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Old January 2, 2013, 11:37 PM   #1
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Novice here with a new/first gun

Hello all and Happy New Years,
I have never owned any sort of firearm, but the interest had been brewing for some time. This year for Christmas I received a lovely and very gently used 2008 Ruger Mark III Hunter, the model with a 4.5" stainless barrel. Anyways, the gifter included a nice set of shooting earmuffs and glasses, and I've been signed up to take the NRA's beginner pistol class as well as our local state's concealed carry course. I was just wondering what supplies I might need to purchase for cleaning/maintaining the gun?

Thanks for any input!
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Old January 2, 2013, 11:44 PM   #2
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Hoppes makes a great beginner all in one set for 30$. Find them at Walmart. Has everything u need for basic cleaning. Except you might need to buy a separate phosphorus brush for the barrel because they only have a few of those attachments. I know for a fact it doesn't have the 40-45 caliber brush or the 9mm. But a brush is like 2$. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1357188107.150332.jpg
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Old January 3, 2013, 12:20 AM   #3
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yes, you don't need much.

I got a 30.00 kit or whatever from my Dad for Christmas when I got back into guns and it was ok.

I would try the newer snake kits.

If you are handy and want to take down your Ruger you may need a plastic or soft hammer to whach the frame. Don't really need to take all the way down but I couldn't resist.

Also some type of range or carry bag.
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Old January 3, 2013, 12:30 AM   #4
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You're doing things right. Mark III is the perfect first pistol. Eyes? Check. Ears? Check. Training? Check.

Your pistol doesn't need more than a bore snake, some q-tips, and some oil; at least for a good long while.

Congrats and enjoy.
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Old January 3, 2013, 01:47 AM   #5
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The hoppes bore snake is pretty awesome (my next purchase). It takes care of all the steps of cleaning the barrel in one pull of a rope. Done in 2 seconds. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1357195449.619045.jpg
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Old January 3, 2013, 03:52 AM   #6
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Also there is the boresnake VIPER. Havent used it but its the newer model.

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Old January 3, 2013, 04:40 AM   #7
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That's a great gun to start & get familiar with handgun shooting. For most cleaning all you need is a rod, cut patches & some Hoppes #9. A lightly oiled cloth is great for an overall wipedown too.
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Old January 3, 2013, 04:51 AM   #8
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The Hoppes boresnake is seriously awesome. Let's me keep my AR squeaky clean, which may end up being more important than I realized.
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Old January 3, 2013, 08:42 AM   #9
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A couple things.

Lots of q-tips. You'll need to get all that black residue out after a few range trips.

Hoppes #9.

Set of Craftsman picks. I use them for those stubborn corner areas around the chamber.

Paper towels.

Tylenol and a decent takedown video.
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Old January 3, 2013, 04:23 PM   #10
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Entry level gun owner; items....

New firearm owners or entry level shooters should get a few items & learn the local gun laws.
Here are a few websites; .
A good CLP(clean protect lube) like LPX, Gunzilla, Weaponshield, or Ballistol could work. A little bit goes a long way. Don't use a lot of CLP or oil.
Keep your firearm(s) secured when not in use & store ammunition in a seperate, secured location.
Get skill training and practice when you can.

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Old January 3, 2013, 08:37 PM   #11
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Fine pistol, and thoughtful to include accessories. That was a very well-considered and generous gift. Congrats and welcome aboard.

Good advice so far. I also keep some pipe cleaners in my cleaning box. I have tried several cleaning solvents and I keep coming back to Hoppes #9.
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Old January 4, 2013, 01:04 AM   #12
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Congrats on getting a really nice Xmas gift. My wife and I each have Mark IIIs. Really accurate and fun to shoot. Ditto to what's been said about picking up a simple all in one cleaning kit and a bore snake. I also use a set (4) of hard plastic picks (they look like dental picks) for those hard to reach places in all my handguns. They are inexpensive. I picked mine up at a gun show, but I'm sure they can be found online or at gun stores.
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