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I will go over proper cleaning procedures for your pistol and magazine, as well as the items needed for this. There are some cops out there that clean their guns on a daily basis. We usually call these guys the dept gun nuts, or "Tackleberrys". These guys will tell you the exact same reasons as I have already. Now, I'm not saying turn into one these guys, but just help yourself and your partners out by conducting this simple preventive maintenance.


PISTOLS- Not every cop in America carries a Glock or 1911, so ill skip the disassembly portion. Honestly folks, if you don't know what your carry'n or how to take it apart, your wrong! Get someone at your Dept to show you how!


FIRST, CLEAR THE WEAPON OUT! REMOVE THE MAGAZINE, RETRACT THE SLIDE AND INPSECT THE CHAMBER, NO AMMUNITION SHOULD BE PRESENT AT ANY TIME DURING THIS PROCESS!!!!!! Now, assuming the pistol is field stripped you should have at least 3 major assemblies ( or parts, if you will ) the barrel and recoil rod, the slide( top part ), and the receiver ( grip part ). You shouldn't need to take down the weapon any further unless you have been trained to do so.


You will need approx 8 things, a old rag or used T-shirt, a toothbrush, Q-tips or pipe cleaners( for hard to reach places ) barrel patches, the correct bore brush for your caliber pistol, cleaning rod for the bore brush, cleaning solvent and weapons lubricant.= there are many types of solvents and lubricators on the market, I wont go into specifics but go to Wally world and ask the guy behind the counter for help, much easier then reading it here and then trying to find it!=


Step 1. Cleaning the barrel and recoil rod/spring. Connect the bore brush to the cleaning rod; dip the brush in the solvent, Insert the brush from the chamber end ( the end that the round is place before it fired ) push the brush all the way through and then pull back all the way through. Do this at least 3 times. Next attach a cleaning patch ( bore patch ) to the rod and push it through the same way, repeat until you can pass a patch through and it comes back clean. Look down your barrel and it should be bright and shiny, free of pits and rust. If you find pits or rust, contact your dept armorer or gunsmith. Place a lubricant on a rag and wipe down the outside of the barrel, if there is a bit of surface rust, then use the solvent and the toothbrush to clean that off, be sure to leave a light coat of lube on the outside of the barrel!!


Step 2. Slide ( top part ) You will basically use the brush and the solvent like crazy on the inside and the breach face ( where the head of the round sits ) put a few drops of solvent on the breach face, scrub all the grime and copper looking stuff off of it, be sure to scrub underneath your extractor ( little claw that holds the round on the breach face ) next the inside of the slide/ underneath if you prefer. Again a few drops of solvent and brush like crazy. You will notice it will start looking a gray/blackish color, that is the carbon build up and dirt coming loose, be sure to get all inside near wear the barrel sits as well. Take your rag and wipe off ALL of the solvent. Remember the pipe cleaner or Q-tips? Use those to get the solvent and grime out of the hard to reach places. Next, you will need to re-lube your slide inside and out. Again use the rag and lubricant and keep a light amount on the outside as well as in. This will help preserve the weapon from the elements as well as keep it in good working order.


Step 3. The receiver ( grip part ) you will the bush and very light amount of solvent on this section of the pistol. This section is were alot of spring and working parts are located, so take care in not dislodging any springs during the brushing. You really only want to brush areas that you can see dirt build up and such, mainly the magazine well and around the hammer area ( if your weapon has a hammer ). Mostly you will use the Q-tip/pipe cleaners and rag on this section. Apply a small drop of lube to the trigger area and the rails that your slide will run along when your weapon is being cycled. Once all this is done and the weapon is all nice and clean like your grandmothers kitchen, do a look/feel inspection on your weapon. This is most important due to the fact that a gun is simply a machine that goes bang and causes great bodily harm. So parts ARE going to break or get chipped, cracked and so on.


A good rule of thumb is to pick up each assembly and look over it as well as feel all over for any cracks, broken pieces, and spring tension on anything that has springs. If you find anything out of place, missing, or just broken; you need to let an armorer know immediately!! If all is good to go, you may now reassemble your weapon! Magazine. First remove all the rounds from your magazine by hand. Just press the head of the cartridge with your thumb until it clears the magazine. Do this until all rounds are expelled and you can see the follower. Next, at the bottom of the magazine there should be a small circle or indentation. Use the cleaning rod to press up on that and the floor plate should then slide off. *NOTE* this will be under spring tension, so be careful and not loose any parts as they may come flying out.


DO NOT lube the inside of the magazine at all!!! This will attract dust and dirt to gather up inside your magazine; around your rounds and the spring. This is very very bad and will cause the magazine to not feed a round into the chamber and will leave you dead in the water! Use the brush to clean out all the dirt/dust/grime that is in your magazine and then get a clean patch or rag to wipe it out, make sure it's dry.


