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1911 reliability. Going without cleaning in specific

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by TxGlock9, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. TxGlock9

    TxGlock9

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    I know this is subjective and depends on brand and other factors, but how long have you gone without cleaning your 1911 while still maintaining relibility of your pistol without failures?

    For the record I clean my 1911 often. Can't say the same for my glock..

    So name the type of 1911 and how long you went without cleaning while maintaing shootability.
     
  2. clancy

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    Gold Cup, 500 rounds between cleanings (once). No issues.

    Remington-Rand, maybe 700 rounds, just to see what would happen. It still shot reliably. I cleaned it anyway.

    Taurus PT1911, I can't say, I have never gone more than 200 rounds between cleanings, and have never once had an issue.

    Kimber, I can't say as I was never able to get more than a magazine through it without some kind of issue. I cleaned it after each time I tried to shoot it.
     


  3. TxGlock9

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    Well, I guess I'm going to do a little mini test with my SA Range Officer. Right now it's clean as a well whistle with around 400 rounds already through it. Looks like it's going to be one dead thread until I get back with my report. Depending on how the RO fairs of course.. :D
     
  4. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    770 rounds and counting. I'll probably stop at a 1,000 just because I haven't cleaned it in so long, and I don't think it will ever malfunction. If it was a gun I only shot at the range, I would test it until it failed, but since it's my carry gun that is not what I want to accomplish. :rofl:
     
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  5. TxGlock9

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    Yeah, that is the only reason which is allowing me to do it because it's my range gun.
     
  6. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    When I bought the Les Baer Monolith HW, I fired 660 rounds before I cleaned it.
    Ran like a Singer
     
  7. rsxr22

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    i took my Wilson CQB to 2000 before I broke it down to clean it. I now field strip it and clean about every 1000 rounds, I'll wipe out the carbon build up from feed ramp and breech face and add a little oil after every match normally
     
  8. samuse

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    I shoot mostly WWB, which is pretty clean and regularly go 1000-1500 without cleaning. Just add some CLP every now and then.
     
  9. TxGlock9

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    Do you guys typically detail strip it once a year? During normal use of course.
     
  10. samuse

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    I just detail strip it when I clean it It's not hard and only takes a minute.

    What's the point in not?
     
  11. I would be embarrassing to show up at the gunsmith's shop with parts in a shoebox.
     
  12. I clean em about every 1,000 rounds. If they don't work dirty, I don't want em.
     
  13. HAIL CAESAR

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

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    I clean then everytime I use them.
    When they need it to get out the dust bunnies and french fry pieces.


    But I have had SEVERAL 1,000 round sessions and didn't clean them, and a couple of 2k++++ sessions. I suggest people interested in this to do it yourself, it is interesting and eye opening.
     
  14. FLSlim

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    Field strip and clean after shooting; I can't break old habits. To me it is just part of the overall experience.
     
  15. TxGlock9

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    The reason why I started this whole thread is bc somewhere in the back of my mind I have this notion that 1911's need to be "taken care of" unlike glocks. Thus, constantly having to worry if it will jam or have a failure of some sort if I don't clean and maintain it. Someone enlighten me.
     
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  16. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

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    I ran a new S&W 1911Sc for 3000+ rounds of Wolf poly with no cleaning and just a spray of CLP before it FTF. The failure was due to poor fitting and cheap parts, not the ammo.
     
  17. TxGlock9

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    wolf poly? and why do you say poor fitment of the pistol?
     
  18. rsxr22

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    There really isnt a science to detail stripping! You can do it often or not. I think Wilson recommends detail stripping every 5k. A lot of companies dont even mention when to detail strip their product.
     
  19. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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    It would be more embarrassing if you took the 1911 to the smith for a detail cleaning and he gives it back to you in a shoe box.
     
  20. I would be more concerned with the firing pin channel. Not worried about the frame.