Should you clean your handgun after every use? Most modern-day service handguns are built to handle tremendous abuse; they’ll continue to function even when they’re filthy dirty. Just Google your favorite polymer pistol and the words “torture test.” So why not wait for a leap year to clean your handgun? Or simply don’t clean it at all?
Most folks clean their handguns because everybody tells them if they don’t the Baba-Yaga will come for them. That a dirty handgun is a hundred thousand times more like to malfunction than a squeaky clean pistol. You’ll aim your filthy firearm at the bad guy and…CLICK.
That ain’t it . . .
While a clean gun is a happy gun — and yes, somewhat less likely to stop working than a dirty gun — as long as you keep it lubricated, the main issue you face is simple wear and tear.
Guns are mechanical objects. Mechanical objects degrade with use. Parts can and will give out. It’s only a matter of time. Maybe a lot. Maybe a little. But there’s no avoiding it. In some…. If you
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