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How to properly clean you Glock Pistol

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Posted over 6 years ago


From the Glock Lover's website...

Information for Glock users

Cleaning and Lubrication

Do not clean your Glock the same way you clean all your other guns, (Unless they are Glocks also). The plastic does not need all that oil. Learn to dis-assemble your Glock so you can clean it correctly. The gun is very easy to take down for cleaning, once you learn to remove the slide. The instructions in the manual that comes with the Glock show you how to do this.

This is how I clean the Glocks that come to me. I remove the upper and put it in a plastic bag. I remove all of the parts in the lower and wipe them with a rag and put them into the bag. I then clean the Glock frames with a cotton swab and acetone. The acetone cuts the powder residue very nice, removing the oil and leaving the surface dry. Acetone does not hurt the Glock polymer. I would not use Acetone on a Glock upper; but it works great on lowers. The top part of the gun should be treated like other guns with the barrel getting a coat of oil. The only other lubrication needed on the lower is a spot of grease on all four points of the rail. If you use the right amount of oil or grease, your Glock will stay cleaner after use. Excess oil will catch residue and unburned powder. Do not oil the trigger mechanism on a Glock. It is metal on plastic, a natural bearing surface. The oil is only going to collect abrasive dirt and soften the plastic over time. Prolonged exposure to oil will cause the plastic to separate from the metal rails insert molded into the frame. I do not recomend ultrasonic cleaning tanks for Glocks. I do not like the spray cleaners for use on the lower. Some popular solvents sold for cleaning guns I have found to cause gummy build up to form. We did salt water testing on Glocks with our laser. The gun and laser did very well. The only part to rust was the metal pin for the locking block. This was only the small area of the face of the end of the pin exposed to the water. So the amount of rust was very small. Our eperience is that you are better off if you don't use too much oil.


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A key component in the inititial teardown of your Glock is of utmost safety: Doubly insure that the magazine is removed and the remaining round is removed out of the breach. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT. Visually and physically check to make sure it is empty.

The reason this is critical is because of this one procedure before you tear down your Glock. You will have to pull the trigger to disengage the assembly.

At this point, even though you know your Glock is empty after double-checked being unloaded, point it in a safe direction and know your backstop. Only after you know you are a completely safe environment, then pull the trigger prior to teardown.

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Thank you Sarge, I appreciate your addition.   To elaborate a little,  we must treat each firearm as if it were loaded.  We can never check too many times.  *Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the guard at all times until you are ready to disassemble. Visually and physically inspect the weapon again to insure that it is clear."  Always, always be safe.   Thanks again Sarge for the input.


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I'm writting from Portugal, in Europe, and I'm a maritime police, a kind of Coast Guard. I have a Glock 26, is just a little baby, and I'm concerning about what kind of solvent I must use to clean my weapon.

markbelliveau, you talk about using Acetone.Can you tell me the correct composition of it?  That way and with this elements I could buy the acetone most suitable for the polymer and metal parts of Glock, and do not run the risk of deterioration or damage.Thanks in advance.