Next, use the rag to wipe the spring off. DO NOT stretch the spring; this will not help no matter what you saw on Bad Boys 1 or 2. Use the brush to clean off your follower, and then dry it off with the rag or patches. Do the look/feel inspection on your magazine and its parts. If it is all good to go, re-assemble the magazine. Be aware that you will need to keep the spring pressed down until you can get the floor plate on all the way, it may shoot up at you and poke you in the eye!


These are just some basic procedures that anyone who carries a gun for a living should know and put to use. You don't have to be a Tackleberry and clean your guns everyday, but you should do it regularly. Don't neglect it, it may save your life! I tell alot of my student who don't like to clean their weapons, " If you don't ever give your child a bath, your not a good parent and may loose your child, if you don't clean your gun, your not taking care of yourself and may loose your life".


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I rotate magazines and clean my weapons...... Every friday


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I clean mine after every trip to the range. Usually at least twice a month. Generally at roll call while I'm listening to the patrol checks and BOLs. May as well make good use of the time right?

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Man I didn't know I was due for my 9MM annual already! LOL, great advise catm.


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I felt compelled to post it due to the number of questions in personal emails ive been getting from LE friends as well as the number of pistols that I have had to "repair" here recently. the age old... " my gun dont work", ok well whats wrong with it? " I dunno, its a POS"...ummm,, no your weapon is extremly dirty, go clean and if its still a POS then come back to me. I rarely see them again after that.


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I clean and PMCS my weapons and magazines on a monthly basis and after every trip to the range. I also inspect my weapons on a weekly basis for surface rust caused by the high humidity in Florida.


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I of course cleaned my competition weapon three or four times a week because I practiced 3 or 4 times a week. LOL! As for my duty weapon, like Bad LT, I would clean it after every duty week running a swab and oily rag over it ass well as make sure the rounds were okay and the re-loads cleaned and oiled. (Back then we had revolvers and speed-loaders). Now I run a oily rag over the weapon every week including running a swab through it. Once a month I strip it completely down and clean and re-oil the entire weapon including the magazines. That is for my stainless .45, the blued 9mm I wipe down every time after I carry it and of course run the swab through it once a week and complete clean once a month including magazines. I don't carry a firearm to be used as a brick.

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What did Boris say in the film Snatch.. " The weight is good, weight is a sign of reliability. If it doesnt work you can always hit him with it."

Quality Film!


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bump for the next shift


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evilspacemonkey said:

great information, what are your feelings on a bore snake?

The Boresnake is adequate for a field or "day 1" cleaning. It simply will not clean as good as a rod with a brush and patches. If you plan on using a boresnake alot, be sure you clean it frequently. The cloth material used in the boresnake will pick up particles from the inside of the barrel and everytime you pull it through, you're dragging those particles along the inside of the bore.

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Due to the lifesaving information contained herein, I'm tacking this.

No further 'bumps' necesarry.

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GTS197 said:


evilspacemonkey said:


great information, what are your feelings on a bore snake?


The Boresnake is adequate for a field or "day 1" cleaning. It simply will not clean as good as a rod with a brush and patches. If you plan on using a boresnake alot, be sure you clean it frequently. The cloth material used in the boresnake will pick up particles from the inside of the barrel and everytime you pull it through, you're dragging those particles along the inside of the bore.


The Bore-Snake is a godsend IMHO. The first time I used one, I thought to myself, "Why the hhell wasn't this invented 10 or 20 years earlier?"

I practice with my duty weapon a BARE MINIMUM of once a month (but then again, I'm one of those "Tackleberry" types, heh heh!) and therefore that translates into my weapon being cleaned a minimum of once a month.

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Lol yall would cringe if I told you how I clean my stuff…


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I clean my Glock every week. I switch my magazines out each time I clean it and I strip the rounds out at the same time. I clean my M-4 and 870 once a month.

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USAFE7 said:

Man I didn't know I was due for my 9MM annual already! LOL, great advise catm.

Crikey! I was having flashbacks to my SP Armorer days...


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bad_LT said:

I rotate magazines and clean my weapons...... Every friday

Same here. I go to the range (Private) and shoot every weekend.

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jcsaathoff said:

Lol yall would cringe if I told you how I clean my stuff…

I clean mine every other odd year. I must say though, these pesky automatics are a bit more fussy about being clean. I miss the revolvers.....they fire no matter what!

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4426 said:


jcsaathoff said:


Lol yall would cringe if I told you how I clean my stuff…


I clean mine every other odd year. I must say though, these pesky automatics are a bit more fussy about being clean. I miss the revolvers.....they fire no matter what!


Lol no what I was saying is what I USE to clean my stuff...


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jcsaathoff said:


4426 said:



jcsaathoff said:


Lol yall would cringe if I told you how I clean my stuff…


I clean mine every other odd year. I must say though, these pesky automatics are a bit more fussy about being clean. I miss the revolvers.....they fire no matter what!



