Proper Care of Handguns

General Article

Whether you prefer Glocks or American-made pistols, you need to care for them if you want them to last a long time. Your owner’s manual is the go-to guide for personalized care, but keep reading for the basics of proper maintenance.

Clean It

Cleaning your gun ensures that it does not rust and that no debris is left inside of it. Typically, you will field strip and clean your weapon after each use. Your owner’s manual will give you specific instructions for how to disassemble and clean your pistol. Following these instructions is crucial. If you don’t follow them, you could wind up with unseen damage that impacts your weapon’s performance.

Lubricate It

You need to lubricate your pistol when you first get it, after it’s fired, every month, and if it’s been exposed to the elements. Whether you are a frequent visitor to the range or only carry for self-defense, regular lubrication is critical. This can prevent the metal from wearing quickly. In other words, you are prolonging the life of all your metal parts. This is essential for ensuring proper function and minimizing trips to the gunsmith.

Store It

Proper storage is a safety factor, but it can also impact the lifespan of your weapons. Keeping your pistols in a gun safe is the best way to protect them from the humidity and other potentially corrosive elements found in most homes.

Document It

While maintaining your handguns is important, you also need to make sure you have the proper documentation for them. This will ensure you adhere to any state or federal laws regarding ownership and ensure they are handed to the right person when you pass.

Taking care of your guns is important. These are just some parts of proper maintenance, and your owner’s manual can give you more specific details.