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How did Wyatt Earp clean his gun

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Bernie Link, Feb 20, 2012.


  1. Bernie Link

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    My wife laughs at me. She says “you go shooting for an hour and then spend 2 hours cleaning and oiling your guns.” She asks “did you ever see Wyatt Earp or Doc Holliday clean and oil their guns?” Got me to thinking, how did people in the mid and late 1800s clean their guns?” Does anyone have a history lesson for me? Thanks, Bernie
     

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  2. Three-Five-Seven

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    Black powder is cleaned with water. Guns usually came with cleaning rods.

    The lubricants available to shooters in 1880 were superior to any that we have today. Whale oil, being non-petroleum based, worked extremely well with black powder firearms and kept them running for a long time. Whale oil has lubricating qualities that cannot be duplicated with synthetics or petroleum oils.

    In relative terms, guns were as expensive then as they are now. People were just as inclined to take care of them, clean them, oil them, and maintain them back in the day as you are today.
     

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    Yeah, with blackpowder, you HAVE to clean your guns, there's just not an option. If you don't, you'll have a rusty, stuck, fouled-shut club on your hands in less than a week.
     
  4. DFin

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    Urine & cactus oil?
     
  5. MajorD

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    most people today are over anal about gun cleaning- if you are talking about a modern handgun with non corrosive modern ammo anything more than ten minutes and you are overdoing it. After shooting my black powder guns (I use a 1885 era colt single action army from time to time) cleaning takes about 20 minutes. never had a rust issue.
     
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    Hoppe's #2
     
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    Oh man... I couldn't stop laughing. Zing!
     
  8. Spiffums

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    So he didn't just spit on it and call it a saloon girl?
     
  9. D3S3RT_P3NGU1N

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    I think some folks these days worry a little too much about cleaning their guns. There are so many people who will go out and run 100 rounds through their gun and think it needs to be cleaned as soon as they get home and who would worry about running 500 or 1000 rounds through a gun without cleaning it.
     
  10. MrMurphy

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    Rebuttal for your wife.

    Wild Bill Hickok test fired his guns and cleaned them EVERY SINGLE DAY.

    With BP revolvers, it was his way of making sure the powder hadn't gotten wet somehow, and also practicing.

    That said with a modern pistol, cleaning takes about 10 minutes, max. I can't see taking 2 hours cleaning unless I shot about 20 of them, or maybe a M240 after a long range session of 10-20,000 rounds.
     
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    I'll bet old Wyatt never cleaned his irons with brake fluid then lubed 'em with Mobil 1. :animlol:
     
  12. series1811

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    I had read that in serveral places, too. Black powder, and no backup, makes you diligent. :supergrin:
     
  13. HKLovingIT

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    Spit and bacon grease. :dunno: Be cool if someone had an article about the old ways they did things like that back then.
     
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    Perhaps with a Glock or similar polymer but it takes more than 10 min to do a revolver, particularly if you're using lead slugs and there is any leading at all.

    I'll agree, 2 hrs is playing with it, not doing cleaning. Don
     
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    Didn't Jesse James accidentally shoot off one of his fingers cleaning his gun? Just saying . . .
     
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    This is an interesting Thread. I will admit, I just never thought about this before. It does make you wonder about the past.

    I think, they used a baby snake as a bore snake though. :supergrin:
     
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    Hot soapy water to clean, Whale Oil or "Sweet" Oil(aka Olive Oil) to preserve and lube. That's how I use to clean my Cap n' Ball revolvers, hot, soapy water(Murphy's Oil Soap) then lube em' up with olive oil.
     
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    Bore snake?

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