1. Garrett

    This is so cool. I am in the process of getting my gun license right now. I love guns, I go to the shooting range almost every weekend. But one thing I never learned how to do, is actually how to clean a gun. I didn’t know there were so many steps involved. I’m definitely going to bookmark this page so when i get my gun license, i’ll know exactly what to do and how to do it. Do you have any recommendations on what I should take when i go to the gun range? Thanks, great article.

    • Dave

      Thanks for the comment, Garrett. When I go to the gun range, as far as cleaning goes, I always take my Boresnake and some gun oil. Also a good gun multi tool in case something comes loose or needs adjustment.

  2. Kohl

    Wow, what a great post! very informational, I love all the pictures and step by step instructions, very easy to follow that way! You seem very knowledgable about guns and it’s great to know someone like you is giving the information! Keep up the great work, these are high quality posts in my opinion.

    • Dave

      Thanks Kohl! I know how frustrating it is to have a fine firearm and want to clean it for the first time. Detailed instructions are what I want to see so I can be sure I am doing it right.

  3. Marley Dawkins

    Nice this is a really comprehensive breakdown of how to clean a Kimber 1911,with the basics that work for any handgun. Now personally I have never owned a real gun before, would you suggest a gun like this for a beginner?

    Eitherway I’m going to refer to more posts on your site to get more ideas, as well as sharing this with anyone that has an interest in guns 🙂

    Thanks for the info!

    • Dave

      Marley, thanks for your comment! A beginner should probably try to go to a gun range with a friend, or to a gun store that allows you to shoot some guns before you buy. This way you can experience the particular gun before you decide what works for you. A 1911 can be a fine first gun, although it has more recoil, of “kick” than a smaller caliber, like a 9mm. Personally, my first gun was a 9mm, and it was quite manageable and very fun to shoot!

      If yo go to a gun range, in my experience, the people are always friendly and willing to help out a newbie, and even let you shoot their guns to get a feel for what you may like.

  4. Candace

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I was able to successfully clean my Kimber today! I have had help twice from experienced folks and they even had trouble but I printed out your instructions and followed them and it went great. Thanks again.

    • Thanks so much for your comment! I am very happy that it worked for you. I enjoyed writing the post and of course my Kimber got a good cleaning in the process! I find that my Kimber works so much better after a little care.

  5. zardozmania

    As a relative gun newbie, and not yet having purchased my first gun, I am wondering, why the Kimber 1911, why do you like it over others, and, how do you know when it’s time to clean your gun? Does it become inoperable or unsafe at some point if you don’t clean it? thanks

    • Dave

      Hi Zardozmania,

      Thanks for the comment on my post! Why the Kimber? Well, there are many manufacturers of a 1911 style pistol, but Kimber is known for their quality and accuracy at a good price point. I loved the look and the gun shop had a great price, and I have loved it ever since. You know it is time to clean the gun when it starts to hang up when cycling, indeed causing some malfunctions. I would not call it unsafe unless someone was shooting at me and I was unable to shoot back!

      It is a great idea to clean a gun regularly, after every few hundred rounds or if carried everyday, I would clean it once a month or so.

  6. wfrazier14

    The information on this site is fantastic. I have recently become a concealed carry permit holder myself and I am searching for a weapon that will get the job done. I am very impressed with the information in this site. The training, the different types of holsters and the training is great. I have bookmarked the URL and will be visiting the site regularly. I would like to see menus on this site to categorize the topics. This would allow me to find pertinent information on a busy schedule. I am limited on time and would like to find information quickly. The recent posts is good, but the accumulation of future articles will become hard to sift through. The writing and information is great and I am glad that I have found this site.


    • Dave

      Thanks for the kind comments and suggestions Wayne! I will work on organizing my posts by topic so all my visitors can find what they are looking for. 

      Congrats on your Concealed Carry Permit! There are many great guns out there, you just need to find one you are comfortable with and train with it until it becomes second nature. Good luck!

  7. i found this to be extremly interestiing andfdetailed. the person who wrote the blog went into a lot of of detail. He made it very simple explaing step by step how to clean the pistol; for maximum long life. Guns like cars or anything else will last a long time and give good performanmces if properly cared for.

    • Thanks for your comment. Yes, guns work best and last longer if they are maintained properly. Not to mention they look a lot nicer when they are clean!

  8. Good article for those that are license right to use gun, in my country we don’t have that right to use pistol any how. So in my life I’d never handle any gun before. But is a good info for pistol user. The process they can use to cleaned up their pistol, good sharing.


  9. andrejs

    Indeed, very detailed and understandable instruction on how to service the Kimber 1911 pistol. Based on your writing and presentation style, I can see that you really like what you’re doing, and you can trust your advice. Judging from the pics, I think they’re not downloaded on the Internet, but it’s your real gun. I hope it is used in a shooting room or anywhere else in permitted places, a joke.

    • Dave

      Hi, andrejs,

      Thank you for your nice comment! Yes, that is indeed my Kimber Pro Carry 1911 in all the pics. I clean my guns in my garage, and yes that is legal in my state! LOL.

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