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Great read on Proper Lubrication

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by DeepSouth, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. DeepSouth

    DeepSouth Well-Known Member

    This might have been posted before but this is such good info I just have to share it. I recently had C&S do some work on my PM45 and this paper was in with the paperwork when it came back. It is a very good little article on lub in general and it is well worth the read. I'll just link to the article because of whatever copyright laws there are. This is the same as the paper they sent back with my pistol.


    On a side note, the article has convinced me to go to a firearms grease in my carry pistol, mainly because I have to leave my pistol in my truck while I'm at work and in AL it gets 120+ inside a vehicle for a large part of the year. Anyway, if you have any recommendations on a good firearms grease I would appreciate it, I have always used oils or gun butter in the past.
  2. berettaprofessor

    berettaprofessor Well-Known Member

    Cabelas sells a grease I've become pretty attached to: "SuperLube"....PTFE-based, clear, and seems to stay on very well. It's not usually in the "regular" gun-cleaning section, it is around the black powder gun accessories. Comes in large tubes for quantity and also, pricey, in a small tube with a tip that lends itself to "rail" application perfectly. Link to read about it is below:

  3. Carne Frio

    Carne Frio Well-Known Member

  4. Manco

    Manco Well-Known Member

    If I oiled my handguns like that webpage suggested, I think my hands and arms would be covered in oil after a session at the range, not to mention my shoes from the runoff and my face from all the spatter! :eek:

    After cleaning, I simply apply a thin film of light grease to sliding parts and a touch of oil to rotating parts (no fundamental differences, just a good rule of thumb for firearms applications), and that's it. Maybe ultra-tight competition guns need to be drenched in oil constantly, I don't know, but generally not garden variety guns.

    I currently use Weapon Shield oil and grease, and I like them, but just about any oil or grease will do. Wilson's Ultima-Lube is another high quality grease that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Cost shouldn't be a big factor for most because so little grease is generally needed, but even the cheapest should work fine, too, in all honesty. The main exception would be truly extreme conditions, in which using the right lube can become critical.
  5. NMGonzo

    NMGonzo Well-Known Member

    "sheen" ... and not Charlie.
  6. 2WheelsGood

    2WheelsGood Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty religious about cleaning, but stop and oil after every 50 rounds? Not a chance.
  7. MikePaiN

    MikePaiN Well-Known Member

    You could read that entire article, follow all the suggestions or.....simply replace all your pistols with Glocks :neener:

    edit: Actually this is on of the reasons I traded my Sig for a Glock. The Sig liked to be "wet" and I hated seeing lube always coming out of the gun. After I clean, I like a drop of All Weather grease on the rails, a squirt of Dry Lube on the internals and that's it.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2011
  8. DeepSouth

    DeepSouth Well-Known Member

    I'm kind of confused. I didn't see anything that seemed to indicate you would have a "wet" gun if you follow his oiling recommendations. He says use cotton swabs and use light coats to avoid "mass quantities of oil running everywhere" how do you get to wet out of that?

    3-4 drops on the barrel hood
    1 ring around the barrel
    2 drops (through ejection port) where slide and frame meet
    2-3 drops in the slide rails
    1-2 drops on the center rail on the bottom of the slide

    So the conclusion is that 8-11 drops of oil is to wet?
    Did we read the same thing?

    I will agree the every 50 rounds is, well....excessive. BUT when you take in to account that on most polls done on THR lots of people say they clean their pistol every time they get through shooting it, the 50 rounds isn't that far fetched, but it is still excessive....to me.

    For instance...75% of THR's said they clean them "everytime they are shot."
  9. wbwanzer

    wbwanzer Well-Known Member

    berettaprofessor Superlube is the stuff I've been using also. It's synthetic so it doesn't thicken up in the cold. I've had no problems with it and prefer it to oil.
  10. Manco

    Manco Well-Known Member

    That's a lot more than I use for lubrication, and then he said to repeat it every 50 rounds--by my standards, that's dripping wet. I also exaggerated about the effects slightly in yet another failed attempt at humor. ;)

    I clean my defensive pistols after every range session, but that involves removing the lubrication as well as the fouling first, as opposed to reapplying a full amount of lubrication repeatedly while at the range. Frankly, if any pistol required that amount of lubrication (or any at all in a pinch) to function reliably, then it wouldn't be a defensive pistol for me, that's for sure.
  11. jrod102

    jrod102 Well-Known Member

    I do like Weapon Shield oil and grease its good stuff and I've mixed and matched to find good combinations too. Militec oil and Lubriplate 105. Sentry oil and gun grease are excellent too. I have some new stuff called Frog lube but have yet to try it, the reviews are good though. Oh, I don't want to forget Slide Glide by Brian Enos. If you couldn't tell I'm on a quest to try them all :eek:!!!

    just because your paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you! :what:
  12. kokapelli

    kokapelli Well-Known Member

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  13. mes227

    mes227 Well-Known Member

    11 drops in my 1911 or most of my revolvers would be dripping wet!! That's a lot of oil. I probably use 3 drops on my N frame revolvers and perhaps 4 or 5 on the 1911 (plus a short squirt of moly up the barrels).
  14. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Another vote for Tetra Gun Grease; as it works well, for me~! ;) :D
  15. rellascout

    rellascout member

    Honestly just about any gun grease is going to work as well as any other. Just find one you like.

    Gun Better
    Shooter Choice
    Wilson Grease
    Enos Slide Glide

    Have all worked for me. I personally like stuff in a syringe. Its easier to use and goes where I want it to go.
  16. hemiram

    hemiram Well-Known Member

    I tend to put very little CLP and/or Tufoil gun lube on my guns, and wipe almost all of it off. I've never had any issues or any significant wear on any of them, so I must be doing something right. I think maybe the 1911's they see at C&S need to be lubed up like that, but I've never had any gun that did.
  17. Dionysusigma

    Dionysusigma Well-Known Member

    I generally use high-temp aircraft grease and turbine engine oil. Cheap and easy to come by (for me, working at an airport) and work quite well. :)
  18. miles1

    miles1 Well-Known Member

    Ive used very little CLP with great results,Interesting artice but i wouldnt throw that much oil in any gun personally.2 drops to the slide and 2 to the barrel and thats all.Ive never liked putting anything in the reciever....a good brush down is all it needs IMHO.
  19. Holo

    Holo Well-Known Member

    I dip one end of a q-tip in CLP and that does the whole gun.

    Take a lap around the outside of the barrel.
    Hit the top and sides of frame rails.
    Hit the inside of the slide rails and the center rail.
    rub it over the internals once for good measure.

    Of course i also push a CLP wetted patch through the barrel as well.

    The only gun i even allow to run remotely wet is my .22.

    EDIT: It is worth mentioning that the amount of oil/lube used is dependent on what you intend to do with the gun. If i know I'm going to carry it or shoot it again soon it gets a lot less oil than if I know its going into the safe for a few months.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2011

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