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Willfulone
01-14-2013, 17:00
How often do you clean your gun after you shoot it - range time...


Will

Joshhtn
01-14-2013, 17:08
I clean a gun after each session... No matter if I fired 1 round or 500.

slappy white
01-14-2013, 17:09
Everytime I shoot I do a cleaning, maybe not an OCD clean but I clean it where its clean and ready to go in case I need it.

WayneJessie
01-14-2013, 17:12
I clean mine way too much. They probably will wear out from cleaning long before they do from shooting. I enjoy handling them. It's a fetish that I don't even try to resist anymore.

allegro
01-14-2013, 17:26
I'm in the OCD club as well.

Call me silly, I enjoy cleaning weapons. Just part of the fun if you ask me. Mine is ALWAYS clean. I never "dirty" carry after a "range day" for a list of reasons.

In my opinion, the more you clean your carry weapon, the more you know about it and that is a GOOD thing.

Be careful everyone.

barth
01-14-2013, 17:30
Every time I shoot.
No exceptions.

KCOG
01-14-2013, 17:31
Cleaning after every shooting session. Take them all out of the safe and wipe them down once a month.

7mmmag1
01-14-2013, 17:37
I field strip, clean the barrel, and brush everything off with a dry toothbrush that I can get to, and lube the rails, connector, and maybe the top of the barrel (with slide locked back) just about every time I shoot it, and definetly every time I shoot it for my nightstand gun

SJ 40
01-14-2013, 17:48
every time i shoot.
No exceptions.+ 1 . Sj 40

Steel Head
01-14-2013, 17:48
My carry G23,when the dust bunnies get bad or it gets covered in mud.

intenseneal
01-14-2013, 17:50
Every time I shoot it no matter how many rounds I run threw it and every 3 months or so is a good practice.

janice6
01-14-2013, 17:51
Every time I shoot it and if it gets any lint, then again. I shoot my carry much more than the others.

mr00jimbo
01-14-2013, 17:55
Every 500 rounds or so.

VinnieG
01-14-2013, 17:57
For me it depends on the gun. My glock 27 is what I usually carry and I clean it about every time I shoot. My glock 34, 35 and 20 usually shoot paper and steel and prally get cleaned every 1000 rounds (also have never had a malfunction). My glock 22 open class gun and all my other guns get cleaned after every shooting session.

JBP55
01-14-2013, 18:02
Before it is ever fired, after every range session, every 90 days any pistol that has not been fired gets a good wipe down and oiled, any time it gets really wet, dirty, or muddy such as when riding a 4 wheeler.

GruGrux515
01-14-2013, 18:17
The guy who sol me my 19 said he has a gen 4 17 that has over 8k rounds through it and he has never cleaned it. My wife's coworker said we boyfriend cleans his guns at the range before he shoots a different one. 2 different ends of the spectrum. I usually clean it every trip to the range. I generally put 100 rounds through it per trip

robhic
01-14-2013, 18:19
Like others, I clean after every outing. Wipe down and clean barrel every time. A bit more thorough after a 100 rounds or more. Detailed strip every 8 months or so unless gun gets unusually dirty for whatever reason.

I DO check lube every so often because it does evaporate.

savage16
01-14-2013, 18:22
Every time I shoot.
No exceptions.

This. And I field strip almost daily because I like playing with my gun


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fasteddie565
01-14-2013, 18:24
Every time I shoot it. Almost without fail.

krunkelton
01-14-2013, 18:32
I clean a gun after each session... No matter if I fired 1 round or 500.


same here and other than my shotgun ill clean or tear down and look over my other pistols if i havent fired them in a while (once a month)

bobtheelf
01-14-2013, 18:42
Usually every time I shoot, but not always, unless it's my carry weapon. Then it's cleaned before it ever goes back in its holster.

done chasing
01-14-2013, 18:45
After every range session, may not be that same day, but within the same week. It is not carried on me until it is clean and inspected.

Bruce M
01-14-2013, 18:45
When in doubt, one can always go with what the manual indicates, which I believe is before shooting it the first time (but leave the anti-sieze in place,) and after shooting it, and once a month, and when needed.

