Is the Glock Dishwasher Safe
Posted Mar 24th 2013 | By:
So what happens when you have a chocolate covered Glock? I mean if you get in a shootout in Willy Wonka's milk chocolate river with shady oompa loompa terrorists I could see such a problem happening. However, what should you do once the rounds stop flying? I mean you have to clean it somehow right?
Just throw it in the dishwasher.
Why the problem?
Mattv2009, otherwise known as Glock master Matthew James Beast spent a day earlier this month field-testing his Glock 17 after he submerged it in two bottles of Hersey's Chocolate Syrup. Why? Well he just...does that. He is the same fearless polymer pistol tester that brought you the Jell-O-Glock, the Glock Lint Test (I almost threw up, I have a think against dryer lint, don't judge me), the Bacon Camo Glock, and others.
So with a G17 impregnated in every nook and crevice with Hersey's No 9, how DO you clean that?
Matt decided to take his slightly abused (is there a Glock Protective Services Division we call with an anonymous tip?) Glock 17 and give it a good soap and water cleanup in his Frigidaire (without field stripping it but with the slide locked and magazine placed in the silverware rack). He threw it in on normal wash with no heat dry for a full cycle.
While on the outset this seems crazy, many have used simple soap and water cleanup for firearms. I can remember being on a training exercise in a third world country and being amazed when the locals used big buckets of warm water and a bar of castile soap to clean their filthy FN FAL rifles with excellent results. For those who shoot corrosive ammunition out of old bolt-action military rifles, and black powder shooters, it's not uncommon to remove the bolt of your rifle and let it sit in the bathtub full of soapy water for an hour or so before taking a rag and brush to it.
Anyway, back to the case at hand...
Not trying to spoil the ending but the gun comes out surprisingly clean. The bad thing is that the high sodium content of the dishwasher detergent (it helps dry wet dishes etc.) began to surface rust the parts of the gun that were not Tenifer coated such as the take down pins, soft metal internals, etc. The detergent, which is a degreaser, also went hard after the grease-like lubricants in the pistol and stripped them away.
So in the end, it worked and worked almost too well, leaving behind a Glock that has to be extensively lubricated before being shot again.
But then again, at least it's not full of chocolate anymore.
Also, never buy a used gun from Mattv2009. Just saying.
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