New Revolver: Any pre-fire prep??


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Remander
August 16, 2003, 11:49 PM
If a fellow were to buy a new wheelgun, say a Ruger GP100, should he do any lubing, cleaning or other prep before taking it to the range for the first time?

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Bren
August 16, 2003, 11:53 PM
Yes, like all new guns, clean it and give it a drop of oil on the ejector rod and crane.

You may want to run some wet then dry patches through to seson the barrel at the range also. Enjoy, Bren

Ruger Redhawk
August 17, 2003, 01:07 AM
Clean it good before shooting it.After shooting give it a good cleaning and look for anything that might have loosened. On Ruger there isn't much that can come loose.On Smith's Colts etc check for side plate screws that might have loosened up.
Ruger Redhawk

Jim March
August 17, 2003, 01:15 AM
On a NEW wheelgun, I recommend dropping a couple drops of good lube into the action as you cock the hammer...a couple ahead of the hammer (down into the transfer bar area) and a couple behind the hammer. Then work the action a few times, get that oil down in the guts.

On a used gun, especially older, taking it UTTERLY apart makes sense, as decades of old lube can form a cosmoline-like crud buildup in there that can be outright unsafe if it disables a hammer-block safety.

No full detail-strip needed on a new gun, although with a Ruger such a full takedown can be done without boogering frame screws.

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