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    Default Pistol Lube for Alaskan Winters

    My son is stationed in Alaska, and will soon have two pistols for concealed carry and HD. I know some of the old standard lubes can freeze up and cause malfunctions so I'm guessing that opposed to running them dry some of the newer lubes would be superior to what I am used to in Texas. Any suggestions?

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    Get them coated in NP3+, break them in with lube afterwards as per instructions, then run them dry.

    If you don't want the expense of the best option above, I'd say just use a thin film of Mobil 1 0W-30.



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    I use a mixture of Tetra Gun Grease and Slip2000 grease, which I work in to the metal. I coat all bearing surfaces, and work it in by cycling the action a few dozen times. I then wipe off the vast majority of the grease leaving a very thin layer. Following with oil, such as Slip2000 or such on top of the very thin grease layer will make the action impressively smooth.
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    IMHO...NP3 has no peer. For icy and/or sandy environments where the mission does not require a black weapon...NP3 beats out everything else.

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    In regards to the lube its just a matter of looking at the back of the label and seeing what the operating range of the lube is. No real magic to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordPhoenix View Post
    Get them coated in NP3+, break them in with lube afterwards as per instructions, then run them dry.

    If you don't want the expense of the best option above, I'd say just use a thin film of Mobil 1 0W-30.



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    Where are there break in instructions for np3 parts?
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    Send them to Gabe for NP3. One thing to consider is that a gun close to the body and in the home is not exposed to the weather. I'm from Minnesota so I know just a little about carrying in cold weather.....

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    For either role you mention, don’t overthink it, a CCW pistol will be against your body and a HD gun will be inside. Besides it doesn’t get that cold and if it does you won’t be out shooting. For the record it was 20 below in February when I took my CCW permit class, nobody did anything different or special for the cold and all the pistols ran fine.

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    If money were no object, I'd NP3 every gun I have.

    I use white lithium grease from the auto store. My understanding is that it's good to go down to 0 degrees F, which is far colder than I will ever experience in my area. And has been pointed out, the gun on my body is going to be relatively warm even if I'm traveling through cold areas.

    I have not used it, but supposedly this stuff is good to 40 below:
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