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Hey guys,
New here, and new to HKs but not new to shooting. I finally got my pistol permit in NYC and picked up a VP9. Over the last month I put 300 rounds through it..150 115grain and 150 124grain. I have been watching a lot of cleaning videos and the areas you really want to make sure are clean.

Im having trouble with the piece below:


No matter how much CLP I put on, or how long I let it sit, I cannot seem to get all the black off this area. Is this a big deal? Is there another solution I should be applying instead?

Thanks in advance,
 

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Keep some fireclean on there and it will wipe right off everytime
 

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On the sides right next to the vertical side plates, that may not be dirt but discoloration of the metal from what appear to be laser welds between the side plates and the horizontal piece. The dirt in the middle can be scrubbed out, but it is a bit harder to remove because it is right where the barrel cams down onto the block, creating micro-scratches on the horizontal piece and driving the dirt into the surface. Mine cleans up with BreakFree CLP and a toothbrush.
 

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If I'm not mistaken, there was some black discoloration on that part when both my VP9 and VP40 were fresh out of the box.
I know this was true with my VP9 when it was fresh out of the box. Discolored along the side where the welds occurred. Not a concern. I just clean it after firing and carry on. I think that part on your gun looks clean.

OP, congratulations on your new VP9 and your new carry permit. Good luck and good shooting.
 

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Congrats and how did you get an NYC carry permit...it seems they are harder to get than an unfired P7 lol
 

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Mine was discolored out of the box. It was pretty clearly heat affected, but that area also attracted and held onto black fouling. Nylon brush/rags + solvent never really cleaned it, but when I finally got a brass brush it took most of it off.
 

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On the sides right next to the vertical side plates, that may not be dirt but discoloration of the metal from what appear to be laser welds between the side plates and the horizontal piece.
Yep, all my VP's had/have this right out of the box.
 

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Should I do an initial clean/lube on the vp9 prior to shooting it?
 

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As others have said, mine too had discoloration out of the box. I use FireClean on all my firearms except my Winchester Model 94 and my Enfield.

Regarding the question of should you do a clean/lube prior to shooting, the answer is yes for all new guns. You will see and hear on YouRube and elsewhere that they come clean and greased from the factory. Sure, whatever. Field strip the gun, inspect it, lube it shoot it.
 

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Same here... same discoloration brand new. I didn't worry about it because my FNS was the exact same way in the exact same area. It's a manufacturing artifact.
No biggy.
 
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