Barrel cleaning question

Barrel cleaning question

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    Barrel cleaning question

    Every video on YouTube that I watched shows how to properly clean a gun but none ever mentions what's written in glock manual. According to it if you are not going to shoot your weapon then cleaning the inside of the barrel should not be performed until you will be ready to use the gun again.

    Is that with every barrel or I'm mising something?
    Right or wrong?
    I'm asking since I always clean my guns right after I shoot them and now I'm wondering if I should.

    Sorry if this was already answered. I tried to search for similar question but had no luck.
    On top of that I'm a rather new gun owner so learning is not done for me yet

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    I've never heard of leaving a gun dirty as a way to prolong its life.
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    ...written in glock manual. According to it if you are not going to shoot your weapon then cleaning the inside of the barrel should not be performed until you will be ready to use the gun again.
    I just checked the Glock website for their user manual, found here: https://us.glock.com/documents/gun_maintenance.pdf

    I couldn't find the advice you referred to, but page 42 of the manual tells you when to clean your gun and page 46 tells you how.

    You never know how good the advice is on You Tube in the absence of stated credentials ("hi there guys" as an intro doesn't inspire confidence for me), so I would consider such videos to be strictly supplementary to the straight info from Glock.

    Cleaning your guns after shooting them is almost never a bad thing, although some folks get a bit anal/OCD about it.
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    This is what I have.
    Unless my English is really bad (might be, not native speaker) then I read it as do not clean the inside of the barrel unless you will shoot soon.

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    The perfectly clean barrel

    That's a lotta patches and I really don't have that kinda time so my barrels are more like clean enough.

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    I see where your confusion comes in, with the "Notice." Allow me to interpret: If your new Glock is going to be set aside (stored) and not fired for a long time, don't bother cleaning the bore - but do clean it before you shoot it.

    In practical terms, and in concert with the .pdf I referenced, clean the bore before you shoot it the first time. After that, clean your gun after you shoot it and then periodically - they suggest monthly. Probably not a bad idea since you're in a humid climate.

    Does that help?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    I see where your confusion comes in, with the "Notice." Allow me to interpret: If your new Glock is going to be set aside (stored) and not fired for a long time, don't bother cleaning the bore - but do clean it before you shoot it.

    In practical terms, and in concert with the .pdf I referenced, clean the bore before you shoot it the first time. After that, clean your gun after you shoot it and then periodically - they suggest monthly. Probably not a bad idea since you're in a humid climate.

    Does that help?
    Awesome :)
    Thank you so much!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GR View Post
    This is what I have.
    Unless my English is really bad (might be, not native speaker) then I read it as do not clean the inside of the barrel unless you will shoot soon.

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    Re-read it GR. It is instructing you to run a clean patch through before firing to take out lubricant or cleaner that is in the bore. That's the stuff you used to clean and lube your bore before you stored your gun.
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    6. Should have said "Before firing your Glock pistol for the first time, run a clean patch...
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    Let me try to explain. I don't own a glock so I can't speak specifically about glocks but most new guns are shipped from the factory with some type of shipping new gun goo ( that's a technical term for preservative) on them. My Kel-Tec PF9 was horrible and so was my ex-daughter in laws Walther ccq. It is not ment to be a lubricant and could actually be dangerous if it is so thick it obstructs the bore or hinders the proper functioning of the weapon. It is always a good idea to clean a new weapon before it is fired for the first time. It may not always be necessary, but it certainly can't hurt. But if you bought a gun, with the intention of storing it, say in a safe for a period of time without ever firing it. It would be fine, and probably a good idea, to leave all that new gun goo on it. Remember it's a preservative and not a lubricant. Just clean it before you fire it for the first time. As a matter of fact I know a lot of people, myself included, that grease there guns quite heavily before they are stored in safes for long periods of time without being used. And I do mean long periods of time. I was asked to safeguard a weapon by a friends wife after my friend died Untill his son was old enough to take possession of it. That gun sat if my safe, greased up, for over ten years. when his mom said it was time. I cleaned it and gave it back to her to give to her son.
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    Leaving a clean, dry barrel sit could cause a rust problem. I clean my guns and leave them oily. Run a patch through them before I shoot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GR View Post
    This is what I have.
    Unless my English is really bad (might be, not native speaker) then I read it as do not clean the inside of the barrel unless you will shoot soon.

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    What that means is: Clean and lubricate the pistol including the barrel normally.

    If you intend to store the gun for an extended period of time, clean and lubricate the pistol including the barrel but DO NOT remove the oil in the barrel (because it is to be stored).

    When you are ready to use the pistol again, take a clean patch and run it through the barrel (as you would during normal cleaning) to remove any lubricant left in the barrel from storage, before shooting the pistol again.
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    I can't see leaving gunpowder residue in a gun. Not to mention that firing it removes any oil that may be in the barrel. I clean my gun before going to the range and again after. I find it therapeutic. My reasoning for cleaning the gun before hitting the range is I have found all sorts of stuff in the barrel from carrying it every day. My LCP gets carried in my pocket more often than not and you should see the stuff in the barrel! I never knew my pockets were so dirty.

    If for some reason my guns don't get fired in a couple of weeks, I take the pleasure of field stripping them and give them a good cleaning and lube. Like I said, it's therapeutic.
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    Cheers everybody.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GR View Post
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