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Old June 1st, 2011, 02:35 PM   #1
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I average range a trip every 2-3 weeks (200-300 rounds each trip) with my M&P9, which I use for home defense. My understanding is that the gun can run a lot between cleanings. But I've been cleaning it after each trip as I want to ensure that it runs should I ever need to use it in a defensive role. I'd hate to have it fail to go boom because I was too lazy to clean it. Am I being overly paranoid or just following good practices?
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Old June 1st, 2011, 02:41 PM   #2
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I don't think you're being overly paranoid. Although its not necessary I like to clean my guns after every range trip. I do skip a cleaning every now and then.
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I average range a trip every 2-3 weeks (200-300 rounds each trip) with my M&P9, which I use for home defense. My understanding is that the gun can run a lot between cleanings. But I've been cleaning it after each trip as I want to ensure that it runs should I ever need to use it in a defensive role. I'd hate to have it fail to go boom because I was too lazy to clean it. Am I being overly paranoid or just following good practices?
Your gun should function just fine after 200 or 300 rounds. But I'm a creature of habit. I clean mine after every trip. Maybe, if I'm really tired, I might wait until the next day, especially if I have 3 or 4 to clean.



Guess I got that from 20 years in military, don't know, but for me it's a labor of love. If you shoot black powder, I'd definetly clean it after every range trip. Just my opinion, but yeah, you should be fine, if it sit's on your nightstand over night, without a cleaning. I just think, that even if you're very tired, it's good to get into the habit of cleaning every trip to the range/field, or whatever. Once you get into the habit of doing so, it just becomes routine habit. Now get off your lazy butt and go clean that weapon!
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I clean mine every trip I enjoy doing it for the most part but I do skip a few days after the range sometimes as well
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I clean mine whenever I feel like it. I think it'd had at least 500-600 rds. through it then use it for everyday carry before cleaning. I keep it lubed up with high temp grease vs. oil in anything but the winter so that it'll be GTG. Just took it through a two day training class with around 600 rds. and haven't cleaned it before carrying. I don't want to neglect it but I'm not anal about it either.
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I average range a trip every 2-3 weeks (200-300 rounds each trip) with my M&P9, which I use for home defense. My understanding is that the gun can run a lot between cleanings. But I've been cleaning it after each trip as I want to ensure that it runs should I ever need to use it in a defensive role. I'd hate to have it fail to go boom because I was too lazy to clean it. Am I being overly paranoid or just following good practices?


Old military too. You take care of your weapon it will take care of you. It doesn't hurt to clean it after your trip to the range. My old thought has always been, if you get into the sht how long until you CAN clean it again that last cleaning might have to last awhile (depending on how safe you are), if it hits the fan hard enough.



If I don't clean mine right away, I DO at least wipe the slide down with a light coat of oil. But field stripping and cleaning an M&P is easy, quick and all part of shooting.



I have pushed all my M&P's to the point of being "pigs" at one time or another just to see how much I can get by with and all have been just about flawless for reliability way beyond anything close to a normal cleaning. The one I did have trouble with, all I did was field strip it, brush out the crud quick and went back to shooting.
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I'm not former anything but I clean my guns after each use too because I want no problems when I really need them ... both carry and HD guns. The only gun I don't clean after each range session is my Mossy 590A1.
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Old June 1st, 2011, 06:21 PM   #8
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Thanks guys, it looks like I'll stick to cleaning it after each range trip as I've been doing.
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With my M&P9 and 9c I am not concerned that they will malfunction because I did not clean them every time I took them out to the range. However if I am carrying one or using it for home self defense I want it cleaned after every use. This is my paranoid thinking!.... If there is a situation and I did NOT fire my gun but someone else swore I did, it would be easy to prove it had not been fired with a gun that was clean. Just my paranoia, maybe not a concern for anyone else!
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You don't want to overclean the gun. That wouldn't be good.



What I generally do after a trip to the range is I run a Boresnake down the barrel, clean the feed ramp, and oil the rails. That's it. That's just for peace of mind. I know that even if I shot 5000 rounds through it, it would still work flawlessly.



These modern guns will run for thousands of rounds without any cleaning at all.
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Old June 4th, 2011, 06:23 AM   #11
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I did do a lets see how much lead I can send down range without cleaning once, then I had an overwhelming sense of neglect hit me and I took the time to give her a good cleaning all the while apologizing for being negligent. After that period of let's see, I clean her & them after every trip to the range. I know she'll fire every time (the lets see proved that) but there is always that teeny sense of doubt she won't work perfectly when I need her for HD or Duty.
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While I used to clean every pistol right after I got home from the range, life and two kids kinda put a kink in the.



Nowadays, HD pistols get cleaned right when I get home. Carry pistols are the same way, or at least before the next time I know I'll carry it. All other firearms get cleaned as time permits.



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I clean my carry gun when the inside of my shirt starts getting dirty from the residue...



Kidding.



I shoot my competition gun (Pro 9) much more than my carry gun (9c),so it gets cleaned more. I'll wipe it down externally, and snake the bore about every trip., but I don't do a serious tear-down cleaning more than once every 1000 rounds or so. Every other month...



My carry gun has fewer rounds... 1000-2000, vs my competition gun's 25,000-30,000... but it gets sweaty and lint-filled. I blow out the lint, and wipe it down with CLP frequently, but only clean it thoroughly every 3 months or so...



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Old June 7th, 2011, 05:12 PM   #14
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I field strip and clean every gun I take shooting each trip. Like others have said its not that they can't fire more without cleaning but I may need it to fire alot the next day.
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Unless you fire thousands of rounds weekly for competition or something, I dont see the reason in not cleaning it after every range trip. If you do shoot that much, there is no point in cleaning because there is not enought time and it will just get as dirty soon. But if you are like me, heading to the range to shoot 100 or so rounds every month or so, I dont see why you shouldnt clean it. If there comes a time when I have to draw my weapon, I want no slight chances of a failure because I was lazy and didnt feel like cleaning. This is just me, YMMV.
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