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Old February 14, 2013, 04:32 PM   #1
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Do you baby your guns?

I always do this, whenever I buy something new I'm always so hesitant to do anything with them that could get them dirty or scratched. Example, I bought an ar and for some paranoid reason I didn't want to take it out into the pouring rain. Am I alone in this? Is there a cure
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Old February 14, 2013, 05:00 PM   #2
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No! I buy them to use in any weather, under any conditions. Durability and ruggedness are a top priority. Most of my guns are SS and synthetic, but I would and have used a wood/blue gun the same way. I think dings, scratches, worn bluing and slight surface rust are great. They are character marks that have stories and make my guns personal.
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Old February 14, 2013, 05:38 PM   #3
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They're tools not treasures.

If you have some $5000 blued and fine wood collectors piece, please do baby it.

I'm not a collector of fine antiquities. I'm a guy who finds the value of the gun as a tool.

I don't abuse them, but yes, I'll shoot in the rain, magazines get ejected onto the marching surface.
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Old February 14, 2013, 05:53 PM   #4
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All but two of my rifles are military surplus and long past being babied.
3 M1s, 1 M1903A3, 1 SKS, 1 #4mk1.
So those two are 22LR Ruger and Kimber82G that was scratched when I bought it from the CMP.
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Old February 14, 2013, 06:03 PM   #5
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Mine have no business being babied. They were made to be used and using them is going to result in scratches and abrasions sooner or later. It just adds character.
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Old February 14, 2013, 06:09 PM   #6
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I maintain mine. If that is considered babying....
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Old February 14, 2013, 06:15 PM   #7
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I never used to baby my guns then I upgraded many of mine to nicer wood/finishes and found I worried a slight bit more. Can't say I like the feeling so I'm building back up with some lower end guns for my harder use.
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Old February 14, 2013, 06:25 PM   #8
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Well, my competition guns (AR, pistol, and shotgun) get thrown around, as do the magazines for the rifle and pistol. I have sat out in the rain behind my synthetic rifles before without caring about anything other than how cold I felt.... My wood and blued Winchester Model 70 is half a century old and has been used and shows it. It will continue to be a working gun.


So no, I don't baby my gun... But after the "abuse" that they take, I go back and take care of them and make sure they are running good and I fix them up to look as good as I can when it is needed.

My 1954 Colt Commander might be the most "babied" gun that I have, and I still carry it almost daily....
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Old February 14, 2013, 06:30 PM   #9
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I don't think I "baby" them, but I do try and take very good care of them. I have no problems hunting in any weather with any of my guns but make sure to clean them as needed at the end of the day.
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Old February 14, 2013, 06:32 PM   #10
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There's a difference between use & abuse.

While I've never "babied" my guns, I've always certainly used them as much as I wanted, both shooting and hunting - and every single one of them look just about the same as when I took them from their respective boxes, new.

FWIW, while I use the guns, there's things I don't do - like actually "beat" the brush, use one as a stream-crossing crutch, or use one to finish off some wounded animal by clubbing it to death (as I've seen done on several occassions by others).

Every used gun I've sold, over the years, brought me top dollar, due to it's excellent condition - so, IMO, care & mainainence brings satisfaction in both usage & at sale time .


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Old February 14, 2013, 06:36 PM   #11
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Some get babied and some do not.
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Old February 14, 2013, 06:39 PM   #12
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Yes I do, somewhat. But not to the point of exclusion.
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Old February 14, 2013, 06:43 PM   #13
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Not in the field, but at home they get a reasonable amount of my attention.
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Old February 14, 2013, 06:53 PM   #14
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I baby the hell out of my guns when I first get them.

Then they inevitably get their first ding/scratch/beauty mark.

I get upset for a bit over it.

Then I don't care, because I otherwise to my best to take care of them, clean them and shoot the hell out of them.
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Old February 14, 2013, 07:19 PM   #15
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I take care of my guns, but I use them. If it rains, my guns get wet. They then get cleaned and oiled. They are all very well taken care of, but they do get used and as a result, they acquire a few dents or dings.
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Old February 14, 2013, 09:06 PM   #16
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I remember the first time I went deer hunting, I took my Remington 742, and by the end of the first day there was a big scratch on the stock. Back then it upset me a great deal, but at this stage of my life, I realize it is a tool, and that is what happens to a tool. Now if I were to get a gash like that on my 1873 Springfield, or one of my Garands, then I will be bawling like a baby.
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Old February 14, 2013, 09:18 PM   #17
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I have a few beaters, but since I intend to hand most of my guns to my son, I'm treating them nice, heirlooms in the making.
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Old February 14, 2013, 10:04 PM   #18
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yes and no.

I used to baby most or all of my guns. Then I realized that as a whole, they've gotten more marks being knocked around in the safe than anything I've done to them outside.

Now-a-days, I'm not so concerned with them. Those that I use most, I don't worry about them getting a few nicks and dings; those that only get out to the range on the odd occasion, I try to keep looking as new as possible.

I like to maintain them all with regular service.
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Old February 14, 2013, 11:40 PM   #19
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Don't know that i baby them, but I do try to take very good care of them.
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Old February 14, 2013, 11:44 PM   #20
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NO, but I do not abuse them either.
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Old February 15, 2013, 12:22 AM   #21
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Nah, I beat the crap out of them.
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Old February 15, 2013, 01:17 AM   #22
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The only time scratches on a gun bother me are when I did something stupid to get it there. If they are from regular use and wear and tear then I can live with it. I guess I do baby my guns, but I have gotten better.
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Old February 15, 2013, 01:36 AM   #23
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Some yes, some no.

I have a few guns that I wouldn't intentionally subject to harsh conditions.

Others I own specifically to use as tools. If their use demands that they be used under conditions that are less than ideal, that is inconsquentional. It is part of their purpose that they be available for use under any conditions that may occur.

I still take good care of them because I need them to remain functional in every respect, but it doesn't bother me if they pick up a ding or scratch here or there.
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Old February 15, 2013, 01:38 AM   #24
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My Remington made 1903A3 is in a beautiful Birdseye Maple stock. I dont baby it but Im careful with it. It gets used.
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Old February 15, 2013, 08:21 PM   #25
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Don't even get me started, I'm afraid to clean them the "wrong" way!

If there is even a small cosmetic problem with one of my guns, I literally will start sweating. I handle them really carefully too, because in my mind, they'll break from the slightest touch... So yes, I do baby my guns. A lot. For no REAL reason at all.

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