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Posted: 9/13/2009 9:17:41 PM EST
This article is about what I personally recommend for lubricating Sig Sauer pistols. I have different methods for lubricating other guns, but this article is focused on the Sig Sauer pistols.

My philosophy: If metal rubs metal, it needs grease between the parts.

We lubricate guns simply to allow the parts that rub on one another to move smoothly. Modern combat handguns are not intended to be run without lubrication. One of our customers made this mistake recently and is now spending a lot of additional money to get his gun in working order after degreasing his gun and dry firing 1,000 times after it came back from Grayguns.

Application of grease
I had an empty “Shooter’s Choice” syringe sitting around so I filled it with my favorite grease. Any method of application will work just fine. I use about half-ounce of grease a day while working on guns. I was in need of a way to keep grease readily available without having to unscrew the top of a jar or bottle and I found the syringe to work perfectly for me. What I like best about the syringe is that I can put the grease directly where I want it, such as inside certain springs and the corners of frame rails.

Product options
Any gun-grade grease will do the trick. I personally prefer to use Brian Enos’ Slide Glide, Shooter’s Choice grease including a cool syringe for later use or Lubriplate found at Brownells.com. The grease in the following pictures is a lithium/moly-based grease that I’m experimenting with, details available soon.

I’ve applied most of the grease to the underside of the frame rail completely filling the top inside corner. This is critical along the length of the rails because most of the force of recoil lifts the slide and applies force backward and upward against the underside of the frame rails.

Notice how there is a greater amount of grease near the muzzle end of the gun than at the rear. This is intentional. There is only so much space in the tolerance of the pistol for lubrication to reside. Since the slide goes on back to front it’ll push the remaining grease to the back of the frame and bunch it up on the back of the slide when the slide it closed.

You can see that I didn’t use as much grease on the side of the rails as I did on the underside, this is purely because it’s not generally necessary.

The top also gets a layer of grease to protect against galling and excess friction.

More pictures and more information will be posted in the coming days, and I provided detailed shots on applying grease to the pistol’s internals as well.

Different mission, different approach
For my every day carry (EDC) I grease the rails, put the slide on, run the action a couple of times, remove the slide then wipe the rails off to remove the large amount of bulk. I leave the grease on the under side of the rails alone when I wipe them off, the slide normally holds enough grease to keep things running.

For an EDC, remember your gun goes everywhere you do and is exposed to everything you are, hot, cold, humidity, dust, taco shells from that ill advised taco you ate while trying to talk on your cell phone while driving last week….everything. So if you have grease squirting out of every crevasse on the gun, you’ll be attracting the general detritus of every day life into your gun. Generally, that crap doesn’t generally make it in far enough to do any kind of damage unless you’re irresponsible enough to never clean your carry gun.

For open carry EDC for law enforcement, you gotta start thinking a bit more. I’ve had a couple of cops bring me their duty pistols for work and I’ve been astonished at what I’ve found. When I cocked the hammer of one of them, I found three pieces off bitten of finger nail and a corner of plastic from a plastic ketchup packet….I mean WTF MAN! Clean your freaking gun.

I asked how long it had been since he last cleaned it and he told me it had been a couple years, “I hardly ever use it, I figured it was still pretty clean” was his excuse. His gun was absolutely bone dry, I actually found dust on the frame rails as opposed to lube.

That brings me to another subject, cleaning. Here’s what I recommend.

Competition
Clean it after every 200 to 400 rounds. Most of the time a big match or a day of shooting will be enough of a work out that your gun will need cleaning.

EDC with frequent use including open carry
Clean it after every time you use it. If you’re going to depend on that gun to save your life, you want it to work the first time you pull the trigger, so keep it clean and lubed.

EDC with little to no use
Clean your gun at least once a month. More of the same of your gun being needed to save your life. Even without use, your gun needs to be cleaned and relubricated, so give it a quick bath and make sure it’s ready when you need it. There are 720 hours in a 30 day month, I think you can afford to spend 1/720 of a month cleaning your gun every month, it’s cheap insurance.








