Not only is a handgun an excellent way to protect yourself and your family, but it is also a way to release stress. It is an activity that is fun and challenging. There are different types of handguns that offer different safety risks and various factors to consider when choosing one for yourself. So, let’s talk about the process of breaking down a handgun.
Being able to break down handgun lets you know how it’s working and makes it easier to clean. It also helps in troubleshooting and repairs when your gun isn’t firing correctly. The process of disassembly and reassembly may take one time only, but will be repeated many times between regular cleanings, what follows is how to disassemble.
Disassembling a Handgun
For gun enthusiasts, cleaning your firearm is an almost sacred experience. You need to pay attention to each step as you break down your weapon. A screwdriver is used to remove the screws, and then the slide is carefully pulled off the frame. The barrel is removed and wiped down with a cloth, but never put in contact with water or cleaners. The various parts of the gun are laid out until they are completely dry to prevent rusting. After observing this process one could see how disheartening it would be if there was a part missing or left somewhere on a table along with other parts of the weapon.
To clean a handgun, always store it unloaded with the action open. Sub-assemblies can be cleaned individually, or taken it down as far as you can and clean up to the point where components must be removed. Clean by scrubbing, taking care of springs and pins; use a toothbrush if needed. Be very careful with lubrication of any kind: don’t get oil anywhere near working parts. After cleaning an old gun that has been left in storage for a long time, make sure it is still in good operating condition before firing a test shot.
Reassembling a Handgun
Before you reassemble it is a good idea to clean it and oil it if the manufacturer intends for it to be oiled. This will prevent rust from forming on the metal surfaces. It is also a good idea to remove the magazine, but not eject previous rounds from the chamber, because there may be live rounds in the chamber of some guns. The next step is to align the slide rails with the frame on most pistols and revolvers. There are grooves on both sides of the gun and on either side of both rails. To complete this task you have to push down on one rail while forcing the other up against
When putting a handgun back together, do not tighten all of the screws until you have completed the reassembly. This is so the handgun is able to function properly when fired. Make sure you don’t forget to check the various parts of your handgun and make sure all of them are there. No matter which type of handgun you choose, there will come a time when taking it apart and putting it back together is inevitable. Follow these simple steps to take apart a handgun to clean or repair it.