• How to Disassemble a Glock Pistol

    Part of gun ownership is understanding how to maintain it well. While it may occasionally require maintenance by a professional gun shop, the regular upkeep of your weapon is your responsibility as a gun owner.

    That means that it is important for you to understand how to safely disassemble your Glock for maintenance and cleaning

    Why You Need to Know How to Disassemble Your Glock Pistol

    There is a myriad of reasons why you should be familiar with disassembling your Glock.

    First among these is that you need to understand how to do it so that you can clean your pistol. Regularly cleaning your Glock is an essential element of gun ownership. It helps to prevent misfires and keeps your weapon accurate. A major component of cleaning and lubricating your Glock is disassembling it safely and properly. This has the added benefit of keeping your weapon in your hands and not in the repair shop.

    Taking apart your sidearm also helps you to better understand the weapon itself. You’ll know how it works, and what the moving piece is that is involved with firing your Glock. Externally, your pistol looks like a single, smooth until. Taking it apart allows you to experience the well-engineered machine that a Glock is.

    Being familiar with taking it apart and putting it back together will also assist you in identifying when the Glock may not be firing just right. If you are aware of the inner workings, when you re-assemble it after cleaning and test dry-fire it, you’ll know where to look if something feels off.

    How to Disassemble Your Glock and Clean It

    Do not complete steps 1 and 2 unless the process has your full attention. Unintentional discharges happen most frequently when clearing and dry firing a Glock when the user is not paying attention to the task at hand.

    Step 1: Clear the Pistol

    Before you begin cleaning your Glock pistol, you must make sure that you and all others around you are safe. This means ensuring that your pistol is unloaded before you begin to disassemble and clean it. You should also ensure that there is no ammunition in the area in which you are cleaning the weapon.

    Begin by safely removing the magazine with the gun facing away from you. It’s important to remove the magazine so that a round is not inadvertently loaded after checking the chamber.

    Once the magazine is removed, then rack the slide to eject any round that might be in the chamber.

    With no magazine in the well and the chamber cleared, lock the slide back and open. Check the chamber visually and with your finger, as well as the bolt face and the magazine well to verify that the gun has been completely cleared.

    Step 2: Reset the Trigger with a Dry-fire

    To disassemble a Glock pistol, the weapon must be dry-fired. That is why it is crucial to begin by verifying that the weapon is clear before continuing on.

    Point the gun away from you or any other people. Rack the slide and close the action. Ensure once more than the chamber is clear.

    While the slide is in battery, point the Glock pistol in a safe direction – again, away from you or where anyone else may be – and depress the trigger. You’ll feel the click of the firing pin. You cannot remove the slide if the trigger is not in the rearward position.

    Step Three: Disassemble the Glock Pistol

    Below are the basic steps for disassembling your Glock. However, you should also consult your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s precise instructions regarding your model.

    When you disassemble the Glock pistol, you’ll be separating it into its four main components: the slide, the barrel, the guide rod/recoil spring assembly, and the frame/receiver.

    Remove the Slide

    While pointing the Glock in a safe direction, grasp the weapon with your fingers over the top of the rear portion of the slide and with your thumb under the slide and along the grip.

    Pull the slide lock down by grasping it on both sides with the thumb and forefinger of your other hand. Continue the downward pressure on the slide lock while releasing the slide, being careful the slide does not fall and impact a hard surface, as this could damage the guide ring.

    Remove the Recoil Spring and Barrel

    Once you’ve removed the slide, take the recoil spring out, and then remove the barrel.

    Slide Cover Plate

    Remove the slide cover plate by pushing down on the firing pin spacer sleeve, releasing it from the locked position. You can now slide the cover plate off with your thumb. If the slide cover plate is stiff – for instance, if the weapon is new – you can use a screwdriver to get it moving and then complete the action with your thumb.

    Next, remove the extractor depressor plunger and then the firing pin assembly. Push down on the firing pin safety to remove the extractor and then last the firing pin safety itself.

    Disassemble the Glock Receiver

    Remove the locking block pin, then the trigger pin. This may require working the slide stop lever back and forth. When reassembling your Glock you’ll want to make sure that the stop lever sits down in the notch on the trigger pin.

    You can now lift the slide stop lever out of the receiver. Next, remove the locking block by prying it up, then push out the trigger mechanism housing pin on the backstrap by pulling the trigger while the trigger bar is out.

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  • How to Clean a Glock Pistol

    Your Glock pistol is an investment. You want to keep it not only looking good but in top working condition. Doing that means performing regular maintenance and cleaning.

