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Old June 6th, 2011, 02:18 AM   #1
 
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Cleaning the LC9

I have always owned Glocks, Berettas, 1911's and Ruger revolvers such as the GP-100, and when it came time to clean them, I completely disassembled them and cleaned them up good.

With my new LC9, I am limited in disassembly. I do the basic field strip and thats it.

I am concerned that over time the firing pin channel, behind the extractor and the trigger asembly will become filled with gunk.

Anyone else share this concern? The last time I cleaned it, I used the aresol cleaner/degreaser and just blasted away at everything, but the firing pin channel is hard to clean because of limited access.



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Old June 6th, 2011, 03:20 AM   #2
 
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I had a great deal of light primer strikes, and I suspect that "gunk" in the firing pin channel had something to do with it. Even the SR9Cs are known to have light strikes because of gunk in the channel, and Ruger has a video on thier website to instuct you how to remove the striker pin. Unfortuately the striker pin on the LC9 cannot be removed without removing several roll pins and a punch. What you've done seems to be the only practical solution. I too would like to hear of anybody elses idea on how to make sure the channel can be cleaned and kept clean.
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I had a great deal of light primer strikes, and I suspect that "gunk" in the firing pin channel had something to do with it. Even the SR9Cs are known to have light strikes because of gunk in the channel, and Ruger has a video on thier website to instuct you how to remove the striker pin. Unfortuately the striker pin on the LC9 cannot be removed without removing several roll pins and a punch. What you've done seems to be the only practical solution. I too would like to hear of anybody elses idea on how to make sure the channel can be cleaned and kept clean.
The LC9 is NOT a striker fired pistol. It has a hammer that hits a firing pin.
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The LC9 is NOT a striker fired pistol. It has a hammer that hits a firing pin.
You're right, thanks for the clarification.
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Personally I never have disassembled my firearms down to
the max.Like you,I field strip it down,and spray the
nooks and crannies out with a pressurized light lube,
such as rem-oil.It flushes all the gunky stuff out
and (I feel) leaves a decent lubricant in there to
protect the parts.That's what I do and I do that to
my LC9,SR9c,and LCP.Knock on wood,but I have never had a
misfire on any of these weapons.I only fire about 30 rounds through
each per trip,but my annual paid gun range is only a few blocks away.
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Personally I never have disassembled my firearms down to
the max.Like you,I field strip it down,and spray the
nooks and crannies out with a pressurized light lube,
such as rem-oil.It flushes all the gunky stuff out
and (I feel) leaves a decent lubricant in there to
protect the parts.That's what I do and I do that to
my LC9,SR9c,and LCP.Knock on wood,but I have never had a
misfire on any of these weapons.I only fire about 30 rounds through
each per trip,but my annual paid gun range is only a few blocks away.
I was always warned to never allow any lubricant into the firing pin channel. They are supposed to be kept dry.
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(I was always warned to never allow any lubricant into the firing pin channel. They are supposed to be kept dry.)
I can see the reasoning behind that.The least amout of resistance
the better?In my mind,the firing pins are made out of metal.
They rust,pit,and hang up just like any other part.I'm sure there are
pros and cons to it.Like I say I stay away from any heavy oils
around the firing pin.That's always worked for me.
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It would be nice if Ruger made the firing pin on the LC9 out of titanium. That would solve that problem.

The rest of parts are fairly easy to get to. I will continue to power blast the firing pin channel through the firing pin hole to keep it as clean as possible. If problems arise I will just have to figure out how to completely diassemble it.
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(It would be nice if Ruger made the firing pin on the LC9 out of titanium. That would solve that problem. )
Well,I was hoping you'd say that it "was" made out of Titanium.That really would be nice,and probably eliminate a lot of misfires due to grease restrictions.
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