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At the risk of sounding like a complete newb, I just received my first Les Baer, an Ultimate Recon, yesterday. It's a beautiful gun. Put 180 rounds through it last night at work with no hiccups. My question is, there are lots of references to a break in period, about not cleaning your gun for the first so many rounds, and so on. However, I have not found anything specific. And yes, I used the search function. I was wanting to know if there is a recommended break in period (or number), how long to go before cleaning it, etc. Appreciate your help.

By the way, this will hopefully ultimately be my duty gun. We are authorized to carry Springers, Kimbers, Colts, and Rock Rivers. I have to get the blessing from the Chief, if so it will replace the Operator that I am currently carrying.
 

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Congrats on the new Baer and welcome to the forum.

I've read and been told anywhere from 300 to 500 rounds to "smooth the gun in" I just add a few drops of oil to the rails and barrel hood during that time at about each 100 rounds. It's worked well for all mine.

Tell your superiors that the folks at Rock River used to be Baer employees (well some anyway) thus you are getting a very high quality pistol.

Now keep shooting, oh and we need pictures both clean and dirty of the gun!!! ;)
 

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After I got mine, I called LB to clarify their suggested break in. I was told shoot about 500 rounds to mate the parts, and clean just like you would any other 1911.
 

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Being in Iowa, your chief should have no compunctions w/ blessing a Les Baer. :rock:
 

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RE: Baer Break in...

Thoroughly clean and properly re-lubricate your gun after every shooting, it will be broken in when you can pull the slide back without jamming the muzzle into a wooden post first to break it loose, it may take more than 500 rds. There are some people here that will lead you to believe that you shouldn't clean it until you have shot 12,000 rds through it, which may be an extreme view, it is a duty gun for you and a clean gun works better. The good thing about Baers is their tightness which means you can shoot thousands of rds through them and they still stay tight. Stay safe.
 

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After the first 250 rounds through my very tight Ultimate Master (1.5" guarantee), the first cleaning revealed metal shavings.
The racking of the slide is now reasonable and the gun is feeling just right. I consider it "broken in"
 

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pull the slide back, clean out the gunk and put a little Break Free on the rails.
Don't strip 'till you get to a t least 500.....more is better.
Clean out the extractor hole when you do strip......Les told me that the extractor should be cleaned at about 800......replace springs at 2,500
ENJOY
 

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My Stinger came with instructions to not clean for 300 rounds. I ran about 150 through it and it seemed "good to go" to me. The trigger was a little creepy, so I had that corrected and ran another 150 through it before cleaning. I did field strip, check and lube it before shooting and in-between those range trips, I just didn't clean it. I don't like a dirty pistol and honestly don't think running one that way helps anything, but I did because that's what it said.

My TRS had no such instructions with it when it came, but I did the same with it as well. Including having the creepy trigger corrected.. Cheers.. Ron

PS: Both pistols were tight to unlock before running them, but not to the point of "wacking them on the table" to open them..
 

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Based on this forum, I broke in my CC with 600 rounds before I stripped and cleaned. It was tough to wait that long to clean it but you could feel it "smoothing in". The trigger is still getting smoother after about 1800 rounds.
 

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I happen to clean my guns after every range shoot regardless of the round count. I now have 500 rounds through my Baer, have cleaned it 3 times and I think it is completely broken in. Never a single misfire and an overhand rack of the slide is a breeze.
Clean your gun....fun to do and makes functioning perfect.
Oh...please consider the finest product for cleaning/lubricating I've ever used. One Shot Cleaner/ Lube from Hornady. Wonderful stuff!

http://www.cabelas.com/p-0032432214927a.shtml
 

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Ultimate Recon

Garth House,

Would you mind posting some pics of your recon. I ordered one and like you, it will be my first LB. Sure would like to see what I'm in store for!

Thanks,
Kev
 

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I waited and cleaned at the recommended 500rds. A drop or two of oil in the right spots along the way.

I clean about 1000-1500rds now and its tight at lockup but once it comes back a half inch or so its smooth as all get out. The bushing is still stupid tight though at well past 5k rounds.

Not one malfunction due to the gun, one of the mags puked a follower into the breach once but that was eventually fixed. And no fault of the gun, it might of even happened when I was shooting my Brown. I dont remember now.

Mine might or might not be normal though. I mean after all the bluing is holding up as well as any other blued pistol Ive owned over the years.:biglaugh:
 

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"Break-in"? There's no such thing. The gun either runs, or it doesn't.

Once you can proclaim it "fit for carry", based on shooting your carry loads, it's good to go.

What happens to Baers is, they become "velvetized" after about 2000rds. There's just "something" that happens to them at this point that can't be otherwise described. They just get silky-smooth and run like a swiss watch.

The best way to "break in" a Baer is to run is dirty for the first 1000rds; keeping the feed ramp and extractor tunnel clean and keeping impact surfaces (rails, etc.) "wet".
 

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I've never heard a scientific explaination of why you shouldn't clean your gun until it's broken in. It would probably help to shoot it some first so that everything isn't so tight and sticky that you need to hammer the parts back together. Aside from that, don't worry about not heeding the dire warning against cleaning your gun before you've shot it some certain hundred numbers of times and thus unleashing an unspeakable evil from the depths of the earth to plague mankind in retribution for your insolent transgression. It's just metal.

...Or is it?
 

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Do not confuse "do not clean for 500 rounds" with "do not lube". Lube it, shoot it, don't worry about it. Les means (I believe I spoke to the Lady at Baer long ago about this) just do not strip down and clean. I telephoned Baer as there was nothing in my Baer Papers that indicated this procedure. Seems to be everywhere on the net though. Does it say anything about that procedure in your papers? Just lube it, soon enough 10 boxes will be through it. I have a Mono Heavy that I've always cleaned and lubed. It has ran flawlessly for several thousand rounds.
 

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I've never heard a scientific explaination of why you shouldn't clean your gun until it's broken in. It would probably help to shoot it some first so that everything isn't so tight and sticky that you need to hammer the parts back together. Aside from that, don't worry about not heeding the dire warning against cleaning your gun before you've shot it some certain hundred numbers of times and thus unleashing an unspeakable evil from the depths of the earth to plague mankind in retribution for your insolent transgression. It's just metal.

...Or is it?
I wondered about this too, so I called LB a few months ago, and asked him about the 'no clean' break-in procedure. He said there is no such recommended procedure, and that you should clean your Les Baer "just like you would any other 1911" during break-in.
 

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My TRS was broken in somewhere between first and third rounds fired. I like wet rails on new pistols, TRS is blue steel so I used Militec. Wait 500 rounds for cleaning per manual, but I kept it wet. A drop on barrel lugs & link pin, drop on the barrel at bushing, a drop on bushing at slide,a few more here n there.

Did I say per manual? I meant to say per Manuel, hes the landscaper, and is x spurt on ..well everything.
 
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