Apr 292012
 

Cleaning Semi Auto Pistols

Safely Unload Your Semi Auto Pistols

1] Handle your semi auto pistols safely. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, treat the firearm as if it is loaded, and keep your finger off the trigger.

2] Eject the magazine.

3] Empty the chamber.
Pull the slide back and visually and physically (stick your finger in there) check  that there aren’t any cartridges in the magazine well or in the chamber. Be double-sure your firearm is unloaded. You do not want an unexpected boom while stripping your firearm.

4] Make sure to remove all ammunition from the area, ideally to another room while cleaning the weapon.

Field Strip the Semi Auto Pistols.  Check your owners manual for field strip procedure.

1]Dismantle Semi Auto Pistols  safely

2]Identify the parts you are cleaning. Semi Auto Pistols are usually made up of 4 major groups of parts.
1]Frame
2]Slide
3]Barrel
4]Guide rod and recoil spring

Clean the Handgun

Reassemble the Handgun

There are many techniques for cleaning and lubricating semi auto pistols. We will be discussing all the ins and outs of these procedures with a hands on 2 hour seminar that will be held in early June. This class will be inexpensive and limited in space. Sign up early so that you wont miss it. Don’t forget that  clean, lubricated semi auto pistols will function better in self protection situations. We will have a list of supplies to bring , cost and dates for the semi auto pistols cleaning seminar that will be published soon. Space will be limited…..

 

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Apr 242011
 

One of the techniques I have started to use for improving my shooting skills is practicing a lot more with a .22 caliber pistol.  The .22 is perfect for learning properFederal 22 ammo shooting techniques and target skills.  It has low recoil and is economical to shoot. Trigger control is fairly easy to master because there is little recoil and .22 ammo is widely available and dirt cheap, so it is perfect for learning and practicing.  It’s great for new shooters too.  Starting a new shooter with a more powerful handgun is usually not a good idea it can also lead to that person not wanting to shoot at all. The recoil and the noise can cause the new shooter to develop a flinch, which makes accurate shooting impossible and a hard habit to break. I have found that my big caliber shooting has improved quite a bit since practicing with my .22.  Shooting my .22 caliber at 50 feet has helped my trigger control and my sight picture control tremendously, and it has helped my shooting budget a great deal. 1000 rounds of .22 long rifle go a long way at the range.  In my case, it’s about the cost of 100 rounds of 38 Special.  Always apply the 4 safety rules of shooting and have fun that’s what shooting is all about.

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