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Cleaning your Duty Weapon = Semi Auto Pistols

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Now that I'm a Certified GLOCK Armorer, I'm held to a higher standard. 


I've always been very particular about my weapons.  How long does it REALLY take to clean your gun.  If your life isn't worth 20 or so minutes every so often then it isn't worth a penny.


 


CLEAN YOUR DAMN GUNS!!!


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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

great tips! thanks for the advise

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

What, what, firing a round every once in a while doesn't clean the rust and the dust bunnies out. 

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

 Its funny how overlooked this topic truly is.  I'm an LEO in training and have carried a glock 21 for about 4 years for personal protection.  It's gets a good cleaning everytime i pay my power bill or whenever its fired.  I don't play with something that could save my life.

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

We have one guy that is a gun nut that says a dirty gun is a happy gun. LOL


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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

My gun guy turned me on to "Gunzilla" a litle while back. It's about $7 for a small bottle and $20 for a big one. This is the best stuff I've ever used for getting out carbon fouling and all the general crap that gets into my guns. It doesn't stink. It doesn't make my wife's allergies act up. It's supposedly all natural. It works better than Butches and Hoppes put together. And it does a hell of a lot better than CorosionX at keeping rust off. I used to have to go over my carbon steel guns at least every week when I didn't cary them. One revolver I regularly carry I had to go over with CorosionX EVERY DAY to keep it from rusting - that's just my body chemestry. The Gunzilla keeps the rust at bay for about a week and a half. It's good stuff. My gun guy says it's supposed to do better than Break Free in the extreme cold, but I couldn't say. Never had that problem. They also make a copper solvent that is supposed to be real good, but I've never used it.


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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

I clean my S&W MP 40 everytime I shoot it. Whether it is 50rds through it or 400, I want it to last me!! I have heard of guys never cleaning their Glocks and how they rave on about how they dont need to. In my opinion you treat it like you would a car.

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brooklynsergeant says ...


Many years ago a Captain from the Nashville Police, stated at an NRA Instructors School held at Camp Perry: "A man who don't clean his gun, must not wipe his ass."

I think the Captain hit the nail on the head.

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

Clean all my guns once a month, whether they were shot or not.

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

Well lucky for me thats never happened thank god. But I usually keep all my equipment in tip top shape. Batons ,Radio, Cuffs, Pepper Spray, Taser.

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

I completly clean my Sig P229 and magazines on every other Sunday. Never had a mis-fire and never want to either.

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brooklynsergeant says ...


Many years ago a Captain from the Nashville Police, stated at an NRA Instructors School held at Camp Perry: "A man who don't clean his gun, must not wipe his ass."

You guys crack me up. Here is my 2 cents. Water=clean, Shoot=clean, Mud=clean. A bore snake is only good for knocking the dust out once or twice a month. Light oil, It's not a machinegun getting ready to fire a FPF. I rotate mags every 6 months (unload the old ones) just because it makes me feel better. Only had spring problems with AR mags with old style followers and 15 round Glock mags with +2 caps and stretched out factory springs to make up the difference.

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

i have to check out a duty weapon every time i go on shift so i dont get the chance to clean it but i always inspect it when i check it out each shift. we have a very big dept thats why we check them out by the way. i wipe down and oil my personal off duty carry weapon weekly, i also take it out and shoot 3 mags a week just to make sure its go to go. dont want homie catching me with a bunk weapon!

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DMC3 says ...



Now that I'm a Certified GLOCK Armorer, I'm held to a higher standard. 


I've always been very particular about my weapons.  How long does it REALLY take to clean your gun.  If your life isn't worth 20 or so minutes every so often then it isn't worth a penny.


 


CLEAN YOUR DAMN GUNS!!!



I'm just a Civilian "Sheep Dog" and clean my carry weapon twice a week even if I don't go to the range.  I also don't carry the same ammo for more than 2 months before it goes into the practice pile.


