Handguns I lube once after shooting, put them back in their boxes or cases and fuhgetaboutit. My long guns need more care because most contact the fabric in the safes. Those I'll go over once a year(ish).How often do you folks lube your 1911 pistol if it hasn't been fired? Does it hurt the pistol to repeatedly field strip it, if it doesn't need to be cleaned?
This is what I do. Never had an issue.Lube it when it needs it. The gun does not need to be torn down to lube. frogfurr said it well - a few drops from a needle oiler is all most guns need. After field stripping to clean lube the bushing and barrel lugs and slide rails. A little oil goes a long way.
Having lived two blocks off the beach in Galveston in the late '90's, I'll second this. 'Bout freaked out when I say the bores of my rifles - safely in cases under the bed - after living there for 6mos.! 😲If you’re in a high humidity area and seaside, I’d field strip it at least 3x yearly if it isn’t used.