Carry after cleaning

Carry after cleaning

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    Carry after cleaning

    I don't know why, but I only clean one pistol at a time. And don't carry the one I clean until I have had a chance to take it back to the range and put about two magazines through it.

    I am confident with the assembly after cleaning, but until I know a pistol fires after clean......I just don't have the same level of confidence.

    Does anyone else ever feel that way?
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    No. If I didn't believe that I could correctly reassemble the pistol after cleaning it, I wouldn't take it apart. A parts diagram is a great help here for those pistols that I'm not totally familiar with.

    I also run through a function check after cleaning to be sure that the pistol is properly assembled. I do this even though I'm pretty sure that it went together properly without any parts left over/out. After that, I secure the cleaning gear and put it away then load the mag, chamber a round and holster the weapon. I've never had a firearm fail to function with this method that was the result of disassembling & cleaning it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassking View Post
    I don't know why, but I only clean one pistol at a time. And don't carry the one I clean until I have had a chance to take it back to the range and put about two magazines through it.

    I am confident with the assembly after cleaning, but until I know a pistol fires after clean......I just don't have the same level of confidence.

    Does anyone else ever feel that way?
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    I have utmost confidence in my pistols...clean or not. I'm carrying one right now that hasn't been cleaned for several hundred rounds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob P. View Post
    I've never had a firearm fail to function with this method that was the result of disassembling & cleaning it.
    I have never had a weapon fail ever, but still there is some confidence or peace I must be missing, until I fire a few rounds.
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    I'm actually more afraid of it's performance if I don't clean it after a day at the range. A clean gun is a happy one:)
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    I only carry 'clean' weapons...
    If I shoot it, I clean it...

    Stay armed...keep it clean...stay safe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    I only carry 'clean' weapons...
    If I shoot it, I clean it...
    Same here. no dirty guns carried unless I am on my way back from the range.
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    Never heard of this.

    Have you ever experienced a malfunction when firing a pistol after reassembly?

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    I clean, lubricate, and function check my weapon after I clean it. But I'm not carrying an unclean autoloader for any more time than necessary.
    The preceding post may contain sarcasm; it's just better that way. However, it is still intended with construction and with the Love of my L-rd Y'shua.

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    I felt this way when I first started keeping a loaded gun for potential defense purposes. The uneasy feeling of not having 'tested' a gun after cleaning went away after a bunch of cleaning sessions.
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    I didn't want to pull out the wild card here....but.......

    Clean, unclean, or run over by a 4x4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Never heard of this.

    Have you ever experienced a malfunction when firing a pistol after reassembly?
    Yep! A Ruger 22/45. It's a great target gun and a blast to shoot. Stripping it down for cleaning isn't bad either. But, it's a royal PITA to put back together. You have to pay very close attention to the instuctions as you turn the gun upside down and stand on your head with one leg out to the right and an arm out to the left.

    Yes, it will fail to fire if not assembled correctly. Luckily, it's not a carry gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharpetop View Post
    Yep! A Ruger 22/45. It's a great target gun and a blast to shoot. Stripping it down for cleaning isn't bad either. But, it's a royal PITA to put back together. You have to pay very close attention to the instuctions as you turn the gun upside down and stand on your head with one leg out to the right and an arm out to the left.

    Yes, it will fail to fire if not assembled correctly. Luckily, it's not a carry gun.
    Tip: if when you are done you have parts left over, toss them because you didn't really need them anyway.


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    I carry clean, but if I take something down to the levels beyond what is needed for a routine cleaning I give it a good check to make sure it works.
    eg, after popping my SP101's complete lockworks out all over my bench (that pawl spring plunger and spring are a major PIA) I make sure it cycles, locks up and the firing pin does what it's supposed to.
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