    Why You Should Disassemble Your Glock Pistol and Clean It

    Safety is the most important tenant of gun ownership. That doesn’t just mean practicing safety on the range, however. It means keeping your weapon safe and in excellent working condition no matter when or where.

    As you use your pistol, particles from the gunpowder and bullet, called residual fouling, are released into your weapon. This residue sticks to your barrel, and applying lubricant and oil can make the problem worse. In addition, environmental dust and other outside dirt can get into your Glock.

    This causes several problems for the Glock gun owner. First, this gunk can foul up your weapon, gumming up the mechanisms and increasing the chance for a firing failure. It can also lead to needed repairs. All of this, of course, impacts the weapon’s reliability. 

    Additionally, this dirt can impact accuracy. Whether you keep your Glock around for sport, home defense, or self-defense, safety, reliability, and accuracy should all be concerned. Cleaning is how you keep all three of these important factors from becoming concerned.

    What You Need to Clean a Glock Pistol

    Preparation is an essential part of keeping your Glock clean. Knowing what materials you need and the process for disassembling a Glock pistol and cleaning it will simplify the process. Additionally, the more you clean it, the more familiar you will be with the process, and the easier it will become.

    First, be sure to read your owner’s manual completely before you begin. While we offer guidelines and tips within this article of how to clean your Glock, nothing should replace the instructions that came with your weapon. Those instructions will include precisely how to take apart your model of pistol safely and clean it.

    Once you are ready to begin cleaning, you’ll need the following tools and materials:

    • A cleaning rod
    • Cleaning solvent
    • Cleaning patches
    • A slotted top that screws onto your rod
    • Lubricant/lubricating oil
    • Clean rags
    • Cotton swabs
    • A brush (a toothbrush dedicated to this task works well)
    • Safety goggles
    • Latex gloves
    • Copper or brass bore brush for your caliber

    You can also find gun cleaning kits that will include many of the items listed above.

    How to Disassemble Your Glock and Clean It

    Do not complete steps 1 and 2 unless the process has your full attention. Unintentional discharges happen most frequently when clearing and dry firing a Glock when the user is not paying attention to the task at hand.

    Step 1: Safety First

    Before you begin cleaning your Glock pistol, you must make sure that you and all others around you are safe. This means ensuring that your pistol is unloaded before you begin to disassemble and clean it. You should also ensure that there is no ammunition in the area in which you are cleaning the weapon.

    Begin by safely removing the magazine with the gun facing away from you. It’s important to remove the magazine so that a round is not inadvertently loaded after checking the chamber.

    Once the magazine is removed, then rack the slide to eject any round that might be in the chamber.

    With no magazine in the well and the chamber cleared, lock the slide back and open. Check the chamber visually and with your finger, as well as the bolt face and the magazine well to verify that the gun has been completely cleared.

    Step 2: Dry Fire

    To disassemble a Glock pistol, the weapon must be dry-fired. That is why it is crucial to begin by verifying that the weapon is clear before continuing on.

    Point the gun away from you or any other people. Rack the slide and close the action. Ensure once more than the chamber is clear.

    While the slide is in battery, point the Glock pistol in a safe direction – again, away from you or where anyone else may be – and depress the trigger. You’ll feel the click of the firing pin. You cannot remove the slide if the trigger is not in the rearward position.

    Step Three: Disassemble the Glock Pistol

    Following the steps in your owner’s manual, disassemble the Glock pistol into its four main components: the slide, the barrel, the guide rod/recoil spring assembly, and the frame/receiver. 

    Step Four: Clean the Barrel

    The barrel is where the majority of the dirt, grime, carbon, and residual fouling will accumulate. 

    Going in the direction from the chamber to the muzzle, push a dry brush through the barrel. This will dislodge a good portion of the dirt and grime.

    Run the brush back and forth through the barrel a half dozen times or so, until debris stops coming out.

    Next, add some gun cleaner to a cleaning patch. Repeat the same action you used with the dry brush, but now with the cleaning patch, working from chamber to muzzle.

    Using a clean patch with gun cleaner on it, clean the feed ramps of the chamber and then wipe down the outside of the barrel. Now wipe down the outside of the barrel with your rag to remove any extra cleaner, and run a few dry patches through the barrel to do the same.

    Visually examine the barrel to make sure all of the debris has been removed, inside and out. The barrel should be shiny and uniform. However, if there are a few stubborn spots you shouldn’t stress out about them. Simply get it as clean as you can.

