Keeping semi-auto firearms running smooth and efficiently is easy if a little care is given in cleaning and lubing.
You should always follow your owner’s manual for cleaning your particular autoloader, but hear how a couple of experts recommend for cleaning and proper lubing.
Advice from a firearms Instructor, Tiger McKee
- Use a combination of grease and oil in moderate temperatures and for a firearm that is carried and ready for use
- Oil, on its own, doesn’t work very well because it will dry out and wick away
- Grease dries out and leaves a residue
- Lubrication is a very serious subject, not having the weapon lubed properly will cause premature wear and eventually stoppages and malfunctions
Here’s McKee’s go-to strategy:
1) Apply a coat of Mil-Comm TW25B grease
2) Rub it into the metal until there is no white, the color of the grease
3) Over that, apply a light coat of oil, Slip 2000 EWL
Advice from a competitive Shooter, Medrick Northrop
- Modern isn’t always better; if a product worked well then, it will work well now
- Use the high-tech lubes lightly
- Tend to surfaces on your gun that show evidence of metal-to-metal contact or any slide surface, usually identified by shiny or slick areas
Here’s Northrop’s go-to strategy:
1) Use CLP [Break Free’s Cleaner, Lubricant and Preservative] on the outer components such as the bore and chambers
2) Lightly oil all other parts that move or may move infrequently, such as movable parts of sighting systems
3) Let the oil sit, come back in a few days and re-rod the barrel and chamber
4) Apply a light coat of Mobil 1 grease to the innards such as the rails, bolts, bolt carriers, sear contact, etc.