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    Cleaning and preserving a new PT1911

    Hello all, I have a couple questions regarding the cleaning aspects of my new 1911. Just bought it yesterday, and plan on firing it tomorrow. It is a standard black Taurus, blued steel.

    1.) I went through and cleaned off the outside of the gun with Remoil/cotton patches the best I could. A lot of nasty black residue came off, I'm assuming that's the packing grease. Do I need to fully field strip and clean out the barrel before I even shoot once? Or should I do this immediately after my first 50 or so rounds at the range?

    2.) I'm using FMJ as was directed for the first couple rounds. How many rounds of ball ammo should I put through before I switch over to some hollow points?

    3.) Is there any detailed videos/pictures showing exactly where to clean and properly lube the gun (probably after I've field stripped it)? Is applying Remoil before putting away in the case sufficient for protecting the outside of the gun, or should I be using something else?

    Thanks for all the help!

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    Re: Cleaning and preserving a new PT1911

    Congrats on your new PT1911 and welcome to the forum. Those are all good questions and someone should be along shortly to show you the ropes and get you off on the right foot with your 1911.
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    Re: Cleaning and preserving a new PT1911

    You really should field strip it, and clean it like you just shot 500 rounds through it, before a range trip. The amounts of shipping grease in most of the firearms is enough to cause you malfuntions, and form an unwarranted bad opinion. Start off as clean as possible. Relube after the cleaning of course.

    FMJ is fine. After all, the 1911 was designed for such. After a couple of hundred rounds, I consider a pistol broken in. You'll have to experiment a little to determine what your pistols favorite diet is.
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    Re: Cleaning and preserving a new PT1911

    Try this video...it should give you a good idea on how to field strip your 1911, even though it isn't a Taurus

    http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to/vi...pistol-265407/
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    Re: Cleaning and preserving a new PT1911

    Quote Originally Posted by Jake3501
    Try this video...it should give you a good idea on how to field strip your 1911, even though it isn't a Taurus

    http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to/vi...pistol-265407/
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    Re: Cleaning and preserving a new PT1911

    Gunscrubber the whole inside it will be full of gunk. Pay attention to the firing pin channel and extractor spray until it runs clean. Then re lube with rem-oil or Breackfree CLP and you should be good to go.

    I'd stick with FMJ for at least 100 to 200 rounds then try different brands of HP some guns are a bit finicky.

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    Re: Cleaning and preserving a new PT1911

    Yup, what they said! Clean the inside of that new puppy out! I like to put just a bit more oil on the rails and moving parts the first time out than anytime there after. This will cause your gun to get dirtier faster but it will also help it "wear in" a bit better. After your first session at the range clean it again thoroughly! I love mine. 7,000+ rounds and running strong!
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    Re: Cleaning and preserving a new PT1911

    I just took it out to the range, and I must say it fires nice. A little low but I'll fix that easily. I only put about 50 rounds through it, because I'm going to do a good cleaning tomorrow. Do you guys recommend a field strip, or should I disassemble the entire gun?

    Also, should I use Hoppes 9 gun solvent on the innards of the gun (slide, barrel, etc.), and rem oil for the outside? What brand and cleaning products do you guys use? I'm just wondering what the "best" clean I can do for this gun.

    Thanks for all the help, this forum has been great!

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    Re: Cleaning and preserving a new PT1911

    Yes, you "definately" need to field strip and clean it. Brazil puts all that nasty grease on it to protect it in the shipping process... it does... and now you need to get it off.

    Like Smoke said, clean it like you just ran 500 rounds through it... and after you go to the range, do the same again! Don't forget to LUBE.... 1911's like lube but don't over do it.
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    Re: Cleaning and preserving a new PT1911

    You probably have the Heine sights on your PT1911 like I have on mine. If you are not used to sighting with them they can have you shooting low if you use a six o'clock sight picture. See this thread on that issue:

    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...0488#msg200488
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