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New Revolver: Any pre-fire prep??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Remander, Aug 16, 2003.

  1. Remander

    Remander Member

    Feb 16, 2003
    If a fellow were to buy a new wheelgun, say a Ruger GP100, should he do any lubing, cleaning or other prep before taking it to the range for the first time?
  2. Bren

    Bren member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Yes, like all new guns, clean it and give it a drop of oil on the ejector rod and crane.

    You may want to run some wet then dry patches through to seson the barrel at the range also. Enjoy, Bren
  3. Ruger Redhawk

    Ruger Redhawk Member

    Jun 4, 2003
    North Carolina USA
    Clean it good before shooting it.After shooting give it a good cleaning and look for anything that might have loosened. On Ruger there isn't much that can come loose.On Smith's Colts etc check for side plate screws that might have loosened up.
    Ruger Redhawk
  4. Jim March

    Jim March Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    SF Bay Area
    On a NEW wheelgun, I recommend dropping a couple drops of good lube into the action as you cock the hammer...a couple ahead of the hammer (down into the transfer bar area) and a couple behind the hammer. Then work the action a few times, get that oil down in the guts.

    On a used gun, especially older, taking it UTTERLY apart makes sense, as decades of old lube can form a cosmoline-like crud buildup in there that can be outright unsafe if it disables a hammer-block safety.

    No full detail-strip needed on a new gun, although with a Ruger such a full takedown can be done without boogering frame screws.

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