Common problem with semi autos


March 4, 2009, 02:22 PM
The obvious #1 problem you hear about is failure to feed with auto pistols. I submit that a large percentage of ftf problems would be solved simply by cleaning said pistols and using a light wt lubricant on major moving parts. Try it sometime. If you are having problems, oil that sucker up...If you do not have any oil pull out your cars dipstick a couple of times and drip some oil on the slide contact areas and the areas of the barrel that make contact on recoil and lockup. The used engine oil won't hurt a thing...clean it off when you get home. I know this is old hat to folks who have been doing this for a while. I think this explains why you read some post from shooters who hate a particular pistol that most have no problem with. They are machines and they need to be lubricated. For those old guys like me your gun will be in better shape with less wear when you hand it down to your children. If you have to much oil it will get dirty quicker and maybe a little more carbon buildup but you willl take care of it when you clean it anyway. My $.02 for new shooters.

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Mad Magyar
March 4, 2009, 03:07 PM
I'll agree that lack of lubrication or proper cleaning does contribute to FTF's, however, there are other variables at work that also contribute to "No Kaboom"! The oil from the dipstick is a nice tip. I use the little bottle/syringe that you can purchase very cheaply to carry your favorite oil...:)

March 4, 2009, 03:30 PM
i just finished 2 days of soaking a smith/5904 auto police trade in the barrell was sooty black,feed ramp too,thought it was coated ,just carbon,but rest of pistol was nasty,came out shining,tight lockup ,feeds-ejects fine,little wd40 and 3 in 1 oil is all ive ever used,no problems in 20 years.good luck.

March 4, 2009, 04:15 PM
I have heard negative things on WD40 for guns, but can't speak to the specific differences between that lubricant and others.

Jed Carter
March 4, 2009, 04:53 PM
WD 40 is Combustible/Flammable.

March 4, 2009, 05:26 PM
WD 40 is Combustible/Flammable. -so is my ammo.

WD 40 stands for "water displacement, formula #40" -not cleaner, lubricant, or preservative.

What WD 40 is is mostly kerosene with some propellant, scent and binders. Using kerosene to clean and lube is just asking for it to evaporate into a gummy residue.

Keep your WD 40 away from your firearms and use a modern lubricant or a CLP.

March 4, 2009, 06:37 PM
I think that "fix" might be a little too simplistic. Some autos (especially older models) won't feed hollowpoints regardless of how much you oil it up or polish the feed ramp.

Some autos are very picky about ammo type (velocity, bullet profile etc).

I'm glad it fixed your problem but I have actually found some pistols that shoot better almost dry. Also watch out for over oiling as it can get into the chamber and cause a hydraulic effect and beat the action to death.

Cleaning can make a very big difference in performance especially if using dirty ammo or rimfire ammo.

March 4, 2009, 06:43 PM
a mechanical jam can not be fixed by oil, no matter how far you stretch your imagination.
Friction buildup related james, have at it.

March 4, 2009, 07:41 PM
Obviously you guys misunderstood my point. Of course it can be ammo related or a little gunsmith tuning may be involved. My point was to do the simple things before you throw the gun away or have someone "repair" it.

March 4, 2009, 09:19 PM
my 213 tokarev had been wd40"d and sowing machine oiled for 10 years,never was gummy to me,also would take the wd40 out and flame the wasp nests on my house.but i did p/u some remoil on sale,well see.

March 4, 2009, 09:43 PM
Beau Coup malfunctions have been attributed to magazines too.

Consider a Glock for utter reliability.

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