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    Hey mike, I hear of guys blowing fine grit out of their guns every day in Iraq, how is the dust and grime there? How easy is it to access a compressor for this purpose? How much oil are most guys running on their M4s and M9s?
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    If I'm shooting indoor, almost never, but just prior to and just after outdoor USPSA Shoot, I always clean them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Padawan View Post
    Hey mike, I hear of guys blowing fine grit out of their guns every day in Iraq, how is the dust and grime there? How easy is it to access a compressor for this purpose? How much oil are most guys running on their M4s and M9s?
    Afghanistan has more varied terrain than Iraq, so it somewhat depends where one is located. In many areas, you have to at least wipe down after every patrol (mostly mounted patrol, LOTS of dust). In some areas with more vegetation and less dust, less cleaning is needed.

    I generally wipe down and lube weekly, unless I go on the road or in a chopper, then I clean immediately thereafter. You can imagine how this kills me, since I despise cleaning guns! But it beats the alternative, should I need my weapon.

    Most units have air compressors available, but they are usually in the motor pool and not always accessible. Mainly we just use the canned air designed for computer care.

    Lube regimen is the same as Arizona: light! One of the problems with the MK 19 automatic grenade launcher is the gobs of thick lube it requires, which makes it something of a filth magnet. Just another reason to prefer the great Ma Deuce!
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    I clean mine after about 500 round cycle per weapon. I have anywhere from 3 to 12 mags per weapon, and I cycle them regularly that way I don't have to clean them so often. I basically just blow out the mag with canned air and if I see an extra amount of dust and soot come out I will take it apart to wipe the insides out. I have never had a mag issue and it may be due to the light cleaning and maintenance or just luck.

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    I have a Walther P5 that was jamming something fierce (Shipwreck, you might remember. I think I PM'ed you over that). I was just about to ship it off to my gunsmith when, out of desperation, I decided to clean the mage...all ten of them!! The problem went away!!
    Having learned a lesson, I clean mags every so often, which is good, because up till that point, I had never cleaned a mag!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnoisaw View Post
    It depends on who the centerfold was.
    Well we all knew tnoisaw got off on those dirty mags. ooops wrong forum

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    I clean my pistols and mags every time I shoot them. I disassemble the mags, clean well, and reassemble. Guess I'm just AR about clean mags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wizard1500 View Post
    I clean my pistols and mags every time I shoot them. I disassemble the mags, clean well, and reassemble. Guess I'm just AR about clean mags.
    Almost afraid to ask but how often do you shoot your pistols?

    I know there are identical twins but I wonder if there is opposite twins, in this case you might be Mike's long lost opposite twin. Someone call Oprah.

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    Rarely.

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    My Ruger mags have not yet given me the faintest inking of a problem, but then again all three of them are practically new.

    I'm cautious about lubing the magazines up; from what I've heard/read the oil can get into the cartridge and kill the charge. I store at least one loaded mag (my PD rounds) and a squib while unloading those is the last thing I want. So, I disassemble and wipe them down every couple of weeks, but I do not lube them. The follower is plastic so there's no metal-on-metal contact there anyway.

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    My gun is brand new...so I have not cleaned the mags yet.

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    What kind of lube should I use on the inside of the mags? I just got my first gun and being that I love taking stuff apart, I plan on cleaning them every time I clean my gun (after every shooting). I have a cleaning kit but should I use the oil on the inside of the mags?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivehourfrenzy View Post
    What kind of lube should I use on the inside of the mags? I just got my first gun and being that I love taking stuff apart, I plan on cleaning them every time I clean my gun (after every shooting). I have a cleaning kit but should I use the oil on the inside of the mags?
    Like I said, oil in a mag should be kept to the absolute minimum if it's needed at all. A plastic follower should need very little at all once broken in.

    If you need lube (metal follower, older well-worn mag), look for thick stuff and spread it sparingly. If there's some means available to you to lubricate the follower without the lube getting all over the inside of the mag, I'd recommend that. Failing that, a thick, waxlike grease would probably be your best bet as, applied sparingly, there is little chance it will penetrate the cartridges.

    There's a really simple grease that can be had for a buck a tube and it'll last a while. It can be found practically anywhere; Chap-stick. Use just a little on the follower, and it'll fill any pores or grooves in the follower to lubricate well without running all over the inside of the mag. In the music world, guitarists and bassists use it all the time on the part of the strings that are bent over the nut and under the string tree on the headstock; works like a charm, and I can't see any good reason why it wouldn't work in a magazine.

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    My Sigma wasn't staying open after the last round. So I tore the mags down and wiped everything down (douched as I like to say). A very light spray of WD-40 and reassemble. I clean them every few hundred rounds or so now.

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    A CLEAN MAG IS A HAPPY MAG


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    I'm a relative newbie to the gun world. I've got a Taurus PT111 9mm. I've wondered about cleaning the magazine, but have been unable to find any directions on the internet. Anybody know of a website, or can you tell me here, the proper way to clean the magazine? I never think to ask about it when I'm at the range.

    Thanks

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    Whenever I think they need it.

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    since you brought it up ...
    I cleaned them yesterday...

    I had Hay, Hay seed and dirt in Most of them...

    it ain't easy bein a farmer !!

    BUT , THANKS FOR REMINDING ME

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    No set schedule for me, but when I think they need it.

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    What is this cleaning you speak of? Never heard of it.

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