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Ifticar
06-16-2009, 4:57 AM
I am not the woman with the point of view. This one is...

/my-dirty-little-secret-of-cleaning-guns (http://womenofcaliber.wordpress.com/2009/06/12/my-dirty-little-secret-of-cleaning-guns/)

I especially liked this method...

http://womenofcaliber.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/glocks-in-the-dishwasher.jpg?w=467&h=351

Lyte-
06-16-2009, 12:07 PM
I wonder if that works

Steyrlp10
06-16-2009, 12:32 PM
That's an upgrade from my bucket - lol!

Eckolaker
06-16-2009, 12:53 PM
Water won't hurt metal guns if it is dried and oiled properly immediately after words. I wouldn't do this with certain plastic parts or poor quality metal, but firearms with SS barrels/slides and so forth are just fine.

RogueSniper
06-16-2009, 1:07 PM
Have you ever watch "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!" with Stallone and Estelle Getty? She did almost the same thing! I think she took a 3M pad to one of his Blued Revolvers and said it was dirty and now it's nice and shiny!

HA!

http://www.videodetective.net/photos/081/003423_22.jpg

Trench Broom
06-16-2009, 11:41 PM
Well, polymer pistols ARE referred to in some circles as "Combat Tupperware", and seeing as Tupperware is dishwasher safe.....:rolleyes:

Khram
06-17-2009, 7:24 PM
Have you ever watch "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!" with Stallone and Estelle Getty? She did almost the same thing! I think she took a 3M pad to one of his Blued Revolvers and said it was dirty and now it's nice and shiny!

HA!

http://www.videodetective.net/photos/081/003423_22.jpg

I have seen this movie, in the theater too no less! Lots of nice guns and I think they use Rettings interior in a scene. Gun she "washes" appears to be a stainless Taurus.

I find many women and some men too dislike the smell of Hoppes 9. Some like it for nostalgic reasons it seems. I still use it a lot.

QuarterBoreGunner
06-17-2009, 9:15 PM
I have a friend that does this with his black powder revolvers; swears by it.

domokun
06-17-2009, 9:46 PM
This method works very well at stripping the cosmoline that's usually caked on in those C&R firearms. :)

taloft
06-17-2009, 10:20 PM
Call me crazy but, I don't like the concept of all the crap from my guns getting on my dishes. How'd she put it, "The modern day power of steam, soap, and dry heat." Yeah, someone might want to tell her that those don't always remove everything. Ever see a dish come out with food still stuck on it? Maybe if I had a dedicated machine to do this with.

Anyway, what about areas that are not easily accessible without doing a detail strip? I could see some serious rust forming in these areas even with an air compressor and WD40.

Khram
06-19-2009, 4:55 PM
I have a friend that does this with his black powder revolvers; swears by it.

I use extremely hot soapy water to clean corrosive milsurp ammo residue but not in dishwasher! Is your friend married, I doubt it!

QuarterBoreGunner
06-19-2009, 6:25 PM
Ah, yeah he is indeed single.

aplinker
06-19-2009, 8:44 PM
Call me crazy but, I don't like the concept of all the crap from my guns getting on my dishes. How'd she put it, "The modern day power of steam, soap, and dry heat." Yeah, someone might want to tell her that those don't always remove everything. Ever see a dish come out with food still stuck on it? Maybe if I had a dedicated machine to do this with.

Anyway, what about areas that are not easily accessible without doing a detail strip? I could see some serious rust forming in these areas even with an air compressor and WD40.

Bake at 250F

BunnySlayer
06-19-2009, 10:49 PM
God this thread is just wrong! I will not even concieve of doing this. All the hair will fall from my chest and I will be haunted by the ghost of John Moses Browning until I die an agonizing and humiliating death involving kitchen appliances. No No No No! I wont do it I wont!

Steyrlp10
06-20-2009, 7:39 AM
God this thread is just wrong! I will not even concieve of doing this. All the hair will fall from my chest and I will be haunted by the ghost of John Moses Browning until I die an agonizing and humiliating death involving kitchen appliances. No No No No! I wont do it I wont!


Lol... sounds like a way to put Nair out of business! Less painful than waxing?

Big D
06-22-2009, 8:27 PM
I had a frend who worked at an indoor range who told me that's how they cleaned their rentals. I've thought about doing it before but two things kept me from trying it.
1. dishwashers get pretty hot on their drying cycle and I don't want any polymer parts on my guns melting.
2. Most importantly I don't want any lead contaminating my dishes.

gunn
06-23-2009, 8:51 AM
Call me crazy but, I don't like the concept of all the crap from my guns getting on my dishes. How'd she put it, "The modern day power of steam, soap, and dry heat." Yeah, someone might want to tell her that those don't always remove everything. Ever see a dish come out with food still stuck on it? Maybe if I had a dedicated machine to do this with.

Anyway, what about areas that are not easily accessible without doing a detail strip? I could see some serious rust forming in these areas even with an air compressor and WD40.

I use the dishwasher to clean off my Romy G wood sets. Of course, it helps to have a dishwasher at the office -- and a sympathetic office manager who knows how much MORE hell I'd catch from my wife if I used the one at home.

We just run it another cycle empty to get any additional chemicals out.
-g

HK Dave
06-23-2009, 9:15 AM
You've got to be kidding me.. people really do this?

domokun
06-23-2009, 1:05 PM
You've got to be kidding me.. people really do this?

Yes, people really do this.

rimfire17
06-26-2009, 12:53 PM
I find many women and some men too dislike the smell of Hoppes 9. Some like it for nostalgic reasons it seems. I still use it a lot.

