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Pocket carry J frame, internal cleaning.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by saltydog452, Oct 15, 2007.

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  1. saltydog452

    saltydog452 Member

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    For a pocket carry revolver, how often do you crack the sideplate and remove accumulated lint?...or, maybe you just remove the grip panels and slosh it around in a tub of Varsal or Diesel fuel?

    Thanks,

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  2. scbair

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    Daily carry my 642 in a homemade leather pocket holster (I tinker with leather, a bit); remove sideplate & clean interior once a year. Never found any real accumulation of foreign matter, but the annual inspection & cleaning is a comfort to me . . .

    Routine cleaning & inspection anywhere from daily to weekly, depending on whether I carried in a "hostile" environment (perspiration, dust, etc.) or just loafed around the office all day.
     
  3. JoeHatley

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    That's pretty much how I do it. Followed by a drying with compressed air.

    The sideplate is easy to remove, but I generally only do it if there is a reason other than just cleaning.

    Joe
     
  4. DMK

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    I cleaned my 642 well when I got it, then used some Lubriplate grease on the internals, put it back together and carried it pretty regularly for a year (and when it's not in my pocket, it's tucked in the side of my bed). At that point, I opened the sideplate to tune the trigger. There was no noticeable debris inside. I do use a pocket holster always, maybe that helps.
     
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    I carry a 638 (minimalist hammer spur) with an open back in a pocket holster.

    It's been some time now and I don't notice any accumlation, either.
     
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    We recommend once a year at our shop for carry or duty guns.
    I have found some pretty crazy stuff in there.
    There were two that stand out in my mind. One was a Colt revolver that had 12 dog hairs in it. The owner hadn't owned a dog for years. The other was a S&W 586 that had a huge white fuzz ball inside. That one was very bizzare. The owner couldn't figure out what it was. Almost like cotton. I think maybe the inside fleece from some gun rug that it had been in years ago.

    Have a great day!
     
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    I clean the inside by spraying Break Cleaner threw the gun. After it drys for about 10 minutes, I spray my favorite lube threw it. This has worked for years. When I have removed the side plate, the inside is spotless. BE CAREFUL do not get Break Cleaner on wood or plastic!! After I clean the cylinder and barrel I spray them. This cleans faster and I don't use 20 patches trying to get the solvent out.
     
  8. saltydog452

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    Thanks for the replies.

    salty.
     
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    Clean?:evil: Its a Revolver, I never clean a Revolver...:D
     
  10. earplug

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    I open them up when they start to feel gritty. It depends on how much stuff has been blown into the pocket.
    Working with horses, hay or just tooling about town.
     
  11. rcmodel

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    A 120 PSI air compressor every once and awhile does wonders to pocket lint!

    Take the grips off, blow it out, spray it with Rem-Oil, blow it out again and put the grips back on.

    In all truth, there are a great many Model 10's & Chiefs Specials running around out there that have never had the side-plate off in 50+ years.
    And they have never missed a lick!

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    Be careful if when you detail clean a newer 642 or other SW with an alloy frame and clearcoating for a finish. Anything like brake cleaner may take the finish right off. Anything with amonia certainly does. I am not sure what to use for this type of deep cleaning on these new guns.
     
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    I pocket carry w/ no holster. I clean the lint of the chambers, bbl, etc. when I begin to notice it. I had the same question and popped the side plate off, and there was no crud in the works. I sorta kinda prefer the Centennial models, since there's one less place for the dust to enter.
     
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    442 pocket carry. Occasionally hit the exterior with a shaving brush to knock off the lint, fuzzballs, etc. Clean it when I shoot it. Have never bothered to pull the sideplate since I bought in in 1996. Might some day but no discernible need.

    I have pulled down a few trade-in Model 10s that were pretty full of dirt and grit and still working. That hammer slot plus exposure to the elements lets a lot in over the years.

    Frankly I would rather have a grungy, unmodified old S&W than one "custom tuned" by Bubba anyday. Sideplate screws should be tack welded for some folks.
     
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    Boy! Ain't that the truth!

    Way more S&W's have been butchered up by the unknowing taking the side-plate off then ever happened by just being dirty inside.

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