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Cleaning new pistol 5 times between shots before firing?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by jawman, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. Fire_Moose

    Fire_Moose Well-Known Member

    20:1 this is a rumor started by gun cleaning supplies companies.

    Sent from my CZ85 Combat
  2. JohnBiltz

    JohnBiltz Well-Known Member

    I have owned a rifle that came with those instructions. But its generally just high end rifles.
  3. pat701

    pat701 member

    Thats how i broke in all my rifles:)
  4. joeschmoe

    joeschmoe Well-Known Member

    ... and only for carbon steel barrels. No SS or chrome lined barrels benefit from the holy break in ritual.

    Pistols? Ttthhhpppbbbbttt's.... :rolleyes:
  5. twice barrel

    twice barrel Well-Known Member

    Of course, it won't hurt anything if you do it. But I also only field strip and clean mine up before its first trip to the range and I clean my fired guns when I return even though many say they don't need it. They're mine and I like to keep them clean.

  6. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    All those old guns we pay too much for shoot just fine, don't they?

    Do you know why almost all of those old, collectable guns don't have boxes with them? I think it's because a lot of folks did what I was taught back in the '50s. You used the box for a target, either on the way home or as soon as you got there. Or both.

    I mean really, you're in the car on the way home with a new gun and a box of ammo, what are you going to do? You pull over and prop the box against a stump and shoot a few holes in it.

    Is there any evidence at all of a bunch of ruined guns from, oh, the '50s say? Call it post-WWII.

    Yes, I do look down the barrel to see if the hole goes all the way through before I fire it.
  7. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    I have never heard of the author, and I think there is a good reason for that. ;)

    I am as OCD as most when it comes to cleaning, but this guy is way over the top. When I buy a new (or more often, used) handgun, I take it home, field strip, inspect and clean. After each range session, I clean it, even if I have only put one mag (or cylinder) through it (and no, that does not happen frequently).

    Les Baer recommends putting 500 rounds through it before initial strip and clean--this performs the required "break-in". Unfortunately, I can't afford a new Les Baer, so I cannot test their theory. :rolleyes:
  8. jawman

    jawman Well-Known Member

  9. ddc

    ddc Well-Known Member

    Right after I got done reading the OP I had a strange compulsion to pull all my guns out of the safe and run a patch through each of them... but the thought really tired me out, so I took a nap, and when I woke up I decided I'd wait until tomorrow...
  10. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    Oh for the love of Browning,

    Handgun barrels and shooting are not at the level of precision where this will make a difference. Some people think that a similar break-in process is necessary for RIFLE barrels, but others (like myself) have found they shoot just fine out of the box. If there really is a benefit, it's probably almost entirely done in the first ten rounds. I dare you to try this with two pistols, one with, one without this process, get out your micrometer, and see if you can discern any difference whatsoever.
  11. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    tarosean pulled out Homey. :D
  12. xxjumbojimboxx

    xxjumbojimboxx Well-Known Member

    Yeah, Gotta say it looks like a complete waste of time and materials to me... Maybe if you tried to fire an old mosin or something that you werent sure if it still had a bunch of cosmoline lining the bore?

    Youd be an idiot to fire it in that condition though
  13. xxjumbojimboxx

    xxjumbojimboxx Well-Known Member

  14. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    Which correspond with:
  15. GBExpat

    GBExpat Well-Known Member

    3rd Choice: It is Silly.
  16. TimboKhan

    TimboKhan Moderator

    Well, in theory, why would you need to clean the bore under normal use? Chambers, yes, but have you ever seen a bore so dirty that a bullet won't pass down it? I literally have never run a bore brush down my 10/22, and I have shot it since the 70's. Still accurate, still functions. Having shot a few pistols into the hundreds and once into the thousands without cleaning them, I can say that while other stuff was dirty, the bores were fine, so maybe the guy has a point...

    I guess I could see it with corrosive ammo, but how often does that happen in a handgun?
  17. tuj

    tuj Well-Known Member

    Copper or lead fouling can build up in the bore such that the diameter is reduced to a point where over-pressure can occur. Granted I have never heard of anyone blowing up their gun by never ever cleaning the bore, but I have seen literally STRIPS of lead come out of a 1911 barrel that had never been cleaned.
  18. ATLDave

    ATLDave Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I got big long scabs of lead out of a .22 after firing a few thousand unjacketed bullets in just a few days.

    With jacketed bullets, I find the concept of never cleaning the bore to be plausible. But not with lead.
  19. sleepyone

    sleepyone Well-Known Member

    Sounds like some people have more time on their hands than me. If you are looking for a break-in method that involves lots of time yet is a thoroughly enjoyable method for breaking in barrels on new guns.... Run a lightly oiled patch through it once, or twice if something comes out with the first patch and then shoot the snot out of it.
  20. HKGuns

    HKGuns Well-Known Member

    That just might be the most ignorant thing I've ever read concerning pistols. Exactly what is it supposed to do other than waste time and sell cleaning solvent?

    This guy is an absolute moron. Read this.....


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