Cleaning Your Springfield XD

Cleaning Your Springfield XD

This is a discussion on Cleaning Your Springfield XD within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I am new to firearms and have shot my XD40 just once or twice (probably 100+ rounds through it). The last time I shot it, ...

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    Cleaning Your Springfield XD

    I am new to firearms and have shot my XD40 just once or twice (probably 100+ rounds through it). The last time I shot it, I forgot to clean it and it has been sitting in my safe, in the case that came with the gun, for about six months or more.

    I am going to the range on Friday & want to start shooting the gun frequently so I can get comfortable enough with it to carry.

    Is it safe to shoot it now without cleaning it? How often should I clean my gun?


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    I clean my guns after everyuse,before I stow them away.I like to keep them wiped down and Dusted off so to speak,on a regular basis.
    Everyone is differnet on how they care for thier firearms,and you will get a wide variety of useful Information on the subject here...Good luck!
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    Some people clean every time. I used to, now I'm lazy! Clean when you feel like it, start feeling guilty, or start getting jams! The gun's built for combat, not shooting in a lab environment cleanliness!

    If this were a piece I relied on for CCW or home defense, then that's a different story. I'd clean it more often. At least a boresnake after each session.

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    I'd at least pull the slide off and LIGHTLY lube the rails.
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    I clean my guns habitually as its time that I get to spend making sure they work to the best of their ability. Then again, I have OCD, so it bugs me if they aren't kept clean. Its a personal preference, but like changing the oil in your car, it should be done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S3ymour View Post
    I clean my guns habitually as its time that I get to spend making sure they work to the best of their ability. Then again, I have OCD, so it bugs me if they aren't kept clean. Its a personal preference, but like changing the oil in your car, it should be done.

    I meant to mention this. I always clean within a day or 2 at the most of shooting. But, for this time, a little lube should do ya. Better yet, Break free CLP the rails. It'll just take a minute.
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    I HAVE to clean my guns after each use.
    I dont understand why you wouldn't just clean it if you're in any doubt. It's really quite easy to do.

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    At least run a boresnake through it and lube the rails, as for how often to clean it. If you're using it as a CCW carry then clean it like your life depended on it. I usually clean mine after every use, "ex-military mind set you know", but still a good habit to get into.
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    I'm conducting a little experiment on a Glock and Sig.
    2000 rounds each so far no malfunctions.

    All I do after range session, Wipe down with a silicone rag.
    Put back in the safe.
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    Only gun I don't worry about cleaning after the range session is my hi-point,simply b/c I really don't give a (censored) about it.

    But I like my XD too much NOT to clean it


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    TO answer your question: Yes it is still safe to fire. With only 100 rounds through I doubt the gun will malfunction at all, but if it were to malfunction it would be either a failure to eject or a failure to go into battery.

    I would put a light lube on the rails like a previous poster mentioned and clean the gun when you are done.

    Make a mental note to clean the gun before putting it away and preferably after every range trip.

    Enjoy the XD! They are excellent weapons!
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    Shoot it, if it works ok your good to go. If not clean it real quick.
    One of the problems with not cleaning after use is in a humid
    climate the carbon can collect moisture and cause rust.

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    The xd is really too easy to take down not to clean it. I can field strip it in about 5 seconds to clean it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S3ymour View Post
    The xd is really too easy to take down not to clean it. I can field strip it in about 5 seconds to clean it.
    That's no exaggeration. But for the love of God don't forget to unload it first. None of us want to hear an embarrassing story. Don't get me wrong, we might get a laugh at you but would rather not see you have to go through that.
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    ...hmm I clean my guns even if I don't shoot them... I love guns... :)
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