Just a general question to get an idea from some other people out there on how often you clean your guns.
Depends on the weapon. 1911s. After each shoot. Poly guns, when I get around to it. Might run a bore snake through it after shooting. That's just me.
Thank you for the replys. Reason im even asking this question I was searching around youtube one day just looking at different videos and there was a general handgun cleaning video i watched and the host of the video was a big shot for a company that I cant recall and he had stated that you shouldnt clean after every session because it makes your gun all loosey goosey was his exact words. I always have and still do just bc like the other gentleman said I find it relaxing most of the time and have the spare time. Just was curious
Every time baby, every time!
Each and every time I'm done shooting them.
After every session gives me something to do at night and also learn more about my guns.
I clean mine after every range session - usually while still at the range... So, I needn't mess with it later. I rarely shoot more than 2 guns per session
Some guns I let go until I get around to them, but prefer to clean them very well after every range session, (i.e. AR, AK, Hunting rifle, shotgun). If it's a gun I depend on for primary self defense, and/or CCW, you can bet it's gonna be clean and loosey-goosey.
after every trip to the range, sometimes I take em out and clean them just to piss off the wife. ( She hates the smell of Hoppes )
I will field strip and wipe it down, and since I use Frog Lube, that pretty much means the gun is clean.
Clean with solvents (I use Simple Green only) when I feel it needs it, then re-treat with Frog Lube.
Clean them??? You mean we're supposed to clean them???
Like most here, I clean and lube after every session.
Here is the most famous question in relation to gun cleaning. Is Rem Oil good enough for cleaning and lubrication?
I've actually heard the opposite of Rem Oi,.it's not a great lube but the remnants after drying protect well.
The comment about frequent cleaning making a gun loosy goosy pertains to tightly fitted guns,aka bullseye 1911s.If done properly it's BS,plain and simple.The biggest concern is turning the barrel bushing for stripping,the more you turn a tightly fitted bushing the more it will wear out the tight fit.The cure is pull the slide back 1/4" and the problem is cured.
As far as cleaning,it depends on the gun.If it's dirty I clean it,if not I just wipe it down.If the gun will run 500 or more rounds and function fine,I'm not worried after a box or 2 because it will still run,If it's finicky about dirt,clean it every time you're done with it.I also prefer to have a barrel that's been shot through before on anything that's ready to grab because the leftover oil from cleaning tends to change POI,that's where the term fouling shot came from.Every gun is different,you have to know when function and accuracy suffer,then you know what it can handle.Also,more barrels are ruined by cleaning than the amount of ammo they shot,unless you're running scorchers like a 6mm or 220Swift.
Plate of Truth video series on youtube answers the question unequivocally for those who want to base on a scientific-like test vs opinions.
Rem Oil vs a bunch of other commercial products.
First video here:
Result Day 14 video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sN6anOSVRQ
Can't hide from the truth (rust).
I use one of the products tested, and will continue to use it. If you want to guess, watch the result video (#10? I think) and you can narrow your list down to 2 or 3 products...
Every time. But then I love the smell of Hoppe's. It's a lovely scent for a lady..
i generally try to clean after a range session but sometimes stuff happens and it doesn't get done. as long as the ammo wasn't corrosive i see no real issue involved there.
but every firearm i own, safe queens included, gets cleaned at least once a year (usually a full tear down) whether it likes it or not. that gives me a chance to keep abreast of any potential issues with the older ones and to keep their function/design relatively fresh in my head.
I hate being alienated by the service I happen to be associated with (Navy) but I use a very similar regiment of preventative maintenance as is dictated by our Material Maintenance Management system, or 3m for short. At work I hate the system because it involves lots of paperwork and shenanigans, but at home it's not a bad gig.
Prior to going to the range I give my firearms a once over. Perform a couple dry fire drills, verify the function of the firearm, and verify they are clean.
After firing I do a field strip level maintenance. Every time, no exceptions.
Firearms that don't get used often, or could be said to be in a storage like state get cleaned once a month or two depending on the firearm.
I don't have a system for detailed strip cleaning of my firearms. I seem to do it when I get the itch to. Maybe roughly every 6 months or so. Unfortunately I shoot on few enough occasion that this is probably too often, lol.
Very nice detail there gunners_mate. I really wish i knew how to do a very detailed cleaning as far as a complete breakdown. I think im gona end up watchin some youtube videos to get the full break down if there are any full break down videos that i feel is detailed enough for me to tackle.
In the summer when my house is warm, I like to strip and clean my gun. In the cooler months I leave my clothes on. Either way I like to clean it after every trip to the range.
If I have time to shoot, I have time to clean.
I like to keep them ready......