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Most rounds without cleaning...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by blkbrd666, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. blkbrd666

    blkbrd666 Participating Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    What is the most rounds you have shot through a semiauto handgun without cleaning it?

    I didn't take the time to clean one of my handguns after a few trips to the range, which turned into a test to see how long the gun would go without a cleaning. I eventually couldn't stand the looks of it, because it was Inox and just looked bad, so I broke down and cleaned it. It was a Beretta 92FS. I managed to put just over 1000 rounds through it and it was still functioning although it was mostly black.
  2. Plan2Live

    Plan2Live Participating Member

    May 17, 2011
    Columbia, SC
    Unnecessary roughness.
  3. Scuba_Steve

    Scuba_Steve New Member

    Mar 12, 2011
    Minneapolis, MN
    I shoot frequently and really see no reason to clean any more Often than 500+ rounds through a firearm.

    Of course, I also no longer subscribe to the 3000 mile oil change advice. Using synthetic oil, change once per year and even with track days, analysis shows the oil has not broken down and is still providing full lubrication.
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    I have only been shooting for about 60 years or so.
    But my old daddy the WWII solder, taught me to clean my guns after I shot them.

    Then, 18 years later, my Army drill Sargent taught me the same thing.

    Then 10 years later, I taught Army trainee's the same thing.

    So I don't know how many rounds I have shot in one day without cleaning.
    Maybe 50 on a good day with a 4.2" Morter?
    Maybe 500+ on a good day with a rifle or pistol?
    Maybe 5,000+ on a good day with a machinegun?

    But at the end of the day, whether you shot 1 round, or 5,000 rounds?
    You clean the gun.

    Kinda like those who don't brush their teeth if they didn't eat much that day.

    It's just not good personal hygiene to let your teeth, or your gun go to bed dirty!!

    So, You shot it, you should clean it!!
    Like my old daddy, and the old Army DI told me.

    A clean gun might save your life some day.
    And it will for sure last longer.

  5. Bovice

    Bovice Participating Member

    Sep 27, 2009
    Letting a gun purposely go a long time between cleanings is a bad idea. The firing residue caught in the lube is now an abrasive once the residue is so much that the lube is unable to keep it in suspension.

    When you shell out your hard earned money for a gun, you don't feel like torture testing.
  6. 481

    481 Participating Member

    Feb 22, 2009
    How many rounds?

    I am waaaay too obsessive to let my guns go longer than a day or two (after a training course) after shooting.

    Like that ol' Tootsie Pop commercial used to say- "The world may never know."

  7. Bobson

    Bobson Senior Member

    Aug 9, 2011
    Snohomish County, Washington
    I cleaned my Glock before I ever took it to the range. Only been around 500 rounds through it so far, but I haven't cleaned it since that first time. I might just do it tomorrow.
  8. ku4hx

    ku4hx Senior Member

    Nov 8, 2009
    Does not compute. Guns are cleaned every time they're fired ... every time. I was taught to keep my guns clean circa 1959 and I've seen no reason to alter the routine.

    Cleaning guns is relaxing to me. The way I see it guns are like teeth, keep 'em cleaned and properly maintained and they'll last a lifetime and serve you well in the process.
  9. Bobson

    Bobson Senior Member

    Aug 9, 2011
    Snohomish County, Washington
    Idk why but I never thought of it like that. I was a dental assistant for close to five years, and that's a remarkable analogy. I'm going to use it in the future.

    I'll also keep my guns clean from now on. :p
  10. breakingcontact

    breakingcontact Participating Member

    Oct 25, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Clean after every time I shoot them so around 300 max. My gun doesn't have an oil filter.
  11. BCRider

    BCRider Mentor

    Nov 15, 2008
    Pacific North"Wet" Coast of Canada
    An avid shooting buddy began having trouble with his Glock at one of our IDPA practice nights. Later over coffee he offered up that it was likely well over 5000 rounds since the last time he broke it down to clean it.

