Suppose you own a Z06 Corvette at $80,000 with 650 horsepower and zero to 160 mph in 23 seconds, or, an awesome $16,000, 122 horsepower Harley Davidson “ V-rod” that will launch you up to 140 mph faster than you can tie your shoes, or, maybe you own an ordinary car like most of us. Any of these vehicles will perform flawlessly when carefully maintained, but, at some time after newness wears off, regardless of how awesome; one becomes less excited about regular maintenance.
This is perfectly normal behavior which applies to all of one’s possessions irrespective of value, but, avoiding Concealed Carry handgun maintenance could lead to a discharge malfunction during a self-defense emergency. Handguns carried for long periods will accumulate dust and fibers from clothing including, weather effects from humidity and condensation. A holster may retain moisture and corrode metal surfaces of a handgun improperly stored over long periods.
Guns not cleaned after shooting practice, stored over long periods, may jam on the first round due to above conditions. The best preventative method is close inspection and cleaning immediately after use plus at regular intervals to assure reliable operation when needed.
Early military soldiers realized their lives depended upon a well maintained rifle and dry powder. Gun cleaning accessories were not plentiful and oiled rags attached to a wood shaft or metal wire was used. Today’s accessories and procedures for handgun cleaning deliver optimum results.
First of all before “fieldstripping” a Concealed Carry pistol; make sure the barrel is racked to fully open position, with magazine clip removed, to safety inspect, or, remove a loaded cartridge. Revolvers need to be safety checked, but, do not require disassembly thus making them easier and faster for cleaning. Cleaning rods can be purchased, with brush attachments and cleaning pads, for different bore sizes.
Bore cleaning solvents, offered in spray cans, or, liquid form is very effective for removing copper, grease and powder residue. After brushing, remove residue with a cleaning rod pad attachment several times to insure the bore is clean. A clean dry bore will accumulate less deposit when discharging a gun.
Some users prefer using a “bore snake”, in place of a cleaning rod, which consists of a rope, shaped cleaning material with an embedded brush. The rope is threaded into the bore cartridge loading end to begin the cleaning operation. The cleaning material is pulled through the bore first, followed by the brush portion and additional cleaning material, all in one continuous pass, making the operation very fast and simple. The complete bore snake can be washed for reuse.
The pistol “action” (trigger linkage mechanism) will accumulate residue over time and is not intended to be disassembled during normal cleaning maintenance. Compressed air works well to remove debris, followed by a light oil application to moving parts, again followed up with a final blast of air removing any excess oil.
Surplus oil, in the bore and on moving parts, is an attraction to foreign crud and not required for effective lubrication. It is also good practice to inspect the magazine for dust, scratches and/or grime. The cartridge contact detail is generally made of a low friction polymer (plastic) material requiring no lubrication. Inspect this surface for defects and foreign residue hindering smooth feeding into the bore.
A Concealed Carry handgun not properly maintained is good as one at home in a drawer…therefore, keep your handgun clean, your powder dry and keep on packin dude.
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