One of the reasons I went away from revolvers to polymer striker fired guns around the late 90s was the cleaning process of revolvers. For long time wheel gun owners, they may say “it’s not such a big deal, man up”. Well, to do it correctly, it takes time.
It’s not so much that it’s difficult, it simply takes more time. 5 or 6 cylinder holes to scrub out instead of just one barrel on a polymer gun. No wood to be concerned about on a Glock, or rust preventative maintenance under the grips. If you have ever removed a side plate from a revolver, you wonder why people say revolvers are more simple than semi-autos. It’s like a watch inside, and it needs to be cleaned every so often.
Although I don’t HAVE to clean my Glocks very often, I picked up the habit of cleaning my guns after every time I shoot them. That habit came from keeping my first Smith and Wesson 686 spotless. Because it was stainless, it was a longer process to get it back to being clean to my liking. The cylinder burns and carbon build up on the forcing cone were quite a chore if the gun wasn’t cleaned after every session.
If you know me, you know I’m not a “one box” shooter. 300-500 rounds per session can leave a gun very dirty. I have found myself gathering a few wheel guns lately, and ran across this article. It’s very detailed, but if you are new to revolvers, this is an excellent read. Maintain your guns, and treat them well and you will have a tool that will outlast you, if you bought from a reputable maker.