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Old 08-06-2014, 19:26   #1
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Serious gun cleaning question...

I have been asked by a dear neighbor to retrieve from evidence and completely clean a pistol used by a family member to commit suicide. Hoppe's and BreakFree have been ineffective and all internet hits indicate chlorine bleach which I'm reluctant to use. It's an XD/45 and I'm not sure what the finish is. Thanks. HH
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Old 08-06-2014, 19:31   #2
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Goulish as it sounds, the owner can probably get a premium price for that gun on ebay or similar, so long as you have documentation that a body is attached to the gun.

Then use that money to purchase a new gun.
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Old 08-06-2014, 19:35   #3
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Goulish as it sounds, the owner can probably get a premium price for that gun on ebay or similar, so long as you have documentation that a body is attached to the gun.

Then use that money to purchase a new gun.
I'll approach him with that suggestion. HH
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Old 08-06-2014, 19:38   #4
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Old 08-06-2014, 19:40   #5
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I would not even consider that request for an instant.
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Old 08-06-2014, 19:40   #6
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I am not sure the exact name of the finish, slightly weaker than the finish on glocks as I recall reading. Have you tried vinegar for the blood? Also might try some of the enzyme based pet waste cleaners, they usually work good on body fluids for cleanup.
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Old 08-06-2014, 19:44   #7
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Had a very nice S&W Model 29 that my grandpa had when he was killed ruined by blood. Took a looooong time to get it back from the police. We sent it back to S&W to be reblued.
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I am not sure the exact name of the finish, slightly weaker than the finish on glocks as I recall reading. Have you tried vinegar for the blood? Also might try some of the enzyme based pet waste cleaners, they usually work good on body fluids for cleanup.
One site suggested meat tenderizer (Adolph's, etc.). Would this damage the finish? HH
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Try some goop hand cleaner on a spot and see how it works.

I've easily had a hundred accidental dog bites that bloodied my clothes.

Goop is a miracle cleaner for that purpose, at least on cloth.

You are a good friend to step up and help out with this gruesome but necessary task. Good on ya, HH.
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Goulish as it sounds, the owner can probably get a premium price for that gun on ebay or similar, so long as you have documentation that a body is attached to the gun.

Then use that money to purchase a new gun.
Not sure if serious, but I'll act like you are; what kind of person would pay a premium for a suicide gun, especially of someone they didn't even know?
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One site suggested meat tenderizer (Adolph's, etc.). Would this damage the finish? HH
I don't think it would. The enzymes are sort of weak or very specific in how they work. The idea being they only attack the organic proteins of the blood and not the finish chemicals. Not sure if it would work on metal finishes. But it doesn't make clothes fade.
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I would not even consider that request for an instant.
This kid was a U.S.M.C. helicopter nurse in Iraq and Afghanistan. I consider it an honor. HH
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This kid was a U.S.M.C. helicopter nurse in Iraq and Afghanistan. I consider it an honor. HH
Good on ya, HH... It's a fine thing to do.
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Old 08-06-2014, 20:20   #14
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Please explain to me why someone would want to keep this weapon?

No disrespect to the family but I can't even fathom ever laying eyes on that gun again.
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I know hydrogen peroxide gets blood out of clothing. May be worth a shot. I doubt it will hurt the finish.
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I know hydrogen peroxide gets blood out of clothing. May be worth a shot. I doubt it will hurt the finish.
Yep. That's a good option... Maybe throw some rubbing alcohol on it, too?
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I've soaked gun parts in Simple Green for hours. Everything that doesn't belong comes off. Everything that does belong stays. None of the guns I've done this with have wood grips, but neither should your XD.

Have you considered offering to sell it for them? Do they want it for its monetary value? If so, I would think having someone else sell it would be most comforting. If they want to keep it, well, that's their business, I guess.
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Old 08-07-2014, 00:16   #18
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Run it through the dish washer a couple times. Should take care of it.
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I have been asked by a dear neighbor to retrieve from evidence and completely clean a pistol used by a family member to commit suicide. Hoppe's and BreakFree have been ineffective and all internet hits indicate chlorine bleach which I'm reluctant to use. It's an XD/45 and I'm not sure what the finish is. Thanks. HH
Your local fire department, EMS base, or hospital should have a blood-specific cleaner/disinfectant. Use of some of that, combined with a stiff brush and some elbow grease, will remove the foreign matter.
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Soak it in whatever cleaner you choose. The dried blood will eventually soften. Simple Green would probably work.
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