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Cleaning a handgun

Clean your handguns after every use to keep them in top condition. Every owner should have a complete cleaning kit.

Work on a cleared table or bench. Always give cleaning your full attention. Never clean a handgun while doing something else.

Follow these basic steps to clean your handgun.

  • Point the muzzle in a safe direction, and make sure the gun is unloaded.
  • Remove all ammunition from the cleaning bench.
  • For the most thorough cleaning, field strip the handgun as directed in the owner's manual. Then clean each part separately.