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How often do you clean your guns? After every use? Every few months? Every other use? Is it necessary to clean after every use? I clean mine after every use, even if I only shoot 1 magazine through it. Is that ok, or is it overkill?
 

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I'm pretty laissez faire when it comes to cleaning. I run the bore snake every time I fire the LCP. Once every couple of weeks I blow the pocket dust off if I haven't shot it at the range. I then lube with Weapon Shield using their pen with needle applicator.

I don't presume to tell you I have studied the matter, it's just my current approach. I await more informed answers in this thread.
 

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I am an "everytime person" myself, unless I am going to shoot again the next day. I generally don't let them sit dirty for more than a day. That's just so I don't forget and then it ends up being weeks.
 

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Every time I fire a gun I clean and lube it.That was the way I was taught to take care of a gun,especially if you are going to depend on it for defence.
 

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matt 100%.......
 

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my 24/7 Kahr PM9 is cleaned and lubed every session. If it rides in my front pocket, which it does 24/7, it will be clean and ready to go. My Smith and Glock 19 and my kahr K9 are range guns and home guns. they don't get that kind of TLC. they do get the usual boresnake after every session but overall cleaning, well I am alittle laxed on that.
Nothing wrong with cleaning and lubing our weapon every session. I give my shotguns the same boresnake treatment.
 

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I clean my guns after every range session.
 

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My wifey says I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, I don't know that I agree, is it wrong to clean my weapons 2 or 3 times inbetween firings? 2 or 3 specks of dust can't be a good thing, can it? I think polishing a weapon every night before I go to bed isn't any sign of OCD, right? ;D Maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but I don't think you can take too good of care of something you might depend on to save your life....at least that's what I tell the wifey :D
 

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I used to clean obsessively after every range session. As I started shooting more, that just became unfeasible. The guns I use in IPSC, IDPA and pin shooting each get shot about once a week and cleaned once a month or so.

My carry gun gets shot once a month or so and is cleaned immediately after - often it's the occasion to clean any other dirty guns. If not shot, carry guns are given a quick once over every couple of weeks. It's amazing what kind of crap they can pick up just going from the holster to the nightstand and back.

I've always subscribed to the principle of "never carry a dirty gun" - as my lawyer advised; if I'm in the wrong place at the wrong time and there's a "shots fired" incidence, I can go a long way towards clearing myself of involvement if I can produce a firearm that's clean enough to serve dinner with. (Assuming you don't mind Militec as a salad dressing!)

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How often do you clean your guns? I don't own any guns :-X

After every use? I believe this is the best practice to get into, it takes a short time and assures you that the gun was taken care of properly and will work the next time you want to make a range trip as well as the fact that it keeps them in tip top condition.

Every few months? this one may be for things that don't get shot often, I think once a year or every 6 months its a good idea to take a look at the things that are just sitting in the safe just to make sure rust isn't creepin in on anything, besides it gives you an excuse to pull the less used ones out and take a gander ;)

Every other use? this can work and in a lot of cases will be good enough, but I prefer the after every use.

Is it necessary to clean after every use? what do you do when you get dirty? ya take a shower right? (I hope lol) ;D necessary? nah, but its a good habit to get into, that goes for the shower too!

I clean mine after every use, even if I only shoot 1 magazine through it. Is that ok, or is it overkill? I don't see it as overkill at all, its yours, take care of it to whatever level makes ya comfy. it can never get too clean so no worries there 8)

The views expressed above are not to be taken as anything but a humble opinion by a non expert, and you know what they say about opinions, they are kinda like belly buttons ;)

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Raytracer said:
I used to clean obsessively after every range session. As I started shooting more, that just became unfeasible. The guns I use in IPSC, IDPA and pin shooting each get shot about once a week and cleaned once a month or so.

My carry gun gets shot once a month or so and is cleaned immediately after - often it's the occasion to clean any other dirty guns. If not shot, carry guns are given a quick once over every couple of weeks. It's amazing what kind of crap they can pick up just going from the holster to the nightstand and back.

I've always subscribed to the principle of "never carry a dirty gun" - as my lawyer advised; if I'm in the wrong place at the wrong time and there's a "shots fired" incidence, I can go a long way towards clearing myself of involvement if I can produce a firearm that's clean enough to serve dinner with. (Assuming you don't mind Militec as a salad dressing!)

Joe
I agree with you Raytracer. I have heard that Lawyer Speek before and I think it is good advice. You just never know what is around the corner......
 

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matt said:
Every time I fire a gun I clean and lube it.That was the way I was taught to take care of a gun,especially if you are going to depend on it for defence.
+1, and besides I find I can become lazy ::) and then never get around to it...
 

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On the guns I shoot only once or twice a year I give them a through cleaning after each shoot. My regular range guns get the bore snake,barrel swabbed with oil and wipe down after each shoot and a good cleaning every 5 or 6 uses. Which is usually about once a month.
 

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RobR369 said:
How often do you clean your guns? After every use? Every few months? Every other use? Is it necessary to clean after every use? I clean mine after every use, even if I only shoot 1 magazine through it. Is that ok, or is it overkill?
I absolutely clean my guns everytime I use them...except when I don't. Most of the time I do but on occasion I have shot them two or three times over a period of 1 to 6 months without cleaning. I mostly carry Glocks and have never had a problem. I only get to carry my LCP on my short trips to Idaho. Hopefully those trips will become longer and longer this year as I retire and make Idaho my home of record.
 

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As a former federal LEO, I was taught to clean weapons immediately after use, since many failures to feed or fire correctly are attributable to either dirt in the mechanism or inadequate lubrication. If you don't use your firearms for self-defense or law enforcement purposes, it probably makes no difference, but if you're literally betting your life that your weapon will function properly when you pull the trigger, why chance it? I always clean my pistol immediately after firing it. it's one less opportunity for something to go wrong when the chips are down.
 
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