SCC
01-14-2013, 18:56
Every other match if that


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phonejack
01-14-2013, 19:06
After every session

Shinytop
01-14-2013, 19:39
I fired yesterday and decided I was going to try not cleaning as I have read that many do. I am weak. I cleaned it today. Was almost 30 hours after the range!

Willfulone
01-14-2013, 20:13
Should fit my OCD just fine :supergrin:


Will

RPVG
01-14-2013, 20:32
After shooting it. Or monthly. Whichever comes first.

tango44
01-14-2013, 21:03
I clean a gun after each session... No matter if I fired 1 round or 500.

+1 on this one!

G36_Me
01-14-2013, 21:15
Depends on the gun and what I shoot thru it.
Blued guns get special attention within hours of shooting.
Stainless and crerakote (sp?) get a break, usually within 24 hrs, but probably before next range trip.
Glocks, if shooting FMJ, usually before next range trip, just to to insure lubed and clean enough.

If shooting lead thru the Glock, then 100% checked and cleaned after every 100 rounds. My g-36 never leads, nor does my g-17. My g-26 leads bad so I only shoot jacketed thru it. Go figure.

In summary, each gun has a rule, but almost always I clean when I get home from shooting.

judgecrater
01-15-2013, 00:55
I clean a gun after each session... No matter if I fired 1 round or 500.
Same here.

poodleplumber
01-15-2013, 10:50
After every session again, mainly because my dad did it that way. I admit it is probably overkill, but I don't anticipate changing my mind in my old age.

awoodpd13
01-15-2013, 11:13
How often do you clean your gun after you shoot it - range time...


Will

1. After firing.

2. Every 30 days for CCW

3. As needed (dropped in mud puddle, etc. :supergrin::supergrin::supergrin:)

cliffsta
01-15-2013, 11:23
Every time I shoot it, be it 50 rounds or 250 rounds. Never know when the next trip to the range might be, and I hate putting up a dirty gun. Tools don't get put up dirty. THey may get beat up and worn out, but you still take care of your tools.

And even though its a Glock, if I need it to defend my life, I don't wanna pick up a gun and not know what condition its in.

W4CNG
01-15-2013, 13:05
I can't remember the last time for my G-21, maybe 2 years ago, my Twin G-19's every year or so, my G-35 can't remember. If you are shooting clean ammo and powder there is not much to clean. I do check for proper lube, but that does not often need adding to. When I clean it is a full detail strip and using hot water and Simple Green. I let it air dry before reassembly and re-lube. That's it. I carry one or the other G-19 for EDC. After a Gun Fighting Course where the mags get dropped into dirt, they get cleaned back home after the trip. I just never have had issues with a Dirty Glock. I do shoot several thousand rounds each year so it is not a low round count issue.

LEOson
01-15-2013, 13:35
Mine gets cleaned after every time it's shot. Now that I've got my own i rarely shoot my dad's anymore, but he's got two g22s. One we clean after every range session. The other has about 5000 rounds since the last cleaning, and it stil functions flawlessly. I usually only shoot the one that he cleans every time, just because i've gotten into the habit of cleaning every gun i shoot after every session. Dad's S&W model 39 doesn't get cleaned every range session, but only because it is a giant pain in the rear to re-assemble.

wacopolumbo
01-15-2013, 14:49
1. After firing.

2. Every 30 days for CCW

3. As needed (dropped in mud puddle, etc. :supergrin::supergrin::supergrin:)

This is my routine.

HKLovingIT
01-15-2013, 14:57
Field strip and clean each time I use them. It might just be me being OCD but I don't think it's good to have a carry gun with all kinds of powder residue and gunk in and on it. As in looking like it was just shot recently. :dunno:

Carry guns also get a weekly field strip, wiped inside and out, patch down the barrel and fresh lube. Wipe outside of slide with silicone cloth. Only takes a couple minutes to do Sunday night.

I semi-detail strip most everything at 500 rounds. Glocks I just detail strip the slide and get any brass flakes, powder or other junk out of the channels. I might detail strip the frame once or twice a year depending how often I shoot it.

Other firearms that we don't use as much I clean and lube heavily before putting them back in the safe. Everything comes out of the safe quarterly and gets wiped down with a silicone cloth and checked, every 6 months they come out for field strip and lube. Rust sucks. Paranoid about rust.

