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    Should I clean the spring/guide rod?

    I always clean my Smith M&P 9 after every shooting session, but I realized the other day that once I field strip, I always just set aside the captured spring/guide rod. Is it a good idea to scrub that puppy with a toothbrush and solvent as well? The gun makes kind of a creaky/squeaky sound when I work the slide. It sounds like the spring grating against the guide rod. Could this be from a dirty guide rod? Or is it normal?

    Thanks for the help.

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    It wouldn't hurt to clean it. I usually just spray mine and wipe it off. No scrubbing or anything, but it cleans it good enough

    -Jeff-

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    I don't know about the noise but I always spray my spring and guide rod during every cleaning, let sit, wipe off and then spray again before I put back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeefyBeefo View Post
    It wouldn't hurt to clean it. I usually just spray mine and wipe it off. No scrubbing or anything, but it cleans it good enough

    -Jeff-
    That's what I do as well.

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    They are giving you good info RT. You don't need to brush unless crud is building up but a quick spray of solvent will get it most of the time.

    When you hit 10,000 rounds call S&W and tell them you have that many through it and think the spring is beginning to fade. They will most likely send you a new one.

    Keep them in the middle and stay safe.


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