Just curious how often others are cleaning their EDC/CCW handgun. For me it’s a nightly wipe down/inspection followed up by a weekly deep clean and lube. Unless I visit the range, then it’s cleaned afterward regardless how many rounds fired. Ten or one hundred, it gets a full deep clean/lube. I rotate magazines weekly and they get a break down and cleaning monthly. Ammo is inspected and wiped down at each weekly mag swap.
Festus you the man:
That habit has got to have something to do with the water out there.
I thought I had OCD
PS but not to be a dip stick out here it the mountains to answer your question.
Only after shooting but I do visually inspect them.
I have about 7 or 8 laying around to be accessible.
I usually do a quick inspection daily, and every 2 days I run a bore snake through to remove lint/dust/other junk. Wipe down metal parts with light oil. Deep clean after shooting it.
Visual and function check every time i grab an EDC, only wipedown of dust an stuff about once per week. Full deep cleans only after range time, or whenever i get bored, unless im going right back to the range.
Hold on you mean I got to clean the darn things. I do function check and visual inspection of gun and ammo everyday before carrying. Ill wipe everything down if dusty or dirty. And do a good field strip cleaning once a week followed by a deep complete disassembly cleaning once a month. But i do have a few guns that run better when there a lil grimy.
I pack mine in cosmoline every night.
@Arrow Now that’s seriously HOOAH!!!
it gets released out of condition 1, mag removed, round ejected and wiped down every night, then reloaded and back into condition 1 +1 field stripped and wiped down every Sunday.
chocolates ,a card and a rose on our anniversary.I even take it out to dinner every now and again. and get it a new holster when its old clothes get to shabby. Had that Springfield longer than 2 X wives i have.
I have several pistols that I carry. I clean them when I think they need it.
I don’t carry any pistol that I’ve had apart until I shoot it, for function test. Same with competition guns.
Hunting guns get cleaned at end of season, and before season, a couple of fouling shots downrange, and a 5 shot group at 200 yards to verify zero.
As a good Maribe, my weapons get a thorough cleaning after every range visit. Awaiting my CCW from Illinois but I’ll probably do like you. Cleaning once a week.
A solid wipe, swab and lube weekly. Ammo so expensive I forgot what spent rounds smell like!
@Festus Wow, I feel like I am neglecting my EDC now. I like to see how much lint my pocket carry can collect before cleaning LOL. Easy now; just kidding.
Ill burn some brass for ya this weekend …
When i was younger, it was was “pour some on the curb for my homie that couldnt be with us”, so the sentiment is familiar.
My boot gun gets a weekly “blow down”… lint. Out side of that, visual inspection and a monthly (general) clean.
Thanks…good looking out …wish I could, sitting on xx amount of rounds- feel like we may actually need them at some point soon.
Been debating whether or not to answer this’n.
Truth: As infrequently as possible. My life goal is to clean my firearms either just-in-time or before-it’s-too-late.
I ain’t never gonna be sure I got my toes all the way up to my line. And, if I find out I crossed it here’s hoping I ain’t alone.
This means the muzzle gets wiped down after it is shot. Lube is added when the action feels less than slick. Full blown deep cleans last a heck of a long time.
From the sound of y’alls routines, my carry pieces are handled much less frequently. Mine generally don’t clear a holster until I swap carries. And chambered rounds stay chambered until I have a really good reason to clear (read as make useless) a pistol. This is largely do to fun with setback from the past - I’ll always be thankful that Dan Wesson proofed my old vbob. Years back, I was in the habit of unchambering and rechambering. I decided to verify my defensive mag at the range. Shot #1 was … different as in louder and violent enough that I pulled the next round from the chamber. That round was setback enough that I could detect it across a room. That’s when I cancelled my habit of letting the chamber round and mag top round swap back and forth more than a couple times. And I always watch for setback when building my carry condition.
I do have one firearm that I don’t recall EVER cleaning. I don’t recall a single failure. And, to be fair, it’s been at least 25 years since she last got the cobwebs blown. She is my Glenfield 25.
3 reasons i do mine a lot #1 .enviornment . Hot and wet. today it got to 69. 100% humidity thunder boomers tonight,80 and rainy tomorrow. since i run shoulder holster only, you put sweat in that mix always wearing a loose shirt to conceal. rust never ever sleeps here. That will change when i get moved back up to high country.
#2 contact. i primarily run a 1911 in condition 1 in the shoulder rig for right side. or the Makarov. the left side i run a long slide 1911, HK USP45 or the FN 5.7.
as the 1911s are at condition 1 and the MAK has a gap hammer down in safe, all that naval lint from the inside of the shirt sweatshirt or vest, collects in the open slots. if i left it 2 days it would be packed. Open carry would fix this situation.
#3 . My OCD. you know the guy that goes to the range, fires off 2 or 3 magazines out of a AR and as soon he gets home, tears down to clean, including the BCG, then once cleaned takes outside, pops off 2 rounds to check function, runs a bore snake, and wipes down one more time.
im even worse with lever actions.
and i know its a issue. but i cant sleep if i know i got a dirty firearm,dull knife,or nasty boots. my main three places im picky. besides a deep fat fryer but we wont go there.
comes from spending to much time alone or just with a kid.
girl friend has promised me that she will keep my hands busy elsewhere when i get moved up to WV
Well, it depends. I guess as much as makes a person comfortable, and confident in their equipment. Ask 20 people, and you’ll get 20 answers. Also depends on weather, style of carry expected use, etc.
The bigger problem I see here in the dry, dusty West, is over-lubrication. (Of course, rust is almost never a problem.) Just get some fine dust mixed in with too much oil, and you’ve got a mess - sometimes parts refuse to move. After cleaning, I use a Q-tip to swipe a thin layer of oil on parts that rub together and that’s usually enough.
I sent a used 226 in to Sig to have pins and springs replaced as one of their maintenance specials, and it came back from Sig with a crazy amount of lube squirted into the frame. It’s not a 1911, so I couldn’t just break it down and wipe it out. What a mess. I guess even Sig will sub lube for actual repairs you pay for. That’s like the people who are taught that more lube is a sub for cleaning.