    I suspect that he's been pondering the question since he had to shift over to his CZ to finish the session off.

    I simply do not clean my guns after each range session. Although I likely clean my semis every 500 to 600 rounds and my revolvers a little more often since I shoot cast bullets from the revolvers and the lead and lube tends to gum things up that much sooner compared to jacketed.

    On another forum I'm on there's an older guy which was part of a rather widely held opinion that with .22 target rifles it's simply not a good idea to clean the bores unless they are noticably leading up.

    Obviously there's a lot of issues related to cleaning a gun. In the case of semi autos conditions that the barrel bore will easily tolerate and still shoot accurately will seize up the action in a blink. So the need to clean the guns isn't always related to the bore condition.
  12. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Mentor

    Jan 8, 2011
    I used to clean after every range trip. I finally learned that ritual was hampering my enjoyment....Now,I shoot about half the days of the month and shoot multiple guns each day. There's no way I am cleaning after every range trip....Yesterday day I shot a 1911. I would guess its seen about 1 k rounds since being stripped and cleaned. Hasn't had a single malfunction in that time.


    I shoot .22 benchrest. I do not clean my target rifles until the groups open up. After cleaning and stripping out the bullet lube, it usually takes 15+ rounds to get them back grouping well.

    As a general rule, I don't clean my guns unless I think they need it, not just because they were fired.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2013
  13. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Southern Virginia
    You shoot it, you clean it.

    Like R C said too many mentors from the past drilled that into my head.
  14. jdh

    jdh Active Member

    Jan 5, 2008
    10,000. Was an instructor during the change from revolver to semi. We had to make sure them newfanagled contraptions were going to work.
  15. Walt Sherrill

    Walt Sherrill Senior Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    Winston-Salem, NC
    A lot of us were TAUGHT how to clean guns by WWII vets. Thing is, WWII ammo was corrosive, and if you didn't clean often the guns could literally RUST SHUT. It's not that way anymore! We've all read of the tests that run thousands of rounds, and the guns still function.

    That seems like a good point, but if it wasn't terribly abrasive while you're shooting it, why does it become super-abrasive if the gun is setting unfired? How is a long day at the range any different than several short sessions at the range?
  16. rbernie
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    rbernie Senior Elder

    Jan 21, 2004
    Norra Texas
    I do not carry my range guns or use them for HD/SD purposes. They tend to stay in the range bag until I get so sick of them being ugly that I clean them.

    I've probably let a S&W M&P and a CZ75B go for about 5K rounds each more than a time or two, and a handful of 1911's go as far as 7K rounds between cleanings. The CZ and M&P triggers got kinda sluggish at the end from all of the cast bullet lube spooge, but the 1911's acted like they could have kept going indefintely. And no, none of them had any significant barrel fouling even after all those rounds. I wouldn't put the guns and ammo into range use if I didn't first make sure that the combo was working well.
  17. skywalkrNCSU

    skywalkrNCSU Member

    Jan 20, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Who knows the last time I cleaned my Glock, probably 1000+ rounds ago. You would never know it by shooting it though.
  18. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    Mar 27, 2009
    nc mountains
    My carry pistols get cleaned and lubed when new and then fire to atleast 500 rounds to proof the handgun. Then cleaned and lubed again for carry.
  19. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Oct 22, 2007
    Central PA
    I once shot a 1911 until the crud inside slowed the cycling to the point that it started to not quite get back into battery. I guesstimated that was maybe 4,000 rds. I doused some oil on top of the barrel and finished out the match, then cleaned it well that night.

    Most of the time I'm pretty good about cleaning. Probably every 500-1,000 rounds whether they need it or not.
  20. TX Plinker

    TX Plinker New Member

    Feb 18, 2013
    South Texas
    Well, I clean my guns at least once a week; but I don't clean my teeth or shower once a week. Guns tend to be more durable (not to mention don't smell as bad) to neglect than the human body. :p

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