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I have a 1911 style pistol. How often should I clean it? I keep hearing after every 100 rounds, is this the best method?

Also what oil and lube is reccomended? I am a novice, and do not feel safe doing a detailed strip when the time comes, any suggestions?

Thanks for the help

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Jon, use the search function and enter "lube" or lubrication". You will find a lot of posts relating to what is "best". (Hint - there isn't a best, just personal preference...)

Cleaning every 100 rds. may be slightly overkill, but there is no such thing as cleaning TOO often. Generally, every 200-300 rds. when shooting lead, or 400-500 when shooting jacketed is acceptable.

Use this website for some detailed disassembly instructions (and other useful info)...
www.m1911.org
 

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Originally posted by shane45-1911:
Jon, use the search function and enter "lube" or lubrication". You will find a lot of posts relating to what is "best". (Hint - there isn't a best, just personal preference...)
Now that's silly Shane. Of course there is a best and that's what I use. Don't listen to Shane, he's from Canada and pokes people with pointy sticks and stuff.
 

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if you're as obsessed as most of us are (it's not a BAD thing, is it?) you will clean it everytime you shoot. i love to keep mine lookin' pretty at all times. don't freak out too much if you forget to clean it one night after a couple hundred rounds. also, break your baby in a bit before worrying about failures to feed/extract etc... i use break free clp as a cleaner and follow up with any type of gun oil available. as long as you keep it lubed (but not over-lubed) and clean it should break in just fine. good luck with your pistol and enjoy shootin'.

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Thanks everyone

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Hey BOLANTEJ. you do not use any grease on it? I read up on the break-free, sounds like some good stuff. Might have to give it a try.

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For good feeding on a new gun take some #600 sandpaper and lighlty polish the feed ramp and the inside of the chamber throat. I clean mine every time I shoot. Best lube is Tetra Gun lube (get it from Brownells). I also recommend a shok-buff to protect the frame (also Brownells).

As for stripping the gun: does youres have a full-length solid guide rod and bushing? If so, you can drill a 1/16" take down hole in the rod that makes it very easy to take the rod and spring out as a captive assembly. I can give this info later if you need it.
 

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My gun has a full legnth rod. It is a Para P-13 (commander size). Brownell's said the shok-buff is not for use in the officers ACP model. Does mine fall into this category? I was thinking that it does.

I do not want to drill a hole in anything, but thanks for the help


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