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Old 03-11-2013, 05:01 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a new Sig P226 9mm. Been to the range 3 times and I love shooting that gun with about 280 rounds fired. Started with 2 mags of 124 gr. then switched to 115 gr. No problems whatsoever.

I have cleaned the gun each after each trip to the range but I've not cleaned the magazines yet.

A couple of questions relative to my P226 9mm:

1. Is cleaning/lubing the gun after every trip to the range a good thing? I currently clean/lube after each trip to the range.
2. How often should the magazines be cleaned? I've not cleaned them yet.


Would your answers be the same for a 1911 model in 45ACP? I've read where some have commented that 1911's need a minimum of 500 factory rounds run throught them to break them in. Some have even stated not to clean the gun but allow the residue and fine grit to help polish the internals. As such the gun will break in and should feed/shoot better following the break in.

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Old 03-11-2013, 05:11 PM   #2
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1. yes, yes
2. as often as you feel the need

most folks would say clean & lube before the range.
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:11 PM   #3
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I don't think it is nessasary to clean pistol every time you go to the range.
However,I do?


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I can't comment on the 1911's since I have no experience with them. But I will comment on the 'in general' question 1.

I clean my 226 after each trip to the range. My range trips usually involve at least 200 rounds, although I realize that other people may shoot less at a time or more at a time for various reasons. But I have plenty to clean after 200.

Before I leave the range, I run a bore snake through the barrel, wipe down the outside with a silicone cloth and generally try to blow as much powder off of and out of places as I can with some quick squirts of compressed air. Why? Well, the less gunk when I sit to clean it later the easier it is.

Cleaning the 226...or any gun....has more objectives than just a clean gun. It's in part a piece of the shooting experience, and also to check the workings of the firearm. I can keep an eye on wear, investigate mechanical causes for possible accuracy issues etc.

I also rotate all my guns through my daily carry....depending on where I'm going, clothing required etc....and I certainly don't want to be carrying a dirty firearm. If I don't clean the 226 then of course with my luck the next day will be a perfect 226 carry day....for whatever reason. Then I kick my own tail. Sweat and moisture from being close to the body added to powder residue and gunk just makes this nasty concrete sort of substance that I really just don't want to deal with.

But do you HAVE to clean a firearm every time you shoot it? I suppose not. Kind of like you don't have to brush your teeth. But you get out of the teeth and the gun what you put into them........
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Clean and lube after every trip to range! Not a good idea to shoot a gritty gun!
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Hmmm...First, minimal operational break in is usually achieved somewhere around 300rds with full break in at roughly 800-1,000rds (general guide lines). That 500rd number would seem like a fair middle ground, just not at its peak performance point yet. Every time I shoot, I clean. There are so many caustic compounds generated when shooting not the least being the sweat (salt) and acids on your skin, and the acid part is even worse with women (no joke, it's true). If you had a junk gun you might say who cares? I think with your SIG, you want to take care of it.

With mags, as long as they are clean and dry they are fine. For guns I shoot, I check and clean mags 3-4x a year. All others get the once a year at Christmas/New Years family fun complete yearly once over: The Guns - Breakdown, Clean, Inspect, Oil/Grease, Reassemble and put back to sleep. Mags - Disassemble, Inspect, Wipe down w/Silicone cloth, Reassembled and put in vacuum storage bags with Desiccant. Simple.
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Thanks for the quick response.

I don't mind cleaning the P226......if fact I like to clean it and will continue doing so following evey trip to the range.

How often should the magazines be cleaned and lubed?
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Thanks for the quick response.

I don't mind cleaning the P226......if fact I like to clean it and will continue doing so following evey trip to the range.

How often should the magazines be cleaned and lubed?
I usually disassemble mags and brush/wipe the components down with every other range trip which is probably more than necessary given the benign operating environment they are exposed to.

Never lube them.
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Well I clean my gun after every trip. I clean my mags every trip or two to the range. I'm using Froglube and I put it on my mags too.
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I keep mine meticulously cleaned and lubed as my life could depend on it. Besides, I actually enjoy Froglubing.
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I clean and lube after each trip to the range.
I disassemble and clean magazines each time I drop one in the dirt. (I did strip and CLP clean each one out of the box to remove the thick factory goop).

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... All others get the once a year at Christmas/New Years family fun complete yearly once over:...
So holidays with the family is that bad?

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1. yes, yes
2. as often as you feel the need

most folks would say clean & lube before the range.
bearone2: I've been pondering this before vs after wondering if the lube would be more "there" if it was 1 hour old vs 1 week old. I think I'll change my fit up heading out to include lubing. Thanks.

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So holidays with the family is that bad? No just the opposite, WE ALL clean together, tell stories and laugh. Always a great time! Each gun usually has its own stories. I even have one 3yr old Gkid who this year started pointing at various guns saying, "And that one's mine." Classic.

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I keep mine meticulously cleaned and lubed as my life could depend on it. Besides, I actually enjoy Froglubing.
Same here! I've been Froglubing all of my knives, guns and even my wifes scissors and she likes the stuff.
I haven't tried Froglubing my wife yet, but I'm thinking about it. (That was supposed to be humorous)
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Same here! I've been Froglubing all of my knives, guns and even my wifes scissors and she likes the stuff.
I haven't tried Froglubing my wife yet, but I'm thinking about it. (That was supposed to be humorous)
Ha! You and I have a similar sense of humor Bones! Still haven't tried Froglube yet, however.
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I field strip and clean thoroughly each and every shooting session. I mean it's looks like a masterpiece and the inside barrel is a mirror.

A clean gun is a happy gun, and it will serve you well.

Besides, SIGs ain't cheap, meaning they are excellent firearms. Respect it.





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