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Wearing gloves while cleaning guns

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by MoreIsLess, Jan 14, 2018.

  1. Sav .250

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    ONLY when cleaning my Savage 99F, 250/3000, pre-million. All my others get cleaned the blue collar way......no gloves. :)
     
  2. stchman

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    While I do agree with the men today being wimpier than in the past, you can still exercise caution when dealing with solvents and other chemicals.
     
  3. shoobe01

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    Wimps? Sure, fine. I'll go ahead and understand that a lot of the chemicals I use for cleaning absorb though the skin and are quite vastly poisonous.

    Also, the wife hates the solvent smell and it doesn't come out easily.
     
  4. TRX

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    I have formerly-beautiful firearms with clearly visible fingerprints from my Alien-grade finger exudations. And one stainless steel pistol with a clearly-visible fingerprint on the slide.

    After handling any gun I have to wipe it down, oil it, and make sure to hold it only with rags when putting it away. Because if I let my skin touch it, there *will* be a permanent mark later.
     
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  5. justice06rr

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    Do you wear eyes and ears when you shoot???

    Its about being safe, not about being wimps.

    Many of us here work hard labor too. I've worked landscaping, work on my cars, paint my home, etc. I also work in the medical field so wearing gloves is second nature for me. I usually wear gloves when cleaning my guns because its just easier to take off the gloves after I'm done and not have any cleaning material stuck in my hands.

    You might want to check yourself before calling others "wimps"
     
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  6. JohnKSa

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    The world is so simple for some people. Anyone who takes precautions they don't are scared wimps. Anyone who doesn't take precautions they do are idiots.

    There is an interesting side effect of taking this approach to life. It turns out that once a person adopts this mindset, they no longer need to learn anything. It would be pointless to try to learn from people who do things the way you do--since you're already doing it their way. And anyone who doesn't do things exactly the way you do them obviously has nothing to teach you either because they're either scared wimps or idiots. Therefore it follows that a person with this mindset already knows everything worth knowing.

    For some, I imagine the feeling of knowing everything is immensely satisfying. For those who find the accumulation of knowledge a pleasant and rewarding pursuit, I suppose it would be disappointing to suddenly find that there was nothing worth learning left to discover.
     
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  7. GBExpat

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    Well said. :)
     
  8. Slamfire

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    Lets just calm down and have a nice, relaxing cigarette:

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  9. RA40

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    Long ago I had a skin rash that developed due to my contact with a cleaning chemical working at a manufacturing shop. The guys there would handle the rags bare handed and not bother to wash following. Looking at their hands they didn't have what I did but they had symptoms of mild chemical burns. They also didn't wear hearing or respiratory in the other sections of the shop. One end of the shop had hydrofluoric acid along with other cleaners used in the manufacturing process.
    All a matter of what one is exposed to. Over the years seeing seniors go through varying illnesses related to material exposure brought more awareness that these can be bad on an accumulated level. Some substances are nastier than others.
     
  10. Mark39

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    I wear nitrile gloves when cleaning with Hoppes#9 and Ballistol but it still feels like my hands are getting coated with it--wet and smells like Hoppes#9. I don't see any tears in the glove. Would I be imagining that or can the solvent get through the glove material?

    My rational for wearing is I have done enough stupid things in my younger days and have genetics working against me, I might as well do my best now to minimize my exposure to potentially harmful materials. Hoping for many more years of good shooting.
     
  11. Dirk Pitt

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    I ALWAYS have gloves on.
     
  12. Timeless

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    There are more eco friendly items availabile (Frog Lube for instance).

    Unless those are just terrible for basic cleaning/lube why not use those?
     
  13. Mauser lover

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    Cost. That's it! If they actually did what they said, that is...
     
  14. George P

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    Good solvents that actually work are not great for your bare skin......
     
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  15. anothernewb

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    I use nitrile when cleaning. Can't hurt to keep the chemicals and residue from soaking into your skin.
     
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  16. Scooter22

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    Late to the party but I've been wearing nitrile gloves the last 25 years or so. I didn't when I was younger and ended up having stinky hands my wife didn't appreciate. Plus my son was getting into shooting and I didn't want him exposed to the chemicals. Cleaning old milsurps out takes some pretty strong stuff I don't want on our skin. Plus good ventilation. I also made my teenage son where light cotton gloves when handling guns. His nickname became TOR (touch of rust) because anywhere his fingerprints were rust was sure to follow. Hes 27 now without sweaty hands but he still uses them for precaution.;)
     
  17. GBExpat

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    Welcome to THR, Timeless!

    Ayup, coconut oil is rumored to be more eco-friendly than petroleum distillates. ;)
     
  18. bersaguy

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    Yup...that's me. I'll rust up anything that's not high grade stainless or plastic. Not sure why, but my sweat will eat up a cheap watch in a matter of months, as soon as the chrome gets a nick in it. So I wear HF nitrile gloves. Just opened up a box of reloads from last year where I forgot to put on gloves for the 1st few rounds...marked difference between those and the rest of the box
     
  19. George P

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    And if you're one of those folks who like to wear contacts................gun cleaners, like dicing habaneros, WILL make your eyes hurt when you go to take those contacts out!
     
  20. Timeless

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    So is there any information that it does not work well?
     
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    Frog Lube is coconut oil. Some people love it, others hate it. YMMV
    I have no opinion. o_O
     
  22. GBExpat

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    <shrug & smile> For all I know (or care) Frog Lube may be the best thing in the universe for the purpose(s). After I read the report of the lab results and stopped laughing (the thought of it still makes me chuckle), I moved along.

    I never run my firearms hard enough and/or in such inclement conditions that I need any of the new, bleeding edge (and ex-pen-sive) products ... especially, when various older, simpler, less-expensive products work just fine for my purposes.

    It is, however, amusing (for me, at least) to read that one of the newest, heavily-marketed, highly-touted, high-dollar and "high-tech" miracle products consists of almost 100% coconut oil. :)

    Hahahaha ...
     
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  23. Mauser lover

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    Yeah, that info is out there. I think mainly it has to do with it getting warm and migrating somewhere and then cooling down and gumming up something because when it migrates it carries junk with it.

    In addition, it is rumored to stop things from working in extremely cold temperatures. Because most people shoot trap in the Arctic... Actually, I think that reason is mainly people looking for a reason to hate it, unless you shoot coyotes in the Dakotas or something like that.

    I don't use it, never have, so I have no opinion. But, there are spooky rumors. Mainly from a very reputable source, scuttlebutt.
     
  24. 1911 guy

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    I don't. Likely never will. But I'll not laugh at anyone who does. My own cavalier attitude about some things (and oddly militant attitude about other things) does not determine what others should do.
    Most solvents are at least mildly irritating, some are toxic. But I view the hazard to be negligible in practicality and especially in view of my life in general. I can imagine the incredulity and humor my friends and family would find if my undoing was a wet patch.
     
  25. Sav .250

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    looks like more of a personal choice to me.
     
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