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Gun Cleaning

Gun cleaning might not be on the top of the priority list for most people, but it’s very important and should never be ignored. Especially for a gun you rely upon to save lives.
As mentioned in class, gun cleaning can –

  • Prevent Malfunctions

  • Allows you to inspect the firearm for wear or damage

  • It maintains it’s reliability. The #1 requirement for a defensive handgun meant to save lives is Reliability.

Everyone in class will receive a 90-minute DVD with yours truly showing everything and anything for gun cleaning.
It won’t surprise those who know me that my gun cleaning ‘kit’, comprises of two toolboxes and a three tier cart with a Tipton rifle/shotgun/pistol Gun Vise and lots of other gun cleaning items.

There is a saying, “No handgun is clean, until the magazine(s) are clean”
Disassembling (field stripping) magazines is easy and cleaning them is even easier – Disassemble, clean the parts off with a brush, reassemble. NO lubrication for magazine parts!

I’m surprised by the number of people who’ve already been through a CCW class and they were never taught to disassemble handgun magazines. You will learn how to disassemble and clean your semi-automatic handgun magazines in my class.

Holster, magazine carriers, and other equipment
Maintaining your handgun and magazines doesn’t stop there.
Be sure you inspect, clean and maintain all of the everyday equipment you carry.

There are many products made to help folks clean their guns and many have their favorites.
My favorite to clean my guns after shooting them is CLP – Cleaner, Lubricant, & Protectant. It is an all-in-one solution for gun cleaning. Apply it, let it penetrate, then wipe it off. DONE!




One of the most important tools in my gun cleaning kit is a magnifying glass.
A magnifying glass allows you to inspect critical parts to make sure the gun will work when it needs to work.

Handguns were designed to run nearly dry. It only takes a few drops of oil in the right places to properly lubricate a handgun.
I’ve used 3-in-1 oil for years and would still trust it but now I favor ‘fine firearms oil’ from Hoppes, Remington and other companies.

A tip I learned a long time ago is to apply gun grease to the handguns ‘rails’. This will make the slide run smoother and with possibly less felt-recoil. The one thing about grease, when you are ready to clean your handgun, you have to remove the grease. Q-Tips work well in this department.

Hoppe’s No. 9 Powder Solvent
Most people will know of and still use Hoppe’s No. 9 gun cleaning products and I myself grew up with it, but now only use it when needed like if I’m cleaning someone else’s gun (professionally, for a price) that’s particularly dirty. I’ve cleaned guns where I had to get out my Dremel to remove excess build up of carbon deposits off the gun.


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