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Clean my Glock before first use at firing range?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by newbie4help, May 4, 2008.

  1. newbie4help

    newbie4help Well-Known Member

    do I need to do this? I field stripped it according to the manual but I don't have solvents or anything. Is it necessary to clean it the first time?
  2. newbie4help

    newbie4help Well-Known Member

    Nobody knows? I'd like to go now :D
  3. pdowg881

    pdowg881 Well-Known Member

    If it's brand new you should clean out any preservative or packing oil. make sure the barrel is clear of any oils too. Clean it dry, then oil it with gun oil.
  4. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    Don't clean off that copper colored stuff that is on the frame rails. Its some kind of polishing/lapping compound, but make sure the chamber and bore are free of debris and oil/grease.

  5. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Agreed. It is actually anti-sieze compound - a lubricant of sorts - but the slight grittiness would serve to polish and lap.
  6. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Well-Known Member

    The "copper stuff" is anti-seize grease.

    Show me where in the owners manual it says that stuff is some sort of "break-in lapping grease."

    You can leave it on, or wipe it off. You can grease your glock with Crisco, and it will run fine.
    A Glock requires no "lapping and polishing."
  7. RNB65

    RNB65 Well-Known Member

    You should thoroughly clean any new gun before firing it. If packing grease has gotten inside the barrel it could cause a KB.
  8. glockman19

    glockman19 Well-Known Member

    Don't you know Glocks are the "Chuck Norris" of firearms. :)

    No Cleaning necessary just load & shoot. :evil:
  9. Feud

    Feud Well-Known Member

    I forgot to do this on my last gun. It shot just fine the first time, but when I went to clean it the insides were a mess. :eek:
  10. Thernlund

    Thernlund Well-Known Member

    If it's new right out of the box, yeah. Clean it.

    You can wipe off the copper colored stuff. No big deal.

  11. Don Lu

    Don Lu Well-Known Member

    may not be a big deal, but i wouldnt recommend advising folks to do things contrary to what the makers of the gun advise...

    On page 37 under under figue 13 "cleaning the field stripped pistol" the second sentence under the SLIDE part reads "Note that the copper colored lubricant found on portions of the slide of brand new GLOCK pistols should not be removed, as it will help to provide long term lubrication of the slide".
  12. springmom

    springmom Well-Known Member

    Clean your Glock? You clean EVERY gun before first use. I'll defer to the Glockophiles here on the topic of the copper-colored slide goo, but otherwise yes, you always ALWAYS clean a gun before you shoot it.

    For one thing, you really get a sense of the gun when you've taken it apart and put it back together. For another, there's no law of the universe that says something won't be in there that shouldn't...like a partial blockage of the barrel.

    Clean is good.

  13. pgeleven

    pgeleven Well-Known Member

    i left mine on, just went through and touched on everything else and it worked like a charm. i dont think i ever got a manual for my glock come to think of it...
  14. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Well-Known Member

    Yes, pick up some solvents and lube & clean it.

    Field stripping, cleaning, wiping, and drying will help you develope some nice "personal" time getting to know your new weapon. If you take care of it, it will take care of you.

    It's a good habit to have. Treat it with care.
  15. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Well-Known Member

    Just check the bore and make sure there is nothing in it. Do not clean until after firing, it comes from the factory lubed with a special slide grease for break in.
    When cleaning I would and do use a firearms degreaser (one that does not affect plastic/polymer) and put one drop of oil on the following areas and work in in, barrel, rails, rail cut outs on slide, the small center rail on the bottom of the slide just behind the firing pin/receiver face area. You can if you want put a couple of drop of lube on a rag and wipe down the slide. GLOCK's should not be run wet.
    Do not lube the mags, only clean, they are a bear to take apart the first time.
    Many folks run them with too much lube, it is not required and they run better lightly lubed.
    This is how I clean mine (23/27) and is how most manuals state to clean and lube.
  16. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    clean inspect and lube, i suggest lithium based grease etc, it takes just a little, and it will go a long way.

    the #1 reson that glocks are sent back to the factory is for over lubrication, the #2 is for under lubrication.

    if you need to see how to keep a glock running go to youtube and type in James Yeager he has 2 how-to videos on the glock line of pistols. one for lubeing and one for cleaning.
  17. Ken Rainey

    Ken Rainey Well-Known Member

    As was said, just check the bore for safety reasons to make sure nothing is in there and you're good to go. I'm real picky about having a clean pistol and Glocks are ultra easy to clean and don't require any special products to do so. I use WD-40 on a rag to clean off powder residue, an old toothbrush to brush out the cracks and around the breech face and extractor, a few passes of a cleaning rod down the barrel with a patch sprayed with WD-40 wrapped around the brush followed by a dry patch, and a few drops of motor oil or transmission fluid applied sparingly to lubricate....about once a year depending on how much it's used, do a detailed strip and clean of the pistol and the mags....there's a lot of info on this on the "net" for your reading enjoyment in the meantime...;)

    There's a thread over on GlockTalk about how many rounds have been fired thru various Glocks without any cleaning, I'm talking thousands upon thousands of rounds...it's nice to hear but I just don't want to leave my pistol dirty...it could be called upon for my defense and I want it to have no reason not to work....if it was strictly a range gun, then maybe I could let it go for five hundred to a thousand rds between cleanings. I believe the manual says to clean and oil monthly whether fired or not but that's there to cover every imaginable part of the country it could be in under who knows what kind of conditions....just use your common sense and your Glock will be fine....:)
  18. Black Majik

    Black Majik Well-Known Member

    I clean and inspect all new guns. All old lube,packing grease, preservatives, and burnt powder will be taken off with fresh lube applied. Barrel gets a patch through and cleaned.
  19. conan

    conan Well-Known Member

    Rack the unloaded guns slide and look to make sure there are no strange objects in the barrel. Then shoot it and be happy! When the gun is dirty then take it apart and clean/lube it. Have fun and congradulations!

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