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Do I need a lecture on cleaning my 1911 because I have...

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Camu Mahubah, May 17, 2012.

  1. Camu Mahubah

    Camu Mahubah 9=Fine

    Nov 11, 2010
    fired 200 reloads through the Metro without cleaning. I'm so spoiled by Glock. I clean my G23 about every 500 rounds whether it needs it or not. My 1911 I was field stripping and cleaning after as little as firing one mag. I'm on this kick because I'm really busy and don't feel like cleaning it yet. I do rub the exterior or outside of the gun down with a clean patch soaked in Ballistol and then a clean dry patch and then silicon cloth every time I handle it. And I have been lubing the gun according to the Wilson Combat youtube vid everytime I shoot it

    I will clean it in it the morning...more to stop the voices in my head than anythang...

    How long is too long? The 1911 is a combat pistol right? It can go just as long as the Glock without a super cleaning cain't it? Well maybe not...but I ain't babying this Metro and it's running just fine...

    I keep expecting this gun to fail and it has been just reliable as the 2008 manufacture G23 that I bought in 2011. Maybe even more reliable because even with mouseloads I don't get brass to the head...
  2. mrsurfboard

    mrsurfboard The Anti-Glock

    May 23, 2010
    I clean my 1911 after each range outing that usually consists of 100 to 200 rounds.

  3. jb1911


    Sep 21, 2011
    I clean all my guns after one range trip.
  4. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I do as well, regardless of which pistol it is.
  5. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    I try to, but sometimes...:embarassed:
    Last edited: May 17, 2012
  6. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Some of the rimfires I may not.
  7. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Bend Oregon
  8. samuse


    Jul 30, 2008
    South TX
    OMG! You shot 200 rounds all at the same time?

    You must be crazy or in a militia or something! Are you planning to kill somebody??
  9. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

    Aug 8, 1999
    Great Southwest
    Order of Priorities:

    1. Shoot in competition
    2. Practice shooting
    3. Load ammunition for practice
    4. Load ammunition for competition, clean, inspect, chamber check
    5. Work on guns, improvements, repairs, ferry to gunsmith(s)
    6. Clean guns -- maybe, if time permits. Ultra-low on the priority list

    For example, my main, match 1911 has been through two practice sessions and two matches since last cleaning. I might clean it before the next match, but probably will just squirt some oil on it. I definitely won't clean it before practicing with it again. It is getting pretty dirty, but my days aren't getting any longer, and there are some big matches coming up.

    And, so it goes.
    Last edited: May 17, 2012
  10. B.Reid


    Jun 20, 2005
    Your 1911 will go hundreds of rounds without cleaning, if it seems to be slowing down ad oil.
  11. El_Ron1


    Apr 15, 2004
    Redneck Sparta
    Toys can sit awhile, tools get cleaned and lubricated properly.
  12. Sgt_Gold


    Jul 21, 2006
    What's the intended use for the pistol? Anything I carry gets cleaned every time it's fired. My target pistols and toys get cleaned when I get around to it. I've put around 1k through a very tightly built target 1911 with no issues what so ever. It was filthy when I got around to cleaning it, but it never malfunctioned.
  13. SauerChoi


    Aug 12, 2011
    This. If it was a range toy, who cares. but if you carry the gun, glock or 1911, it should be cleaned and inspected after every trip for unusual wear or broken parts.
  14. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    I fired 500 rounds through my Les Baer Premier II the first day I owned it, with no malfunctions. I fired 1500 rounds in 4 days of training with my Kimber Custom Stainless, and only cleaned it once in the middle. No malfunctions again. If I'm training and I have other priorities, I may let my 1911's go for quite a while. I have only ever had one 1911 stop running because it needed cleaning. It was an older Kimber Custom, and had seen several hundred rounds of lead reloads by the previous owner with no cleaning or lube. It looked like the inside of a chimney, and just couldn't keep running. I cleaned it up, and it runs like a sewing machine now.

    They always get a good scrubbing before ccw or home defense duty though. It's nice knowing they can perform when filthy, but I will always trust a clean gun with my life if I have a choice.
  15. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
  16. Ford302Glock21

    Ford302Glock21 Chrome Horsie

    Dec 3, 2004
    Orlando FL
    Both 1911s I have had for the most part were 100% reliable. Only failure I've had was a factory springfield mag follower jumping the slide lock after the last round and jamming the mag in tight. Use premium mags for anything outside of range plinking.

    I suggest keeping the moving parts all lubed up. A non stainless model can surface rust easily and cause problems.

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    Last edited: May 17, 2012
  17. SuHu

    SuHu Towed Jumper

    Apr 24, 2010
    Back when I had time to shoot a lot, my 1911's would have to wait for 500-1000 rounds before being fully cleaned.
  18. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    I only clean each of my guns after they have been shot to ensure that there is a minimal chance of misfire due to contamination.

    This chance may be small, but it is still there, and I want to maximize my chances of survival in the event I need to use the weapon.

    Otherwise, don't clean it, your choice.
  19. G26S239

    G26S239 NRA Patron

    Mar 17, 2008
    One mag? :upeyes: You must have learned that from the knuckle heads that think Gaston designed the first reliable auto pistol.
    Last edited: May 18, 2012
  20. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    I'm a lazy mofo when it comes to cleaning guns. I'd clean them when they start to jam or when carbon started to ooze past the frame grooves.

    All of my Colts thus far have had at least three or four hundred rounds through them without cleaning. I'll worry when they start to malfunction.