Am I the only one who doesn't enjoy cleaning my guns?
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To answer the OP's question: I don't enjoy it either. I am borderline obsessive when I clean my firearms (Among other ...
August 12th, 2012 04:41 PM
This whole thread TL;DR.
To answer the OP's question: I don't enjoy it either. I am borderline obsessive when I clean my firearms (Among other things), so depending on how "dirty" the ammo I shoot tends to be, it can take a while to get them "just right". Cleaning guns just goes with the territory of being a responsible gun owner.
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August 12th, 2012 06:11 PM
I don't really like it. That's why I have Glock's and AK's.
There is no real hurry to clean them after shooting.
August 13th, 2012 12:26 AM
If I had Glocks and AKs they would still be cleaned after every use.
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August 13th, 2012 06:25 AM
I still clean my guns. I'm just not as OCD as some on this thread.
Originally Posted by bmcgilvray
Case in point - a few years ago I carried my G19 to an advanced handgun class. We shot 800+ rounds in a bit over 8 hours. When it was over did I:
A. Break my gun down and clean it spotless before the trip home
B. Load a spare gun for the trip home
C. Reload my carry ammo back in the gun I had just trained with all day and have complete confidence it would go bang if needed
"C" is the correct answer
August 13th, 2012 08:08 AM
I have a friend who has a G17 and a G34. He's prob had them 2 years, shoots them about once of month at least and has never cleaned them. He told me "its a glock, you don't have to clean it". I wouldn't have believed him until i locked the slide back and looked inside. I took em to the range, both ran flawless, no suprise to me. Kinda makes me want to have one gun that I never clean.
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August 13th, 2012 09:19 AM
I actually enjoy cleaning my guns, but I am not obsessive about it. I find it relaxing and peaceful. Plus, I feel some sense of accomplishment when I put a clean gun back in the safe or my holster.
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August 13th, 2012 09:31 AM
I don't doubt the friend can get by with that, for awhile anyway. The question I would ask is; Why? Glocks are the easiest guns in the world to clean and maintain. Neglecting Glock maintenance would seem to me to be taking laziness to new levels and at the risk of having a malfunctioning gun.
Originally Posted by miller_man
August 13th, 2012 09:37 AM
Same here. I take my time and give the internals a good once over. Its really relaxing.
Originally Posted by kapnketel
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August 13th, 2012 01:57 PM
You are NOT the only one who doesn't enjoy cleaning their weapons.
In fact, lots of people contact me to detail and prepare their weapons for storage. It is an affordable service for those who want to keep their weapons in like-new condition without the hassle.
August 13th, 2012 02:46 PM
I like to do it when they are new I clean after each range session but after a while it becomes a pain in the a$$.
August 13th, 2012 02:56 PM
I dont clean them until they are VERY dirty. Had my first failure to eject in my rugar LCP this weekend so will clean that. I swear that I could never clean my M&P 9C and it would work find but I do actually clean it every 1000-1500 rounds or so.
August 14th, 2012 09:27 PM
I hate it doing it. Cleaning two guns every range time sucks.... even more so if they are my wheel guns.
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August 16th, 2012 07:54 AM
I clean my gun after every use but I don't enjoy it either. To me there is nothing relaxing about it with the grime, and the chemical smell of the cleaning agents.
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August 16th, 2012 03:38 PM
While I don't actually enjoy cleaning my pistol it's so easy that I don't really mind. I had a Glock 23 which I gave to my son unfortunately, now have a S&W clone, the Sigma which cleans identically. Five minutes & the gun is as clean as new. I know that a bit of residue isn't going to screw something up. With my Glock & now my Sigma I experimented with not cleaning them for a looong time. I had no problems whatsoever. All I did was add just a touch of oil on the slide rails. Not even sure if that was necessary. I certainly don't want to make a habit of it, though. In my military career I've seen what can happen to inadequately cleaned weapons, early M16s as an example.
I use CLP Break Free & found that it does a good job in both cleaning & lubricating.
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August 16th, 2012 03:43 PM
I don't because I'm anal about it and disassemble the frame and tend to forget where one little part goes and have to spend endless hours on the internet figuring it out.
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