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Guns only need to be cleaned when they need it or actually right before they need it. Improper cleaning and even proper cleaning to a lesser extent does cause wear. Minute amounts that may not be noticeable but wear nonetheless. Dirty guns with grit and crud can cause wear also so it's a balance.

Gun ownership can be a hobby and is for many of us. Part of that hobby is fondling your gun for fun and stripping it to play with it or get the dirty girl clean.

I would be interested in knowing how many car hobbyist wash their cars if they take it around the block or just for fun or change the oil after a few runs to the market. Also would like to know how you feel about your dishes, clothes or your teeth. Maybe your shoes, is it kiwi's best friend or your knives do they get cleaned after each use?

It's probably more philosophical and based on opinion. I clean my guns when I get a round to it but put more effort in if I feel they really need it every few range trips or so depending on round count (estimated).

My carry gun gets cleaned more often but I also take it to the range and empty the magazine to check function every once in a while. I know how to field strip or disassemble my guns and reassemble but can I be 100% sure everything is right. I know there will be a whole lot of you that say yea, absolutely I do. I know at least once I pulled the trigger and NOTHING. It wasn't a tap rack drill but turned into an impromptu one a tap and rack got me going again. I put a lot of thought into that since then. I now check my chamber regularly and smack my mag probably more often then I should. There's the theory of cracked primers but that's a whole 'nother story for another time.
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