But hey, do you clean your magazines? Glock mags I'm not as picky about these days, but steel mags I do clean them as well each time before putting them away. Glock mags get cleaned out a couple times a year or if I fumble and it goes in the dirt or mud of course.

What about your holsters? I wipe down the inside and out of my Kydex carry holsters with a silicone cloth when doing my Sunday night PMCS. Leather I kind of leave alone. Open for ideas of a good product for them.

kda
01-15-2013, 17:31
After every time I shoot it. I detail once a year of so but do the basic cleaning after every trip to the range. I don't mind it a bit. Just the way my daddy raised me so very long ago.

vdub804
01-15-2013, 17:42
After every session no matter how rounds I fired, "a clean gun is a reliable gun" ~Me :p

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todd_g
01-15-2013, 17:51
Carry gun and magazines gets cleaned evertime, my other glocks get cleaned if I am bored.

MarkCO
01-15-2013, 21:20
Wow, makes me want to go invest in a gun cleaning products company.

Other than my Rem 1100s (now gone) I might have cleaned a few guns in less than 1000 rounds a few times in the last 5 years. M&Ps and Glocks I'll let go 2 to 3K before messing with them at all, 5K in between full cleanings. Revovlers, .22Rfs and ARs, go about 1500 or so. Shotguns and 1911s go 1000 in between cleanings. I clean about 1 gun a week so if a gun won't go at least 1K without cleaning, it is not worth keeping.

I just ran a VersaMax 1250 rounds, straight out of the box with no cleaning at all...ran 100%.

Redfire SVT
01-15-2013, 23:30
I don't like cleaning most of my guns. I clean my Glock's when there is literally NOTHING else to do. They may go 50 rounds before being cleaned or 5000 rounds. Just depends.

clawdaddy56
01-16-2013, 08:13
I took my Grandpa's advice on this one - clean after every time you fire it. It's a minor PITA, but well worth it in the long run.

MarkCO
01-16-2013, 12:06
I took my Grandpa's advice on this one - clean after every time you fire it. It's a minor PITA, but well worth it in the long run.

How so? My first AR I cleaned all the time. Barrel was gone at about 8K. Now I clean about 1/10th as much, but they last longer. If you have a junky gun, you probably have to clean it more....

We are not shooting black powder these days, at least I am not.

RPVG
01-16-2013, 18:21
"... How so? My first AR I cleaned all the time. Barrel was gone at about 8K. Now I clean about 1/10th as much, but they last longer..."
Are you saying your barrels last longer because you clean them less. Because they're made better today? Something else?

maxmanta
01-16-2013, 18:34
After I shoot it. Not an OCD kind of clean, but a barrel scrub and get most of the crud out.

SpitFyRRe
01-16-2013, 20:22
When I had my Glock, I cleaned it after each long range day we had in recruit but it really didn't seem to need it that often. Never got terribly dirty. Our Sigs get cleaned each time we bring them to the range, regardless of how many rounds go through them.

bac1023
01-16-2013, 20:38
I clean all my stuff after each range trip.

JaPes
01-16-2013, 21:03
Pistols get cleaned after every range outing.

Rifles get cleaned, sort of. I'll OCD clean everything but the bore. I'll pull a lightly lubed patch down the bore. I only really clean the bore when the rifle evidences a degradation in accuracy. Then it's a patch of Hoppes No.9 down the bore. Then it's an application of Hoppes Copper Solvent for 24 hours to strip out copper fouling.

It then usually takes 5 to 10 rounds for copper to strip off the projectile jackets into the lands & grooves, then the groups tighten back up again.

MarkCO
01-17-2013, 09:57
Are you saying your barrels last longer because you clean them less.

Correct.

M&P15T
01-17-2013, 10:08
I clean mine way too much. They probably will wear out from cleaning long before they do from shooting. I enjoy handling them. It's a fetish that I don't even try to resist anymore.

:rofl::rofl:

I like the cut of your jib good sir!!!

Clean it too much just because you enjoy doing it? Ain't no thang if you can be objective about your behavior, don't kid yourself.

MarkCO
01-17-2013, 12:31
I clean all my stuff after each range trip.

