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  •  How often to clean? (1+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus

    I know it was a rhetorical question, but the correct answer in most civilian situations is:

    1: Promptly after every period of use (to get rid of the somewhat-corrosive combustion products)
    2: Every time you put the weapon away in storage (dust and other abrasive particulates will have made their way into the oil film - you dont want to leave that stuff in there)
    3: Periodically during periods of extended storage (same reason as for 2 but in storage the dust & stuff accumulates slower than if you are carrying he weapon around)

    For active duty military and law enforcement with their service weapons, of course, the answer is much simpler. "Every single day, unless you want the sergeants boot so far up your rear that you can taste the leather."

    And for what its worth, you should have a routine for it that you ALWAYS follow, so it becomes such an ingrained habit that you NEVER do it wrong, that incorporates keeping the weapon pointed in a safe direction until you have both performed the necessary action to clear it AND made a visual check to make sure it's really clear and only then proceeding to disassemble and clean. Every single "I was cleaning it.." incident is either not following that procedure or lieing about being stupid.

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