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NIB---Clean and lube or just go shoot it??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Rotorflyr, Jul 15, 2006.

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  1. Rotorflyr

    Rotorflyr Member

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    So which is it You do when You get a NIB gun (not new to you used, but NIB), do you strip it, clean and lube it or just go right out and shoot it first to see how it will perform?? (and c & l it after a few/50 rds or so)
     
  2. mattw

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    if it is slathered with oils and crap from the factory I'll clean it up and lightly lube, if there is nothing dripping or oozing i'll shoot a few through it and then clean
     
  3. Majic

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    Clean and lube no matter what. Sometimes new guns have chips and shavings in the action from manufactoring.
     
  4. Lebben-B

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    What Majic said.
     
  5. BevrFevr

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    What Lebben-B said
     
  6. Big Mike

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    Another support for Majic said. Every new pistol I've bought needed some cleaning before shooting. Mike
     
  7. Coltdriver

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    I have never had a new pistol that did not benefit from a good cleaning before being fired for the first time.

    Besides having machining chips here and there its always a good idea to understand your pistol and taking it apart to clean it is a great way to do that.
     
  8. Car Knocker

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    +1

    Another thing to watch out for before shooting a new firearm is that, since many are not fired prior to sale, it may not be assembled properly. I recently read about a new pistol whose barrel wasn't chambered; that kinda threw the new owner a bit! Given the forces involved, it sure doesn't hurt to inspect the gun before risking life and limb.
     
  9. Jackal

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    Ill go againt the grain here, and state that i have never cleaned any gun prior to shooting. Ive never had a problem, and most companies test fire there guns before u buy them anyway, so any crap that could be in there has already done its damage. Actually, its kinda funny, any1 here ever buy a "new" gun that was clean????
     
  10. esheato

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    I don't bother cleaning either. I do take a look down the barrel to make sure nothing is obstructing it, then it's off to the range.

    Ed
     
  11. dairycreek

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    What Majic said +1:cool:
     
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    I start out by reading the manual [that seems bizarre to many] then I know how it works and how to strip it for cleaning.It's the cleaned ,inspected, lubed then off to the range.
     
  13. possum

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    I always clean mine before i ever shoot em! Get all that stuff off that they slab on it at the factory. I am really wierd about my guns and them being clean and well lubed!
     
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    I strip it,give it a nominal cleaning,and lube it like normal.It certainly doesn't hurt,and takes all of five minutes. I have never bought a NIB firearm that came from the factory cleaned to my standards anyway,but there's two things I like:a clean gun and a clean truck.
     
  15. longeyes

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    Ditto. Clean & lube.
     
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    It depends on whether it's rainy or dark when I get home from the gun dealer. If either is true then it gets cleaned/lubed. If it's a bright sunny day and I don't have any work that has to be done then many times it's just a patch down the barrel and off to the range. I don't necessarily think what I do is smart, but a new gun makes me like a little kid on Christmas. :)
     
  17. huntershooter

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    Detail strip, clean, lube and rassemble. I want to see what everything looks like prior to shooting. Envariably I'll tweak the leaf spring, adjust the hammer/sear engagement on 1911's. Rarely buy a pistol with a "trigger" I can live with.
     
  18. CajunBass

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    I look down the barrel to make sure there are not dirt dobber nests and fire away.

    NOTE: Exception to this was my Makarov. It took a couple of days to clean the goop out of that one. It remined me of that old STP commercial where the Sumo wrestler tried to pick up the screwdriver dipped in STP. It was all I could do to hold onto that thing before I cleaned it. :D
     
  19. KINGMAX

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    Just for peace of mind = clean & inspect it prior to

    Just for the peace of mind, and good common sense, I would suggest a good cleaning and final inspection prior to any use. If it is new to you take time to inspect it. Get to know it, if you will. This is your safety proceedure, for your benefit.
     
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    I make sure barrel clear load and shoot. Factory has already fired it So shoot it Their lots of time for cleaning later.
     
  21. bluto

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    I always clean and lube before shooting a new pistol. Chances are very good that it'll work properly right OOTB. On the other hand, if it FTF or FTE you've got to wait for another range visit to see if the problem was just that it was dirty or if it was something else. A good clean and lube will eliminate that possibility imediately.

    I love Sigs and they are notorious for coming from the factory with a sticky protectorant that gums up the magazine and slide enough to cause malfunctions if not cleaned off. Anyway, it's no big deal for me to field strip and clean a new pistol. They're machines. I like to make sure a new one is free of debris and lubricated well enough to insure optimum functioning.
     
  22. hksw

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    For me, run a bore snake through once or twice, ensure all moving parts I can reach from the outside properly lubed, load up and unload.
     
  23. 12 Volt Man

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    I always clean and lube. I like to get a feel for the gun by taking it apart, spending some time, bonding with it. Maybe go for a stroll on the beach, get to know each other. Then it's time for the range.
     
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