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    Barrel wear


    First off let me say that what I've read on these forums, there seems to be a ton of helpful info, it's great. Im sorry if i post this in the wrong place, this is my first post here. Now to the meat of the matter. Forgive me I'm gonna ramble a bit. I was recently in the market for my first handgun. I wanted a 1911 and didn't want anything to do with a Glock as I had never used one. The more I researched they started to grow on me to the point I really wanted on. So I go buy a Gen 3 G19 brand spanking new. I was hoping that this gun would be all I hoped and dreamed it would be. I get it home and it's more. I love this gun. It's amazing. I've had it about 2 weeks give or take. I gave it a good once over before the first session with it, put around 400-500 rds through her since. Gave her a good cleaning last night. Go shoot a few mags today, about 60-80 rounds. I come inside and check everything out and I think I have some copper fouling. I'm not sure as I'm new to all this. I've shot diff guns all my life but never went thru all the things of owning one. I was just wondering if somebody can give me the info on fouling, what I need to look for, what's normal wear, how to get rid of it etc. Im posting from my iPhone so if I can fig out how to post pics of it I will. I got some Break Free CLP in a spray can and some Hoppes gun oil keep everything slick. I cleaned the bore with CLP last night. I've only shot one kind of ammo thru it since I've had it. Federal Champion 115gr 9mm Luger FMJ. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated.

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    Welcome to the forum, lots of good folks here. There are several good threads already here on gun cleaning, the products that folks like and even lots of pics showing the barrels and different stages of fouling and clean barrels as well. If you can't find what you seek let us know and someone here will be glad to assist.
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    Thanks for the reply. I found another post similar to mine that set my mind at ease a bit. Not quite the same though. I'm doing all this from my iPhone so if I can fig out how to post pics itd be easier. Im sure I'm being over particular but just wanna make sure. Anyway I'll keep looking around. Thanks again

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    RxIFE, I decided to respond on your post rather than mine from several months ago. Since my post about the bore discolorations on my then-new Glock 36, I have discovered and decided after much research, that it is completely normal. It is not wear, or fowling for that matter. After inspecting both of my G19s and both of my G26s, which have been fired significantly more than my G36, I noticed that there is a gray discoloration in the rifling as well as that copper colored discoloration along the rifling in all of them. I do believe that it may have just been more pronounced to me on the G36 as the bore is quite a bit larger and there are 8 polygonal rifling grooves on the .45 ACP and GAP Glocks i.e. more gray and copper color I can honestly say to put your mind at ease and trust that G19 to consistantly, and realiably last the lifetime of you and your children and your grandchildren, etc. The barrel alone will last thousands upon thousands upon thousands of rounds...you get the idea And BTW, congratulations on the G19. It is a phenomenal weapon. I LOVE the 19!!! It is by far my favorite. I have 2 and plan on getting 2 more!! Take care, and welcome to the family!
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    Thanks for the reply man, and the welcome. It's good to find a place to come to for help. I have other handguns but this is my first experience with a Glock. Its great. It is now my CCW and my duty weapon. It's amazing. Feels great, shoots great, super accurate, far more than I am. There will be many more Glocks to come! Ur info and some others really helped relax my mind some. I picked up some Hoppes No 9 today so I'm gonna give it a once over with that then get to shooting! Thanks again for the help and welcome, got a great gun and a great place to come to talk about it!!!

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    since someone mentioned barrel longivity.... anyone have a ballpark number on how many rounds before a barrel is used up ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cajun_chooter View Post
    since someone mentioned barrel longivity.... anyone have a ballpark number on how many rounds before a barrel is used up ?
    There is a G17 on display at the Glock factory in Austria that they have over 300,000 rounds through.... and it's still going strong! At $15 per box, that's $90,000 in ammo..... I think one would go broke before one shoots out a Glock barrel...
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    For what it's worth I have a Gen 2 Model 22 that I now have over 23,000 rounds downrange and she is still a great shooter with consistant tight groups.
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    You might want to try Youtube.com to find your answer. There are guys on there that shoot thousands upon thousands of rounds with little or not damage to the pistol let alone the barrels. Plus its fun to watch all the torture test they continue to think up. Good luck

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    new g19 gen 3 owner also...i noticed the copper/ gray color too
    i didn't think it was nothing to worry about..
    i use Hoppes No 9 also let it soak for 15 min the run a few clean patches through
    i used a foaming bore cleaner once on my rem 700 30.06 worked great
    you could see the foam turn color on a white patch. it worked great too
    i think it was gunslick or something..

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