Oil vs Grease?

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    Oil vs Grease?

    Is it true that grease will slow down your slide speed? Could this cause a malfunction?

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    You should use what the manufacturer recommends.

    Different Lubricants form different film thicknesses. Which will work best in a particular application depends on clearances between the parts that are in "contact" with one another.

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    I put a small dot of grease on each of the the guides on my Glocks (the ones on the receiver that fit into the grooves of the slide). No malfuctions.

    The only way for you to be sure about your pistols is do it and test it at the range.

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    A friend recommended a product called Slide-Glide, it's a grease and you you have to choose the type depending on the temperature. I'm curious what advantage this would have over oil. Reliability is obviously more important than protection, my weapons aren't museum pieces they are tools.

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    I use grease on the slides of all my semi-autos, they all work just fine. But, as was already said, you need to test it out on your own weapon.
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    I've used Brownell's Action Lube on various auto's of mine with good result. It's a semi-solid anti-corrosive lubricant, not really "grease" , and only a very small amount is needed ...

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    Militec grease for me on my Beretta 92G-SD.
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    Nothing but oil for me....and very little of it.
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    Lots of cleaning, but just a little oil...that's it!
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    I use the Tetra Gun Grease on all my pistols. They are Glocks and pretty much everything works on those.

    I have heard that some grease might start to stiffen up when in really cold weather. I've never seen this personally though.

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    Does anyone have first hand experience with Slide-Glide or TW25B?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anubis View Post
    I put a small dot of grease on each of the the guides on my Glocks (the ones on the receiver that fit into the grooves of the slide). No malfuctions.
    you could put rocks in the guides of your glocks and they wont malfunction.

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    I use TW25B on my slide rails and gun oil everywhere else that needs lubrication in my SIG's, never had any problems.
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    Grease on slides

    It depends on the kind of grease, the temperature, and the amount of grease. There is grease designed to be applied to slides and other parts of guns that must be applied very lightly and on a clean surface and carefully. Yes too much grease will slow down the slide and could cause a malfunction. Extreme cold is another problem and just using a low temperature lube is better. A good gun oil of a known brand will probably be OK. Too much of anything can be a problem. Also in severe condition like sand blowing in a desert area could cause a well oiled, greased gun to collect dirt. Keeping a gun clean and lightly oiled is usually sufficient. I have cleaned guns with solvents and air pressure just like car parts, that works too. Some lubricants can seep into ammunition and cause problems. Moderation is advised. Read some good literature on gun cleaning and keep climate and use in mind.
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    Beretta gun oil for me. The slide on the Beretta feels like it's on ball bearings.
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