How To Clean a Glock, There’s something to say about how well you take care of your gun once it comes home from purchase: how you clean it after each use. Since you can never be too sure how well the person before you maintained their firearm, it’s important to know how to do your own cleanings. You should follow a specific order for cleaning that allows you to access each part of the gun without damaging or losing anything in place.
Take out all removable parts from inside such as magazines and grips. Then, using a screwdriver or any other tool that fits into the holes on your gun, take out all screws and place them in an organized tray for easy removal later.
Glock pistols are made of multiple parts such as a trigger mechanism group with connector bar and safety catch; slide stop lever assembly; magazine body with catch plunger and spring; front sight/gas seal retainer with spring and bearing pin.
Lift the feed ramp, pulling it out of its recesses. Then use a cleaning rod to push any dirt or debris from under this sliding surface into an area that can be easily removed later on during your cleanings process using a cotton swab dipped in gun oil.
Push the slide stop/slide release lever to its “up” position and lift it out of its notch on the left side of the frame, then pull forward from underneath until you can push up enough for your hand to fit in between it and the under-frame rail. (Make sure not to lose any small springs or parts that might fall out of place.)
Remove the extractor by pressing in on its plunger to release it from its recesses. Then use an old toothbrush and cotton swabs to clean all angles underneath, getting into small crevices and corners. Use a soft cloth with some oil or gun solvent if needed for extra shine and protection.
Use a cotton swab to clean out a small firing pin hole and how it sits in its channel. Then, put your extractor back into place by pressing down all the way until you hear a click from underneath or feel that it has been pushed fully inside of position. Push up on the slide stop lever again so it returns to its default position and test how well your extractor works by pulling the slide back and releasing it again.
Clean out all inner channels of the gun using q-tips or cotton swabs dipped in solvent to get rid of any dirt, oil, grease, or other foreign objects that could have been left behind during the previous cleanings process. Make sure not to push too hard or use excessive pressure as this could lead to wearing down the metal and cause damage.
Reassemble by putting all parts back into place, noting how they were originally put in so you can do it just how it was done before during your next cleanings process or if needed one day when another person is using your gun for protection purposes. Use a cotton swab with a bit of oil and place it under the slide release lever to lubricate how it moves.
Put all screws back into their original spots in your gun using the tray you put them on as a guide so they can be replaced correctly each time when needed. Reattach any magazines or grips that were removed during this process, making sure they are placed how you found them when taking them apart.
Eject the magazine and check it for any damage or dirt that might have been left behind from previous use, such as broken parts where bullets may exit out of during the firing process. Make sure to clean this area specifically by using a cotton swab with solvent on it so no debris can be left behind when it is in use again.
Remember how to take apart your gun for future cleanings by using the process described here and if you can, make sure that a new or inexperienced user knows how to do this as well before allowing them access to the firearm alone. You should never assume people know how certain objects are properly taken apart or how to reassemble them, especially when it comes to guns.
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