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Old 04-15-2018, 7:11 PM
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So being that it is polymer is there any cleaning solutions to avoid? How about some tips??
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Just to see I've thrown it in ATF, Kerosene, sprayed it with Brake Cleaner, spewed Hoppes all over it, you name it, dropped it in a pan with motor and just let it set ...

no problems, except the Glock Armorer told me to keep it dry, just a little oil or CLP ... a little ... on the rails and a spec between the trigger mechanism and the connector.

In any event, the barrel slides right out, and it's steel. Ain't no plastic on it.
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I have used Rem Oil, Ballistol, break free CLP, Tetra(?) and other gun-specific cleaners, no problems.

I would not use stronger solvents like acetone or methyl ethyl ketone.
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just like Tupperware.... dishwasher safe...
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no need to worry, will always function even with no oil, best stress free, worry free, maintenance free firearm around
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How about using an ultrasonic cleaner for everything after a field strip?
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ultrasonic is a good one, I do that after I give it a good wipe down to remove all the big stuff. just make sure you have some air to dry it off.
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When I'm cleaning the frame, I use a polymer-safe degreaser.
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just like Tupperware.... dishwasher safe...
This.
Also works for black powder revolvers... well, once at least.

Maybe it’s just me, but people around here really enjoy cleaning their guns...
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Maybe it’s just me, but people around here really enjoy cleaning their guns...
I'm beginning to see the same thing. While I enjoy the solitary task once in a while, cleaning guns is not how I'd prefer to spend my time.

OP, I use ballistol on most on most of my guns. Seems to work as well as the 100 or so other gun cleaners.
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I don't over-oil, so my Glocks clean up by wiping them with a rag.

What are you guys doing that you need solvents?
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This is how you clean a Glock. Watch very carefully.Multiple times if needed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1m6Qct68wo
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I’ll run a bore brush with Hoppes every 500 rds or so. Scrub metal parts too. Lube rail points and wipe everything else. Avoid getting solvent or oil into hole opposite the safety plunger...crap will accumulate and clog up where the striker sits. Even at 500 rds it’s probably overkill.
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Every couple of years, find a Glock days at a gun shop or a GSSF shoot. Take your gun in, and let the factory guys do what they need to do for free, then go shoot for a couple more years.
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Maybe there are different types of polymer that is used in pistol frames? Polymer 80 specifically warns against using anything with acetone in it as it will break polymer down or at least the type that they use in their Glock type frames.
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I use Hoppes or M Pro 7
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Wipe everything off with a dry rag.
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I clean the barrel with hoppes #9. The rest is just wiped down with a rag and scrubbed with a toothebrush. Then oil added to the rails and whatever little metal bits I see. Final oily rag wipe down of the slide and sights.

I’m fairly confident of the frame bent resistant to whatever I use when the barrel is really dirty if #9 is having a hard time but I try to keep solvents away from the fiber optic front sight.
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I have 1000's of rounds through my G30 and the only cleaner/lube I've ever used on it is CLP.

I use a poly bore brush, toothbrush, patches, and a little pointy stick (like a skewer) to push patches into the nooks and crannies. I pass a slightly oily patch through the cleaned barrel, add one drop of CLP on each rail, and one drop in the rear of the frame per the user's manual . . . done.
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So being that it is polymer is there any cleaning solutions to avoid? How about some tips??
The best method I have for servicing my Glocks is to use 91% rubbing alcohol as a cleaner degreaser and lube with Loctite C5-A copper anti seize. Nylon bristle bore brush and bore snake and a rag.
The alcohol gets into all of the crevasses and loosens the accumulated crap and carries it away. Dries up without leaving any residue. Good for trigger assembly.
Glock says (in the armorers manual) that there are only 7 points that should be lubed so I use the Loctite on a Q-tip and cover those areas with the bare minimum. It stays forever and doesn't migrate.
I am using the same tube of Loctite from 1990 so you understand how little you really need.
The Glock family of pistols are all forgiving so that"s why you see so many variations on the theme of servicing them posted here.
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I have 1000's of rounds through my G30 and the only cleaner/lube I've ever used on it is CLP.

