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Old September 11th, 2011, 07:18 PM   #1
 
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First Time Cleaning SR9c

Hi Guys,

I'm new to the forum and new to firearms of any type. I've decided to get an SR9c as it seems to be a great all around gun from all I read (and I dont plan on having multiple guns).

Anyways, I know from reading around that I'm supposed to do a thorough cleaning of it before shooting it for the first time. I see people mentioning different chemicals to use but no real instructions on how to use them. Would it be possible for someone to help me out? A set of instructions on what to clean with and what order to use them and what each does would be great. I've read breakfree CLP is good but do I spray, let it rest, wipe and spray again or just spray and let it rest? I'm looking into buying the Kleenbore Gun Care Classic Handgun Kit (.38/.357/9mm) from amazon as well as the BreakFree CLP. What's everyones opinion on the Kleenbore kit? Do I need anything else? What's the opinion on using Qtips or other cotton swabs for wiping? After cleaning should I blast it with compressed again? Should I leave the striker pin lubricated, I've read not to lubricate cause it attracts dust and to lubricate it cause it needs to slide freely.

I'm sorry if these are all noob questions I'd just like to be preped with all materials before I purchase the SR9c.

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Old September 11th, 2011, 07:25 PM   #2
 
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Welcome from Cleveland Ohio. I also own an SR9c I love it definately clean it to get out the factory lubricant. As far as cleaners everyone has an opinion on what to use. I use ballistol it's an all in one cleaner and works for me. Check out some YouTube videos on cleaning your gun. Enjoy the SR9c at the range it shoots amazing.
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Tommy is right, there are as many theories on cleaning as there are cleaners. Just about any kit with a rod and brushes will give you what you need and a bore snake can come in handy for quick barrel cleaning.

Check out the Ruger Tech Tips for how to break down, clean and reassemble your SR9c. RugerŪ SR9c

The thing about products like CLP is that they both Clean, Lubricate and Protect the metal. I use buckets of it. Great for any metal surfaces, but I don't put it IN the barrel, where I only use Hoppe's #9.

I use Q-tips to get into the little channels, and finish everything by going back over it with patches. If using cotton balls or Q tips you need to use care that none of the fibers come loose in the internals. I go through a LOT of q-tips.

A new gun I'll coat parts with CLP and let it sit for a day, repeat it and let it sit for another day. Then wipe everything down, leaving a light sheen of CLP and reassemble. CLP will bond with the metal and offer some lasting protection and lubrication.

Some points, like the rails still get some grease as well.

I coat the barrel interior with Hoppes #9, let it sit overnight and then use a bore brush and patches to clean it.

Works for me and I never have problems with fouling causing problems with any of my guns, but I'm sure someone will be along shortly to explain why I'm doing it all wrong.
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Check this out. I use this product on all my weapons and I love it:

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Good video I've never heard of that product before.
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Good video I've never heard of that product before.
I found it when I was looking for a cleaner that won't give my wife a headache. LOL. I used Hoppe's for a bit, but wife wouldn't let me clean my weapons in the house.
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I found it when I was looking for a cleaner that won't give my wife a headache. LOL. I used Hoppe's for a bit, but wife wouldn't let me clean my weapons in the house.
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You're trying to get me in trouble with the wife, aren't you?
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You're trying to get me in trouble with the wife, aren't you?
I want it for my car and office
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Hi Guys,

I'm new to the forum and new to firearms of any type. I've decided to get an SR9c as it seems to be a great all around gun from all I read (and I dont plan on having multiple guns).

Anyways, I know from reading around that I'm supposed to do a thorough cleaning of it before shooting it for the first time. I see people mentioning different chemicals to use but no real instructions on how to use them. Would it be possible for someone to help me out? A set of instructions on what to clean with and what order to use them and what each does would be great. I've read breakfree CLP is good but do I spray, let it rest, wipe and spray again or just spray and let it rest? I'm looking into buying the Kleenbore Gun Care Classic Handgun Kit (.38/.357/9mm) from amazon as well as the BreakFree CLP. What's everyones opinion on the Kleenbore kit? Do I need anything else? What's the opinion on using Qtips or other cotton swabs for wiping? After cleaning should I blast it with compressed again? Should I leave the striker pin lubricated, I've read not to lubricate cause it attracts dust and to lubricate it cause it needs to slide freely.

I'm sorry if these are all noob questions I'd just like to be preped with all materials before I purchase the SR9c.

Thanks
You can go to "Ruger Videos" on the Ruger website. It will give you detail demostrtion on cleaning your weapon. Check it out and enjoy your gun!!!
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thanks a lot for the tips guys. I'll have to check out the rugger videos tomorrow. Checked today price for the sr9c at one store and was told 450 +tax but I know another one is selling for 410 maybe 1/2 hour from me so I'll have to check that place out later on. Maybe I'm being a little impatient but I just cant wait to have the sr9c as my first gun. Held one at a gun shop yesterday and loved the feel, wasnt a fan of the store so I'll check another one out where I'd feel more comfortable to try different ones. I do have to say, this other site I visit has 2 guys selling different guns, an XD9sc with 4 extra mags for $400 and someone else has a PX4 storm compact for 500 with 7 mags and carrying case(fits all 7 mags and other accessories). What's all your opinions on them? I know its a ruger site but we can all be logical (hopefully).
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Welcome to the forum from southern Arizona. I'm sure you'll enjoy the forum and that new SR9c. I have an SR9c in black and have really enjoyed it - it's a great shooting gun! Use the videos as guides for cleaning and you'll do fine.
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Welcome from Australia. Great place to be, you will like it here.
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