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    First time at the range.

    I went to the range yesterday with my new Sig P220 Equinox. Shot 200 rounds of Winchester USA. Had about 6 jammed most was because my friends, instead of using the lock release was cocking the slide back to chamber a round. I dont know if this caused it but thats what I thought was the problem.

    The gun performed very well. It was very accurate. I am also a new shooter so I didnt know how to properly hold the gun and use the trigger correctly. My friend was showing me how to pull the trigger correctly at the range. Told me to pull it back slightly till it stops and then trigger and not releasing the trigger all the way forward, kind of holding it in the down position. Had a couple bullseye from about 10 yrds so that was cool. Overall...I loved the way the gun was shooting. Not much recoil compared to my friend's Sig P226 .40 cal and my other friends 9mm S&W. The Winchesters were pretty clean. Didnt really take much to get clean.

    When I got home, cleaned it with my Break-Free CLP spray. Cleaned the slide, barrel, frame and magazine. The magazine was a b!tch to clean. Taking it apart and putting it back together was the toughest part of the cleaning process. I was using the Sig cleaning kit to clean everything. Then I lubed it with Militec-1 lube.

    Now when I go out target shooting again...should I wiped down all the lube especially in the barrel before I go out? Anything else I should wipe off?

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    You really do not need to clean the magazines when you break down and clean your gun after a range session. I have put several thou rounds through my 92FS and have yet to disassemble the mags. The magazine is really only storing rounds and is not subject to the fouling from firing the gun like the barrel, slide, guide rod, locking block etc.

    On the subject of the lube, you definitely want to wipe off any excess lube, especially in the barrel. When you clean your gun make sure to patch the barrel until the patches come out clean and dry. Lube/oil in the barrel can cause significant increases in barrel pressure when the gun is fired. The only time to really leave any coating of oil in the barrel is if the gun is to be stored for a long period of time. If it is, then you should clean it and patch the barrel dry before firing the gun.

    Hope this simplifies things for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyatt View Post
    You really do not need to clean the magazines when you break down and clean your gun after a range session. I have put several thou rounds through my 92FS and have yet to disassemble the mags. The magazine is really only storing rounds and is not subject to the fouling from firing the gun like the barrel, slide, guide rod, locking block etc.

    On the subject of the lube, you definitely want to wipe off any excess lube, especially in the barrel. When you clean your gun make sure to patch the barrel until the patches come out clean and dry. Lube/oil in the barrel can cause significant increases in barrel pressure when the gun is fired. The only time to really leave any coating of oil in the barrel is if the gun is to be stored for a long period of time. If it is, then you should clean it and patch the barrel dry before firing the gun.

    Hope this simplifies things for you.
    I do wipe off all the excess lube in the barrel. I used 3-4 patches until the patch comes out clean. I wont clean the magazines for awhile then I guess. But it is ok to leave lube on the slide and the receiver? how about when I go to the range, is it ok to have some lube on the receiver and slide?

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    I little lube on the slide is fine. I just figure that if I've lubed the gun good then even after a good wiping down some lube has worked into the "pores" of the metal and is providing lubrication and protection. After I've cleaned my firearm I will put at most two drops of gun oil on the slide and work it in.

    The main problem to leaving too much lube on the gun is it is a magnet for dirt and fouling and just gets the gun and your hands that much dirtier next time you go to the range. But yes, a little lubrication on the moving parts such as the slide/receiver and guide rod/spring is not a problem except for the aforementioned bigger mess upon the next use.

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    Usually did them once a month when I was putting ~300 rounds per week and sometimes twice a week. That was some time ago and now only do the monthly when I get bored. It isn't as critical to clean them beyond a quick light oil rub down and wipe off unless they get fouled. Dropped in loose dirt, sand or similar would automatically justify a full strip and clean in my book.

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