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Old 09-20-2012, 12:50 PM   #1
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First time gun owner...is this sufficient to clean my gun?

So I pretty much have no idea how to clean the gun I'm getting ready to buy (P226 SSE)...can I just buy Ballistol (a CLP) and use it to clean the whole thing? Sounds fine in theory:

Spray inside, clean it out, spray on a cloth and rub the outside, everything's good? So just Ballistol, a bore brush, an old tooth brush and some cotton swabs/rags? And grease on the rails.

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Old 09-20-2012, 01:08 PM   #2
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clp, clean, lubricate & protect.

some are better for cleaning, some for lubrication, some to protect.

i use m-pro-7, for light cleaning, militec-1 for lubing some places & tw25b grease on the rails, especially on the sse, with stainless frame & slide.
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I'm not really familiar with Ballistol, but if it's like Break Free or other CLP products, that's really all you need. I would also get a bottle applicator as well as the spray can so you can do spot lubrication easily without spraying excess lube all over the place. For tools, all you need is an AP brush, a bore brush, and maybe a bore snake if you want to get one and of course a rag or two and some disposable cleaning patches. I also use toothpicks, q-tips, and if you can find them small disposable pipe cleaners to get into the nooks and crannies, but basically the technique you described is what you need to do. Basically just clean it until your rags are coming away clean when you wipe it. For bore brushes, I personally like to use nylon-bristled brushes instead of ones with brass bristles, but that more of a personal preference for me.

Depending on where you live will determine how much protective lube you need to leave on the gun after you finish cleaning it. I live in South Texas where it's hot, dry, and dusty, so I leave my guns very dry when I clean them wiping away ALL excess lubricant to prevent dust from building up on the gun. CLP will leave a microscopic layer of lube on the metal surfaces even if it feels dry, so it's protected. If you live in a wetter environement, you'll want to leave a little more lube on the gun to prevent rust. For hot dry environments, dry spray-on lubes are also good. You just spray it on, let it dry, and then wipe off the white film it creates when it dries, and then your gun is protected from the elements. SIGs are also very durable and well-made, so they usually don't need a lot of extra lubes on the rails or other surfaces. And I never use any type of grease on my guns. That just leaves a nice surface for dust and other debris to build up on.
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I'm not really familiar with Ballistol, but if it's like Break Free or other CLP products, that's really all you need.
Ballistol is a German company that makes a high-quality CLP. The product available on American shelves is made here in the USA (this sounds vaguely familiar...).

I use it all the time except on my bore, where I use Hoppe's #9 and Hoppe's gun oil, and my rails, where after cleaning I apply grease. My method is otherwise just like TravestyTrav's, using the same tools/instruments (except I only use bore brushes and patches and no snake).

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Yup, I highly recommend Hoppe's #9 and Hoppe's gun oil. Great products. I also like Remington Rem Oil.
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So I pretty much have no idea how to clean the gun I'm getting ready to buy (P226 SSE)...can I just buy Ballistol (a CLP) and use it to clean the whole thing? Sounds fine in theory:

Spray inside, clean it out, spray on a cloth and rub the outside, everything's good? So just Ballistol, a bore brush, an old tooth brush and some cotton swabs/rags? And grease on the rails.

Thanks!
That will work.
G-96 is my favorite one-can product. Ballistol is my No. 2 fave.
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Whoaaaa I've heard of this before and people seem to think highly of it, but I didn't know it was an all in one treatment. G96 works pretty well then?! I'll definitely consider it. Any more info would be nice!

Does it smell bad? Is it toxic? Ballistol is not.
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I don't use an all in one product on my firearms for everythng. IMO there are better products suited for each role of clean, lube, and protect.

For cleaning of powder residue and bore I use Hoppes #9. For the bore I use patches and brass brush. For the rest of the firearm I used wet patches or cloths. I never spray anything inside my firearm. I take particular care not to get liquids inside the firing pin hole.

For lube I use Weaponshield lube, M-Pro 7 LPX, and Slide Glide grease. I am a big believer on using grease on the frame rails and barrel exteriors of my SIGs which is what Bruce Gray of Grayguns also recommends for maximum frame life.

For protection I usually use Breakfree CLP or Eezox for longer term protection.

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Old 09-20-2012, 05:03 PM   #9
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Hoppes #9 for cleaning
Mobil 1 for lubrication
Rags and qtips work great for cleaning and cleanup
I also use my air compressor...works great
If you get stuck or confused YouTube answers all your questions
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I use Frog Lube to clean and lube all my firearms. Excellent stuff!. I use the paste so it is a little harder to use than a spray. I use a pile of Q Tips and patches. It does very well to lube without leaving an oily mess on the weapon. Technicians say you don't even have to apply it every time you clean, but I do any way. Gives me piece of mind and I get to play with the firearms longer!!
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I use CLP clean and royal purple for parts and grease on the slide.

Some time I put some in my butthole to make sure it working smoothly too. Just kidding LMAO
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I do the same and I use the mil tec extreme pressure lithiom complex on the rails very lightly. Good stuff.
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I use Hoppe#9 to clean, Remoil for internal lube and lithium grease for the rails
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Do many people grease the rails? I have generally just put a drop of lube on each and worked it in.
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...and that has worked for me on SiGs, GLOCKs, HK, S&W, Colt, Kimber, Springfield, Savage, Ruger, Seecamp et al...some use grease...some don't...you don't have to but you should know that metal to metal contact without a lubricant will...over time...cause wear...

I had an issue, one time with grease on a duty pistol and it was Winter...I don't use it any more...should you stop using it???...certainly not...might I try it again...maybe but in almost 30 years of daily carry of the above named brands, I haven't seen wear to make me think I am doing it wrong using oil type products...(Mll-Comm, FP-10, Militec-1, Remoil, and most anything else I have found around the cleaning area...)

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