Cleaning A Glock Pistol
Cleaning a Glock pistol is fast and easy compared to
many other handguns. Normal cleaning requires field stripping the pistol
into its main component parts (slide,
recoil spring assembly,
magazine). It comes apart in seconds. No special
Glock tools are needed.
When Should You Clean A Glock?
According to the Glock Manual, a Glock pistol should
field stripped, cleaned and
When it is brand new and before the first time
it is fired.
At least once a month.
After each time it is fired.
If the pistol has been dropped, if any
malfunctions have occurred or if any defects are suspected.
As required (determined by the pistols exposure
to the weather and environmental conditions).
How Should You Clean A Glock Field Stripped Pistol?
THE BARREL - Clean the
barrel and the chamber using a bore brush and solvent. Standard
firearm solvents can be used on a Glock pistol. Once it is cleaned
it should be thoroughly dried using clean patches.
THE SLIDE - The
slide rail cuts should be cleaned by using a clean patch on the
end of a toothbrush type cleaning tool. The breach face (where the
firing pin comes out) and the area of the extractor should be held
muzzle down and cleaned with a toothbrush type tool. Holding it
muzzle down prevents debris from entering the firing pin channel and
extractor chamber. This area should not be lubricated after
THE FRAME - Exposed parts of
frame should be wiped with a clean soft cloth that has been
slightly dampened with a quality firearm cleaning solvent. All
solvent should wiped dry with a clean dry cloth. Note - Q-tips are
helpful in cleaning the frame as long as care is taken not to leave
behind any cotton strands.
THE MAGAZINE - When necessary,
the disassembled Glock
magazine can be brushed out with a dry brush and the magazine
spring, follower, insert and floor plate wiped off with a soft clean
cloth. If sovent or lubricant are used they must be completely dried
prior to reassembly of the part.
Procedures For Cleaning Glocks
Information and instructions that may be helpful when cleaning Glock pistols
can be found here.
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