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Do most of the women gun owners in your family clean their own guns?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jakemccoy, Sep 20, 2009.


Do most of the women gun owners in your family clean their own guns?

  1. Yes.

    33 vote(s)
  2. No.

    98 vote(s)
  3. Other.

    15 vote(s)
  1. jakemccoy

    jakemccoy Well-Known Member

    This question is intended to get information on what other men handle this situation. My mom and sister each want to own their own handgun. Unfortunately, their guns will be two more guns that I'll have to clean. There's just no way they're going to maintain and clean their guns after coming from the range. It's just not going to happen. I figure that I'll have to take one for the team in order to get two new shooters on board.

    Inevitably, somebody will respond that any gun owner must learn how to clean their own guns. Well, that would be nice in an ideal world. However, again, it's just not going to happen with the women in my life. Nevertheless, I'd like to see them as gun owners.
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2009
  2. Shung

    Shung Well-Known Member

    get them glocks !

    who the **** clean his glock, anyway !?

    nah really, you can shoot hundreds of rounds with your glock without having to clean it and NO malfuction !
  3. OurSafeHome.net

    OurSafeHome.net Well-Known Member

    Get them stainless steel revolvers.:)
  4. Mags

    Mags Well-Known Member

    I clean my wife's and my buddy cleans his girlfriend's gun. But it isn't about them being to lazy or not knowing the assembly/disassembly. It is more about ensuring the person you love has a 100 percent reliable firearm. If you care you will also be checking their firearm's condition too, whether it be a Glock, revolver, or a 1911.
  5. MountainBear

    MountainBear Well-Known Member

    No one in the family cleans their own guns. That's why they have me. I do all the cleaning, upgrading, maintenance, and repair.
  6. 444

    444 Well-Known Member

    Not exactly an answer to your question but I got a kick out of this when I heard this. My mother told me this and she didn't think anything of it.
    Let me set this up by saying that my mother is now 92 years old, so this would have been in the 1920s and 1930s in a rural area but anyway............
    When my grandfather would come home from hunting, he handed the game animals to his wife and the gun to his kids (all girls). The wife cleaned and then cooked the game and the kids cleaned the gun.

    Those were the days.
  7. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Plenty of guys I know don't clean thier guns. One was an ex-marine.

    Had a lady friend of mine invite me over for dinner if I cleaned her guns. It was a nice trade. She hadn't fired them in forever, just thought they should be 'checked over'. She had a very nice .32 Walther and a Ruger Mark1. I made a point to show her how to take both of them apart and put them back together and proper cleaning.
  8. jakemccoy

    jakemccoy Well-Known Member

    Just to be clear, the question is NOT about proving any kind of point about women in general. Please, let's not get this thread locked. The original question is just to compare notes. I was thinking that maybe, just maybe, men would talk about how their significant others like to sit next to them at the bench and clean their own guns...just wondering.
  9. telomerase

    telomerase Well-Known Member

    Pretty serious legal move. Staying long enough to teach someone to reassemble a Ruger auto constitutes common law marriage in 37 states.

    Oh, wait, sorry, you just showed her how to take it apart :D
  10. dkk73

    dkk73 Well-Known Member

    Surprising thread. I've actually been thinking about this recently. No, my wife doesn't clean her own guns. Not that she's lazy or philosophically-opposed. Just a specialization of labor. She's competent but I'm the gear-head of the family. Machines talk to me about their personal problems, and likewise. :)

    My attitude is that it is one more job that may make her put off or not want to be involved in shooting (we're both super-busy with multiple jobs in-home and out). You know how minor obstacles accumulate in the mind.
  11. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    I clean the guns and my wife cleans the cat throw-up.

    Seems like a fair trade.
  12. happygeek

    happygeek Well-Known Member

    The wife has been cleaning her Walther P22 since she got it. I cleaned her AR-15 in 22 LR for a little while, then showed her how to. She cleans or helps clean other guns like my Beretta when she shoots them.
  13. Mousegun

    Mousegun Well-Known Member

    No, none of them do and the only woman in my family is my wife.
  14. springmom

    springmom Well-Known Member

    Yes i do. Every time. Although occasionally one of us will clean the other's guns just because the one is the first to sit down and start the cleaning. For instance, if I'm cooking supper, Archerandshooter may volunteer to clean mine, or vice versa.

    If my hands are hurting badly, I have been known to let him put my 1911's back together, though. That can be painful sometimes.

  15. Floppy_D

    Floppy_D Member In Memoriam

    My wife can take apart a Ruger MkIII and reassemble it without help, so she's exempt. Sometimes we clean 'em together. Usually I do while she's watching garbage on TV.
  16. kda

    kda Well-Known Member

    My wife enjoys carrying, shooting and yes, even cleaning. We do enjoy working together and doing similar things, even gun cleaning. I am glad because I figure she should know how, I'm getting older now and she will no doubt out live me.
  17. ribbit

    ribbit Member

    I'm still using rentals, but...

    I'm the shooter so if I don't clean it, who will? Think I'm gonna let DH near any of my babies? :evil:
  18. rightside

    rightside Well-Known Member

    I have a hard enough time getting my wife out to shoot, she just does not like it.:banghead:
  19. 9MMare

    9MMare Well-Known Member


    Exactly and I bet there are many such specializations in every household. Laundry, cooking, cars, garbage, mending, heavy lifting, etc.

    I have yet to clean my gun that I got a month ago, but that doesnt mean much...I hate cleaning in general.

    (I'm also afraid I wont get it back together again)
  20. effengee

    effengee Well-Known Member

    She shoots, I clean...

    Actually, I've never had a problem with cleaning anybody's guns...
    I've made some good extra cash doing the dirty work for friends.
    As my sig line says:
    I just can't get enough of things that go BANG!

    Many years ago I had a friend who had a brand-new Mossberg 500 that got a little surface rust on it. Not knowing any better he put vegetable oil all over the gun and two days later it was a nasty sticky mess.
    He knew I was a gun nut and not the kind to rake him over the coals for his mistake. Having owned a Mossy 500 since I was 16 it was nothing to tear his apart and do a full clean out. I mean toothbrush and Q-tips... I also used an old sonic jewelry cleanser to get all the crud out of the bolt and off the other parts like the screws and such. (Works great!) When it was all done I rubbed it down with a few dots of Kleen-bore brand gun conditioner. (Also works great!) He was so happy he didn't even care about his mistake and told anybody that would listen about how I had saved his gun...
    Got a few other guys and girls to ask about having their guns fixed/cleaned.

    To me it doesn't matter if I have to clean them, I'd rather do it to ensure the safety/maintenance level is kept up to my standards, and I also take every chance I get to sit around with a gun in my hands:D

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