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Old October 2nd, 2011, 09:41 AM   #1
 
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Question Ruger LC9 Maintenance

Hey guys,

I'm brand new to this forum, and to firearm ownership.
I just completed my NM CCW course. We did cover cleaning/maintenance of modern semi-auto pistols, but I wanted to check in here as well. I searched the forums for "LC9 Maintenance" but returned 500 results, most of which were irrelevant. So I wanted to run my cleaning and maintenance regimen by some experienced Ruger owners to see what you thought! Here goes:
  1. First, I disassemble my weapon into guide rod, spring, frame, barrel, and slide.
  2. Then I use Birchwood-Casey Gun Scrubber spray on the inner portions of the slide, and in the barrel
  3. Next, I take "Hoppes #9" on an old toothbrush and scrub the slide and the upper portions of the frame that contact the slide. Then I wipe with old cotton t-shirt strips until they don't turn black.
  4. Then, I run a 9mm Bore Snake through the barrel.
  5. Next, I take a patch soaked in Hoppes #9 and run it through the barrel. Then I run patches through the barrel until they come out clean.
  6. Once the patches come out clean, then I dip my bore brush in Hoppes #9 and pass it through several times, then dry/wipe out excess with patches.
  7. Finally, I use Gun Scrubber directed in the area under the hammer and into the trigger assembly.

That completes my cleaning. Anything I am missing?

Now, on to maintenance:
  1. Once all parts are clean, I use Q-tips to lightly apply Safari Land "CLP" to the slide rails, barrel hood, barrel lugs, area under the hammer (can't remember the term), and then I put one small drop into the trigger assembly.
  2. I then reassemble the weapon, and rack/release the slide 10x to spread the CLP out.

Anyone have any suggestions there? Is the CLP ok to use as a lube (it's a really thin, almost machine oil-like viscosity)? I have heard that Wilson Combat Ultima-II universal thick lube is good too.

Thank you in advance for your replies. I can tell this LC9 is a quality firearm and I want it to last!

Very excited to be a part of the Ruger community!

As a side note, my father in law had a Security Six that lasted him over 20 years (it finally 'died' when he travelled out of town and let it rust up).



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Old October 2nd, 2011, 12:22 PM   #2
 
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If its difficult powder I use Hoppes,other than that C-96 gets the job done and a fine film will last a long time.
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 01:42 PM   #3
 
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Welcome from the Heart of Texas. Your cleaning system looks OK to me. I don't use CLP, but everyone has their favorite brands etc.
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 03:45 PM   #4
 
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Thanks for the info, guys.
Does anyone know anything about Wilson Combat Ultima Lube II? It is like a thicker, pink lube product that they demonstrate using their 1911s. Would it work on the LC9?

And shady, what do you use over CLP?
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Sounds like you have your cleaning routine down pat with your LC9. My technique with my LC9 is similar but perhaps not quite so thorough. Welcome to the forum.
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Very similar to what I do. I also own Sigs and they now ship with a small tube of Mil-Comm TW25b grease for use on the rails. I've learned to love the stuff and a very little goes a long way. I now use it on all my firearms and couldn't be happier. Bore gets Hoppes #9 and everything but rails/slide gets CLP.

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Hey guys,

Great responses, thank you much!

@Rock Bottom-
So you use grease? Does that gum up the weapon?

Also, has anyone used militec-1? They were giving out free 0.5 oz tubes at the local gun show and I picked up one. Deciding whether or not to use it.
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Welcome to club!

I use Hoppes #9, but I follow it with some Rem Oil. I also usually take a small drop of Rem oil and let it run down each rail groove of the slide, and wipe away the excess. Keeps things smooth
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Hey guys,

Great responses, thank you much!

@Rock Bottom-
So you use grease? Does that gum up the weapon?

Also, has anyone used militec-1? They were giving out free 0.5 oz tubes at the local gun show and I picked up one. Deciding whether or not to use it.
Yes I do and no, it doesn't. It is a very light/thin synthetic grease and a very little goes a long way. A very thin coat is used...light enough that when you touch it a light fingerprint is left behind. It does not gum up or attract debris. It does, however, stay where I put it as to not run like a liquid lubricant would. It stays on the rails/slide. Very good stuff.

I have tried Militec-1 and still have some. It's good, but I do not like the application process. It actually bonds to the metal and requires heat to do so. It is recommended to apply, fire the weapon (generate heat) then clean/reapply. After a few applications, it's said that it is treated and cleaning will be easier and the metal will be protected. Some have used hair driers or heat guns to heat up the metal for application without firing, but all that just seems like a lot of work to me.

I've heard good things about Slide-Glide as well.

The bottom line is this- if you ask 100 people, you'll likely get 100 different answers. The important thing is that you use something. Keep your gun clean and properly lubricated and it will serve you well.

Good luck.

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I just applied Militec-1 today. Took about 30 minutes to clean thoroughly with Hoppes #9, then burnish the oil in, heat with hair dryer, wipe, reassemble, and repeat (as suggested by Militec for initial app).

Heading to the range in about an hour or two with:
100 rounds USAAmmo.com FMJ 115gr reloads
50 rounds Federal FMJ 115gr

I'll see how it feels compared to CLP; I used to use CLP and had good results with it, so it'll be an interesting comparison.

Cheers!
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So, fired 125 rounds at the range. Did not notice any difference in the feel of the action between CLP and Militec 1. Based on the expense of militec, the hassle of applying it, and the stink (must have some vegetable oil in it), I will stick with BF CLP.

The only I did notice, however, with the CLP spray, is that a little bit goes a LOOONNNG way. Sprayed some on yesterday after the range, wiped down, and it's still seeping out around the pins in the frame, the trigger, etc.
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good info. will keep your process (LCPNewMexico) in mind when i go for my first cleaning.
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