Gun Maintenance

Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm Shield EZ Disassembly and Cleaning

S&W M&P Shield or Shield EZ 9mm Pistol M&P Shield 9 mm Disassembly and Cleaning I am going to show you step-by-step how to disassemble and clean a Smith & Wesson  M&P 9mm Shield and Shield EZ pistol. From the field stripping to complete reassembly, this tutorial will allow you how to quickly and confidently perform this task in 15-20 minutes. If you have never tried to take down (field strip) your 9mm Shield or Shield EZ, you will soon…

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How Often To Clean a Gun | Gun Cleaning FAQ

Gun cleaning FAQ Here are some common question that I see and some quick answers: Can I over-clean my gun? Not really. However, if you super-clean it, you must always apply oil to the gun after cleaning for 2 reasons. One is to protect the finish and keep rust away. The second is to make sure the moving parts slide easily. Can I use WD-40 to clean my gun? Absolutely. I would use it on metal parts ONLY. WD-40 is…

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How to Barrel Mount a Streamlight Protac HL-X Weapon Light

How to barrel mount a Streamlight Protac HL-X weapon mounted light. I recently decided that I needed to put a white light on my AR 15 style rifle. I keep my AR-15 ready to go by my bed, ready to defend my family should it become necessary. The end result was a barrel mounted Streamlight Protac HL-X. I also realize that if I would need to use a firearm for self defense, it will likely be at night, or perhaps…

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How to Clean a Springfield XD or XDm 9mm or 45 Pistol

How to Disassemble and Clean a Springfield XD or XDm 9mm or XD 45 Pistol I am going to give you step-by-step instructions on how to clean a Springfield XD or XDm 9mm pistol. This will also work for a Springfield XD 45. From taking it apart (field stripping) to complete reassembly, this tutorial will have you quickly and confidently performing this task in 10-15 minutes. There is also a video at the bottom of the article. See my articles…

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DIY Gun Cleaning Station | Gun Cleaning Supplies List

Homemade Gun Cleaning Station This article will show you how to make a do-it-yourself gun cleaning station and give you a list of gun cleaning supplies that you will need to perform your necessary firearm maintenance. Cleaning a gun is not difficult and anyone can do a good job with very little in the way of supplies and tools. I will list the necessary supplies and tools, as well as some optional ones that will make the job a bit…

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1911 Quick Clean and Lube with No Disassembly

1911 quick clean and lubrication without taking the gun apart Sometimes you just don’t want to take the time to take your 1911 apart to do a thorough cleaning. This article is going to be about how to quickly clean and lube your 1911 pistol without performing a field strip. Use this method when you do not have the time to do a thorough job, but still need your 1911 to function. I do not recommend this method as your…

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How to Reassemble a 1911- Step By Step Pictures and Instructions

How to put a 1911 back together What to do next after field stripping for cleaning, recoil spring replacement, repair or upgrade. The 1911 is my preferred gun and I like to keep it clean. It works best when it is clean and lubricated. If you need to know how to disassemble your 1911, see my tutorial: How to disassemble a Kimber Pro Carry 1911. 1911 Reassembly Instructions. Putting a 1911 Back together. This article will show you step-by-step how…

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1911 Function Check and Safety Check

How to Perform a 1911 function check and safety check. Anytime you disassemble or field strip your 1911 for cleaning purposes, recoil spring replacement, plunger tube replacement, upgrade, etc. it is necessary to perform a function check and safety check. This is simply a series of steps to be sure that the gun has been assembled properly and the firearm safeties are working normally.. This tutorial will walk you step-by-step through a thorough mechanical function check. The checks in this…

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1911 Recoil Spring Replacement Chart

Kimber 1911 Recoil Spring Replacement Guide The recoil spring on any semi-automatic gun is critical to the proper performance of the firearm. Each spring has a particular rating relating to how many pounds of force it takes to compress it by one inch. When a spring undergoes many compressions over time, it will become weaker. I have created a chart below listing the correct recoil springs for popular 1911 models. Springs wear out and need to be replaced at a…

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How and When to Replace the Recoil Spring on a Kimber Pro Carry 1911

Kimber 1911 Recoil Spring Replacement. The recoil spring on your Kimber 1911 or any 1911 is critical to the proper functioning and performance of your firearm. However, just like any other spring, it eventually wears out and becomes weaker. When this happens, your firearm will not cycle properly and you will start to experience malfunctions such as a failure to completely load a new round into the chamber. When the spring gets weak, the slide may not move at the…

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