    Step Five: Clean the Recoil Spring, Guide Rod, and Slide

    The recoil spring and guide rod are easy to clean. Simply brush these and then wipe them down using a towel or rag.

    Cleaning the slide is a bit more involved. Wrap a patch around the bristles of the brush and, focusing on the rear, scrub the inside of the slide. Wipe down the slide as well, again concentrating on the rear, which accumulates fouling and build-up.

    Concentrate on the inside of the rails, cleaning any build-up there with a cotton swab. 

    Next, clean the breach face by pointing the muzzle end toward the floor and brush it clean. By angling it towards the floor you will prevent knocking debris into the rear of the slide.

    Step Six: Clean the Frame of the Glock

    Cleaning the frame is the easy part. For this, you can give the frame of your Glock a good wipe down and scrubbing, including to the top of the frame, the slide rails, and the trigger bar. If there is grime in the slide rails, wipe them down with a patch and cleaner and use your rag to wipe off the cleaner after that.

    The magazine rarely needs to be cleaned, but if it does you can find instructions on how to disassemble a Glock magazine for cleaning in your owner’s manual as well.

    Once cleaned, you can lubricate your pistol and reassemble it.

    Lubricate Your Glock Pistol

    Glocks do not require a lot of lubricant, and in fact, works better when lubricated with a light touch.

    Starting with the barrel, put some lubricant on a clean patch and run it through just as you did to clean it. Then run a dry patch through it the same way. Apply a small amount of lubricant to the outside of the barrel as well and apply it across the surface, then wipe it down with your rag. 

    You’ll also want to apply lubricant in some very specific places:

    • Between the lugs on the bottom of the barrel
    • Where the barrel interfaces with the slide
    • On the slide where it meets the barrel
    • On the front of the slide where the barrel comes through
    • On the slide rails, spreading with a patch
    • The slide rails on the frame
    • The raised metal bar that interfaces with the trigger bar on the rear of the frame

    Be sure to wipe everything down afterward with your rag to remove any excess.

    Once you have finished lubricating the pistol’s parts you are done. Reassemble the Glock, starting with the barrel, guide rod, and recoil spring, placing them back into the slide and the slide back into the frame.

    Once reassembled, point your Glock in a safe direction and dry fire once more to ensure that your Glock is functioning properly, nothing feels gritty, and the trigger is resetting. Add your left hand or right hand Clipdraw Belt Clip & SAF-T-BLOK Combo today.

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  • Concealed Carry Tips for Beginners

    Whether you have already obtained a concealed carry permit and simply need a refresher or you’re conducting research to prepare for concealed carry class, you’ve come to the right place. 

    We’ve broken down the basics for you in this guide containing important concealed carry beginner tips. Here is a list of concealed carry “do’s and don’ts” to get you started:

    Concealed Carry Do’s and Don’ts 

    Do: Try to Carry As Often As Possible

    The point of carrying a concealed firearm is to have a method of defending yourself (and innocent bystanders) in the event of an unexpected assault, robbery, act of terror, etc. That said, you should strongly consider carrying pretty much everywhere you go, unless otherwise restricted by Federal, State, or local legislation. 

    Places You Shouldn’t Concealed Carry

    Here are some common examples of places where carrying a concealed firearm is illegal: 

    • School Zones
    • Federal Buildings
    • State & National Parks
    • Airports 

    Don’t: Draw Your Gun Unless You Intend to Use it

    This beginner tip should be strongly emphasized in concealed carry preparation courses, but it’s worth emphasizing once more here. You should never simply brandish your firearm in an attempt to de-escalate a situation with a violent attacker. The only way to de-escalate a situation where a criminal is jeopardizing innocent lives is to neutralize the attacker. In other words, once you draw your gun, you must be ready to fire at the attacker without hesitation. Otherwise, you risk provoking the attacker and further escalating the situation. It goes without saying that you better be 100% sure you have a good reason to draw, point, and fire your concealed firearm.

    When You Should Draw a Concealed Firearm

    In a nutshell, you should only draw a concealed firearm when someone (you or an innocent bystander) has reason to fear for their life or is at risk of great injury. There are other situations where the use of a concealed firearm may be acceptable, depending on State laws. Many states allow the use of a concealed firearm to stop an armed robbery, sexual assault, or other in-progress felonies. Be sure to know your State and Local regulations in that regard.

    Do: Practice & Perfect Your Holster Draw

    If you are new to concealed carrying, practicing and perfecting your holster draw is one of the most important tips. In the event of a life-threatening situation, split seconds could be the difference between life and death. 

