Handguns are all different, from revolvers to semi-automatics, makes models and calibers to even the naming of the parts sometimes. There are some consistencies though. Most automatics have things like, a slide catch/lock, barrel, guide rod and/or spring. All the things you need for basic cleaning and maintenance in the field of said weapon have readily available access to them.
Above is a video on basic field stripping of a semi-automatic handgun, the order and the parts involved.
- Safety First! Check and make sure Ammo, Magazine and Chamber are CLEAR!
- Pull slide to the rear of the weapon and lock the slide back with the Slide Catch/Slide Lock
- Turn Down the Release lever on the side to allow the slide to come forward and off
- GET A GRIP! Grasp the slide in a way that gives you full control of the slide while not interfering with access to the slide catch. It will not require herculean strength, but if you do not have a firm grip on most semi-autos, the next step is embarassing.
- While holding the slide, release the slide lock and remove the slide from the grip via the slide rails.
- Remove Spring and guide rod, this usually requires a forward pressure/lift and then un-spring. DO NOT let that sucker fly off, or you may lose either or both forever.
- Remove barrel, usually by a slight slide or nudge forward and then an up and out.
To put it back together simply reverse the steps.
Guns like 1911’s and Glocks have different methods, but generally similar situations once the slide comes off. With so many variations on handguns this is by no means a be all end all fieldstrip. That’s why every gun comes with a manual.
This is not a stereo, or a workbench or an RC car that you can look at the box and say “I can figure this out” READ YOUR GODDAMN MANUAL. Incorrect assembly/disassembly of A WEAPON can lead to damage and/or destruction of the gun …or worse YOU. So don’t F around. Bought a used gun that didn’t come with a manual or some other excuse? Well, you got here, now go to the manufacturer’s website and download the free pdf. Almost everyone manufacturer does this so go get a free manual.
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