In recent years, more and more states have continued the trend of recognizing and supporting their citizens’ Second Amendment rights, with Shall-Issue concealed-carry laws. In kind, citizens are applying for concealed-carry permits in record numbers—our firearms industry is seeing a significant increase in the number of first-time buyers and first-time concealed carriers. For those who have purchased their first defensive or concealed-carry handgun, there are a few things to take into consideration before holstering up. Here we’ll cover the key things to address after you have selected and purchased your new handgun.

Proper Cleaning
All manufacturers will apply a coating of oil to their handguns for protection during shipping. This oil may not be high- quality oil or reliable enough for your weapon’s lubrication needs. Secondly, there is usually way too much of it, and it will be all over the handgun. I don’t recommend using brake cleaner and other chemical stripping agents to remove it as these can damage certain finishes and completely strip the handgun of all oils. Those cleaning methods are overkill and simply unnecessary.

Instead, disassemble the handgun, and wipe everything down to remove the manufacturer’s shipping oil. Using a bore brush dipped in solvent, scrub out the bore by passing the brush from the chamber all the way out the muzzle and back again. Never stop mid-barrel and change direction, as this can damage the barrel. Run a patch soaked in solvent through the barrel a few times followed by a dry patch. Using a T-shirt or towel, wipe down the guide rod/recoil spring and every accessible surface of the slide and frame, inside and out. Use cotton swabs for the nooks and crannies. Use a toothbrush to scrub the breech face and under the extractor claw. You want to do this with the breech face pointed downward to help prevent debris and gunk from getting into the firing-pin channel…


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