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What's the proper way to break in a brand new pistol?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Cold Dead Hands, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. Cold Dead Hands

    Cold Dead Hands Seattle area New Member

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    So I have a new Springfield XD 9mm Service model. As a new shooter, I want to treat my weapon with respect and take good care of it. What is the best way to break it in?
     
  2. Kid@Heart

    Kid@Heart Vancouver, USA Cynic Lifetime Supporter Diamond Supporter

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    Shoot it a lot.
     
  3. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Clean it after.
     
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  4. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    Then shoot it some more! ;)
     
  5. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Kimber says to shoot 200 rds through it with cleaning and lube as necessary.
    Kahr says 200 rds with no failure.
    I could not find anything in the Taurus manual.
     
  6. Cold Dead Hands

    Cold Dead Hands Seattle area New Member

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    Dang! Or should I say, bang! One guy said to clean it first... Shoot 10 - 20 rounds... Clean again... Repeat x 4. Talk to me!
     
  7. Cold Dead Hands

    Cold Dead Hands Seattle area New Member

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    Ya, I read the manual and it didn't say... I try to read a lot and then did some research but didn't come up with a clear answer, so here I am...
     
  8. Benihaus

    Benihaus Portland American

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    I would (and have done so on all the pistols I have owned)... spend a day shooting it, then clean it when you get home.. put it in your safe until the next time you shoot it.. repeat as ammo allows. After about 2000 rounds decide if you like the trigger or want to improve it.
     
  9. Rotty

    Rotty Skagit County Active Member

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    Step 1, Shoot...Step 2, Clean...Step 3, Repeat steps 1 and 2...:eatpop:
     
  10. nwo

    nwo Southern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Just shoot it, and then clean it. Then shoot it, then clean it, and so on.
     
  11. Cold Dead Hands

    Cold Dead Hands Seattle area New Member

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    Got it: shoot, clean, shoot, clean...
     
  12. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    LOL... just remember, it ain't made of sugar... it won't melt. ;)
     
  13. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    Safety first. ;)

    most modern semi automatic firearms don't need break in. Just clean it off factory thick grease/lube and lube lightly where it needs.

    shoot it and clean it. Enjoy :thumbup:
     
  14. Cold Dead Hands

    Cold Dead Hands Seattle area New Member

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    Gimme a break, I'm excited! Like a kid at Christmas! LOL
     
  15. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Believe it or not, we're excited for you! :)
     
  16. Ralgha

    Ralgha Portland Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Took my first pistol out of the box, shot about 800 rounds through it outside, then cleaned it. Never a hiccup.

    Ok, I've treated my subsequent ones a little better than that, but the first one is still in excellent condition despite the somewhat harsh start to life.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus that ate your iPhone.
     
  17. Ralgha

    Ralgha Portland Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    By clean we mean stick it in the dishwasher.

    Kidding! That's only for Glocks! :eek:

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus that ate your iPhone.
     
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  18. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    That's a nice choice for a first handgun. I really like mine. It fits my hand well.
     
  19. tfbit

    tfbit Eugene, OR Active Member

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    I use a power washer on ARs or AKs.

     
  20. Rotty

    Rotty Skagit County Active Member

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    :funnypoint::rofl1::rofl1: