Concealed Carry Gun Care

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  1. Scrod314

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    Hello... I was wondering if anyone has a routine for taking care of their concealed carry piece? I'm asking because I sweat quite a bit at work. I have been coming home and doing a simple wipe down with CLP. Once a week I field strip, clean, and lube. I guess I'm worried about rust?
     
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  2. .308 Norma

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    It sounds to me like you have a pretty good routine - for you. I myself don't sweat all that much. Well heck, I don't even "work" anymore (I'm long time retired) and the only time I wear my regular CCW is when I'm in town. So, if I haven't shot it lately, I routinely just blow the dust and lint out of it and check it over every couple of weeks or so - if I remember. I clean it well after shooting it though.
    The little .32 H&R revolver I wear around home when I'm working outside gets dirtier faster than my "in-town" Glock 19. So I end up checking my .32 H&R over, blowing the dust out of it, and wiping it down after almost every time I wear it. :thumbup:
     
  3. guyfromohio

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    I use compressed Air when I think of it. Make sure there’s lube on the autos. If you are loading and unloading an auto-loader with frequency, I’d rotate the rounds through the magazine. You may get some setback which may or may not cause issues.
     
  4. chicharrones

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    When I sweat heavily into my pocket gun and holster, I'll pull them out to air dry separately at the end of the day. Then I'll wipe down the outside with a lightly oiled rag and put a drop of oil on exposed screws that the rag can't reach fully.

    Maybe every two weeks I'll pull the magazine, empty the chamber, and blow out the gun with an air compressor. It really depends on the pocket fuzz or dirt situation at the time.

    Regarding a field strip, I really don't do that unless I've fired the gun and it needs to be returned to a clean condition for continued carry. Of if I got caught in a clothes soaking downpour. At that point I'll apply oil and grease as required.
     
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    I'm a once a month clean and clp oil guy, more often if fired. If it gets sweat on it wipe off and oily rag. My carry guns tend to be tenifer/melonite and plastic so I don't much worry about it. If I carried actual blued guns I'd probably have to step it up.

    For a while I carried a bersa thunder down in SW Florida. She needed much more frequent attention :)
     
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  6. Scrod314

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    I'm carrying a Shield 40, first generation. It's in a Ventcore AIWB holster. I saw the guy I bought it from today and he asked if I carried it. I lifted up my shirt a bit to expose it. He said, "Damn. I could never carry it like that because of my belly." I am in no way thin, but I find the set up very comfortable. I keep my t-shirt tucked in between the holster and my bare skin.
    Another funny thing happening at my work is everyone is bringing in their AR's since I started talking about how much I enjoyed shooting mine. My office looked like an arsenal today. The owner came in and his jaw dropped. Then he laughed and said, "I'm bringing mine in tomorrow."
     
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  7. Artg56

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    Since I practice with it often it is always clean and lubed but you make a good point. Years ago I had trouble with my work pager (for those who remember them), repair shop showed me it’s internals were loaded with lint from my shirt hanging over it
     
  8. Col. Harrumph

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    Don't know if this is practical for you, but you might visit the local Napa or AutoZone and pick up a tub of carnauba wax. (Not the stuff that 'cleans as it shines'... that's abrasive.) I read somewhere, that's how museum curators keep rust off ancient armor, etc.
     
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    An aluminum frame solves that problem. I blow the dust out of the j frame & oil it every few weeks.
     
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  10. Good Ol' Boy

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    I carry a Glock. Every day I get home I unholster and rub it thoroughly in the dirt and then re-holster.


























    We can still have humor here yes? :)

    I don't really do any maintenance unless I shoot it. Then I'll wipe it down.
     
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  11. WheelGunMan

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    A good daily and weekly routine to keep your EDC firearm in optimum working order is very prudent. It needs to be running perfectly for that one time you'll need it.
     
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  12. jmorris

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    Shoot it. I don’t shoot the first stage of a match with a clean pistol (ok, maybe a club match after a “pencil test”), no way I would carry one that I hadn’t fired since the last time all of the components were removed and replaced.
     
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  13. dcloco

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    Gun Brite, made by IOSSO is the solution to help stop current rust and prevent future. Also helps to prevent scratches on the metal when practicing draw from any holster.

    I call it.....:"car wax for guns"......but it is not car wax.
     
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  14. J-Bar

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    If it looks ok on the outside and goes bang when you want it to, just continue doing what you are doing.
     
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    I did not think about internal rust in the extractor, especially if a CCW gun looked great on the outside until I encountered a Ruger LC9s that had not been shot in at least year. It belonged to a friend of my son who joined us target practicing.

    It would not chamber a round from the magazine. The outside looked new and clean. It turned out that the extractor, plunger, spring were froze solid by rust. I suspect exposure to sweat.

    It was turned over to me to fix. I let the slide soak with penetrating oil in a zip lock bag for a couple of days. I checked out my sister's LC9s, read her gun's user manual. I watched a few YouTube videos on disassembling the LC9s extractor [j.i.c. I looked up LC9s extractor parts on Numrich Gun Parts site.]

    [deleting the teal deer parts] It was an ordeal to get it back working. I got the extractor parts down to bare metal, cold blued, neutralized, then oil soaked. I cleaned out the extractor slot and spring tunnel in the slide. I reassembled with lotsa good oil. At home it feed and chambered a dummy 9mm cartridge. At the range I put ten rounds mixed make rounds through it, perfect feed and function.

    Luckily the gun was not called on for SD with the extractor fused by rust.
     
  16. Old Dog

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    Just like my bedroom slippers and all my other footwear, I alternate each day. One rests and dries (after a quicky wipe-down) while one is worn. Always maintained duplicates of my carry pieces.
     
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    I'll hi the shield 9 with compressed air and a little motor oil on the outside when the gun starts to look dry or if it gets wet from rain.
     
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    Just wipe it down with a rag with a "little" wd40 at end of day. Dont need much. Just a little thin coat will do it.
     
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    Mag out and a quick blowout every few days. Maybe a wipe with CLP every month or so, especially if it gets shot (after which, it gets taken down and cleaned, anyway.)
     
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    My holster does an amazing job keeping sweat off my firearm so that isn't a worry for me. About once a month I brush out the lint and relube it if necessary.
     
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  21. Spats McGee

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    A blast of compressed air to get the dust out every couple of months. An actual cleaning and lubing about 2x per year, or maybe after a range trip if I actually shoot it.

    ETA: I work in an office-type environment, so not a lot of blood, sweat, tears or grime getting into my gun most days.
     
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    I carry a lc9s in an owb holster, field strip and inspect every month. Wipe it down, Oil it up, run a lightly oiled patch down the barrel and put it back together. I know the extractor works because I extract the round after dropping the mag.

    I do the same for my lcp which I carry in a pocket holster.
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  23. halfmoonclip

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    Some friends brought guns along down to camp. The 1911 wouldn't run because it was bone dry. The P3AT had the bluing gone from the left side, and dirt and rust inside. It did chamber and fire the first round, and that was it.
    Yeah, they have to be maintained. Oddly, this guy would never let his truck be without maintenance.
    Moon
     
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    I give mine a wipe down when I’m done for the day. I’m currently on a mission to become more proficient with it so it’s getting range time followed by a cleaning at least weekly. Once that slows down it’ll only get a cleaning when it goes to the range. I carried a blued gun for a while but it seemed like a battle to keep it clean.
     
  25. ArchAngelCD

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    I wipe my carry J frame down when it looks like it needs to be gone over. I use G96 gun oil.
     
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