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How To Clean A Pistol For The First Time | The Easy Way

Welcome sheepdogs to another video brought to you by Tampa Carry. My name is Ryan and in this video, I’m going to show you how to properly clean a semi-automatic pistol. We’ll discuss frequency, supplies, and a detailed process to maintain your firearm, so stay tuned. Cleaning your firearm for the first time can be an intimidating process. But I promise, if you follow these steps, it’s gonna be a breeze. It’s important to clean your firearm after each trip to the gun range. This ensures your firearm is in good condition if an emergency arises. It’s also recommended to apply a light coat of oil on your firearms between trips to the range. This could mean applying oil every few weeks or it could be every six months. It really depends on how much moisture or humidity your firearm is exposed to on a daily basis. The majority of your firearm is made out of metal which will rust or corrode if free from oil. A light coat of oil is all you need to prevent long-term damage to your firearm. To properly clean your firearm, you’re gonna need a few supplies. You will need foaming bore cleaner, gun oil, a bore snake, gun cleaning brushes, q-tips, and an old rag. I’ll include links in the description below for some of these items. The most important part of cleaning your firearm is gun safety. Far too many people are killed while cleaning their firearms because they don’t follow the rules. Rule number one, always keep your finger off the trigger. Rule number two, always keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction. A safe direction should be an exterior wall in your home. Today, most homes are built with a concrete exterior wall. If your firearm goes off, the bullet is unlikely to pass through a concrete wall. However, interior walls are made of drywall and a bullet will pass through like a hot knife through butter. Potentially killing a loved one on the other side. Rule number three, always make sure your firearm is unloaded. This process is called safety checking your firearm. I’ll include a link, to another video to properly show you how to safety check your firearm. First, lay an old towel on your table so that you don’t damage it with any solvents. Next, you need to field-strip your firearm. This is the process of separating the slide from the frame and removing the barrel. Most firearms have a different process to field-strip the gun. If you’re unsure on how to do this, refer to the owners manual for detailed instructions. Now, that your firearm is disassembled, spray foaming bore cleaner into the barrel and Allow it to sit for two to three minutes. Next, we’ll begin to wipe away any carbon from the slide, the frame, and the outside of the barrel using our rag. For stubborn spots, apply a small amount of gun oil and scrub with a brass brush then wipe it clean. To clean the hard-to-reach spots, i like to use q-tips. Apply a small amount of oil and wipe clean. Now, we’re ready to clean the inside of the barrel. Drop the weighted end of the bore snake through the barrel and pull it out the other side. Then hold the barrel up to light and you should see a bright shiny barrel. Next, apply a small amount of oil to your fingers and rub the outside of the barrel, the guide rails, and the internal parts of the slide and frame. Don’t apply too much oil. A small amount goes a long way. Now, you can reassemble your firearm by simply reversing the process you used to field-strip your gun. Once the firearm is reassembled, apply a light coat of oil to the outside of the firearm and the magazine. That’s it! Your firearm is clean and it’s ready for anything. I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did, give it a big thumbs up and if you haven’t already, subscribe to the Tampa Carry youtube channel for more amazing videos like this. In the comments below, tell me what kind of gun you have and what you like about your gun. I’d love to hear from you and until next time. Stay safe.


  1. Wendy And Matthew Author

    These are the kinds of videos that were gold to me when i first started to carry. so many people swear by how much oil or how little oil to use but ive found over oiling is worse than under. Good stuff Ryan!

  2. Rob Janusch Author

    Try using Ballistol. I've found it SOO much better, for cleaning and Lubing the internal workings of the gun. It is also GREAT for the exterior. It really keeps the gun dirt, sand, and the internal parts lead-free! After a time, it kind of "bonds" to the parts, and keeps wear to a minimum! GREAT STUFF !!!

  3. Justin Justin Author

    Guy I know but don’t shoot with for good reasons recently was cleaning his gun and shot his Boston terrier on accident (the dog lived ) what a fkin idiot , buy ruger , burn a glock

  4. DL Lambert Author

    In general, I'd avoid cleaning products or solvents with harsh fumes or odors 🤭. You can buy decent non toxic but powerful CLP products for gun care. Good brands I'd look into include; LPX, Froglube, Ballistol, Breakthrough Clean, Gunzilla. Some traditional hunters & target shooters like Hoppes # 9 style solvent. I prefer Froglube. BTW, when you first buy a firearm, field strip it per instructions then apply a degreaser like Simple Green or Froglube brand. Many new, unfired guns have packing or storage grease from the warehouse to prevent rust, wear prior to a sale. It should wipe off clean. 😉

  5. Joe Pitt Author

    I take my barrel into the bathroom use hot water and dawn dish with a brass brush let it dry you can heat it up with a blow dryer to make it dry faster, run a patch with oil and then a dry patch good to go.

  6. Edmundo DaSilva Author

    I got my 1st gun. A Ruger American 9mm and love this video, straight forward and easy to understand. Thanks for the upload from this 1st time pistol owner.👍

  7. jaytom440 Author

    Hey Ryan I wanna thank you for your videos man thanks to you it was incredibly easy to go to the process of buying my first firearm and start the process of my cwl I would like to stop by your store I’m from central Florida I been looking on social media for your page but I can’t find you it would be cool if you post some links so I can follow you anyways man can. You make one of those for rifles thanks

  8. conrat Author

    Good video, but most homes are not built with concrete exterior walls. Unless you are in the basement, most houses are stud construction. This may not be true for apartments or some areas of the country tho.

  9. nooknerdz Author

    I bought a (used) Sig Mosquito (22LR pistol) a few months ago. I chose this particular gun because I wanted something my wife and kids could shoot without the intimidation caused from the large boom that most larger calibers have. Also, 22LR rounds are WAY cheaper for learning basic handling skills and such for a "new to pistols" guy like myself. Anyway, I've taken it to the range once. I bought a gun cleaning kit soon after, but I've been hesitant to just jump in as I've never cleaned a pistol before. (I was truly afraid I'd ruin the gun if I did it wrong!) I am in the process of getting my CCWFL, so I've just purchased my first carry gun. I went with the Sig P365 XL. I chose it for a number of reasons, but the key factors were that it's a 9mm, the fact that it's compact but yet fits well in my hand, the stock 12-round magazines seem generous, and of course being a Sig product helps. (Yes, I'm a Sig fan.) I will be cleaning both guns directly. Thanks for making this intimidating process seem much less so. I'm sure I'll be laughing at myself sooner than later for waiting to give this a try…

  10. Seth Boesen Author

    I have many pistols and rifles. But my favorite pistol has to be the M&P shield M2.0. It’s a great size, conceals damn near anywhere and is one hell of an accurate shooter.


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