A recent post from someone who clearly knows more than me was left on my YouTube channel regarding weapons lube. The guy left this comment, “your a moran.” Nice English jackass…
First off, I did that video about two years ago and nothing has changed. My stance on firearm is most people have no clue what their capable of and so by default give you dogmatic advice. You really have to be intimate with the firearm, it’s capabilities and limitations. You are not going to learn that from YouTube or Errornet forums. That comes with experience, your experience of putting them into hard use and service. Once you have done that, then you start to get a clearer picture.
Do they shot better clean? No, most defensive firearms will not outperform one another side by side just because one is clean and one is dirty. The reality is they will only perform as good as the operator, pure truth. So, again a huge misconception is a clean gun shoots “better” than a dirty gun. Good lord, my shooting must suck because I don’t think I have a clean gun in my inventory. I use and at time abuse the hell out of these tools. That is how I look at them, they are hard use tools.
Now should you take care of them…absolutely. But blind obedience is still ignorant no matter how you slice it. You have to know what to take care and how. How do you keep them operating at peak performance, do you even know how to define peak performance.
I just finished a special project and we had a lot of folks who had literally never handled a firearm. In some causal conversation the subject came up and I steered clear of it. It was probably just as well they heard one side of the discussion and probably not bad for them to hear the part that was heavily influenced with more cleaning. If these aspiring service members make it, they will be exposed to a lot of material that mostly sides with the extensive cleaning for a gun to properly function.
So, if you have been paying attention you should have picked up on the point of cleaning versus lubricating. I’m a staunch proponent for lubricating, that concept is not debatable. For the firearm to function at peak performance it needs to have smooth metal to metal contact and that is where the lubricating procedures put out in the video point to, that was the point of the video. If all you have ever been taught was a clean gun was a reliable gun then you are in for a rude awakening. Sure, that gun can be cleaned AND lubed, which does represent the best of both worlds. However, in my world I will take a wet gun over a clean gun and twice on Sunday.
I would rather have the wet gun, in a platform that has been tested. That has been exposed to harsh conditions similar to my operating environment. Then know how to take that firearm and keep it in the fight with simple lubricating procedures.
If it’s built by man, it is flawed and can fail. Firearms are no different, a good lubricating system cheats around that fact.