GUN Gun Newb, help please.

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  1. David002

    David002 OT Supporter

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    I recently purchased my frist gun and im picking it up on thursday. can sombody give me some quick and basic maintenance/cleaning tips?

    thanks in advance.
     
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    read the manual that comes with the gun. it should give you instructions on how to field strip the gun and clean it.
     
  3. Bigsnake

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    See if your local gun store offers any type of classes about firearms. I know the NRA has a basic rifle/pistol class that their instructors offer that cover safety, maintenance, and shoot. Can see if anything like that is offered in your area.

    Also, what did you purchase?
     
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    ive taken the safety/shoot class at my local range but they did not really cover maintenance. i've shot a few times, but always with range guns or friends guns so i did not really have to clean them myself.

    i got a springfield XD .40 and bought the 9mm conversion barrel.
     
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    The manual that came with the gun should cover how to field strip the gun to clean it. Do that because it's so much easier to clean, plus you can't get everywhere when it's assembled.

    Now, this is how I clean my handguns. I'm sure others have their methods. I'd see about getting a nice, short rod for a handgun. You'll be using it a good bit so splurge. Also, a cleaning jag for a .40 and 9mm, a .40 and 9mm brush, some powder solvent, copper solvent, some oil, and some cleaning patches.

    I'll start by field stripping the gun. I'll clean all the parts I see dirty with patches with a little powder solvent on them to get all the soot from shooting off. Places like springs, inside the slide, etc. will all get caked up with residue after some shooting.

    When I clean the barrel I'll run a wet patch with powder solvent down the barrel and couple times and then a dry patch. Most of the time this is all my handgun needs for a light cleaning. I'll often go shoot only 200-300 rounds and it doesn't get that dirty.

    If I've done a lot of shooting since the last cleaning, then I'll run a wet patch through the barrel, then run a WET brush through the barrel, then another wet patch and then dry. I keep doing it until the patches are coming out dry.

    I rarely have to use copper solvent in my handguns. They just don't seem to build up as much copper as my rifles. You can run a patch through wet with copper solvent and check the patch to see if you're getting any blue/green on there. If so, then I'd clean some with the copper solvent as it's a sign you're removing copper build-up.
     
  6. Y2kAccord

    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    unload it before cleaning..


    Thank me later
     
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    Make it a priority to take a training class.
     
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    We teach an "unorthodox" method.

    1. Lock the slide to the rear.
    2. Remove the magazine.
    3. Visually and physically inspect the chamber to confirm it is empty.

    Too many people just drop the mag and think they are done. Or they rack the slide and then remove the mag.
     
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    Out of my mind, brb never.
    Which leaves a round in the chamber...dont you think even a person with half a brain would figure that out?
    :eek4:

    As for cleaning your gun. Somtimes if you are in a bind, and dont have time to clean your gun completely, Ie field strip, at the very least run a swab with powder solvent down the barrel a few times and wipe down the outside of the gun to remove oils from your fingers. I dont do this often, but its the very least you can do in a bind.
     
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    People do a lot of stupid things with guns. That is why it is important to develop safety rules and gun handling skills that limit the amount of "stupid" a person can inject into the process.

    To unload an autopistol:

    1. Lock the slide to the rear (do not try to catch the ejecting round).
    2. Remove the magazine and stow it.
    3. Visually and physically inspect the chamber.
     
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    Out of my mind, brb never.
    I would hope anyone who is allowed near a gun would already do that. But thats just wishful thinking.
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    But Ethan Hawke did it in Training Day :wtc:
     
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    skeletor25rs Yetis & Deer

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    I always catch it....apparently I'm not clearing my gun correctly :noes:
     
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    Out of my mind, brb never.
    I think he (Shacklemenot) said that because if the average dolt tried that, he might screw up and (insert any dumbass thing that could happen) trying to be a badass.
     
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    skeletor25rs Yetis & Deer

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    I just don't like a round that's going back into the mag or chamber to touch the ground
     
  17. ShackleMeNot

    ShackleMeNot MINDSET

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    Why?
     
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    Wipe it off?
    :cjerk:
     
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    skeletor25rs Yetis & Deer

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    Because I have good reflexes and it doesn't need to :eek3: :bigthumb:
     
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    You go girl!
     
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    skeletor25rs Yetis & Deer

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    I already been going :mamoru:
     

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