Here is a comprehensive list of things you need to take care of in order to clean up and maintain your gun.
Collect Your Supplies
You need some stuff to effectively take care of your gun. You need a gun bore cleaner, a premium cleaning kit, and a lubricant.
Take Apart your Gun carefully
- Before you start to tinker with the gun, be absolutely sure that the gun is clear. Inspect the breech to ascertain that the chamber is devoid of a round in the chamber.
- Retrieve the magazine from the provision for the well of the magazine.
- There is a slide lock lever that you need to locate and rotate it in the clockwise direction until it is aligned vertically. You have unlocked the side from the frame.
- Now apply force on the slide in the outward direction to make it slide out from the forward direction.
- The spring is attached to the barrel. Since it is under constant stretch, you have to be ultra careful while removing it.
- Push the spring in the outward direction towards the barrel and pull the spring out.
- The barrel is now easily retrieved by sliding it out.
Clean the barrel with a brush
- There must be an appropriate brush and a push rod in the gun cleaning kit that you need to use.
- Now conjoin the brush to the end of the push
- Brush the barrel for around half a minute thoroughly. This makes the carbon left off from the unburned powder and the accumulation in the copper jackets of the bullets very easy to clean off.
Brush the barrel
- Now you need the dowel and pushrod from the gun cleaning kit.
- Insert the dowel to the end of the push rod exactly as you did for the brush.
- Use the cleaning solvent from the cleaning kit to get a wet patch.
- Keep this wet patch at the breach of the barrel and use the push rod to insert it in the barrel. Make the wet patch come out from the other end.
- Do this same thing twice with a wet patch and thrice with a dry patch thereafter.
- Keep doing it until the patch comes out all clean.
Proceed to the slide
- There might be an accumulation of unburnt carbon in the very internal parts of the slide. You can view it more clearly from the ejector and firing pin assembly.
- Brush up the following areas carefully now:
- Underneath the middle of the slide alongside the ejector and firing pin.
- In the inside of the slide
Time to lubricate
- Using the lubricant you bought for it (any lubricant can work)
- Along the inside of the rail on both sides
- On the top of the hammer
- On the bottom of the hammer
Assemble your gun back
You just need to do all the things that you did in the second step in reverse order and you are ready to go. Maintain your gun well so that it doesn’t malfunction.