    How to Practice Your Holster Draw

    You can practice your holster draw in private at home with an unloaded firearm to build up some muscle memory — just be sure to always holster in the same position to keep things consistent! Additionally, you should take some trips to the shooting range and practice drawing and actually firing your gun as you would in a life-threatening situation. 

    Don’t: Adjust or Reposition Your Holster in Public

    Even if you are just making a slight adjustment, an average bystander (or even a law enforcement officer) may see you reach for the gun holster and think you are preparing to draw and fire the weapon. In order to avoid such confusion, refrain from making any adjustments to your holster in public. 

    Where to Go When You Need to Adjust Your Holster

    If you absolutely need to make an adjustment to your holster, go somewhere private such as your car, a single-person bathroom, or better yet, go home if you can! 

    Do: Keep Your Permit With You While Carrying

    This should go without saying, but a beginner guide wouldn’t be complete without this tip, because you can land yourself in some serious trouble by carrying without a permit.

    Where to Keep Your Permit While Carrying
    You should always keep your permit on your person when you are carrying unless the laws in your state allow for permitless concealed carry. 

    Don’t: Carry While Consuming Alcohol

    Not only is it illegal to carry a concealed firearm while drinking or under the influence of alcohol, but it’s also simply unwise. Avoid guns completely while under the influence of any substance.

    What to Do With a Concealed Firearm Before You Start Drinking

    Your best bet is to simply leave the gun at home before going out for drinks. 

    Do: Know the Laws in Areas You Are Carrying

    Some states may require you to notify law enforcement officers who address you of any concealed firearms that you are carrying. Be sure you know exactly what to do if you get pulled over or otherwise confronted by a police officer in a scenario where you are carrying. 

    How to Tell Police Officers That You Are Carrying a Concealed Firearm

    Avoid saying something blunt like “I have a gun in here,” and instead opt for something to the effect of, “I have a license to carry a concealed firearm.”

    Don’t: Make it Obvious That You Are Carrying

    One of the benefits of carrying a concealed firearm is that you can catch a criminal by surprise — as long as you are concealing properly. If it’s obvious that you are carrying, you lose the element of surprise and may even become a primary target for a potential attacker.

    How to Discreetly Carry a Concealed Firearm

    In order to prevent ‘printing’, you must dress appropriately and choose a gun that is small enough to work with your wardrobe. Additionally, you’ll want a minimalistic holstering method.

    Do: Wear Clothes That Enable Discrete & Comfortable Concealment

    You may have to make some minor adjustments to your daily outfits whenever you are carrying a concealed firearm, but you can still

    Slim & Secure IWB Concealment

    dress fashionably while carrying!

    How to Dress for Concealed Carry

    The ideal outfit for concealed carrying will depend on your weapon of choice (and your fashion preferences). But generally speaking, you’ll want to wear a long shirt or jacket that covers the gun without hugging too tightly, to avoid printing.

    Holster With a Clipdraw Gun Clip for Minimal Printing

    Whether you are a beginner or long-time permit holder, finding a practical holstering method is crucial. Clipdraw offers a wide range of gun clips for various brands and models, providing an alternative to traditional holsters that make it tough to minimize printing. Find a Clipdraw Gun Clip for your weapon of choice today!

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  • Glock, Gun of Choice

    Today the Glock pistol has become the gun of choice for both criminals and law enforcement in the United States.

    In his book Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun, Paul Barrett traces how the sleek, high-capacity Austrian weapon found its way into Hollywood films and rap lyrics, not to mention two-thirds of all U.S. police departments.

    The Glock was created in 1982 by curtain-rod manufacturer Gaston Glock. Glock didn’t like the handguns available on the market and decided to manufacture a new gun from scratch. Before starting, he asked gun experts in his native Austria what could be done to improve a handgun for the modern era.

    “They said, ‘A gun with much larger ammunition capacity, a gun that is much more durable and reliable … [and] the gun should be easy to fire [and] easy to learn how to use,'” Barrett tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross. “He integrated all of those elements into the Glock, and that’s how he won his original contract with the Austrian army.”

    The original Glock 17, the model adopted by the Austrian army, contained only 36 parts and could hold 17 bullets in its magazine. It didn’t have an external safety like other semiautomatic handguns. It also didn’t have a decocking mechanism. The result? A lightweight, interchangeable model that could be dropped, submerged and subjected to temperature extremes — and still accurately fire.

    source: npr