Well, Jay, getting your gun nicely lubed up is a joyful thing.
Just beware the sloppy-lubed gun. Sure, you’re going to have a lot of fun, BANGing away, but you’re going to realize pretty quickly that there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing. That stuff will be flying everywhere, all over your face, in your hair (well, not your hair, Jay), and you know what you’ll have when you’re done?
First, I’d like to make a distinction between a clean gun, and a blued gun that’s just been wiped down. Blued guns must be wiped down, but cleaning is a whole different thing.
I can think of two good reasons for a dirty gun:
1) If you don’t mind your gun being dirty – say, you clean it every few weeks, and call it good – then you are likely to shoot that gun more. We’ve all had the experience of leaving a gun behind because it just wasn’t worth cleaning it for the few shots we’d liely take.
My Sig P250 gets cleaned every 500 rounds or so, and I depend on that gun, too. I shoot it almost every day, just a couple of rounds each time. No way I’d clean it every day. So should I shoot it, or keep it clean?
I have glocks I’ve only cleaned once, on the day they came home. I don’t shoot them every day, but there has never been a jam or a speck of rust. I won’t do that with a niced blue revolver, but many modern autos don’t really care. Try cleaning your regular range gun once a month, or once every few months. If it never jams, then you’re keeping it clean enough.
2) Lots of rimfire shooters, even some competitive ones, never run a rod down the bore unless the gun gets wet or is being put away for an extended period of time. Even then, it just gets one oil patch, pushed straight through. You have to clean the chamber and the action, but the wax from the bullets protects the bore nicely, and the wear from even occasional cleaning can exceed the wear from a lifetime of shooting.
People tend to overclean the guns because ammo used to be corrosive and the military pounded cleanliness into the heads of a generation or two of gun owners. People still change their oil every 3000 miles, too, even though it’s designed to run perfectly well for two or three times that duration now.
Dependable, fun, low maintenance, always ready to go. Not too fancy, and not too cheap. High quality inside, where the important things are. Powerful, but not too loud. The kind that fit well, last a lifetime, and acquire sentimental value.
When you’re young you want them all, you lust after the ones you can’t afford and you always notice the exotics, especially the ones you’re not allowed to have. You get older, you settle down some, but you always notice the pretty ones until you die.
My old HS football coach got mad at me, once. He said I didn’t spend enough time in the shower, after practice. That I wasn’t following team protocol, and causing descent, and tension, among the others on the team. I held my ground. Then, I looked him dead in the eye, and said………