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A short treatise on gun lub'ing.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by P95Carry, May 8, 2005.

  1. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    This could arguably go in Gunsmithing section too - but it has a broad useful content so - for those who may not have seen it - it does make for a useful essay on lubing.

    It was posted first on CombatCarry by ExSoldier but I thought it could well be useful here.


  2. goon

    goon Well-Known Member

    I know for a fact that my P-225 will run quite well with no lubrication at all, at least under "normal" conditions.
    After having trouble with a $1000+ Kimber I decided that I needed to know that the SIG would work. I cleaned it once when I first got it, then ran it for the next 1500+ rounds with no more lubrication or cleaning at all. It ran just fine.
    I don't make that a common practice with any of my guns, but I do need to be sure that they will work.
    The SIG does.
  3. Infidel

    Infidel Well-Known Member

    Sounds to me like Way too much oil. About 4 or 5 times too much, or more.
  4. hksw

    hksw Well-Known Member

    Huh. The only time my P226 ever failed (not due to ammo) the reason was that the rails were totally dry. I had either not put a drop of oil (as I usually do) on the rails after cleaning or the oil ran out after the gun sat for a long time ( few months) between shoots.

    It would be an intersting experiment if you did clean out the rails of the P225, leave it totally dry and free of dirt, then run a few rounds through it to see if it will fail. (As I read your post, it implied the first and only time you cleaned the gun it was also oiled, but never thereafter.)
  5. Thrash1982

    Thrash1982 Well-Known Member

    This seems to me to be a lot of oil. Between trips to the range my Beretta 96 lays on its left side next to my bed usually for weeks on end. As a little test of reliability (not much of one I admit) I didn't clean or lube it for about 400 rounds and it still ran just fine. Even brand new I never had a problem with it being too dry. My usual procedure is to use Breakfree on the slide rails and around the locking block, occasionally on the pivot point of the hammer.

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