What Goes Into Cleaning Your Glock

What Goes Into Cleaning Your Glock

The Glock is durable, low maintenance, user-friendly, reliable, and eminently shootable. The recoil in every Glock is very manageable for its class.

The Glock slide is easy to hold and does not require ultimate strength to function. It doesn’t have a lot of buttons and levers to work, so exceptional talent is not required.

Glocks are designed to endure abuse and neglect and will continue to function under the most hostile situations. A newly designed Glock will have an expected lifespan of over 200,000 rounds which means it should outlast you.

Regardless of the Glock’s excellent dependability and durability, cleaning your Glock is still essential. If you spare some time to clean your Glock (or whatever firearm you possess), it will stay in shape to watch over you.

Luckily, you don’t have to be a gunsmith or an armorer to learn how to disassemble your Glock for regular inspection and cleaning. Just read through your Glock manual and this article.

You should read the owner’s manual for specific disassembly, reassembly, lubrication, and cleaning guidelines for every firearm you possess.

6 Easy Steps On How To Clean Your Glock

There are various cleaning products, tools and methods available. Here, we aim to tell you about a simple procedure using regular resources. 

However, if you have a different technique or prefer a different product, please go on with it - this article is not to talk you out of it.

With your protective equipment in place, and a disassembled firearm, do the following:

Step one:

To start, run a solvent-soaked patch through the chamber and bore of your barrel multiple times. Evenly coat the feed ramp, chamber and interior of the barrel. Then, set the barrel aside to soak.

Step 2:

Using a dry patch or rag, wipe the interior of your slide to get the big stuff out. Make a toothbrush wet with a small amount of solvent, scrub the interior surfaces, and pay keen attention to the slide rails and breech face. As you clean, try to hold the slide muzzle end down to prevent the solvent from running into the interior of the striker channel that we want dry. Set the slide aside to soak for some minutes, muzzle end down, to make any solvent that made its way into the striker channel drain out.

Step 3:

Using a dry patch or rag, clean the frame of your pistol. Thoroughly get off the dirt, carbon and other fouling away from the exterior of the frame, the accessible interior of the gun and the interior of the magazine well. Also, wipe down the trigger bar, connector, rails and ejector.

Step 4:

Now that you’ve cleaned the big stuff off the frame go back again with a clean patch or rag and a toothbrush to get the nooks and crannies cleaned too. You may also need to put a little solvent on the patch or toothbrush to get some fouling off these parts. With this, ensure you wipe the surfaces clean afterward and do not leave behind a bunch of solvents. If needed, use a can of compressed air or an air hose to blow the solvent out of the parts it might be hiding. The aim here is to get everything clean and dry.

Step 5:

With a dry patch or rag, wipe down your recoil spring assembly. This part shouldn’t need much attention; just endeavor to get it clean and dry. A dry toothbrush might help with this too.

Step 6:

Also, using a dry patch or rag, wipe down the exterior of your magazines to get the dirt and carbon fouling off. Pay keen attention to getting the feed lips and follower clean - a dry toothbrush might as well be helpful here. If you’re worried that sand, water, dirt or other debris might have gotten inside the magazine, then you’ll need to disassemble the magazine and clean it, as we’ve previously addressed here. This is an excellent thing to do periodically anyway; however, you don’t have to disassemble your magazines for cleaning all the time. Once more, the aim is to get your magazines clean and dry. Do not leave any solvent behind to avoid attracting more dirt; just clean and dry.

Hold up! There’s more where all these came from, and you can access them here. Cleaning your Glock starts with safely disassembling your pistol. Ensure you refer to your owner’s manual or department guidelines for instructions on how to get this done.

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