Lol no what I was saying is what I USE to clean my stuff...


Yeah yeah.......I'm not quite that bad. When I first started one of the 'old' guys had a Colt 38 revolver that we had to soak in solvent in order to get the cylinder open. I'm sure he hadn't fired it in years. I'm sure he qualified every year with what they referred to as a 38 pencil in those days!

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My Dad had/has a SIG 220 in .45 ACP that he shot US surplus ammo from "1942" he then put it away. I found it and cheched the barrel.....disaster. It took me a while to get the rust out, but I only treated th problem. It's now pitted all over on the inside, and lavender rust still grows in there from time to time. My father and I take those little 'Silica Gel' packets that come in the box with a new pair of shoes or in a bag of Jerkey, and toss them into our Bull Dog Safe. I put them in my Cabinet, and ammo cans. I took one from a jerkey packet and put it into the pistol case with the 220 and I hope that will keep the rust at bey for longer. Every few times I take it out to play with I take the barrel out and scrub the crap out of it. My Dad didn't even know how to field strip it. Idk if how ofter he cleans his guns. I imagine that when he give me my share of the collection that I'll have alot of work to do. He did the same with a repro 1858 Remington after a reenactment. My Brother (fschuster) and I could "barrely" see through the barrel. We cleaned it, but that one is still pitted to hell. I guess you could see that my Dad is more into the reloading, hunting, and amuntion research aspect of firearms. He also collects old military rifles, he has his C&R lisence (collectors and relics).

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I clean all my duty firearms at least once a month (handgun(s), m-4, 870), plus any time I shoot them or they get wet..Better safe than sorry.


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Clean after any shooting excursion... or you get the same results as Greg up there.


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True Story: SWAT team is training. The Most Elite, the best, the bravest, and the most safety conscious. In fact, most of them are firearms instructors who are always hounding everyone about safety, safety, safety. One member goes to clean his gun when BOOM, he shoots himself right in the hand. Did I mention that this was the SWAT team? Lesson learned? Take your own advice!


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I did mention that this was the SWAT team right?


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GregoryCarlSchuster said:

My Dad had/has a SIG 220 in .45 ACP that he shot US surplus ammo from "1942" he then put it away. I found it and cheched the barrel.....disaster. It took me a while to get the rust out, but I only treated th problem. It's now pitted all over on the inside, and lavender rust still grows in there from time to time. My father and I take those little 'Silica Gel' packets that come in the box with a new pair of shoes or in a bag of Jerkey, and toss them into our Bull Dog Safe. I put them in my Cabinet, and ammo cans. I took one from a jerkey packet and put it into the pistol case with the 220 and I hope that will keep the rust at bey for longer. Every few times I take it out to play with I take the barrel out and scrub the crap out of it. My Dad didn't even know how to field strip it. Idk if how ofter he cleans his guns. I imagine that when he give me my share of the collection that I'll have alot of work to do. He did the same with a repro 1858 Remington after a reenactment. My Brother (fschuster) and I could "barrely" see through the barrel. We cleaned it, but that one is still pitted to hell. I guess you could see that my Dad is more into the reloading, hunting, and amuntion research aspect of firearms. He also collects old military rifles, he has his C&R lisence (collectors and relics).

As good of a lube the grease off of the Beef Jerky Silica packs are... I use these....

http://www.all-pelican-cases-4-less.com/detail_pelican_1500d.html

they are cheap and reusable.. the blue indicator turns pink then they are full of moisture and when that happens throw in in the oven at 300 degrees for a couple hours, let them cool and they ar as good as new. Each pack protects up to 3 cu feet of space.


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Shoot brother I've got CLP running through my viens.... literally, my initals are CLP.... and I preach and use the hell outa it as a instructor/maintainer.


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Many years ago a Captain from the Nashville Police, stated at an NRA Instructors School held at Camp Perry:
"A man who don't clean his gun, must not wipe his ass."


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Thanks for this info, it is a good reminder. Working in the desert means that our (the USBP's) Service weapons get gunked up real quick. It's not a good situation to find sand behind your trigger, in the slide, the mag, around the hammer, etc...you get the picture. Yet amazingly enough some agents still only clean their weapons when they qualify. BP qualifies 4 times a year...that's not nearly enough cleaning. I'll be copy/pasting this to an inter-office email to our FI crew. It's been awhile since they've really touched on this subject.


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The minimum in cleaning my weapon is monthly, and I unload the mags while I'm cleaning to allow the springs to relax their tension, my ankle gun gets wiped down weekly from the dust build up on my ankle. Our guns get inspected semi annually by the post armorer for wear and tear. Of course cleaning after every range is a must.


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That is some good information. Sounds better than what I was taught by my first instructor. My dad showed me a better way.. I will use the info from catm on this one.. Thanks.


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