How did time get away from me the way it did? Don’t do what I did!
OK, so my HD gun is a suppressed AR. I’ve never had an issue with the gun until yesterday. I played musical red dots with it this winter and had to sight it in. I tried to do that yesterday, yes, tried. The gun sat for quite some time unused, but ready to spring into action if needed. A year and half ago, in June, we had a cop killer running around in the back 40 and I took the rifle outdoors while I did chores. It sat some more until yesterday. I loaded a mag’ and chambered a round and fired it only to hear “click”. I checked the primer and it barely had an indentation. I figured the oil had done something funky and today took it apart. The gun was clean as a whistle, but the oil was thicker than it should have been. Cleaned it and relubed, and tested and got a satisfying bang each time.
I can’t help but think that I would have been very surprised if I had counted on it when that armed cop killer was on the hill, or if someone had broken in*. Lesson learned.
*As far as a break in it might not have been the end of the world since I have 2 handguns also available for that. But if pressed for time it could have been a disaster.
Thanks for posting. That’s a good reminder for everyone. Our EDC handguns are equally important too. My handgun is either carried on my body or in my vehicle every day. Both environments expose the gun to varying temperatures, sweat/moisture, lint, etc. None of those conditions are good for the gun or ammo. It’s amazing how much belly button lint can find its way into the gun. LOL
speaking of lube, I bought this stinkin crap a while back. i’m thinkin hey it’s got a dude with an AR, it’s gotta be good stuff, right? This crap stinks worse than a drunkard with sever gas after eatin a dozen boiled eggs. I actually thought I tossed this stinkin stuff. had to take the gun back apart and wipe all that off it. it was stinkin the house up.
I wish I could remember, but I can’t. It was a VERY long time since I last used the gun. I’m too embarrassed to actually guess at how long it’s been. I keep it under a loose fleece sock to keep dust off of it and forgot about the lube. Frankly even if I could remember the name of it I can’t fault the lube. It needs replenishment from time to time and the blame is on me. I know it was a synthetic, and synthetic lube is magical right? That’s what I must have been thinking, except they aren’t. They’re really good but not magical.
I need to check my EDC gun next. We’re getting hammered with a spring snowstorm so we’re not going anywhere for a few days. I’ll definitely have the time and no excuse. I better check the gun at my desk also.
That’s was mainly my curiosity to know. Got an old Remington 700BDL of dad’s. Haven’t touched it in 12 years other than to run an oil patch through & lightly oil the outside about every 6 months. I took it out to wipe down the other day & when I dry fired it, the trigger squeezed but felt gooey with a delayed click. I disassembled, decreased, cleaned & light coat of Weapons Shield synthetic oil . ALL is well now. I know dad always used Hoppes oil & it gets a little gummy after a while.
A friend of mine had started selling “gunzilla” so I bought a bottle. It’s vegetable oil based and he said it cleaned well, so what the heck. What I have found is that it turns to almost a heavy waxy sludge. I only use it now to wipe down the outside of a gun before I put it in the safe.
Can’t recall what it was I bought, but a sample sleeve of this came in the package awhile back. Been wanting to try it, but actually forgot I had it until I read your post. I’ve got an M9 that needs cleaned so hmm.