Gun Powder is very absorbent and your Duty ammo is exposed to the elements.  You should switch it out as often as you can.  Ammunition will last for years if kept in a cool dry place.  When you carry it, you go in and out of air conditioning to hot and humid weather which can sweat up your ammo or if your out in the rain/snow the ammo can get wet and absorb moisture.  Be safe, change out your Ammo!

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

If you're an LEO your life could depend on your weapon. This is like the brakes on your car, not something you want to skimp on. I have 2 glocks and a mossburg and clean my pistols at least once a month, and every time I go to the range (haven't had the shotty for a month yet). Keep in mind that I don't carry very often. Even with the wonderful open carry laws in AZ I don't like the attention I get carrying open, and being a recent transplant I am still in the process of getting my CCW. Before I moved here I carried daily and cleaned weekly. Being in AL with the humidity, anything will rust. That being said, I have never had a problem with any of my pistols feeding or firing. I keep my pistols loaded for home defense and try to remember to swap out the magazines. Even though I am not LE I still want to know that if I ever have to pull that trigger my weapon will function propperly. Just my .02.

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

Maintenance = Reliability + Peace of Mind.  Maintaining your duty weapon(s) is a subject that must be addressed. It must be looked at as insurance policies, hence, don't let it/them lapse.


Beside the regular "cleaning," one must pay special attention as to the weapon's condition. Look for small cracks, excessive wear, cycle it checking for smooth action, wabbling or excessive play where there shouldn't be any (sights, grip, hammer, trigger, etc), check the barrel carefully. Don't forget the magazines, check for bent or misaligned top metal lips and edges, bottom plates, proper spring tension and hair line cracks in the mag's body. 


Depending upon your weapon, inspect their specific features, such as, the decocking lever mechanism of the Sigs. Glock's trigger, Beretta's and S&W safeties, etc.  Don't ever leave things out to chance nor take anything for granted just because you happen to own the greatest weapon ever designed.


Every now and then, have a qualified officer, who has taken the proper armorer's cert. courses, inspect your weapon(s) and treat him/her to lunch.  Your weapon(s) especially your back up is your (potential) guarding angel.


You want to make sure that in times of dire need, your weapon's performance is the last thing that you'll have to wonder about.


Think safety for yourself, your partner and for those that you swore to protect.

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

I clean my weapon every month and inspect it regularly regardless of whether or not I fire it. You would be suprised at the amount of dust particles and such that build up after just a few weeks of working. I like all my stuff to be squeaky clean!

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

My Glock is cleaned once a week without fail.

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

I know break cleaner will work. Is there a down side to it? I was told to never use it by my battalion armory. I don't remember why. I just remember inspecting officers sniffing the chamber on some really, really clean M16A2's to check for the smell. Maybe they just wanted Marines to use elbow grease only?   

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

Thanks, this is very helpful.

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

I clean my .40 XD-m after every time I shoot it. I use break free and rem oil as my cleaning solvants. I've never had a malfunction. Great advice and info! It's worth it to clean your weapons!

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

Bump.  Good points to keep at the top of the forums.

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

in nam we threw them in the gunk tank and blew them out with air - works pretty good

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rickm says ...



in nam we threw them in the gunk tank and blew them out with air - works pretty good



That reminds me, the same armory that said "no break cleaner" had solvent tanks. Whats the diff?

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rickm says ...



in nam we threw them in the gunk tank and blew them out with air - works pretty good



They had that kind of technology way back then?


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Respect it

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wait... there are cops that actually don't know that they need to clean their guns? are you serious?

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Hi,


 My post was edited for trying to sell crap on Policelink.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Get a Glock, then you can just put it in the dishwasher once a month and be fine. LOL. I agree at least once a month cleaning with special enfacis(SP) do not over lube! Remember, dirt likes to stick to real wet oil in guns. Be safe all.


Cheers


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Rate This | Posted almost 5 years ago

 

My thinking on this subject is simple your weapon is your life.  If you don't clean it then you don't respect your life and your partner's life. 

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Rate This | Posted almost 5 years ago

 

I clean about once per week myself! My main concern is my backup weapon! I fired it a week ago and it didnt act right! It is in an area where it absorves too much moisture! I am changing my holster to see if that will make a difference!

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