I would have to assume everyone here has some sort of daily carry. From a pocket knife to a pistol. Maybe even a few are like myself and have a rifle.
Well here is something to think about… if you daily carry a firearm, you need to have a routine of cleaning it beyond just swabbing out the barrel.
ForFor the most part, this is my daily carry. A Sig P229r Scorpion in 40 S&W… if I am not carrying this, it is a Glock or a different sig.
Anyway… I do a complete takedown about every 4 months.
Now I do clean my side arm about once a week, maybe every 2 weeks. Take off the slide, clean the barrel, slide, wipe out the frame, blow out the parts with compressed air.
This is why you really have to be diligent… grime like this can great effect the reliability of your firearm.
I noticed when I pushed in the mag release it was just not smooth. The regular session with the Q tips were just not doing it. So… apart it comes.
If you do not have the training or the tools to take your firearm apart, 100% to clean it, take it to someone who can.
It is important… it should not be overlooked… lint, grit, and other junk can get into the mechanical system and at worst, prevent reliable operation or create a complete failure of the system.
So please… get your firearms really clean. Your life may depend on it.