I use a poly bore brush, toothbrush, patches, and a little pointy stick (like a skewer) to push patches into the nooks and crannies. I pass a slightly oily patch through the cleaned barrel, add one drop of CLP on each rail, and one drop in the rear of the frame per the user's manual . . . done.
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I use a toothbrush to scrub the frame with water and dish soap. I doubt it's even necessary to clean the frame unless you drop your gun in mud.
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Read the Glock Owners Manual or watch Hickok45 on YouTube.
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This is how you clean a Glock. Watch very carefully.Multiple times if needed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1m6Qct68wo
Thank you for the link, one of the greatest instructional videos ever!
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This is how you clean a Glock. Watch very carefully.Multiple times if needed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1m6Qct68wo
Somebody with minimum knowledge of gun cleaning directed the video. It is really generic to any semi automatic pistol.

Really the recoil spring? The Glock nomenclature is Recoil Spring Assembly and it is not necessary. Glocks require only two to four drops of oil. But you know that from reading the Glock Owners Manual.
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Somebody with minimum knowledge of gun cleaning directed the video. It is really generic to any semi automatic pistol.

Really the recoil spring? The Glock nomenclature is Recoil Spring Assembly and it is not necessary. Glocks require only two to four drops of oil. But you know that from reading the Glock Owners Manual.
My coworker and he husband bought a Glock 17 (and later a Glock 19 for her). They took it to the range and later she told be about this issue they had where the slide was "stuck open" and after much confusion and experimentation, they discovered that if you move that black square on the left side, the slide would move forward. This is despite me having taken them to the range a few times with my own Glock 17 to let them try out.

My first question was "Did you read the owners manual?" Uh, no they didn't. Yeah OK, it's a gun READ THE MANUAL. I explained slide lock to her and took her to the range that week to go over all the controls and asked her to buy a cleaning kit (huh? What's that?). I showed her how to field strip the gun and how to nominally clean it (at least the barrel) and how to put a few drops of oil on the rail guides.

Now, I thought that picking up a gun required a demonstration to the FFL that you knew how to operate the thing, but apparently it doesn't.

Seriously ... RTFM.
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Now, I thought that picking up a gun required a demonstration to the FFL that you knew how to operate the thing, but apparently it doesn't.

Seriously ... RTFM.
Ya, I hate to say it but this is exactly why there's a safe handling demonstration. People can't, or won't, RTFM.

Side note, I've never been asked to perform a safe handling demonstration. Most commonly, the employee would just ask me "You know how to operate this right?" And I'd say "Yeah", and that was that. I think I'm exempt from it now with my CCW, but I bought at least 4 handguns before that.
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^ Ha!

Swiffer works........Then a little lemon Pledge- slide only /grin
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1m6Qct68wo
She can clean my Glock anytime.

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I have read the manual many times, it only referrs to using a clp. I have found lots of useful information on this site hence the reason for this thread.
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Side note, I've never been asked to perform a safe handling demonstration. Most commonly, the employee would just ask me "You know how to operate this right?" And I'd say "Yeah", and that was that. I think I'm exempt from it now with my CCW, but I bought at least 4 handguns before that.
Before I was exempt from the safe handling demo, I too had been given the free pass. I'm certain this happens commonly for customers they recognize as frequent shoppers or those who appear to have gun handling skills already. Don't think that makes it right, but employees often try to cut corners
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She can clean my Glock anytime.

That person is making a living from skimpily clad gals doing simple tasks...clever idea....i had to subscribe to study their business model./grin

The comments are great.......

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So being that it is polymer is there any cleaning solutions to avoid? How about some tips??
- Cleaning solution to avoid : Never seen one.
- How about some tips: do NOT buy the gun cleaning solvent that the label print "DO NOT USE ON POLIMER" . (if you ever found one, let us know )
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Uh, the Mayan calendar .
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I think it's an absolute disgrace!!


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I would be willing to help with cleanup.......
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