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Cleaning your Duty Weapon = Semi Auto Pistols

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Yeah i carry a Desert Eagle out here..always keepin it operating smooth, cleaning it once a day..pretty hardore dough got some heavy recoil..but hey whatever it takes to keep the streets safe right.

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With the comments to cleaning your weapon. I clean mine often, but when solvent is used be sure to use rubbing alcohol after the solvent process. The reason for this is, solvent is a great cleaner but it also breaks down lubricants. Any solvent left behind will allow your new lubricant to turn into gunk. Gunk in turn will eventually lead to your weapons malfunction. Rubbing alcohol will remove any traces of solvent.

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Yeah i carry a Desert Eagle out here..always keepin it operating smooth, cleaning it once a day..pretty hardore dough got some heavy recoil..but hey whatever it takes to keep the streets safe right.



Pretty hardcore out there huh?



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I just bought a glock 19 and i love it. I was told by a police officer to at least clean my gun once a month whether i shoot it or not just to keep it oiled. but i was wondering if it is ok to keep my bullets in my magazines or would that make the spring in the gun weak?


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depends on the gun.. glock mags you may keep loaded for extreme long periods of time... but a good rule of thumb is to roatate your mags every month.. I do it every four months actually... because all my mags are new 4th gen glock mags.. rotating is when you have say... 3 mags.. well go buy another 3 mags and when your others have been loaded for a while, take the rounds out and load your spare mags... then repeat that process every month or whatever..most guys I talk to do it once a month.. In the desert we did it every week. but thats extreme enviroment.


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Thank goodness somebody wrote this.  You have to keep your weapon clean, because with firearms, the two worst sounds are 'CLICK' when its supposed to go 'BANG'  or when it goes 'BANG'  when you don't wan't it to.  Having your gun jam up in a fire fight is BAD!  And to reply to the member who asked about 'Bore Snakes', I find them to be a wonderful piece of cleaning equipment.  They work really well, and it never hurts just to run it through the firearm daily, since you don't need to field strip it, and it will get any gunk that might be in there that you were not aware of, and it only takes a second to do, so you know your barrel is at least semi-clean.

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Look, you can't 'rest' magazine springs.  It is some bull puckey that gun writers made up during the magazine capacity limit to make people think that there "High Capacity" magazines would somehow be saved by this.  The metal that the magazine springs are made of is spring steel.  It is made to be under pressure.  It is designed for that.  What wears out magazine springs is the change in pressure, i.e. going from completely compressed from a full magazine to and empty magazine.  It is the change that wears out the steel.  Either keep the magazine at one stage or the other, your not going to wear it out.  It also helps it you by quailty magazines, OEM or Mec-Gar (who happens to be OEM for quite a lot of fireams manufactures.)  I keep my magazines either fully loaded or empty.  I have never had a problem at all with quality magazines.

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You can go to an automotive store, by a few cans of carb cleaner, which happens to be the same thing as the spray on gun sovlents, except you pay $2.50 for a 32 ounce can instead of $25.00 for a 8 ounce can.  Just use it in a well ventallatied area.

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In a very humid area you can try having the gun refinished in a corrosion resistant finish. Hard Chrome, Np3, Boron Carbide, many others.


I strip and detail clean once a month, oil and wipe off weekly.

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If you can find "Kano Kroil" it works good as a cleaner. it comes in spray and liquid cans (orange in color). It works pretty good.

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Just a note on cleaning your pistols. Just got through cleaning my M&P 40 & B 92FS. Had an idea of using my small air compressor that I got as a package deal with nail guns. Turned regulator down to 30 to 40 psi and it works great!! Especially on the  frame interior. Lightly spray inside with Kroil (what I use) and blow it out. Works great on those hard to reach places. Also on slide and such. Blows out excess oil then wiping down with clean cloth. I save old tees and socks for this and other things. I installed a small coalessing filter to keep moisture out from discharge air.


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Glock is a dry gun. Do not lub. I own several and have never put any lub on them. Sig is a wet gun. Light lub. I got this info from a gun smith. If this is not correct please let me know.

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Glock is a dry gun. Do not lub. I own several and have never put any lub on them. Sig is a wet gun. Light lub. I got this info from a gun smith. If this is not correct please let me know.



According to Glock you lube with a very small amount. One small drop in each rail a very thin coat on the barrel (the excess from the rail may able to do it). You still have metal to metal contact. Running it dry isnt good for it.  Even a Glock will eventually get some damage if always ran dry.  How long it will take is beyond me.  If you put lube on one end of a Q Tip and managed to be able to put it all in a Glock the Glock would have too much oil in it.  Use no solvents or oil when cleaning.


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Glock is a dry gun. Do not lub. I own several and have never put any lub on them. Sig is a wet gun. Light lub. I got this info from a gun smith. If this is not correct please let me know.


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Well Shetland, allow me to provide an update for you. The idea of a dry gun is close but not entirely accurate. From Chapter 18 of the Glock Armorers Manual, we read this: "Glock pistols are designed to operate properly with minimal lubrication." True, we do no drown a Glock as we might have done with Sigs. Lube in the firing pin channel, breech face, and other areas is NOT to be done.


However, a 'touch' of good lube is highly desirable under the connector hook. Just a tiny drop. You will discover an instant smoother trigger pull. To not lube this are is to potentially cause connector and trigger bar damage.


A couple of light drops along the slide groves and frame rails is recommended.


Glock uses a copper 'paste' when asssembling the weapon and recommends that it not be wiped off.



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Thanks Scurge & The Sarge. I appreciate the correction and even an old dog can learn from others. Q tips are part of my cleaning kit. My fault was taking the gun smiths advice as gospel. Checks in the mail to you.

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i clean mine every two days. is that good eough?


 


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And please, between full service dates, turn the slide assembly upside down when brushing around the firing pin and extractor. This will keep all of the crud from running into the firing pin area and gumming it up when the solvent evaporates. It will get so hard that it will prevent the pin from traveling to the primer.  There is only thing worse than standing on the firing line and hearing a dull click when you pull your first round off.  I think you know what the worse thing is.


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I'm very happy to this still up and being read after 4 years have gone by.  Hope everyone is keeping safe.


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