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Old November 4th, 2012, 05:30 PM   #1
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Cleaning Question

This is my first polymer framed pistol, and I want to make sure I don't screw anything up when I clean it. I currently have a generic universal cleaning kit that I've had lying around for years that I probably bought at Walmart. The name brand is Outers.

Is that okay to clean the Shield with? If not, please provide me suggestions as to what the best kit would be to get.

Also, I'm guessing when I pick up my Shield (hopefully this week) it's recommended to give it a good clean prior to firing for the first time. Correct?

Sorry for the noob questions; it's been a while since I've dealt with firearms in general. I'm excited to be able to get back into it and want to make sure I do it right.

Thanks!
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Old November 4th, 2012, 05:34 PM   #2
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ABSOLUTELY give it a good initial cleaning as described in the owners manual. As for cleaning products, there are many good ones out there to try, just make sure they are "polymer safe". Your local gun store would probably be a good source of info on this.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 05:43 PM   #3
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Thanks. I also need to read the label on the Outers bottle when I get home to see if it says anything about polymer. I barely used that cleaning kit, so I wouldn't mind using it if I knew it was safe. However, I don't mind tossing it and getting something else if I need to.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 07:33 PM   #4
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You can shoot the gun prior to cleaning it. I always do when I buy new guns. Just a good cleaning after the fact per manufacturer-spec.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 10:06 PM   #5
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Are you kidding me?? ALWAYS clean and properly lubricate firearms before firing them for the first time. Not doing so will not only promote malfs and sluggishness, but can cause you to loose confidence in your firearm from the start.

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Old November 5th, 2012, 12:55 AM   #6
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I have to agree with KRWeiss, always clean a new weapon prior to shooting it for the first time.

As for cleaning, here is an instructional I put together with my method of cleaning my weapons. Hope it helps.

Cleaning your M&P

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Old November 5th, 2012, 05:20 AM   #7
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Yeah, I looked at the Shield manual online, and it advises to clean the pistol before firing it the first time in order to clean packing grease, etc.

LordRahl, that is a great manual on cleaning the Shield! Thanks for that. The instructions on my cleaning kit instructs to run a lightly oiled patch through the bore after cleaning it. Your instructions do not mention that. Is it not advisable to run oil through the bore?

Also, I checked the warnings and instructions on my Outers cleaning kit, and it does not say anything about being "polymer safe," but it does not say not to use it either. It says it does not contain acid and is safe on all gun "metal." I may just get a new kit to be safe and keep this on to use for my home defense shotgun. Thoughts?

I may be overthinking this But, since this Shield is going to be used for the protection of my wife and me, I don't think that's too bad.

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I use froglube and love it. Some like it others dont. Just my .02
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Old November 5th, 2012, 08:03 AM   #9
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Yeah, I looked at the Shield manual online, and it advises to clean the pistol before firing it the first time in order to clean packing grease, etc.

LordRahl, that is a great manual on cleaning the Shield! Thanks for that. The instructions on my cleaning kit instructs to run a lightly oiled patch through the bore after cleaning it. Your instructions do not mention that. Is it not advisable to run oil through the bore?

Also, I checked the warnings and instructions on my Outers cleaning kit, and it does not say anything about being "polymer safe," but it does not say not to use it either. It says it does not contain acid and is safe on all gun "metal." I may just get a new kit to be safe and keep this on to use for my home defense shotgun. Thoughts?

I may be overthinking this But, since this Shield is going to be used for the protection of my wife and me, I don't think that's too bad.Brent
Since I wrote that manual, I have learned a number of new things which I would like to incorporate into a new one, just have not had the time.
A light layer of oil in the barrel does not hurt expecially if the gun will be stored for periods of time.
As for your kit. You could test the solvent on a piece of plastic like an old cup. If it does not have any adverse effect on that, it should be fine on your gun. As with all cleaning solvents, just do not leave it on the polymer parts for extended periods of time.
On the other hand, it's a good excue to put together a new kit...
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On the other hand, it's a good excue to put together a new kit...
Exactly! Thanks again for the info.
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Good stuff, I'll use your manual when my Shield comes in, thank you for that!

[QUOTE=LordRahl;332375]As for cleaning, here is an instructional I put together with my method of cleaning my weapons. Hope it helps]

Cleaning your M&P
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Since I use my M&P 9c as my main carry and my wife keeps her M&P9 FS next to her, I clean after EVERY trip to the range. That way I can inspect it for problems and make sure it will work everytime!

When cleaning, I use the gun wipes to wipe down the whole exterior before I use a rag to dry it off. The wipe really do a good job taking and dirt or grime off the polymer grip.

Just my $.02
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Since I use my M&P 9c as my main carry and my wife keeps her M&P9 FS next to her, I clean after EVERY trip to the range. That way I can inspect it for problems and make sure it will work everytime!

When cleaning, I use the gun wipes to wipe down the whole exterior before I use a rag to dry it off. The wipe really do a good job taking and dirt or grime off the polymer grip.

Just my $.02
What gun wipes do you use?
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What gun wipes do you use?
Old Rags.

Disassemble and Inspect (should do this upon taking receipt)
Wipe off packing grease, burnt powder with old rags.
I use Mpro7 to degrease and clean.
A couple of patches through the bore to get all grease out.
Lube with your favorite lube, light lube in chamber/bore.
Shoot and repeat.
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What gun wipes do you use?
Clean dish towels. They're cheap, plentiful, and easy to clean.
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