On average how long do you spend cleaning your gun?

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  • 10 (Real quick wipe down)

    6 8.82%
  • 15 (I have things to do)

    7 10.29%
  • 20 (I put some effort into it)

    27 39.71%
  • 25 (I give her/him a good bathing)

    9 13.24%
  • 30+ ( Anything less is unacceptable)

    17 25.00%
  • I have a Glock, it doesn't need cleaning!

    2 2.94%
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    On average how long do you spend cleaning your gun?

    For me it's anywhere from 30min-hr.

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    Depends.

    Handguns - My Ruger MK III's take the longest, about 30-40 minutes. Lot's of angles and holes and the dirty .22. But I'm usually relaxing when I'm doing it.

    Revolvers - about 15, except for my model 63, which is a .22, and that probably takes about 25 (.22's are double dirty in a revolver).

    My Semi's - CZ, Hi-Power, Sig P229 - prolly about 25 minutes.

    Rifles - Bolts - about 15.

    Semi's - about 30

    Levers - about 30


    I've gotten lazy, and I have about five or six to clean. I mean to clean after every range trip. But when family comes to visit, I usually take a Bag o' guns to the range, and then I have a bunch of cleaning to do...
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    I still haven't cleaned my 870 from it's last range visit over a month ago, no worries I have a Mossberg 500 pulling HD Artillery duty right now.

    Just been lazy about it.

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    A good cleaning and FrogLube takes about an hour, but I assembly line it, so I can do 4 in about 90 minutes.

    Once that is done, subsequent cleaning can be done in just a couple of minutes.

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    I checked real quick wipe down. Experience has taught me that certain guns require attention only to certain areas to function properly and seldom need even a field strip to maintain.

    I am comfortable shooting my Colts or Glocks at the range and only clean the feed ramp, chamber, and put a drop of oil on the slide rails and barrel hood for the Colts, and only the barrel hood for the Glocks.

    Work the action a few times to work the lube thru,load'em up and am ready to rock and roll.
    The Colts go about 200 rounds this way, and the Glocks more.
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    I had another police officer tell me one time she was told it should take an hour plus to clean her Colt revolver...yeah, it was that long ago...I responded by saying if it takes someone that long to clean a handgun well, they've missed doing something else.

    I've NEVER had a handgun malfunction...guess I'm blessed...I clean each within 30 minutes...and it's ready to go. The barrel inside and out, ramp, brush solvent to get rid of lead froame and slide, wipe and air pressure dry, oil, put it together and load.

    Oh, sorry, I did hve a gun that gave me extreme trouble even with ball ammunitoon...AMT back-up 380 back in teh early '80s...

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    For at least 30 minutes................ as soon as I get home from the range !!!

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    My CZ P-01 gets cleaned 20-30 minutes after a range trip regardless of how many rounds fired. I also field strip , wipe down with a toothbrush, with a toothbrush and relube once a week.

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    I didn't vote because the minutes and explanation don't match up. 10 minutes is a quick wipe down? What the heck are you wiping? I can do revolvers 5-7 min. An auto loader, 15 min is a thorough field strip cleaning. Over 30 min would be a complete disassembly.

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    Same here. Hey, I like my guns, but I don't view cleaning them as a religious experience. When they need it, they're broken down, appropriately wiped/swabbed/brushed/scrubbed, then reassembled and lubed. I think the Garand takes me more than half an hour (simply because I haven't stripped and reassembled it enough times to know it by heart), and the 336 is in the 30-min range if I skip the bore snake and opt to take the lever off and pull the bolt out.
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    I put 20 minutes on each gun that I fired that day at the range, but at times I spend an entire afternoon/evening cleaning everything in the safe.
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    I have always been big on taking good care of my guns, regardless of the impact on their functioning in the immediate. The main reason is that, let's face facts, guns are expensive. Why not take good care of things that I have spent a lot of money on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckusaret View Post
    I put 20 minutes on each gun that I fired that day at the range, but at times I spend an entire afternoon/evening cleaning everything in the safe.
    This about sums it up for me.
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    I wouldn't say I'm anal about cleaning, but I do like to keep my stuff as clean as I can get it.
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    After being in the Army for MANY YEARS and having to go through many inspections from the armorer(s), I have grown accustom to "Mil-Spec" cleanings. So I break out the Q-Tips and pipe cleaners every time I break one down.
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