Cleaning/field stripping your firearm also allows for regular inspection of parts for wear and function. Gun ownership comes with responsibilities. Don't adopt a puppy if you can't care for it just because you like its spots. I don't know a single person who doesn't clean their firearms . I have never seen a manual that didn't recommend cleaning and include instructions on how to do so. But some may use a butter knife and a couple of shots of wd 40 and call it good. Each to his own I suppose .
In my family the age of first gun ownership was 13 or 14 , depending if the kid had his head on straight. My kids like me had to take their first 22's apart before first shot was fired.
I won't buy a used dirty jam-o-matic , it doesn't take a good eye more than a cursory inspection to tell if a gun is well worn but cared for , or knocked around abused
and neglected. A thorn scratched stock is expected for a hunting rifle , a dent from being tossed in the trunk probably not for me. The two examples speak of the gun's history. If not for safety , clean and care for them to avoid value depreciation.
Yeah I change my own flat tires too. But I will admit that I have a couple of firearms that I don't shoot often because they are more involved and a pita to reassemble . But back to the original post..the 10/22 is a piece of cake .
Disclaimer: All my posts are only my opinions based on experience and gut feeling. Although every effort is made to be factual, actual accuracy will be determined by resident experts.