Originally Posted by wsar10
If you guys will refer to page 33 of your manual it will tell you that you NEED to clean it before using.
Other than because the manual says to, can you think of a reason to clean a barrel that has had only a test round fired through it? I can't, didn't and likely never will.
My first G17 didn't get cleaned until after 500+ rounds.
I've never broken in a rifle barrel either. My buddy who has several GAPs did the traditional break-in on one and just shot the other without cleaning for the first 200+ rounds and both shoot the same. I agree that it's forum superstition propped up by those who value meplat trimming.
I think more damage is cause by not shooting the gun and leaving it dirty than putting it to work on a monthly basis. Over cleaning is bad also IMO.