I have been using a flannel rag and some Break-Free CLP to wipe the finger prints off of my new Colt 1991A1 after I'm done handling/fondling it. A buddy here on the site recommended using a silicon rag instead, which I'm switching to.
But last week a local collector and FFL guy I talk to used a cotton rag with WD-40 on it to wipe the fingerprints off of his blued Remington-Rand 1911A1. I had always thought that WD-40 was a bad choice because I had been told that it contained water in the mixture (a corrosion worry).
But, the FFL told me WD-40 had never corroded anything of his, and that it was (is) a penetrant which made it a good choice (in case, say, pirspiration gets in under the grips after a day at the range). He also told me that silicon will build up over time, as will my gun oil (CLP). I had figured maybe laying off of the gun oil was in order just to keep dust off (and out).
So now he has me thinking about switching to WD-40 on a rag for wipe-down.
What do you think?
I wonder why we waste our lives here,
when we could run away to paradise.
But I am caught in some invisible vice
and I can't get away.
To live and die in L.A.