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How often to clean carry gun?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by BigCat, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. BigCat

    BigCat Portland Member

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    I have an LCP that rarely gets shot, but spends a lot of time in my back pocket. Lint and fuzz love to stick in the barrel and on the hammer. Should I make it a habit to break the gun down and give it a full cleaning once a month or so, or will a quick exterior wipe off every now and then be suitable?
     
  2. Chipperxd

    Chipperxd Buffalo Active Member

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    I only clean my EDCs only when I shoot it. I highly doubt that a little pocket lint/fuzz is going to jam up your gun.
     
  3. MA Duce

    MA Duce Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Unless you are swimming in mud a quick blow/wipe off when you think it an issue is most likely good. I'm with Chipper on the dangers of lint or fuzz. You might also consider getting a holster..it will keep your weapon more secure and cleaner.
     
  4. BigCat

    BigCat Portland Member

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    I have a pocket holster, but the bottom is uncovered, so the tip of the barrel is victim to the fuzz lol.
     
  5. Rix

    Rix Tacoma Active Member

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    I clean my carry once a month give or take.
     
  6. Grommit327

    Grommit327 Buckley Active Member

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    I think HK had a display a couple years ago at SHOT that had a P2000 with 25,000 empty brass casings with no cleanings and no failures. So yeah I don't clean as much as I should but it doesn't worry me a whole lot
     
  7. One-Eyed Ross

    One-Eyed Ross Winlock, WA Well-Known Member

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    Not anywhere near as often as I should, I guess....
     
  8. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    1-3 times a week, because I shoot it 1-3 times a week!
     
  9. Quick_Draw_McGraw

    Quick_Draw_McGraw Burien, WA Member

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    every week i do a field strip and blast all the fuz out with a air nozzel, then a little dab of oil here and there and back onto my hip
     
  10. f3rr37

    f3rr37 Portland New Member

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    I carry my LCP the same way, it doesn't see much range time, so I usually will just blow the visible lint off once a month and then every 3 months I'll break it down and re-oil everything. But if it gets shot at any point, it gets broken down and cleaned.
     
  11. LibertyFF

    LibertyFF Northwest New Member

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    Shoot a couple hundred rounds, clean, oil, and repeat. Do this as many times as you feel necessary!
     
  12. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    Same here. I intend to clean my revolver once a month but don't really... I do open the yoke to blow the sawdust out every evening.
     
  13. Thebastidge

    Thebastidge 10411 NE Fourth Plain Blvd Vancouver WA 98662 Well-Known Member

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    Personally, I clean mine about every week, sometimes it gets stretched to two. With a magazine inserted all the time and a round constantly chambered, not much gets into the firearm except some dust in the barrel.
     
  14. Phillyfan

    Phillyfan Oregon City, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I cleaned my carry weapon the other day for the first time in about 4 months, yikes! Amazing how much lint and other crap gets in their.
     
  15. chrislind2

    chrislind2 Springfield, Oregon Member

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    Friday night is laundry night and after the clothes are folded, the carry gun gets cleaned. I unload it and then release the slide and lint and dust flies! Just a quick dusting and Q-tip the barrel, slight oil on the slide points.
     
  16. Shootemup

    Shootemup Clackamas county Member

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    If I haven't been shooting I'm a while I will do a field strip and blow out all the lint from my lcp every couple months or whenever im bored at home. My xd subcompact is
    In a iwb so it doesn't see much lint. But I usually give it a wipe down every few months.
     
  17. not nipsy

    not nipsy Olympia, WA Member

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    I don't worry too much about cleaning outside of shooting my carry gun. However, I do dry fire it quite a bit at home. More concerning to me is bullet setback from rechambering a round after every dry-fire practice session. I dry-fire about 3x per week. I try to alternate "first rounds", and I always shoot my carry ammo first at my next range session. It's probably not a likely problem, but better safe than sorry.
     
  18. zaxx

    zaxx Winchester New Member

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    Once a week, whether it needs it or not...
     
  19. Tommy34

    Tommy34 Kalama Washington New Member

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    unless i shoot it once a month or after i shoot or if i get board or if i get board or if i get board
    you get the picture
     
  20. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I think my glock manual says to clean it every 3rd year or something like that.