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How often clean/lube?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by ChrisMJX, May 3, 2013.

  1. ChrisMJX


    Sep 20, 2010
    Its been longer than I would like to admit that I've had a chance to get out to the range, and I'm just wondering, about how long some of you would think a Glock can sit without use or maintenance before it needs a drop of oil or two to keep it in best shape...?
  2. Michael Rye

    Michael Rye

    Oct 8, 2012
    You'll likely get a multitude of differing opinions on this, but here's mine.

    I always clean and lube my guns after a range trip, but that's just me.

    Now as to what you can get away with, honestly...provided that the glock was properly cleaned and lubed in the first could probably put a few thousand rounds through it before doing anything else maintenance wise.

    I wouldn't let it go that long, but a lot of owners out there do and don't encounter a lot of problems.

    Glocks are tough and can sustain tremendous abuse and keep right on banging. I just have a thing about taking care of my stuff.


  3. DonCT


    Oct 30, 2004
    If it was cleaned and lubed when put away, it's probably good to go for a few decades.
  4. ashecht


    Feb 10, 2010
    Charlotte NC
    Same for me. After every range visit. Especially if shooting dirty ammo like Tula
  5. cciman


    Jan 19, 2009
    SW Ohio
    Cleaning and lubing with modern firearms and non-corrosive ammo is a dogmatic ritual that is way overdone. It is gun owner's lore and practice carried down over the centuries, more for superstition and comfort (ie boiling water for a baby delivery). For a Glock, and most other >1995's hand guns, it is not necessary to do it every range visit.

    Probably between the 2-5k round count is a good time to do a cleaning.

    LASTRESORT20 LongTerm-Guy

    Aug 10, 2010
    Clean and Lube "mines" once every 2 weeks....even if "they" havnt been to the superstition just Love.
  7. RumRunnerII


    Mar 26, 2013
    Miami, FL
    Clean/lube as often as you like Glock or non-Glock. What you do not want is to actually have to use your weapon & wonder "will this jam". Personally mines get cleaned/lubed once a month no matter the use.
  8. bigtimelarry


    Apr 22, 2012
    every 2,000 rounds is perfect
  9. Camdenbullit52


    Apr 16, 2013
    Kinda reminds me of some of the Motorcycle sites I hang out on! Some swear by 3000 mile oil changes, the owners manual says 8000! Synthetics ....non Synthetics, Glocks are designed to be incredibly durable and reliable weapons, do what makes ya feel good and your great,great grand children will at the range with your Glock!
  10. Rather than try to say when a Glock should be cleaned, or how long it can sit without use I would ask this first.
    Is it a target gun or a gun that you depend on to defend yourself or your home?
    I shoot my carry gun a lot and I keep it perfectly clean all the time.
    I have another Glock that I don't shoot much anymore and don't carry.
    I'll bet it could sit in the ol gun safe for a hundred years and still come out and shoot like new.
    Ever see the Glock torture test?
  11. unclebob


    Oct 14, 2000
    Mary Esther FL
    The biggest thing is how and where the gun was stored. None of the parts on a Glock that could rust is ever lubed. The most important part that needs to be lubed is the connector and trigger bar that contacts the connector.
    For long term storage of any gun is not to use any oil. Oil runs plain and simple. Where is the gun stored? If other metal things that are in the same area of the gun storage area and they rust. the gun will rust also. Some bugs like to build beds and webs in the barrel of guns.
    Let’s say a police department buys 100 Glocks because of a cheaper price but only issues out 75 guns. The other guns more than likely will stay in the case until they are issued. Could be years. I would bet if unless the gun was in a flood they never open the case to clean those Glocks. Those Glocks were test fired at the factory, not cleaned and put in case.
    I have gone the gamete of cleaning the gun every day to when I come back from the range. Too for a Glock every couple of thousands of rounds. Except for the carry guns if I shot them they are cleaned and at least once a month cleaned. Also I shoot my carry gun very seldom. I have learned a gun even a Glock if shoot enough is going to break. It’s just a matter of when.
    I would say whatever the person is comfortable with in how much or little he wants to clean guns.
  12. bigtimelarry


    Apr 22, 2012
    My carry gun once a year if i never fired it, my competition guns every 1500 - 2000 rounds.. Use TW-25 Grease and you wont have any problems.
  13. You can carry a gun for close to a year and not fire it?
    I practice with my carry gun a lot because one of the most important things about a carry gun is if you ever use it you had better be able to hit what you are shooting at and not some innocent bystander half a block away.
  14. bigtimelarry


    Apr 22, 2012
    So what if my Carry gun is a Glock 26 and i have 2 of them set up identical with the same sights and one I carry and the other i shoot in GSSF Sub Compact all year long.
  15. So I would still want to shoot the one that is going to defend my life and not one that is just like it.
    Hey if that is how you do it then fine, didn't mean to get ya po'd.
  16. JimBianchi

    JimBianchi Da Da CLM

    Feb 15, 2006
    Las Vegas
    I went 5,000 rounds and about 18months between cleanings on my G30. I want to see how long I could go between cleaning before a jam. Nover thought it go so far.

    The gun was always 100% reliable, but I have to admit, it was freaking me out a bit, so I cleaned it.

    Easily the most reliable handgun gun I have ever owned.
  17. tango44


    Jun 16, 2005
    Miami Florida
    Every single Saturday after my weekly range session, no matter how many rounds I shot.
    FrogLube is all I use!
    G26 100% reliable after 10K rounds and still counting!
  18. VN350X10


    Apr 13, 2001
    McHenry, IL
    Running joke....I clean my G34 Production USPSA pistol after every box of bullets....

    Rem. 115 gr JHPT come 2000/box.

    'Nuf said !

    uncle albert