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How often do you fully, and I mean FULLY, clean your carry gun?

breamfisherbreamfisher Senior MemberPosts: 13,495 Senior Member
By FULLY I mean taking it down as far as possible, a complete detail strip?

I try and do that to my 1911 at least once a year. Clean and relube, inspect the parts, make sure there's no grit or grime inside that'll cause an embarassing "click."

Or am I overcautious?
Overkill is underrated.

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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,167 Senior Member
    Never. I pull the firing pin a couple times a year, but never remove trigger pieces. They just get blasted with cheap aerosol gun scrubber

    Never driven a pin out of my Kahr or XD
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,025 Senior Member
    On the two guns I carry most, I never have. They've had a couple rounds through them without issue.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    I clean my Glock about once every 3 months, meaning a careful q-tip cleansing and such, scrubbing and then careful lube.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,050 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Once every 3 or 4 years whetber they need it or not. I will hit them with compressed air to blow the dust bunnkes out. But a standard field strip typically gets one clean enough

    That. I figure with a carry gun, if it went "bang" the last time I pulled the trigger, taking it apart and reassembling it can only make the percentages go downhill.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,495 Senior Member
    I've found that occasionally with a 1911 and the way I carry them, I get some dust in front of the hammer.

    It's kind of embarrassing to pull the trigger at the range and have a cloud of dust erupt...
    Overkill is underrated.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,096 Senior Member
    After mine and Eli's excellent adventure in firearms torture, I gave my G19 a THOROUGH cleaning.
    I've had my PM40 6-7 years and other than taking it down and cleaning after a range trip, I've cleaned it once, and that was 6 months or so ago after I got my ultrasonic cleaner and wanted to try it out.
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 16,928 Senior Member
    It's kind of embarrassing to pull the trigger at the range and have a cloud of dust erupt...

    As long as it goes off..you're good...

    Beyond the very occasional field strip for cleaning and dusting...I don't////
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,715 Senior Member
    I've found that occasionally with a 1911 and the way I carry them, I get some dust in front of the hammer.

    It's kind of embarrassing to pull the trigger at the range and have a cloud of dust erupt...


    Use smokey ammo, no one will know.
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  • EliEli Senior Member Posts: 3,074 Senior Member
    Whenever I do something that gets my carry gun ABNORMALLY dirty. Might happen three or four times in a week, might be years between.

    knitepoet wrote: »
    ...........After mine and Eli's excellent adventure in firearms torture...........


    I detail stripped my 34 after Paul and I played in the gunk. I detail stripped my 26 after playing in the gunky mud in the bottom of a fish pond. I also detail my polymer framed guns after I do any grinding on them, the little polymer dust particles get EVERYWHERE!




    Under normal conditions however, I doubt that I'd ever do it.
  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,557 Senior Member
    Only after it goes with me out fishing on the boat and I get some saltwater spray.
    “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” – Will Rogers
  • gatorgator Senior Member Posts: 1,746 Senior Member
    Just a field strip and clean for me with compressed air or aerosol cleaner for the internals.
    USMC 80-84
    -96 lbs
  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,543 Senior Member
    gator wrote: »
    Just a field strip and clean for me with compressed air or aerosol cleaner for the internals.

    :that:
    That's my S.O.P.
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  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Posts: 5,742 Senior Member
    When I carried a 1911 I wiped it down every 2-3 weeks and detail cleaned it maybe once every 6 months. I have yet to clean my M&P9 at all, with about 200 rounds through it. I will probably detail clean it later this month, and not do it again for a year or two.

    I never remove trigger components, etc, unless I'm planning to make a modification.
    - I am a rifleman with a poorly chosen screen name. -
    "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast, and speed is the economy of motion" - Scott Jedlinski
  • ken55ken55 Senior Member Posts: 782 Senior Member
    Linefinder wrote: »
    That. I figure with a carry gun, if it went "bang" the last time I pulled the trigger, taking it apart and reassembling it can only make the percentages go downhill.

    Mike

    :that:
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