I must know that my gun will work clean dirty and everything in between so I usually shoot the snot out of them without cleaning until they puke then I know the break point and won't let them get there again.
Haven't found the break point with any of my M&Ps yet. Of course letely I have been putting a lot more rounds through everyone else's gun rather than my own, I think mine are getting jealous.
I always take any firearm I have bought home and field strip it before I go to the range. I get to be sure that I know the mechanics of how the firearm operates. For example the 40c has a bit different field stripping procedure than my S&W 915 or 410.
I tend not to clean beyond a spray and "wipe down" unless I see a build up in the chamber or barrel.
I cleaned and lube my M&P9 before I took it to the range last saturday. I did it to my Sig P229 when I first got it and have a good luck doing so. Besides my M&P9 seems to need some lubing on the barrell and rails when I got it NIB. It looks really dry.
Brakefree CLP was posted on other topics so I went out and tried it. I got tell you, I clean my gun constantly, when I used the CLP I couldn't believe how much "dirt" came out of it. It is great and makes the gun look new too. (This forum is full of great info, Thanks).
I field strip and lube before my first use, then clean after the first use. This allows me to familiarize myself with the mechanics. After that, as needed, but frankly, I enjoy cleaning it, so I tend to do so after every use.
My MP9 also came bone dry, I cleaned & lubed with S&W polymer safe products anyway. Now I clean after every range trip (about 250 rds) I also use Gunscrubber, it really takes the fun out of the process.
A quick wipe down and some Militec-1 on the seven "oil points" was about all I did before the first range session - which happened to be a local IDPA match. For routine cleaning I use the M-Pro7 gun cleaner and found that to be the best stuff for a thorough cleaning and all around ease of use. (plus the wife doesn't kick me out of the house from the smell).
I always clean a new/used gun I get, just to wipe of the previous man drool off. Kind of makes it officially mine....lol After that whenever you feel the need or want to spiff your baby up, thats on you! JMO
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