Cleaning a New Firearm... Yes or No?

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    Cleaning a New Firearm... Yes or No?

    I searched the forum to see if there was any info on this.

    Is it necessary to clean a brand new firearm before you shoot the first round? I want to make sure that I start out doing what's right for my investment. If so, could you tell me why.

    Thanks in advance!

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    I would read the owners's manual but usually they say to clean them before you shoot them. Did I clean my Glock 19 before I shot it? No, and it performed flawlessly.

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    Yes. Well, unless it's a Glock...
    I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad426 View Post
    Yes. Well, unless it's a Glock...
    May make that my signature. LOL

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    Always field strip, clean, and lube a new firearm.

    They are often shipped out with heavy protective lubricants on them (if you have ever ordered a RIA 1911 you know what im talking about). Also it gives you a chance to do a quick inspection to look for any obvious defects.
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    What NMB said...+1
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    i shot 1000 rounds out of my glock before i cleaned it. just to see what would happen. (i did strip it and visually inspect it though)

    ...nothing happened.
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    I've always cleaned every gun I've obtained (new or used) before I've shot it.
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    I field stripped my wife's new Sig several times before I fired it. It was mostly a 'get acquainted' activity. Did I 'clean' it? No, but I did lightly oil it as it was very dry when it arrived. No problem, but I knew the gun before I fired it.

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    Even the Glock manual says clean first.

    Like NMB stated, many gun makers utilize a packing/storage grease that's not the best "lubricant." Besides, who can resist getting hands-on before you make it to the range?
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    One of the great reasons to totally strip down a new gun is to get to know the gun. Of course you want to get all the packing junk out of them, even the best guns on the market tell you do do this. You get a real feel for your gun too. Some guns are harder than others to take all the way down including the firing pin. You tube has some nice videos on how to do this for many guns.
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    That is part of the fun of having a new gun.

    Clean (and learn how it works)
    Then shoot.
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    I bought my first Glock a few months ago. The very first thing I did was take it apart, LOL.

    So yeah, to me, it's a no-brainer to clean the gun first.........
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    You don't have to, but I would say it's a good idea. It forces you to do a detailed visual inspection, and cleans out any extra grease.

    Will it hurt the gun if you don't? No.
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    A lot of good information to know, and I really appreciate everyone who replied.

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