I use Hoppes, too. It takes me back to helping my father clean guns when I was a kid. I love the smell!

Hot water is useful for black powder. But the foamy black powder clean is the best. I doubt we could get the Brown Bess or Long Rifle in a dishwasher!

highpowermatch
06-26-2009, 3:30 PM
works great! just don't forget to remove them before she goes to empty the dish washer!!!!!

jazman
06-26-2009, 4:18 PM
Actually, for stainless wheel guns it works quite well. I'd suggest taking off the stocks first.

GhillieGuy
06-29-2009, 2:45 AM
i really hope no one did this to those glocks..

pax
06-29-2009, 12:43 PM
Husbands and boyfriends are useful for cleaning guns. :) Probably not brothers though, they'd probably tell you to clean it yourself!

ojisan
06-29-2009, 1:06 PM
I use Hoppes, too. It takes me back to helping my father clean guns when I was a kid. I love the smell!

Do you just pour the Hoppes into the liquid soap auto-dispenser thingy?
:confused:


:p

Turbinator
06-29-2009, 3:57 PM
+1 on the fear of lead residue getting onto your dishes. Next step is it gets into your system, and before you know it, you have a lead poisoning problem. Worst case, your kids (if you have any) damage their neurological systems and it's irreversible.

I would just continue to clean guns the old fashioned way, except the dish soap and old toothbrush method I personally use on my Glock frame. This seems to be ok and the lead residue does not find its way back into my system..

Turby

M. Sage
06-30-2009, 6:23 PM
I have a friend that does this with his black powder revolvers; swears by it.

Black powder is corrosive, and lots of hot soapy water is just the fix. ;)

trashman
07-26-2009, 9:27 PM
Black powder is corrosive, and lots of hot soapy water is just the fix. ;)

I thought that the threat from black powder is its hygroscopicity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hygroscopy) - namely that it absorbs water and so the corrosion would result from that...

--Neill

chickenfried
07-26-2009, 9:35 PM
I don't see it. Wouldn't the crap the dishwasher didn't remove stay on the gun just like it did on the dish? My dishwasher looks pretty spic and span after a wash. I'm still not doing it though :p

Call me crazy but, I don't like the concept of all the crap from my guns getting on my dishes. How'd she put it, "The modern day power of steam, soap, and dry heat." Yeah, someone might want to tell her that those don't always remove everything. Ever see a dish come out with food still stuck on it? Maybe if I had a dedicated machine to do this with.

nick
07-26-2009, 9:44 PM
Glocks can take it.

nick
07-26-2009, 9:47 PM
Husbands and boyfriends are useful for cleaning guns. :) Probably not brothers though, they'd probably tell you to clean it yourself!

Apparently not. We (boyfriends) don't clean it well enough, and until we learn how to make the guns spotless, we're banned from using them :)

asnlady
08-22-2009, 8:43 PM
She owns a lot of guns.


I guess I'm stating the obvious.

Ladybird
08-22-2009, 11:04 PM
I find many women and some men too dislike the smell of Hoppes 9. Some like it for nostalgic reasons it seems. I still use it a lot.

Yep. I'm sensitive to certain smells. Luckily, the husband loves cleaning guns so I don't have to. :)

okimreloaded
01-01-2010, 1:18 AM
I have heard of people doing this to glocks before and they can take it. i read a glock torture test where a guy dunked it in wet baby powder and then shot it- rinsed it off in a bucket of dirty water and kept going.

mather911
01-04-2010, 8:52 AM
My wife loves to go shooting, she hunts with me as well. She helps field dress the deer and with butchering. She keeps us fed and stocked up on supplies. No complaints from me if I have to clean all the guns. Besides nobody cleans them to my expectations anyway, so I prefer to do it myself.

I have to admit, it is awful sexy to watch your wife crank off a few rounds from a 50 cal Hawken, lay that down and tear up the paper with an SKS. Her favorite gun is the SKS. I am thinking about getting her an AR in the .223, I have no doubt that she would really like that.

redneckshootist
01-06-2010, 9:26 PM
You've got to be kidding me.. people really do this?

well lets see what I have done.... guns in the dishwasher, transfer case and transmission parts in the dishwasher, complete firearms in the oven to bake on paint finishes, barrels in the freezer, brass in the washing machine followed by sticking it in the oven to dry it fast....

luckystrike
01-07-2010, 4:50 AM
oh no I see an M9 in the picture......poor pistols:[

JaMail
01-07-2010, 5:56 AM
blah, whats the difference between it being in a 300 degree trunk for a couple hours out in the sun in palm springs or corona?

wow, people scared of water hurting their guns..


i mentioned in another thread, this is how they had us clean our m16a1's in basic training after excercises in the rain and mud, we would string the parts on a hanger and dunk them in big barrels of boiling water a couple of times, then dunk them in warm water to rinse, then under cold water to final rinse, then we would wipe them down and oil them up..

diginit
01-31-2010, 7:54 PM
This will eventually strip the blued finish from the guns. Great idea though.
If you like bare metal that will rust overnight.

arose789
02-02-2010, 11:46 PM
That is awesome. I wish that method worked =)

devilinblack
03-04-2010, 7:47 PM
I've never tried that with any handguns, but we used to take the M2's and Mk19's to the car wash after a trip to the range back when I was in the army. Hot soapy water is good for removing the grunge and will make final cleaning and oiling with CLP easier.

I have however run many of the aluminum parts off of my car engine through my dishwasher with no ill effects for the parts or the washer.

ElvenSoul
03-04-2010, 7:51 PM
This method works very well at stripping the cosmoline that's usually caked on in those C&R firearms. :)

I was going to say SKS lovers have been doing this for awhile.