I know I'm not the only one who religiously cleans their guns after shooting. I see my handgun as a tool and treat it as such, but I also keep it cleaned and oiled.
I recently went shooting with my buddy who's handgun (Glock 19) was filthy. He said he "enjoys" the gritty trigger pull and has no interest in cleaning his gun completely. He has the same idea that his gun is a tool, but differs in that he doesn't care to keep it clean.
Every so often I will take my gun down to the bones and clean every part.
What do you think /k/?
I bent the spring on the slide catch reinstalling it once after a detail strip.
I'm not fanatical anymore about cleaning but that was the only problem i had.
These days I think it's best to just field strip it and maybe rinse the action with oil occasionally. I maintain the gun but rarely detail strip anymore, I think it does more harm than good, more changes to damage a small piece, scratch something or strip a screw, whatever. I just wipe the frame and slide down, clean the barrel and lube now.
I will say I do remove the cylinder to clean the revolver after every shoot.
Summed it up pretty well. There just isn't a point to cleaning them all the time. Gun is fine. If it's malfunctioning then sure but why mess with it? Modern guns don't run better when detail cleaned and one could even argue that grit and grime is good for smoothing them out since surfaces are naturally polished by the fine abrasives that accumulate. It's your gun so what the fuck ever but you're wasting your time and opening the door to fucking things up for no reason other than being a sperg.
>probably do more harm than good to the weapon
here's your cracker, parrot
Cleaning machinery doesn't harm it. You don't need to detail strip the gun every time, but if you shoot a lot you do need to occasionally. By the time you have corrosion or pitting on the visible pieces, those small springs and internals are already fucked.
As for "compulsive cleaning", basic takedown and wiping the residue off, then lightly oiling, is what most people mean when they talk about cleaning a gun after shooting. Nothing about this is damaging.
People like the guy OP is talking about are just lazy.