Some regular maintenance is required to keep your firearms working reliably and safely. This means taking the firearm apart, cleaning the residue left after shooting, and applying some lubricant to ensure smooth operation going forward. So “cleaning” your guns actually means cleaning as well as lubricating. Here’s how to do that…
But before we begin, be sure to first watch Gun Safety 101 – The 4 Rules of Gun Safety [Video]. Gun Safety is quite simple, as long as you follow these simple rules.
OK, back to cleaning your guns. There are many ways to clean your guns, and many of them will work just fine. The trick is to find a sound method that works for you.
Here is an excellent intro video from Hickock45. This guy has years of experience and is comfortable with his techniques… watching his video and listening to his sidebars is very educational, especially for beginners. Pay attention to what he says:
Here is a video of Hickock45 cleaning a Springfield Armory XDM – a handgun very similar to the Glock. Watching both videos will be very helpful to understanding his techniques, what to do, and what not to do. After watching both of these videos, you should know what you need to effectively clean and lubricate your Glock and similar handgun.
Gun Cleaning Supplies
- Gun Cleaner and Gun Oil – For a gun cleaner and lubricant in one, I use and recommend Ballistol. It just works and leaves a long lasting sheen. Unlike the other popular option (CLP-4), Ballistol is non-toxic so no worries if it gets on your hands. It’s good for cleaning and lubricating knives as well, which is where non toxic means even more. I prefer the aerosol with the red nozzle, as shown in the video above.
- Gun cleaning brushes – These are similar to dental toothbrushes, but with firmer, more durable bristles. They’re cheap and very useful for getting carbon deposits off your gun. Get them.
Some people use toothbrushes, which I find to have bristles that are too soft. Others buy expensive purpose made gun cleaning brushes. I like the Type-III 7″ Double Sided Nylon Cleaning Brushes.
- Cotton patches – You’ll need these for cleaning the barrel of your gun, tho they’re also useful for the other parts of the gun. I like the Allen Company Gun Cleaning Patches (225 Pieces). These gun cleaning patches are used for are very good quality, compared to the many cheap, super thin ones. This is a way better option than trying to cut up old t-shirts, don’t waste your time.
- Boresnake – Cleaning the carbon deposits from your gun’s barrel can be hard and tedious. This is the smart, easy way. Hoppe’s BoreSnake Viper Pistol and Revolver Bore Cleaner
- For gun supplies and accessories, check out Mounting Solutions Plus.
- For a more comprehensive list of the supplies you’ll need once you get a gun… including cleaning supplies, but also eye/ear protection and more, check out “So I Just Got My First Gun… Now What?“
Advanced Glock Cleaning
At some interval (say every year or two depending on use) you’ll want to do a more in-depth cleaning of your Glock.
For that, go here: Gun Cleaning 102 – Advanced Glock Cleaning [Video]