you wanted to save time.
    That's a great idea when in a time pinch. Thanks!

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    I was wondering the same thing about the wood grips on my new 1911. Who'd of thought, grip condoms...
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