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Why You Should Shoot Your Gun AFTER Cleaning it


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The title sounds pretty confusing, shoot your gun after cleaning?  Wouldn’t that negate the entire cleaning?

The idea is, that after take apart your gun to clean it, you have to put it back together and perform a function check, but since you don’t actually fire it, you aren’t 100% sure that the gun works.

In several law enforcement courses I have taken I have heard anecdotal stories of an unnamed police officer that has some essential piece inside their pistol break during cleaning at the annual firearm re-qualification, carried the inoperable firearm all year and never knew it did not work until the next year’s range.

I cannot verify the story.  It sounds like a 1 in a million stroke of bad luck.  However, what can it hurt to shoot your gun after cleaning it?

Especially since many glock owners take the marketing hype of glock seriously and never clean their firearms.  Seriously, a single round in a clean gun in modern times won’t impact anything – we aren’t talking about corrosive ammo in a WWII bolt gun.

I do think this is a little on the high odds side of things, BUT – getting in a gunfight is also on the high odds against side of things and I still prepare for it.

Gun cleaning is important and I have several posts on this topic.  If you want to know how to make your own cleaning kit or you want a gun maintenance PDF download, or just some basic information on gun cleaning – I have that information at your fingertips.


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  1. Fouling shots were originally performed to ensure all excess oils or solvents were literally blown out of the bore. Today, when one uses a quality solvent/lubricant, such as Gunzilla or others, and applies it correctly, leaving the bore clean and dry, fouling shots are totally unnecessary. This is also true of post cleaning shots to ensure proper functioning. The purpose of a function check after one reassembles a firearm, is to ensure the weapon was properly reassembled so that properly dry fires. If it does not, the operator should again disassemble the piece and attempt to find the issue and correct. With today’s metallurgy, extremely rare is the case that a dry fire or cleaning reassembly would cause an internal part to break and cause a malfunction during live fire.

    As far as those who don’t clean their firearms/weapons, anyone who doesn’t shouldn’t own one. It’s dangerous not to perform field strip cleaning. However, as a long time owner of Glock pistols as well as Colt, Browning, Ruger, S&W, and others, I can say without favoritism, that every side arm I’ve owned (as well as rifles of various manufacture) will function for quite some time extremely well when cleaning is not appropriate due to situational constraints (it should go without saying that when cleaning is not feasible, the operator should still function check the piece and ensure the bore isn’t obstructed by anything at any time). A seasoned shooter, however, will clean his firearms whenever possible post shooting session, especially when the amount of rounds put down range is in the hundreds.

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