Cleaning a Semi-Auto


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SullyVols
August 9, 2012, 10:52 PM
I've owned a couple revolvers for about a month. They shoot great and clean up even better.

I bought a semi-auto because the revolver I really want isn't going to be available for months. It's a Glock 17 Gen. 4.

The gun came with cleaning instructions, but I wanted to get opinions on the frequency certain tasks.

i.e. - do I dissemble the gun and wipe off the parts every time I shoot it, every 200,400,600 rounds or what?

Thanks

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pearsonm
August 9, 2012, 11:10 PM
The rule of thumb I heard was field strip and clean at ~500 rounds. I've also heard you can keep a Glock too clean.

I just cleaned my M&P9c for the first time after previously owning a GP100. The M&P is easier, although after looking down into the guts of the frame detail striping may be a bitch. I don't know how often you're supposed to do that.

Sky
August 9, 2012, 11:54 PM
Personal opinion: If the weapon is going to be shot weekly ( 20, 50, 100 rounds) then shoot it and clean/lube it every month or so as needed. If it is going to be shot and then not used for a few months clean/lube before putting it to bed. Is it hot and did your sticky little fingers put salt or sugar candy all over the weapon; did it rain or were the conditions you were shooting in have blowing dust which is now embedded in your lube? There are no hard fast rules about some of this stuff.

I usually clean all my weapons after they are shot simply because some will not be used for an extended period of time; they probably don't need it but that is just the way I take care of mine. I know of range guns that are shot weekly and to my knowledge have not been cleaned for over two years; lubed now and then but never cleaned..

JTQ
August 9, 2012, 11:55 PM
You may like this Glock cleaning video. I find auto's easier to clean than revolvers. Glocks are one of the easier guns to clean.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZf4mUM10Vc

KTXdm9
August 10, 2012, 12:46 AM
Personal opinion: If the weapon is going to be shot weekly ( 20, 50, 100 rounds) then shoot it and clean/lube it every month or so as needed. If it is going to be shot and then not used for a few months clean/lube before putting it to bed. Is it hot and did your sticky little fingers put salt or sugar candy all over the weapon; did it rain or were the conditions you were shooting in have blowing dust which is now embedded in your lube? There are no hard fast rules about some of this stuff.

I usually clean all my weapons after they are shot simply because some will not be used for an extended period of time; they probably don't need it but that is just the way I take care of mine. I know of range guns that are shot weekly and to my knowledge have not been cleaned for over two years; lubed now and then but never cleaned..
Good advice. I'm not a big fan of clean the gun every time you shoot it.

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