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Old March 18th, 2017, 07:29 AM   #1
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Cleaning question

Forgive me if this has already come up, but I'm not having much luck with the search function...

Is there any reason to not use lens wipes for wiping down the polymer frame on the ole' M&P?
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Old March 18th, 2017, 09:00 AM   #2
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Lens wipes? I've never heard of them being used for that, but I don't see any reason why they couldn't be used for that purpose.
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Old March 18th, 2017, 09:24 AM   #3
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I can't think of any reason you shouldn't use them, other than they cost more (unless you have a free supply of them) than a bottle of Isopropyl Alcohol and an old t-shirt.
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Yeah.. I actually do have an abundant supply. I know I could just use clp or similar, but I figure lens wipes (just like an alcohol wipe) will leave a drier surface, when evaporated, without having to really wipe it off. Thanks for the replies.
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I can't think of any reason you shouldn't use them, other than they cost more (unless you have a free supply of them) than a bottle of Isopropyl Alcohol and an old t-shirt.
For sure, but i cant think of a reason why somebody would want to do that...lol

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Rem Wipes or Hoppe`s gun wipes would be far better though. Pretty cheap at your local walmart.
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For sure, but i cant think of a reason why somebody would want to do that...lol

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Rem Wipes or Hoppe`s gun wipes would be far better though. Pretty cheap at your local walmart.
Haha... yes I suppose I would have the same reaction. It's just that I have a box of more than I will ever need to clean sunglasses.
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Old March 18th, 2017, 02:44 PM   #7
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I agree with NCW, after all lens wipes are lint free. However going with PaPow's line of thought there are cheaper options. For instance, on Amazon you can get 50 microfiber cloths for 20 bucks and they are washable.
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I agree with NCW, after all lens wipes are lint free. However going with PaPow's line of thought there are cheaper options. For instance, on Amazon you can get 50 microfiber cloths for 20 bucks and they are washable.
BIG THUMBS UP for the micro fiber Lrahl....!!!!!
I buy mine at welfare-mart very cheap, and they work AWESOME...!

I spray a mist of CLP or G56 gun oil on a micro fiber, wipe my guns down, then finish with dry micro fiber.
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Old March 18th, 2017, 05:57 PM   #9
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They don't really "need" cleaning that often.

I've shot several 1500 round count weekend training classes without cleaning my M&P9, and often go 2-3 months between cleanings on my "range" M&P9. That one is usually shot three weekly IDPA practices and a monthly match per month.

That said; my carry guns get cleaned every time they're shot.
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Old March 19th, 2017, 06:50 AM   #10
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My guns are cleaned after every range visit no matter how many rounds I send down range.
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They don't really "need" cleaning that often.

I've shot several 1500 round count weekend training classes without cleaning my M&P9, and often go 2-3 months between cleanings on my "range" M&P9. That one is usually shot three weekly IDPA practices and a monthly match per month.

That said; my carry guns get cleaned every time they're shot.

You blind old coot, clean them guns...!!!!
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My guns are cleaned after every range visit no matter how many rounds I send down range.
Absolutely
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You blind old coot, clean them guns...!!!!
Oh, my carry guns are cleaned every time they're shot; as soon as I get home, and I used to treat the range guns the same way.

My first high round count training class; I cleaned the gun that evening, even though I was dog tired.

Then I realized that my M&P had been through a good 750 trouble free rounds that day, including some extended periods of fast shooting. I thought that was pretty good, and a great example of a really reliable pistol.

That made me wonder just how many rounds an M&P can go between cleanings, and remain reliable. So for the next four classes (I usually go through at least two per year); I went the whole weekend without cleaning the pistol. Again, no problems at all after 1500 rounds over two days. I always take a spare M&P9 along, but haven't needed it yet.

So, the round count for a couple of months between cleanings for regular IDPA range work is still a good bit less than one of the training weekends.

I think it's not a bad thing to know just how reliable your guns really are, and I've come to enjoy seeing it proved out, again and again.

My cleaning routine after each range trip consists of locking the slide to the rear, and wiping off the barrel ramp, breech face, and end of the barrel hood with a piece of paper towel on a finger tip, and wiping off the end of the barrel, and muzzle end of the slide.

Then the 'ol M&P9 goes back into the range bag until the next week.

It's good to know that your pistols will run without fail when you need them; and I absolutely know that my M&P's will. I still don't know how many rounds it takes to make one choke; but it's got to be a bunch!

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You're supposed to clean guns?
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Oh, my carry guns are cleaned every time they're shot; as soon as I get home, and I used to treat the range guns the same way.

My first high round count training class; I cleaned the gun that evening, even though I was dog tired.

Then I realized that my M&P had been through a good 750 trouble free rounds that day, including some extended periods of fast shooting. I thought that was pretty good, and a great example of a really reliable pistol.

That made me wonder just how many rounds an M&P can go between cleanings, and remain reliable. So for the next four classes (I usually go through at least two per year); I went the whole weekend without cleaning the pistol. Again, no problems at all after 1500 rounds over two days. I always take a spare M&P9 along, but haven't needed it yet.

So, the round count for a couple of months between cleanings for regular IDPA range work is still a good bit less than one of the training weekends.

I think it's not a bad thing to know just how reliable your guns really are, and I've come to enjoy seeing it proved out, again and again.

My cleaning routine after each range trip consists of locking the slide to the rear, and wiping off the barrel ramp, breech face, and end of the barrel hood with a piece of paper towel on a finger tip, and wiping off the end of the barrel, and muzzle end of the slide.

Then the 'ol M&P9 goes back into the range bag until the next week.

It's good to know that your pistols will run without fail when you need them; and I absolutely know that my M&P's will. I still don't know how many rounds it takes to make one choke; but it's got to be a bunch!
I hear ya buddie... you knowwwww i just gots`ta bust your chops...hehehe.

I always wondered how much the M&P`s can take until they fail to function... looks like ALOT brutha`!!!
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