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Old 05-17-2012, 01:12   #1
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Do I need a lecture on cleaning my 1911 because I have...

fired 200 reloads through the Metro without cleaning. I'm so spoiled by Glock. I clean my G23 about every 500 rounds whether it needs it or not. My 1911 I was field stripping and cleaning after as little as firing one mag. I'm on this kick because I'm really busy and don't feel like cleaning it yet. I do rub the exterior or outside of the gun down with a clean patch soaked in Ballistol and then a clean dry patch and then silicon cloth every time I handle it. And I have been lubing the gun according to the Wilson Combat youtube vid everytime I shoot it

I will clean it in it the morning...more to stop the voices in my head than anythang...

How long is too long? The 1911 is a combat pistol right? It can go just as long as the Glock without a super cleaning cain't it? Well maybe not...but I ain't babying this Metro and it's running just fine...

I keep expecting this gun to fail and it has been just reliable as the 2008 manufacture G23 that I bought in 2011. Maybe even more reliable because even with mouseloads I don't get brass to the head...
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:20   #2
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I clean my 1911 after each range outing that usually consists of 100 to 200 rounds.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:10   #3
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I clean all my guns after one range trip.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:52   #4
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I clean all my guns after one range trip.
I do as well, regardless of which pistol it is.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:55   #5
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I clean all my guns after one range trip.
I try to, but sometimes...

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Old 05-17-2012, 06:51   #6
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I try to, but sometimes...
Some of the rimfires I may not.
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:17   #7
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How long is too long? The 1911 is a combat pistol right? It can go just as long as the Glock without a super cleaning cain't it? .[/QUOTE]


A spec 1911A1 can go just as long as a Glock without 'cleaning'
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:42   #8
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OMG! You shot 200 rounds all at the same time?

You must be crazy or in a militia or something! Are you planning to kill somebody??
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:35   #9
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Order of Priorities:

1. Shoot in competition
2. Practice shooting
3. Load ammunition for practice
4. Load ammunition for competition, clean, inspect, chamber check
5. Work on guns, improvements, repairs, ferry to gunsmith(s)
6. Clean guns -- maybe, if time permits. Ultra-low on the priority list

For example, my main, match 1911 has been through two practice sessions and two matches since last cleaning. I might clean it before the next match, but probably will just squirt some oil on it. I definitely won't clean it before practicing with it again. It is getting pretty dirty, but my days aren't getting any longer, and there are some big matches coming up.

And, so it goes.
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Old 05-17-2012, 15:24   #10
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Your 1911 will go hundreds of rounds without cleaning, if it seems to be slowing down ad oil.
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Old 05-17-2012, 18:35   #11
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Toys can sit awhile, tools get cleaned and lubricated properly.
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Old 05-17-2012, 20:37   #12
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What's the intended use for the pistol? Anything I carry gets cleaned every time it's fired. My target pistols and toys get cleaned when I get around to it. I've put around 1k through a very tightly built target 1911 with no issues what so ever. It was filthy when I got around to cleaning it, but it never malfunctioned.
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Old 05-17-2012, 20:47   #13
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Toys can sit awhile, tools get cleaned and lubricated properly.
This. If it was a range toy, who cares. but if you carry the gun, glock or 1911, it should be cleaned and inspected after every trip for unusual wear or broken parts.
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Old 05-17-2012, 21:11   #14
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I fired 500 rounds through my Les Baer Premier II the first day I owned it, with no malfunctions. I fired 1500 rounds in 4 days of training with my Kimber Custom Stainless, and only cleaned it once in the middle. No malfunctions again. If I'm training and I have other priorities, I may let my 1911's go for quite a while. I have only ever had one 1911 stop running because it needed cleaning. It was an older Kimber Custom, and had seen several hundred rounds of lead reloads by the previous owner with no cleaning or lube. It looked like the inside of a chimney, and just couldn't keep running. I cleaned it up, and it runs like a sewing machine now.

They always get a good scrubbing before ccw or home defense duty though. It's nice knowing they can perform when filthy, but I will always trust a clean gun with my life if I have a choice.
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Old 05-17-2012, 21:50   #15
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Old 05-17-2012, 21:57   #16
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Both 1911s I have had for the most part were 100% reliable. Only failure I've had was a factory springfield mag follower jumping the slide lock after the last round and jamming the mag in tight. Use premium mags for anything outside of range plinking.

I suggest keeping the moving parts all lubed up. A non stainless model can surface rust easily and cause problems.

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Old 05-17-2012, 21:58   #17
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Back when I had time to shoot a lot, my 1911's would have to wait for 500-1000 rounds before being fully cleaned.
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Old 05-17-2012, 22:03   #18
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I only clean each of my guns after they have been shot to ensure that there is a minimal chance of misfire due to contamination.

This chance may be small, but it is still there, and I want to maximize my chances of survival in the event I need to use the weapon.

Otherwise, don't clean it, your choice.
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Old 05-17-2012, 22:12   #19
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My 1911 I was field stripping and cleaning after as little as firing one mag.
One mag? You must have learned that from the knuckle heads that think Gaston designed the first reliable auto pistol.
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:57   #20
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I'm a lazy mofo when it comes to cleaning guns. I'd clean them when they start to jam or when carbon started to ooze past the frame grooves.

All of my Colts thus far have had at least three or four hundred rounds through them without cleaning. I'll worry when they start to malfunction.
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