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I always read about the special ways to break in your new rifle barrels and was wandering is that necessary with the Glock? I have just went to the range and shot it then taken it home and cleaned it, now wandering if you should clean after four shots or is that just a waist of time and cleaner?
 

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I ALWAYS clean it first, the whole gun.
 

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I am not aware of a breaking in period for the Glock Barrel. I dont always clean my Glocks after each trip to the range, maybe every second or third trip.
 

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You don't need to break in the barrel on a Glock, or any hand gun really. After the first hundred rounds or so you might notice that your groups tighten up a little, but thats due to the action locking up more consistantly once its broken in not the barrel. Most of the tricks for breaking in rifle barrels are really nothing more than gun forum voodoo anyway.
 

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You don't need to break in the barrel on a Glock, or any hand gun really. After the first hundred rounds or so you might notice that your groups tighten up a little, but thats due to the action locking up more consistantly once its broken in not the barrel. Most of the tricks for breaking in rifle barrels are really nothing more than gun forum voodoo anyway.

I agree with this.
 

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If you guys will refer to page 33 of your manual it will tell you that you NEED to clean it before using.
 

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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.
 

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^^Can't say I do.
I always end up cleaning a gun first, but I can't say I would loose sleep if I didn't clean it .
 

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The main reason for cleaning a new gun first, is to remove the "packing grease" that is applied at the factory to prevent corosion during shipping and storage. Removing this grease and proper lubing will prevent malfunctions.
 

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Just clean it

Give it a fast brush out of the box and maybe once a month just run a rag through it too keep dust or lint out of the barrel
 

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All of the Voodoo Barrel breakins never made sense to me. I am glad you guys confirmed my beliefs.
 

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On the day I picked it up from the FFL I went straight to the range, opened the box, loaded it and shot 200 rounds. The Glock is designed to shoot. Just shoot it. No break-in. I do recommend having a spare slide release and a spare recoil spring. The only part I have broken in 15K rounds of target and competitive shooting is the slide release - the spring just gives up and the slide locks open with rounds in the mag. Five minutes to remove and replace and your back up. The recoil spring is recommended to be replaced periodically.
 

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One of the great things with a Glock is they were designed to be simple. They don't have 190 parts, etc. Even as an armorer it is rare or an exception rather than a rule that we see many "broken" glocks. If you do your stadard cleaning/light lubrication, and if something feels out place after cleaning it, bring it to an armorer to check out trigger spring (very inexpessive to replace), recoil spring, and clean/check the internal components. Most armorers are usually making a modification that the user requests such as a lighter trigger, new sights, etc.. I have a Gen 1 G21 that still with all the rounds, shoots great. I've done a few detail strips just for cleaning and inspection. But I've never had to replace anything (other than swap out sights) to it... (actually I did replace the recoil spring a couple years ago)

Open box, grab a box of rounds, get some hearing, eye protection, and shoot safely, and it will be a reliable firearm for years to come! Thats the beauty of a Glock!

Oh and for any new Glock users (first time), that IS NOT rust you see in the slide. I'm sure there are other armorers here that has got that glock from a user saying it's already rusted... It's glocks packing grease and will come off with a box or 2 of rounds or so (some clean it off first, I just shoot it and it comes off, but everyone is different)..

And have fun with your new glock!
 

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^^no it's a copper colored "grease" that you are supposed to clean out before use, but thats on most moving parts not in the barrel
 

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I give it a nice bath in CLP and wipe down, then I force feed it a mixture of cheap wally world ammo. Clean it again when I get home, repeat as needed. After 500 rounds I start shooting carry ammo to make sure it is willing to eat better quality ammo flawlessly.
 
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