Yesterday, I told you to stop cleaning your guns all the time. I mean it. But because people have asked, I do want to explain that there is a difference between “not cleaning your gun all the time” and “neglecting your gun”. Also, there are different levels of cleaning. When I say “don’t clean your guns every time you shoot them” I’m not talking about muzzleloaders or guns that you shoot corrosive ammo through. Of course you need to clean those. If you have a safe queen that you only shoot once a year and the rest of the time it sits in pristine condition in your safe, clean that when you shoot it. Should you protect your guns from rust if you shoot them frequently? Absolutely.
What I’m really railing against are the people that fire a box of ammo through their Glock/Beretta/FNH/whatever at the range once every couple of weeks and then carefully field strip the gun to clean every single teeny part. To me, that’s excessive cleaning. I’m not opposed to running a bore snake through the barrel after 250 rounds – you don’t need to, but you’re not going to hurt anything. In fact, as I’ve mentioned in two places, there is one type of cleaning that I’m absolutely OCD about – the cylinders on my competition revolvers. This is one area where it pays to keep a specific part of the gun clean and shiny, because dirty cylinders can cause rounds to stick on a reload and that will kill a stage at an IDPA match. Trust me, I’ve been there.
Believe me, I’m not saying that you can’t clean your Glock every 100 rounds if you enjoy doing that. It’s your gun and your time, and you’re free to do whatever you want. But for what it’s worth, every single person I’ve met that shoots guns for money and shoots those guns lots and lots doesn’t clean them but every few thousand rounds or so. So protect your gun from fingerprints, and protect it from rust, but you definitely don’t need to strip it and clean it every time you go to the range (unless you only go the range 2 times a year).