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    Dec 2008

    Cleaning materials/oils

    New to the forum, planning on buying my first handgun this coming week. In the past my father would take care of the gun maintenance, given that was 19 years ago. I would like to know the essentials that I should pick up and whether I should strip and clean the gun before I take it out to the range for the first time.

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    Junior Member Gregg1LE's Avatar
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    Jan 2009
    Arlington, Tx
    Quote Originally Posted by View Post
    whether I should strip and clean the gun before I take it out to the range for the first time.
    I would recommend an Otis kit. As far as solvents and oils, the guys here are experts and I will leave it to them !

    Without a doubt, clean your weapon thoroughly before heading for the range !

    And welcome to the forums.....

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    Member kev74's Avatar
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    Mar 2008
    Orange County, NY
    Most of the starter kits are good enough. You'll start to experiment with different stuff as you use up the consumables.

    If you're starting out with a new gun, take the time to read the manual that came with it and do what it says. Most will tell you to clean before you shoot it the first time. Others might tell you not to clean certain parts. Read the book!

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    Senior Member HGF Gold Member unpecador's Avatar
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    May 2008
    I use Break-Free CLP, cotton patches, and Hoppes gun oil. I also have Hoppes copper solvent that I occasionally use for the bore. I have a small cleaning kit that has several items which come in handy for running patches through the bore. One of these days I will buy a bore snake, there are members here who highly recommend it.

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    Member banjar's Avatar
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    Dec 2008
    North Carolina
    Welcome to the forum. Wally World has a good starter kit made by hoppes at a decent price.

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    Junior Member chathcock's Avatar
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    Feb 2008
    Central Florida
    CLP and boresnake baby!
    It takes a minute to clean with that thing, I don't even have to field strip.
    I love it!

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    Junior Member Drake69's Avatar
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    Dec 2008
    ShamWow works great as a drop cloth and cleaning cloth as well. The bright orange causes small parts to show up better than camo drop cloths, and the mini Shams are great for cleaning off gun oil. And they're cheap too!!

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