Cleaning Obsession

Cleaning Obsession

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    Cleaning Obsession

    There's nothing that beats a successful day of shooting, but like all good things there must be an end. But does it really have to end after the last round is fired? For me personally I have equal anticipation to race home and bust out cleaning supplies as I had on the way out to the range. Call it a cleaning obsession, a ritual. A way to extend the experience after my weekly ammo allowance is expended. The joy of sitting back in my chair and turning on my favorite Pandora station. You can't buy this sort of peace with therapy. What I would like to know is if there is anyone else out there who enjoys a cleaning ritual of their own. I know a lot of people that despise the process of cleaning their firearms so I wonder, which is the minority?
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    The smell of Hoppe's is addictive !
    Yes I enjoy the ritual and will never put a fired gun away "dirty". Hopefully I've
    passed that attitude on to my children and grandchildren. I don't consider it an
    obsession as much as good firearm maintenance. My 02.
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    I find cleaning my guns therapeutic.
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    Cleaning Obsession

    I truly hope you're not in the minority. Firearms maintenance is a critical part of responsible gun ownership. Enjoying the experience makes it likely that our children/grandchildren will follow suit.
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    Cleaning Obsession

    I hate cleaning anything. My guns, the dishes, the car, etc. I do clean the gun, but not RIGHT after the range. It may take a day or two...ok, maybe a week... I'm not overly concerned, I've taken it shooting a couple times within a few days of a previous range trip without cleaning it in between and it gave me no problems whatsoever.

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    I enjoy the cleaning almost as much as the shooting. I clean and oil my EDC every two weeks if it hasn't been fired.

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    I tried an experiment one time. Put 1,000 rounds through my CZ without cleaning, just to see if it would jam up. Darn thing wouldn't stop, so I went ahead and cleaned it anyway, because I couldn't stand it any more.
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    I look at cleaning guns the same as wiping my butt; a dirty job that needs to be done and nothing glorious about it. There's no "Ready for inspection, sir!" afterwards.
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    I started the obsessive cleaning regimen with the first pistol I owned. While I don't get so aggressive quite so often, these days, I am fairly rigorous in keeping things clean and functioning well. Particularly on defensive guns, it's hard to do it any other way. I'd hate to be faced with the alternative to a crappy regimen that I could have corrected if only I'd had the will to do so.
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    Cleaning Obsession

    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    I look at cleaning guns the same as wiping my butt; a dirty job that needs to be done and nothing glorious about it. There's no "Ready for inspection, sir!" afterwards.
    Lol! I appreciate your sense of humor, sir!
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    always enjoyed it

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    Since over-cleaning was an obsession in the Army I've gotten in the habit & find it very enjoyable. Since my range gun is also my EDC it becomes as important to me as having my assigned weapon ready for battle at all times. It must be clean & not overly lubed. Clean mags & ammo as well.
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    What I would like to know is if there is anyone else out there who enjoys a cleaning ritual of their own. I know a lot of people that despise the process of cleaning their firearms so I wonder, which is the minority?
    I do. I'm sure I clean mine beyond what's necessary for adequate maintenance but I like doing it. It's part of the pleasure.

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    Can't say I enjoy it. I see it as part of the package of gun ownership. use em = clean em
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    I used to be obsessed about cleaning my guns. Then I found out that most rifles get ruined by over cleaning. I clean them when they need it.
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