Quantcast

Cleaning new gun

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by QuietMike, Feb 11, 2020.

  1. QuietMike

    QuietMike Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2019
    Messages:
    13
    I'm going to be picking up a pistol this week that has laminated wood grips, is there anything specific i need to know about cleaning off all the manufacturing oil/grease off without hurting the wood or the finish?
     
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2020
  2. DocRock

    DocRock Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2019
    Messages:
    710
    Location:
    Colorado Springs
    Clean the grips? How bizarre. Wipe them with a little kitchen counter cleaner.
     
  3. old lady new shooter

    old lady new shooter Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2015
    Messages:
    12,015
    Kitchen counter cleaner on wood grips?!?
     
  4. DocRock

    DocRock Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2019
    Messages:
    710
    Location:
    Colorado Springs
    They are wood laminate, not fancy walnut. And what possible cleaning could they require?
     
  5. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2011
    Messages:
    9,379
    I'd look down the barrel to make sure it's not obstructed and go shooting, then wipe it off with an oily rag before storing.
     
  6. guyfromohio

    guyfromohio Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2011
    Messages:
    2,136
    Location:
    ohio
    I would agree. I keep reading people post about detail stripping brand new guns (and having difficulty reassembling). I have owned literally hundreds of guns....I shoot a couple hundred rounds per week....have been legally carrying for nearly 20 years....and I have detail-stripped two guns. Both were com-block milsurps coated in cosmoline. I would do nothing more than field strip it, wipe it down, and lube it.

    Sorry about the rant, op....back to your question.... I would just wipe the crud and oil off with a rag. I wouldn’t use specific chemicals on it. I also would not stress about CLPs getting on them either. I have never ruined a grip through normal cleaning.
     
    d2wing and Thibaut like this.
  7. South Prairie Jim

    South Prairie Jim Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2019
    Messages:
    759
    Location:
    South Prairie Wa.
    Shipping grease can be a bit messy, I would remove the grips.
    Additionally- the dirtiest gun I ever saw was a brand new 1911 packed with grease and metal filings.
     
    Dibbs likes this.
  8. Dibbs

    Dibbs Member

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2018
    Messages:
    822
    Whenever I am worried about the grips, I wrap them in a clean rag. For a longer cleaning session, you may want to remove them.
     
  9. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    11,283
    For a new gun I typically field strip the gun, give it a quick cleaning and then lube it. 15 minutes, 20 tops. As far as the laminate grips go, just wipe them off with a rag or paper towel.

    Factory grease might need a little cleaning, but I rarely pick up a gun that you couldn't just go to the range with.
     
    FlSwampRat likes this.
  10. jar

    jar Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2003
    Messages:
    1,394
    Location:
    Deep South Texas!!!!!
    Read the instructions before removing grips. Sometimes grip retain small spring loaded projectiles that shoot off into some other dimension. There are whole universes where everyone lives behind barricades to avoid all those projectiles.
     
  11. dagger dog

    dagger dog Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2008
    Messages:
    2,751
    Location:
    SO. IN
    I like to take an old toothbrush and clean, then some paste wax apply, to the grips and buff both sides of the wood.
     
  12. lightman

    lightman Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,509
    Location:
    england,ar
    To answer the original question, I would just remove the grips for cleaning purposes. Some solvents can damage some finishes.

    When I get a new gun, or a new used gun, I strip it down to the basic groups and give it a good cleaning. Sometimes there is a lot of crud, grease and metal filings and occasionally they will be clean. That way I know what I have. Be careful and don't strip it down if you're not sure if you can reassemble it.
     
  13. herrwalther

    herrwalther Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2013
    Messages:
    5,154
    I would not worry about laminated wood. At most I would take the grips off to take a peek underneath to see if there is any oil/grease buildup along the edges from the factory. Otherwise I would wipe off with an oily rag after cleaning the whole firearm, before shooting.
     
  14. FlSwampRat

    FlSwampRat Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2019
    Messages:
    1,197
    Location:
    Broward County, Fl
    Yeah, I've seen some oily guns shipped in. Excess oil can act like glue and trap particulate matter (soot) from the gunsmoke and become even harder to clean later.
     
    460Shooter likes this.
  15. Dudedog
    • Contributing Member

    Dudedog Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2013
    Messages:
    5,136
    Location:
    Southern CA
    Never thought about people in the universe those things go to having to hide before. :eek: Who knows how many people I may have injured in universe X.
    :rofl:
     
    DairyVet and Pat Riot like this.
  16. TonyAngel

    TonyAngel Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2010
    Messages:
    2,853
    Unless it's a military surplus item covered in packing grease, I'd wipe it off with a rag and go shoot it. I'm assuming that it's an auto since you called it a pistol. Put some lube on the slide rails while the slide it locked back. Lube is good and increases longevity, but I really don't think that many realize how tough a firearm is.
     
  17. Milt1

    Milt1 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2014
    Messages:
    832
    Location:
    N.C.
    Some, maybe all, manufacturers post on YouTube on how to clean their weapons. Give this a try!
     
  18. WheelGunMan

    WheelGunMan Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2016
    Messages:
    517
    Location:
    U S A
    Remove the grips. Clean gun. Reinstall grips. Go shooting. Repeat
     
  19. 94045

    94045 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2018
    Messages:
    1,568
    I do field strip guns and check them before going to the range. If it looks like it was dunked in a barrel of oil, I will clean it and if it's striker fired, I will clean the striker channel. If its lightly lubed in the correct places, I just reassemble and shoot.
     
    bikerdoc likes this.
  20. stchman

    stchman Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2009
    Messages:
    2,525
    Location:
    Saint Louis, MO
    Since the OP neglected to mention the make/model of firearm, I am going assume the grips are easily removed.

    I have quite a few guns with wood/laminate/plastic grips, I simply remove the grips before cleaning the firearm.
     
  21. WheelGunMan

    WheelGunMan Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2016
    Messages:
    517
    Location:
    U S A
    I'm of the opinion that ANY gun that is new to me requires a thorough cleaning before its first range trip, or as soon as I get it home for that matter. That cleaning allows me to thoroughly inspect it inside and out.
     
    Deus Machina and SRSTAdam21 like this.
  22. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2006
    Messages:
    25,879
    Location:
    Northeast PA, USA
    My favorite grip/stock cleaner and preservation is Renaissance Wax Polish. Remove the grips and apply to the inside of the grips or remove the barrel and seal the barrel channel on stocks too.
     
  23. Mark1964

    Mark1964 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2020
    Messages:
    67
    You consider removing a set of grips "detail stripping"?
     
  24. guyfromohio

    guyfromohio Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2011
    Messages:
    2,136
    Location:
    ohio
    Not at all
     
  25. stchman

    stchman Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2009
    Messages:
    2,525
    Location:
    Saint Louis, MO
    Very rarely does a gun need to be detail stripped. Field stripping a gun is about as far as I regularly go.
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice