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    Salams,

    A lot of members and friends have asked me time and again on how to clean their handguns. Most new gun owners seldom find the right guidance which results in a much shorter firearms lifespan. I had a couple of guns to clean today so took some pictures to give a basic "How to".

    Step 1: Preparation and a few words

    Before anything check and double check your firearm to confirm it's empty. Keep your hand off the trigger, take the magazine out, rack the slide a few times, then engage the slide lock in open position and visually inspect the chamber to confirm. The cleaning tools I use are Hoppes Powder Solvent (Approx Rs. 500), Hoppes Lubricating Oil (Rs. 500), Cleaning patching (buy them or cut up on old lint free cotton cloth), Cleaning brush (Rs. 15). Although I don't use WD40 at all , I have included it in the picture as it can be used in place of both Hoppes products. I don't like it though and would never use it on my handguns.




    There are 3 main parts of a pistol one must clean, the Barrel, the Slide and the frame.







    Step: 2 Cleaning

    Take a small cotton patch (I use Muzzle Loader Shooting Patches from Southern Bloomer U.K) put it over the bottle and turn it upside down on the patch for half a second.



    Now clean the barrel using the same patch. Before is before:



    This is after a using the same patch: Clean using it and another patch if you feel necessary.



    Next run the brush through the barrel a couple of time to loosen any residue stuck in the groves. Then either use the cleaning rod with a patch or put the patch over the cleaning brush and run it though the barrel a couple of times. When the patch gets dirty or misshaped use another one. Dip the second patch with powder solvent and the run it though the barrel again a couple of times.



    Visually inspect the barrel pointing toward the light to see if it's clean, the slide and frame are to be cleaned the same way. I use the brush on the hammer portion of the frame as well to loosen any grime. Also I use a small flat screwdriver with the cotton patch to clean the grime stuck between the extractor and firing pin plate.

    All clean:




    Step: 3 Lubrication

    A lot friends are confused about this one. I have seen educated gun enthusiasts whose pistols are dripping oil. Excess oil does not make your gun run better! All you need for the entire gun is ONE DROP of oil applied in the right places. I use a cotton ear bud and put a drop of oil on in like shown below:



    Then I apply it to slide and frame like so:





    I would also like to mention that some like to use grease instead of oil. That is fine as well, in my experience steel frames like grease more and polymer runs better with oil. Some say using grease helps retain accuracy after 5 to 7 thousand rounds. Use what you prefer. I like to 'grease the rails and oil the springs'

    And that's all there is to it !

    Here is the gun reassembled and patches and cotton bud used:



    *Misc notes:

    1).There is no perfect way to clean/lube guns. Everyone has a slightly different preference. In the write up above I have shown you mine.

    2). Some people like to apply a touch of oil to the barrel. I don't, when fired the oil heats up the barrel much more and over time it will kill your barrel faster. Before storing guns is another matter and again should be cleaned before use.

    3). Never dip your handgun slide in Diesel / Mitti ka tail etc. Apart from damaging the finish and smelling nasty, it will get inside the firing pin area, loosen all the grime which in most cases gets stuck on the firing pin causing failures to fire.

    4). I disassemble and clean my pistol magazines after about 1000 rounds.

    5). I also like to take off the grips every 1000 rounds and clean the grip area from inside.

    6). Never fire your gun with the slide off.

    7). Loaded or not, always practice gun safety.

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    Great post abbas.

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    Very good and comprehensive Tutorial
    Been there, Done that

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    nice post thanks

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    thank you chief, you make some points clear :)
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    good article as usual.
    one question !
    We are having OTIS kits these days..... they are coming with brass or metal brushes.... is it safe to clean the barrel with metals brush instead of plastic brush ? will it damage the polishing of the barrel ?
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    Thanks Abbas bro for great tutorial, it looks we both use the same products, tools n method for hand gun cleaning :) with slight difference as I use brunox soaked ear buds to clean the internals but use either oil drops or grease in the slide, on barrel lugs & out side the barrel :)
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    @Ali Nawaz, Mastermind, Apalo, Silent Killer, Topak and Denovo. Thank you.

    @Topak No, brass/metal brushes won't damage your barrel. Just make sure when you insert the brush you complete the rotation i.e put it in one end and take it out the other. Don't reverse in the middle.

    @Denovo Great, Brunox is a fantastic product as well. Some say it cleans better than Hoppes. I just like the Hoppes smell better ;)

    I used to apply oil to the outside of the barrel as well but didn't like the excess heat and smoke. +1 to light oil to the barrel lugs.

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    Its very very helpful for newbies like me.

    Thanks Abbas Bro

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    nice sir
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    A.O.A, my hand guns are for sure happy with your share :D , May also take the sight of relief as I was used to lubricate my hand guns a lot :o . :lol:
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    Thanks Abbas Bhai.

    Wondering when would there be a tutorial on shotguns!
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    @Abbas bhai, Masha Allah! thank you very much for the tutorial. Was missing you very much for quite a time, now this is called come back!!!
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    @Abbas sb,
    Very usefull share, thank you.

    Please tell me what do you mean by:
    [6). Never fire your gun with the slide off. ]

    And what grips have you put on your Shadow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolbox18
    @Abbas sb,
    Very usefull share, thank you.

    Please tell me what do you mean by:
    [6). Never fire your gun with the slide off. ]

    And what grips have you put on your Shadow?
    i think he saying dont pull the trigger while you have striped your gun, and slide is not installed on frame.

    I was used to lubricate my hand guns a lot
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    graet post sir....
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    Thanks. I didn't knew this.
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    @Zaheer, Assad Ahmed, KAYZEE, Stimga, Hammad, Coolbox, Topak, Mani, Vik. Thank you, I'm glad you guys found it useful.

    @CoolBox18 Topak is right, I meant with the slide off. The grips are Houge for Cz 75. They fit most CZ's and clones as well.

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    i had a question regarding:
    "I use the brush on the hammer portion of the frame as well to loosen any grime."
    is it advisable to dip the brush in a solvent or simply just brush off ?

    Also , cleaning the firing pin portion, i was told or i read somewhere that it shudnt be scrubbed and care shud be taken not to let oils/solvents into it, how exactly do u clean that portion , if possible cud u just gv me a few pointers on that.

    Regards.

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    It was very helpful for me and will be for other beginners too. Thanks a lot for sharing. :)
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