Cleaning new gun

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

  1. Tim A Marcia

    Tim A Marcia Member

    Mar 3, 2020
    High Desert of Southern California
    I clean my guns (field strip) with Hoppes #9 solvent every time I shoot them. I then apply a VERY light coating of mineral oil. It's a beautiful thing!
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  2. mikeyt

    mikeyt Member

    Mar 6, 2020
    Just a suggestion, but I would keep the hoppes 9 off any Nicole played guns.. Gets under the nickle... Mike
  3. stchman

    stchman Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    Saint Louis, MO
    Yes, if there is a nick or scratch on a nickel plated firearm, the Hoppe's #9 solvent will erode the copper layer as it is can be used as a copper solvent.
  4. MechAg94

    MechAg94 Member

    Apr 17, 2005
    I prefer to field strip, wipe down as needed, and add a little oil. Some manuals will call out which spots need oil. I also like to wet all the metal surfaces at least that first time as I have heard it is good for the metal. I imagine that varies with the finish and is likely unnecessary. I don't use cleaner/degreaser on a gun right out of the box unless I see some obvious reason to do so.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2020
  5. TonyAngel

    TonyAngel Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    What firearm are we talking about. On most guns just removing the grips is no big deal. On some, springs go flying or otherwise get inadvertently damaged.
  6. Thibaut

    Thibaut Member

    Sep 24, 2019
    The same people probably took a battery apart when they were a kid.
  7. Mark1964

    Mark1964 Member

    Jan 25, 2020
    There are guns like the 1911 that need a detail strip every X rounds. To my mind, if you're not comfortable doing it, drop the $50 and have a smith familiar with that type of gun do the work.
    But, really, a routine field strip and clean will carry most of us all the way there.
  8. Riomouse911

    Riomouse911 Member

    Jun 5, 2013
    My only additional suggestion is this: if your new gun has slotted screws, buy a gunsmith screwdriver set to remove any screws or you will bigger then up and ruin them aesthetically very quickly.

    Craftsman screwdrivers and their brethren are angle-ground towards the tips while gunsmith screwdrivers are flat-ground towards the tips. The angle grind doesn’t allow the blade to fully seat at the bottom of the slot, instead it touches on the upper edges of the screw as it tries to seat. This puts the strain at the outer edge of the screw slot (the most visible part) as you twist rather than along the full sides of the slot. Gunsmith screwdrivers are also fitted more closely to common gun-screw sizes so you won’t mar the frame with a too-big or bugger the screw up with a too-small blade. One slip or over-twist and the edges of your guns screws are ruined, and it’ll always look hogged up unless you replace the screws.

    The basic sets not too expensive, can be next-day delivered off Amazon Prime, and will last you a lifetime with proper care and use.

    Good luck with your new gun, let us know what it is and how it shoots for you! :thumbup:
    Stay safe.
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