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    Talking Got ambitious today!

    So after I got off duty, I did my usual Wednesday range visit. Shot reasonably well, 100% on my usual practice course of fire. Did a 5K run after the range. Then I got really ambitious:

    I gave my Glock 26 its semi-annual cleaning! I restrained myself from putting it in the dishwasher and used the tried and true solvent and brush method. I figure it had gone about 2500-3000 rounds, so I decided to give it a treat and a five-minute cleaning.

    While I was at it, I broke out the KelTec P3AT and cleaned that, too. It had only gone about 500 rounds, but I figured what the hell, I already had the cleaning supplies out.

    Man, I don't miss cleaning my laborious 1911 at all, never mind revolvers. I have seen the future, and it is all ugly black plastic!
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    Next time you decide to clean multiple guns let me know, you can clean my black powder revolvers. Man I hate cleaning those things.

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    I just can't make myself NOT clean my guns after every use....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    I just can't make myself NOT clean my guns after every use....
    There was a thread a wile back; "have you ever not gone to the range because you didn't want to clean your gunsĒ I am a little embarrassed to say I have. I just can't fire one round without stripping my gun down and cleaning it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximo View Post
    There was a thread a wile back; "have you ever not gone to the range because you didn't want to clean your gunsĒ I am a little embarrassed to say I have. I just can't fire one round without stripping my gun down and cleaning it.
    same here, Every time I make a range trip I field strip and clean it when I get home. I don't mind though...It's kind of relaxing.
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    I also enjoy cleaning my weapons it is relaxing and good P.M.

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    I have to clean my stuff or I can't sleep at night. Naw I enjoy cleaning my guns. I used to be the same way about my fishing stuff too. Unless I come home sick I'll clean it the same day.

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    Heh heh, my guns get loaded up with carry ammo at the range while they are still warm, stuffed in my IWB or pocket holster and off I go! I think people put more wear on their guns cleaning them than they do shooting them. (Particularly in the military.)

    I don't have any emotional attachment to my carry guns. They're just guns. So as long as they work reliably, I really don't care if they're dirty. My interest is really more in improving my shooting skills, rather than the technical aspects of the guns, so cleaning them is more a chore than a pleasure for me. I suppose it's the distinction between a "shooting enthusiast" and a "gun enthusiast." Nothing wrong with either, of course.

    Some people lovingly wash their cars every weekend, too. My truck is a tool for me, like my pistols, so my philosophy on cleaning it is "it rains occasionally." Living in Arizona, this means my truck gets cleaned about as often as my Glock!
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    Gun cleaning, gun cleaning... oh ya, I remember now. Thatís were you get dirty isnít it. Ewww! Ahh heck, what am I talking about. Iím a plumber. I sometimes work around crap, poop, kacca, smelly stuff or Shi%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximo View Post
    Next time you decide to clean multiple guns let me know, you can clean my black powder revolvers. Man I hate cleaning those things.



    Did you ever consider white powder ?? might clean easy--speaking of easy how bout the oven cleaner , will that work ?

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    Man!!!! I'll bet the ole 26 doesn't know what to think!!! LOL!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RONNIE J View Post



    Did you ever consider white powder ?? might clean easy--speaking of easy how bout the oven cleaner , will that work ?

    RJ
    actually I use Cabellas black powder disolver and it works great, that and I grease the guns down good before I shoot them. There is just a lot to do when cleaning a cap and ball gun, the nipples are a real pain to clean, and one of my 1851 Colt replicas is gold and nickle plated so I have to be extra carefull with it.

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    it had gone about 2500-3000 rounds
    Get out! Are you serious? That many rounds before you clean it. I feel dirty if I don't clean mine after 500 rounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham at Galco View Post
    Heh heh, my guns get loaded up with carry ammo at the range while they are still warm, stuffed in my IWB or pocket holster and off I go! I think people put more wear on their guns cleaning them than they do shooting them.
    I never shoot all of my rounds at the range. I'm as ready after a shoot as before. I think it's just good practice in being prepared...

    As to the additional wear in cleaning them, I think there is a lot to this, particularly as you stated (and I accidentally deleted that part) in Military guns. Although, I think it's more from the disassembly and assembly of the arm.

    A clean gun is fine, but ideally, I think a fouling shot should be taken to insure firearm function, and to reset, (if that word will do) the barrel, you know, get the "stuff" out. It's not uncommon for the first shot after cleaning your gun, to shoot high because of the lubricant in the barrel...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SigZagger View Post
    Get out! Are you serious? That many rounds before you clean it. I feel dirty if I don't clean mine after 500 rounds.
    Completely serious. I clean my Glocks based more on time frame rather than round count. I clean the Glocks about twice a year, which means they go 2500-5000 rounds between cleanings (depending on how much shooting I do in a year). I do clean them before I take a class, however.

    I cleaned my 1911 a lot more often when I carried that gun, and I clean my BUG KelTecs more frequently.
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    See, I don't wanna "NEED" the gun, and have an issue w/ it at the wrong time - hence, my cleaning after every trip to the range...

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    My XD9 is 50 rounds shy of 7,000 and I've cleaned it maybe 3-4 times since it was new about five months ago. I'm more worried about it not firing after a cleaning due to some bonehead reassembly error. After I take the gun apart for cleaning, I'm constantly wondering if something broke during reassembly. Until I fire it again, I am a little uneasy carrying it. On the other hand, If I don't clean the gun after 1,000 rounds I'd still bet my life it will fire that 1,001st round. I feel guns are more tolerant to firing 1,000s of rounds than constant disassembly.
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    That's abuse!

    I wouldn't compare cleaning your pistol to cleaning the exterior of a car. That would be like wiping down the exterior of your pistol. It's more like not changing the oil. The engine can go a long way without an oil change but there's the abuse and unnecessary wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revolver View Post
    That's abuse!

    I wouldn't compare cleaning your pistol to cleaning the exterior of a car. That would be like wiping down the exterior of your pistol. It's more like not changing the oil. The engine can go a long way without an oil change but there's the abuse and unnecessary wear.
    Agreed! And I don't change the oil in my car everytime I start it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by propellerhead View Post
    Agreed! And I don't change the oil in my car everytime I start it.
    How would we calculate rounds to miles?

    Maybe I need to change my fouling filter.

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