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      Delayed cleaning for days after range session

      I typically get out one or two days a week for a range session. I'll take 2 -3 guns per session and usually don't repeat the same guns if I get a second session in during the week. I generally wait until the weekend to clean the guns I've fired during the week. While awaiting cleaning they are usually wiped with an oil cloth and stored in a safe.

      Am I doing any damage by not cleaning them right away after a range session or is it fine to clean them up to 6 days after they've been shot?

      I'm posing the question for a variety of guns (revolvers and semi autos with various finishes) so if there is a separate rule for a certain type of gun or finish, please let me know.

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      I go for months at a time without cleaning guns. Doesn't hurt them. What it does do is require more time for the solvent to work its magic. Instead of "Hoppes on; Hoppes off," you'll probably have to let it soak for a few minutes.

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      I sort of stopped cleaning my guns to see what happens, but it has yet to cause any problems. I'll clean them if I get the time (I have a lot of school work these next couple weeks), but nothing has been affected in the past 2 months or so. I'll just soak them a little longer as mentioned above.

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      I can't sleep at night if my guns aint clean--well, maybe a couple of days. I usually clean the range guns the minute I get home--the pistols anyway. I carry bore snakes for my rifles and use CLP right there at the range before I pack them up. Cleaning a warm bore is definitely the way to go if you're doing a 22-24" barrel. I don't shoot any lead except for the 22lr's. Those get pretty nasty with only 50 rounds and I clean them ASAP.

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      The only guns I clean right away are the Milsurps after shooting corrosive surplus ammo. Modern ammo doesn't have corrosive primers.
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      Bah. I clean my Glocks once every six months, whether they need it or not. They work fine. I clean my KelTecs more frequently, but certainly not after every range session.

      I think more guns get worn out from overcleaning than from shooting.
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      I clean my guns after every shooting session, but that's because my wife likes the smell of Hoppe's and so do I. Plus its just a habit now. There is a bit more scrubbing to be done if you wait a while, but not like you'd have to wear out a brush or anything.

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      Wink

      I might let a range gun lay a day or two, but all my carry guns are cleaned, inspected and oiled on the same day. I would hate to think I got shot over a malfunction in a dirty gun.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
      Bah. I clean my Glocks once every six months, whether they need it or not. They work fine. I clean my KelTecs more frequently, but certainly not after every range session.

      I think more guns get worn out from overcleaning than from shooting.
      That is about how often I clean my carry guns. Just to get the lint out of them (and a little compressed air once a month in between cleanings), then I go shoot a mag or 2 thru them right away, I'll not carry a completely clean gun.
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      Clean It!

      Even if you do not want to thoroughly scrub your gun after shooting it, I think its a good idea to get the powder out of it. A quick field strip and light cleaning will assure its proper function. For semi-auto's its also a good idea to keep the rails clean and oiled; especially that light coat of oil. If one is going to use the gun for self defense, cleaning is worth the time and effort for sure.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Teuthis View Post
      If one is going to use the gun for self defense, cleaning is worth the time and effort for sure.
      Since none of my Glocks have ever malfunctioned despite my lazy cleaning regimen, I am not sure cleaning after every single range trip is remotely necessary. I grant that some guns are more sensitive than Glocks - some markedly so.
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      we normally go a few range trips between cleanings. At my parents CCW class, my dad loaned out his Sigma to someone whose gun was malfunctioning. They supplied their own ammo (wolf) and i didn't think we would ever get the mess off of it. So i think if you are shooting dirty ammo then you need to clean more often than if you had some decent ammo.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Baldy View Post
      I might let a range gun lay a day or two, but all my carry guns are cleaned, inspected and oiled on the same day. I would hate to think I got shot over a malfunction in a dirty gun.
      I'm with Baldy here. If it's a tool that may save your life, why not make sure it's in the best possible condition?

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      I'd be able to hear my daddy spinning in his grave if I didn't thoroughly clean my guns after every range session.

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      You guys are crazy. Cleaning after each visit is definitely not necessary. I do mine every 400-600 rounds or every six months.

      Cleaning after each shooting is like changing your car's oil after every time you drive it.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Spartan View Post
      You guys are crazy. Cleaning after each visit is definitely not necessary. I do mine every 400-600 rounds or every six months.
      Necessary? Maybe not, depending on the gun. But some of us prefer to know that the tool we may have to use to defend ourselves or family is in it's optimal condition. Also, since I'm not rolling in cash and my guns represent a substantial investment for me (anything related to shooting comes out of my "mad money" and not household funds) I like to make sure my guns are well taken care of and aren't going to break down or be damaged.

      No need to call us crazy for doing it just because we don't do it your way.
      Last edited by Todd; 05-02-2008 at 07:20 AM.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Todd View Post
      No need to call us crazy for doing it just because we don't do it your way.
      Agreed. While I am the laziest gun cleaner I know, I do it because - as a Glock shooter - I can get away with it. When I carried a 1911, I cleaned more often (though still not after every range trip, unless it was a BIG range trip). But just because some guys like to clean a lot doesn't make them crazy.

      Maybe anal, but not crazy.

      Seriously, a lot of guy like to clean because they are interested in the inner workings of the gun, and some guys are like Todd and believe their guns work best when spotless. I don't fall into neither category, but have no problem with those who do. On the other hand, the money I don't spend on Hoppe's can be spent on more ammo.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
      and some guys are like Todd and believe their guns work best when spotless.
      Oh no, the gun is not spotless for sure. Just the big, obvios junk is cleaned up because I'm not so good at doing a thorough cleaning job. At least that's what my wife tells me.

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      Compared to my Glocks, I am very sure your guns could be termed "spotless."

      Regardless of your wife's opinion.
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      I clean within a day or 2 of firing.

      it's sort of like personal hygiene, not an absolute requirement but I feel a lot better afterwards.



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