DIY: Cleaning a handgun

Published 1:09 pm Tuesday, September 5, 2017

By David Miller

David Miller is a firearms instructor and an M&P and AR-15 armorer. Shooting has been his longtime hobby.

Whether you’re frequently headed to the shooting range or pulling out your pistol once a year from storage, Albert Lean and firearms instructor David Miller said it’s important to follow proper procedures to make sure your handgun is working its best. But before you clean it, he advised, you must understand a few important safety measures.

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Miller said it is crucial to always keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

“Never point a gun at anything you don’t want to destroy,” he said.

In past years in the news, there have been reports of what have been termed “accidental discharges” when people have unintentionally shot themselves or others. Those incidents are now referred to as “negligent discharge,” because the responsibility of discharging a gun remains with the person shooting.

He encouraged people to refer to their firearm manual for specific maintenance guidelines for their handgun.

Miller used a Smith & Wesson M&P to demonstrate proper general field stripping and cleaning procedures.

Safety tips

• Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

• Always follow the field stripping instructions exactly. Never go beyond what’s instructed to do or alter the parts in your pistol.

• Wear safety glasses every time you assemble or disassemble your firearm.