If my "stuff" was as nice as yours, I might clean it more often. :rofl:

SCmasterblaster
01-17-2013, 13:13
After every shooting match. As for my CCW G17 - every month.

Glock30Eric
01-17-2013, 13:38
I was hoping to see someone said, "I never clean my AK-47 and Glock. I just brought those guns from a dealer and I have kept shooting ever since. No problem so far. Only issues I had were related with bad ammo."

SFLglock
01-17-2013, 17:34
Usually every after every range trip, but today I shot 50 rounds from my G19 and I'm not going to clean it. Maybe in a couple weeks.

jakebrake
01-17-2013, 17:39
i'm supposed to clean these????????

DreamWeaver88
01-17-2013, 22:11
Cleaning after every shooting session. Take them all out of the safe and wipe them down once a month.

This is what I do also.

Tank44
01-18-2013, 03:40
I clean after every session.

vafish
01-18-2013, 05:13
Depends upon the gun, some get cleaned right after shooting, some go a long time.

The .22 target rifles might see a brush down the barrel every 5,000 rounds. That's about once a year.

posted from my stupid smart phone, please excuse any spelling mistakes.

vafish
01-18-2013, 05:17
Are you saying your barrels last longer because you clean them less. Because they're made better today? Something else?

Cheap cleaning equipment is harder on a barrel than not cleaning if you are shooting quality ammo.

posted from my stupid smart phone, please excuse any spelling mistakes.

fx77
01-18-2013, 08:21
I have OCD :)
everytime I shoot

illrooster132
01-18-2013, 19:22
I dont clean mine, a cop told me he had not cleaned his g21 duty weapon ever. he fears it will malfunction if he does. Im with him.
one time ran abouth 20k on a xd9 to see what it takes a malfunction , could not get it to fail.

D4RWlN
01-18-2013, 19:28
If it's a glock, whenever I feel like. 50 rounds 5000 rounds whatever. This is after the particular firearm can make it through 500 -1000 rounds without a malfunction.

RWBlue
01-18-2013, 20:48
I clean my "gun" every morning when I shower.

I clean my black powder rifles and pistols ASAP after shooting them.
I clean other items once a year or if they start to malfunction.

It sounds to me like most of the people here are killing their guns.

Let me ask the next questions:
How many are using 1 peace rods to clean with?
What chemicals are you using?

Blast
01-18-2013, 22:37
Cheap cleaning equipment is harder on a barrel than not cleaning if you are shooting quality ammo.

posted from my stupid smart phone, please excuse any spelling mistakes.
I can't see how a little solvent, a cloth patch, and a plastic tipped aluminum rod is going to weaken a steel bore.
It is more likely a buildup of carbon, copper, and lead is going to cause problems in the bore.

I clean mine after every session. Never a problem.

Glock30Eric
01-19-2013, 06:56
I dont clean mine, a cop told me he had not cleaned his g21 duty weapon ever. he fears it will malfunction if he does. Im with him.
one time ran abouth 20k on a xd9 to see what it takes a malfunction , could not get it to fail.

High five!!!

silverfd
02-01-2013, 06:29
I clean a gun after each session... No matter if I fired 1 round or 500.


I do the same because why not keep your guns clean?

nathanours
02-01-2013, 10:06
I clean my "gun" every morning when I shower.

I clean my black powder rifles and pistols ASAP after shooting them.
I clean other items once a year or if they start to malfunction.

It sounds to me like most of the people here are killing their guns.

Let me ask the next questions:
How many are using 1 peace rods to clean with?
What chemicals are you using?

I'm using a boresnake; so to answer your question there are no rods involved. I always run it from breech to the barrel's end. I usually use Hoppes solvent and Elite oil, unless its SNO grease for the Sig.

ShaneS
02-01-2013, 13:07
I wipe off powder residue with a soft cloth and wipe the barrel out with patches inserted in the Glock polymer cleaning rod. Clean tight places and feedramp with a Qtip. Apply oil to slide channels and wear spots with another Qtip. More damage done by over cleaning than under. I always use good quality ammo. Clean the barrels out with solvent or CLP once or twice a year. I shoot almost weekly, though.


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