Link Posted: 9/14/2009 5:09:22 AM EST
Good read and if it works do it. I dont use grease any more. The newer oil like FP10 that get into the metal and stay wet seems to work for me better. Grease that come on the new Sigs from the factory on break in can cling hold metal filings and scratch up the rails. On the older pistols with loose fit slides I would probably use it , but the newer tight fit pistols to me run smoother with FP10 and hold less grit. I would think it would depend on the type of shooting a person does, and the type and condition of the pistol. I am not trying to get into a grease vs oil converse, but just pointing out another opinion . Prior to the newer oils available I did run grease for 20 + years on pistols and AR rifles and it worked , but was a grit trap.
Link Posted: 9/14/2009 7:06:06 AM EST
i work at a gm dealership and we have lubricant labeled lubriplate. will this work. its a white grease.
Link Posted: 9/14/2009 11:38:57 AM EST

Originally Posted By gmtech825:
i work at a gm dealership and we have lubricant labeled lubriplate. will this work. its a white grease.

Like this stuff?



I'm sure that it'll work fine. All lubricants work pretty well. With something like a handgun where there isn't THAT much friction (at least compared with things like industrial bearings) it is really hard to tell the difference in performance. Give it a try, it if doesn't feel smooth or there is any sticking or grittiness to it clean it off and try something else.
Link Posted: 9/14/2009 2:44:35 PM EST
Good write-up, max. I've been meaning to get a hold of some slide glide and try it out.
Link Posted: 9/15/2009 7:20:50 AM EST
Originally Posted By max229:

Originally Posted By gmtech825:
i work at a gm dealership and we have lubricant labeled lubriplate. will this work. its a white grease.

Like this stuff?

http://www.lubriplate.com/images/cartridges-group.jpg

I'm sure that it'll work fine. All lubricants work pretty well. With something like a handgun where there isn't THAT much friction (at least compared with things like industrial bearings) it is really hard to tell the difference in performance. Give it a try, it if doesn't feel smooth or there is any sticking or grittiness to it clean it off and try something else.


no it comes in a tin can, as long as it wont do any harm ill try it.

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:13:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 1:13:49 PM EST by Artiz]
I use white lithuim grease on my P226. It was used and the top side of the slide serrations on the frame was a bit used, from gold to light gold. on some spots, the rest was still black. So I used a fair amount of grease a bit everywhere, leaving me with a big ball of grease behind the slide when I cycled it back and forth. I guess I was using too much.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 3:34:32 PM EST

Originally Posted By Artiz:
I use white lithuim grease on my P226. It was used and the top side of the slide serrations on the frame was a bit used, from gold to light gold. on some spots, the rest was still black. So I used a fair amount of grease a bit everywhere, leaving me with a big ball of grease behind the slide when I cycled it back and forth. I guess I was using too much.

Just wipe it off and keep going. It's a bit of a waste of grease but you're not going to hurt anything.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 10:50:43 AM EST
I mean just after I apply it to the rails, it seemed that I put too much at the time but now that there is a thread on this, I know i was doing the thing correctly.

I used a bit of oil one time, combined with the grease... I got 2 small rivers of oil dripping from the rear of the rails after my shooting session , I now use only grease and it stays there, just like it's supposed to do.
I can't find any gun greae around here so the white lithium greae does the job just fine.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 11:23:10 AM EST
The Sig I just received used oil, will make a point of stripping and replacing with some lithium grease that I have for my M14s, thanks for the article!
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 11:58:55 PM EST

Originally Posted By nosce_te_ipsum:
The Sig I just received used oil, will make a point of stripping and replacing with some lithium grease that I have for my M14s, thanks for the article!

I like to use oil on the internals of the pistol, but grease for the slide rails.
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