Do you not shoot a gun because cleaning it is a PITA?

Do you not shoot a gun because cleaning it is a PITA?

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    Do you not shoot a gun because cleaning it is a PITA?

    I was talking to a friend of mine at the IDPA tournament last weekend. We were discussing guns (imagine that). He mentioned that he has a few guns that he rarely shoots because cleaning them is such a pain. He just said that the disassembly and reassembly was so "painful" that he would rather not shoot them.

    Does anyone have a gun that he/she rarely shoots because cleaning them is so onerous?
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    No. Cleaning weapons is sort of a hobby for me.
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    I find cleaning my guns fun and relaxing. I'll sit in front of the TV, watching a good action flick while doing so. The way they look after I'm done is nice too!
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    I do find cleaning my revolvers to be a PIA(all those holes)..so I do often pick an auto.Iused to be a real cleaning nazi,but not so much now.Only my carries get cleaned after every outing.Others get a wipe down,and a good cleaning after maye 400 rounds.
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    I kinda have Subnine's attitude on this. After a range trip, taking down the firearms for a good cleaning is part of the range day. Either sitting around enjoying the fellowship/company of my range partners or just hanging out, watching TV, or listening to the radio, or whatever, while cleaning the weapons.

    If a gun was too much of a problem, or I just didn't 'want' to clean it, I get rid of it. I clean all my guns......never really had that problem.
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    All of my firearms strip down really easy so I shoot them a lot and clean occassionally except my carry gun gets cleaned after every shooting session and cleaned weekly just carrying
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    Try using Gunzilla, it cut cleaning time at Camp Perry in half.

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    I find most good quality guns take down easy and clean easy........maybe its more about laziness......maybe not.....you know your friend and I don't....
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    Compared to my Glock, I remember my Colt Series 80 Gov't Model was a PITA. Which is one reason why I have a Glock today.
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    Can't really think of any decent arms for which field stripping is that big a deal...

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    Only my Colt Woodsman , at about 5k rounds it gets real sticky , and about at 4k i loan it to my son for a while ( along with a couple boxes of " bulk " ammo ) . So far the system has worked , but he is starting to whimper a bit .
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    I enjoy cleaning also, but I must admit, my Ruger Mark II is a PITA to reassemble. You need to get that bolt pin just right...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonInNY View Post
    I enjoy cleaning also, but I must admit, my Ruger Mark II is a PITA to reassemble. You need to get that bolt pin just right...
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    My old MK II was the most fun to shoot.....and the most 'attention intensive' firearm to clean. It got cleaned after every trip though......just one more thing to deal with and although a somwhat PITA, I never viewed it that way.
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    I don't find the MKII all that difficult to reassemble or take down. I'd rather clean that twice than clean a single action revolver once.

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    Well, Chooie, I don't have a single action revolver (yet) but I tend to agree with the other two that the MKII is a serious SOB to clean. Absolutely love shooting it, and it's probably the most accurate firearm my family owns, but cleaning isn't so fun.


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