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4 years 22 weeks ago, 12:41 PM

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No Lyle.. sheesh.. I'm talking about your favorite shooting iron.. I just finished advising a guy looking for a LE trade in, and in the process told him it was a good call as most LE pieces are cleaned more than the "average" serious shooter..

That got me thinking about a chore coming up (how many i had to clean).. and if my gun cleaning habits were diffrent than the rest of you guys.. I'm guessing the major issue here is how often you go shooting.. I know that at times in my life that i couldn't go as often as i would like the weapons were all cleaned a lot more.. Now that im retired and can shoot as often as i want (least as often as i can afford) they don't get cleaned quite as often as they should.

I have a L frame that's sorta the "alpha" weapon.. My bedside piece.. and a J frame airweight that is my prime carry piece.. both of these are cleaned after every shooting and oiled. Those we keep "dedicated". The vehicles, and those stashed around the house... keep them wiped down with old Hoppe's elite which i really swear by. My little FA doesn't get anything except a reload once a year and a new wrap of elect tape on the tiny grip.. still works..

The rest of the weapons, the ones that get the work out..These are a mix of K frames, old and new, and all sorts of .22's .. fact is they do NOT get cleaned every time i go to the range..lucky if its every three times..and even then i dont clean them like i did when i was a kid..

The whole scour with a brass brush has given way to a couple swipes with a wet brush, then a dry patch, and a wipe down out side (again with hoppes elite) and a couple of drops of oil, and im not picky about that.. long as its gun oil.. think i use some surplus stuff that's older than i am.. anyway.. whats the average out there.. are you guys all "anal" about cleaning (pause so ebear can lose the Woodie) after every use, are do my lazy habits mirror yours..

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4 years 22 weeks ago, 12:58 PM

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gun cleaning

I am pretty bad about cleaning even on my defensive stuff.the only time I get crazy about is in my AK/RPK/SKS when I fire corrosive ammo because they will start to rust in a day and I dont want any damage done.everything else I have gets cleaned when they start to have malfunctions.which could be a long time between or a short time between cleanings.I mean really,a 1911 pattern will run pretty well dirty and so do the CZ's.

4 years 22 weeks ago, 1:20 PM

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I clean my stuff after every trip to the desert, I use WD40 mostly unless I remember to buy the special stuff at Sportsman's Whse. (which I always forget). For oil I use Lucas gun oil, its good stuff although I am thinking of trying a tip I got from a two tour Iraq Vet coworker of mine and using dry graphite lube on my AR's as some times it is really windy and the gun oil attracts all manner of sand and dirt. My shottie and winne 1892 that don't get shot much get a good cleaning every four or five months.

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4 years 22 weeks ago, 1:51 PM

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Gun cleaning

I guess I'm anal about it (my kids say I'm anal about a lot of things). I clean guns even if I only fire one shot. I generally use Hoppe's No. 9 to clean, and then Break Free CLP to oil (as needed - I apply it very sparingly). We only have one nickel gun, and I use Shooter's Choice on it, because the ammonia in Hoppe's attacks the nickel. I still have a few ounces of the old military cleaning solvent left, that was used back in the dark ages when I was in the army, and if I've shot a lot of lead bullets I use that to get the bore clean. I only use a brass brush if there's a lot of lead in the grooves in the barrel, otherwise I use a nylon bristle brush. The reason for this is that when I was young, I would use a brass brush a lot, and it damaged some of the bores. Now I'm more careful.
I check the little used guns in my safe ever so often (undoubtedly not often enough). I'll take them out, wipe them down, check them over completely, and if I think necessary I'll run patches with Break Free through the bores.
I disassemble only enough to clean. Ever so often, though, I do disassemble to ensure that gunk hasn't built up in the action. When I was shooting 1911's a lot I'd completely detail strip them pretty often, but that was because I enjoyed it, not because it was necessary.

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4 years 22 weeks ago, 5:27 PM

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I'm pretty anal about keeping my firearms clean. Even if they haven't been fired for a while I periodically take them out and run an oiled patch through and wipe 'em down.

They always get a good cleaning after a trip to the range, that must be my military experience.

4 years 22 weeks ago, 5:35 PM

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gun cleaning

like everything else.
When it looks dirty.

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4 years 22 weeks ago, 6:21 PM

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I do alot of cleaning.

I am completely anal about my guns being clean. If I so much as shoot a single round from my gun it gets complete cleaned with Hoppes and oiled up real good. All the rest of them I have on a month regiment, so at least once a month they get taken out the barrel swabbed out and oiled and stored back in the gun safe. All my guns look as good as the day I bought them. The only one that shoes any type of wear is my primary conceal peice. I even clean my mags and rotate my ammo in all of them. My AR with the quad rail is a beautiful ass rifle, but what a pain in the ass it is cleaning in between each one of the grooves in the rail.

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4 years 22 weeks ago, 6:38 PM

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im with

the anul crowd. I clean them when im bored except for the shot-gun....i've only shot it twice since i got it. Its hard to log it around with the Chicago laws running wild.But i will field strip the handguns whenever.

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4 years 22 weeks ago, 1:13 AM

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And Grease and Bob.. Man am i with you both on the 1911's.. you guys know i was really into them back in the early 80's when they were dirt cheap..Not series 70's so much as just the basic every mfg WWII pieces.. There's something about cleaning a 1911 thats just fun.. One of the reasons i like revolvers is there easy to clean..

The Walthers (the P22's) are a pain to take down..least for me.. Think one of the things about the 1911's is that not are they so easy to strip, but then that big fat bbl is so easy to clean.. one of those stick a paper towel on a bic pen if you cant find your bore brush.. Thats the one thing about Uncle Johns 45 thats a lot better than the 35 9.. I never had a Browning that striped as easy as the 1911..

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4 years 22 weeks ago, 1:22 AM

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my Hard Baller AMT

is an overgrown 1911 and I simply may be lazy but I shoot alot of cast lead thru it and even with the Magna Porting it functions just fine and really aint that dirty.I showed the piece to Clint when he was here on Saturday and he didnt chew my ass for having a dirty weapon so it musta been ok.The frame and slide are stainless so I do tend to take it for granted and be lazy even more than normal but I really am trying to see how much this thing will handle before it malfunctions and I have a real good feeling that it will take alot of filthy loads and just absolute neglect before this fine piece of machinery will fail to do it's job.I am having a race between the AMT Hard Baller .45 ACP and the CZ75 9mm to see which one shits the bed first after firing lotsa rounds,sitting,then firing,then sitting.my bet is on the AMT.

4 years 22 weeks ago, 1:24 AM

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greg

left ya a PM.food for thought.lets get this going.I am heading to bed but I will catch ya on the flip side...

4 years 22 weeks ago, 1:28 AM

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see ya tomorrow

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4 years 22 weeks ago, 1:34 AM

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greg

same-same

4 years 22 weeks ago, 6:12 PM

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Gun Cleaning

Depends on the firearm
Rifles.......Even time I shoot them!
Pump Shotguns........You can clean those things?
Semi-Auto Shotguns.........Every fourth time I shoot them.
Glocks.......Whever I feel like it!
Kel-Tec.........Carry it daily, clean it weekly!
Rimfire Guns.........Once a year.

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4 years 22 weeks ago, 6:14 PM

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Shak

How the heck are ya?
Long time no.............well "see" just don't work online.

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4 years 22 weeks ago, 7:12 PM

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hmmmmmmmmm

i clean my cc everyday if only a wipe down i clean the others once a week no matter what do tear downs once a month i use tags to tell me when the 30 days are up ,mags and ammo get rotated every 30 days with the cleaning , is this anal ? jac no comment lol

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