Course Outline

Man cleaning his handgun

Clean and lubricate 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 handgun maintenance your full attention. Never clean and lubricate a handgun while doing something else.

Follow these basic steps to clean and lubricate your handgun.

  • Point the muzzle in a safe direction, and make sure the gun is unloaded.
  • Remove all ammunition from the cleaning bench and surrounding area.
  • For the most thorough maintenance, field strip the handgun as directed in the owner's manual.
    • Clean each part separately.
    • Lubricate the parts of the gun according to the owner's manual.
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