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Simple Handgun Cleaning

If you keep a handgun around for defense purposes, or you also use it for sport shooting and training at the gun range, you need to keep it clean. A clean gun will stay working longer, have less jams, and be all around safer to operate.

Most people are a little apprehensive about cleaning a gun, because they are afraid they won't be able to put it back together correctly. Actually , there is no need to completely disassemble it. Here are 5 easy steps to cleaning a handgun.


1. Get a cleaning kit for a gun. You can pick up one of these online at Ebay at a good price. You can also find these at Walmart, Dicks Sporting Goods, and other local shops. Sometimes you will see kits designed just for the caliber of your handguns, and these would be the best option for you. When you open the kit, you should find cleaning patches, some solvent, some oil, and a rod. If you have an old toothbrush, that will come in handy as well.
2. Be sure to open the windows or do this in the garage, to stay well ventilated. You need an old workbench or something to work on. It is also a good idea to put a an piece of cardboard down. Now spread out the cleaning supplies and your gun.
Some old rags are also handy at this time, to wipe your gun and to wipe up any spills that may happen.
3. Find the old toothbrush and put a little cleaning solvent on it. Scrub the frame rail and slide it this is an automatic, such as a Glock 17. The main thing you need to do is wipe all the dirt and grime off.
4. Put a small patch on the rod that came with your cleaning kit. The path of cloth should attach in some way to the rod. Now dip the patch end into the solvent. It is usually wise to pour a little solvent out into a small container, so you won't contaminate the rest of the bottle. Push the rod into the barrel of the handgun, and keep pushing until it comes out the other end. Put a clean patch on and do that again. Each time the barrel should be getting cleaner. After you do this a couple of times, put a dry patch on to remove any solvent.
5. When you are sure the barrel is clean, put a very small amount of oil on the moving parts of the gun. It is important to not overdo the oil. A little is enough. If you have some gun grease, you can put some on the slide areas. Finally wipe the gun off and you are done.

This is a very simplified version of handgun cleaning. The key is , do not be intimidated about cleaning your gun. Take it apart and learn all you can about it. The more you understand about how it works, the better you will be at cleaning it, and the better it will service you, when you need it.

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