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Old 09-20-2020, 05:33 PM
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After taking a few lessons at my local range I finally managed to purchase a new M&P 2.0 9mm compact. I've never owned a pistol.

My instructor showed me how to field strip but since I want to maintain and clean it myself could someone point me in the right direction for further instructions?

Ive purchased the tools and supplies he suggested and watched a few YouTube videos but not sure which ones are best....any suggestions, tips, etc?
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https://snwcdnprod.azureedge.net/sit...RE_3012548.pdf

Owner's Manual has a section on cleaning. Worth a read....

so I just did. You will need to read the whole manual - Field Stripping, Cleaning and Maint. and pay attention to the lubrication points illustrated.

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As long as you make sure it is unloaded check and double check with unloaded magazine out of the pistol then you can't really go wrong with any of the Youtube videos on take down cleaning and putting it back together
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Do read the manual thoroughly. So many folks don't, and inevitably they end up with problems they wouldn't have if they had taken the time -- including safety issues, which nobody wants. You'll discover that maintenance of your pistol is quite simple, and you will very rarely if ever need to disassemble it further than a basic field-strip. Some decent gun oil and a bottle of bore cleaner, a cleaning rod and some brushes (they wear out) and some rags are about all you will need.
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Welcome from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Get some range time, and then some more range time. Enjoy.
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Here are the things I do with each semiauto I shoot, after each firing:

1. Ensure the magazine is out and there is no round in the chamber.

2. Field strip the gun into its major parts - usually slide, barrel and grip frame. You may have some other parts out such as a slide stop - depends on the type of gun.

3. Put a properly fitting brass bristle brush on a cleaning rod, and dip it into a container of solvent; I have used Hoppe's #9 since I was a boy. The solvent helps to dissolve powder residue and copper or lead fouling resulting from bullets being pushed though the bore.

4. Thoroughly scrub the bore with the solvent-soaked brush. Best not done over anything you don't want covered with solvent spatters.

5. Run a tight-fitting dry patch through the bore a number of times. It will have dark streaks on it.

6. Repeat #4 as many times as necessary until your dry patch comes out relatively clean.

7. Using a patch with a few drops of preservative oil on it, run it through the bore several times to prevent corrosion.

8. Scrub the nicks and crannies of both the slide and the grip frame with a tooth brush to get rid of crud and powder particles.

9. Lightly oil the cam surfaces of the barrel and any annular rings that fit into channels in the slide, and/or the exterior chamber area of the barrel if that is used as a locking component.

10. A few drops of oil should be applied to the outside of the barrel and inside the opening of the slide or bushing that holds the muzzle of the barrel in the slide. Also apply some oil to the slide grooves in the frame and the rails on the slide.

11. Look for pivot pins and springs in the grip frame and apply minute drops of oil to allow things to move freely. Don't overdo it. You don't want oil to accumulate and congeal.

12. Reassemble your pistol and wipe it down with a lightly oiled rag. Be double-damn sure it's unloaded. Work the slide and the action to be sure everything works smoothly.

Be sure there is no round in the chamber and replace the unloaded magazine in the gun. Usually the magazine could use some brushing and very light lube inside it. A lightly-lubed patch on the cleaning rod can be used to push down the follower, or if you prefer, disassemble the magazine and do this. It's important that you not over-lube the magazine. A very light touch here - you do not want lube to run over into the rounds in the magazine. Lightly run a minimally lubed rag over the gun as a final step.

Put the gun away in a safe place - never store it in a leather holster - leather exudes chemicals that are not good for the finishes of guns.

Hope this helps as a general procedure. Your gun should be ready to go next time you want to shoot it.

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Good for you for wanting to learn!

I'll just suggest one product - there's a cleaning product at many gun stores called "RamRodz", it's kind of like a package of giant Q-tips made to fit your barrel. A very convenient way to swab when you are cleaning, I find it much easier than dealing with patches.

Good luck! Be safe...
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Bob4southern,

I use a "bore snake" product to clean my M & P's, spray cleaner on the brass threads and run it through 12X, pistol barrels much easier to clean than rifle barrels.

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i wear synthetic vinyl gloves when cleaning guns. i've spent my life around grease, oil and various agricultural chemicals, as a farmer/rancher. not necessary, but it's a habit i've developed over the years.

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When cleaning your pistol, the first thing you do is to always remove the magazine. The second thing you do is to pull the slide all the way to the rear and make sure that there is no ammo in the chamber. Always do these two steps first... ALWAYS! As for cleaning products, there are many to choose from and you can use a bronze, never steel or stainless steel, bore brush or bore snake. I'm old, I still use bronze bore brushes.


Wearing gloves while cleaning is not a bad idea. I'm old, I started wearing gloves a few years ago and they do keep solvents and oils off of my skin.
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Wearing gloves while cleaning is not a bad idea. I'm old, I started wearing gloves a few years ago and they do keep solvents and oils off of my skin.
Gloves are a good idea, as are safety glasses. The gloves will keep any solvents or lube off your skin and the glasses will keep them out of your eyes.

With that said, there are some non-toxic options available for solvents and lube.
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Gloves are a good idea, as are safety glasses. The gloves will keep any solvents or lube off your skin and the glasses will keep them out of your eyes.

With that said, there are some non-toxic options available for solvents and lube.

Safety glasses too, but I generally need glasses to see things up close these days, so not something I think about, it's automatic.
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Good gun oil won't congeal. WD-40 will, over time. Don't use WD-40 on moving parts.

Put a few drops of oil on a patch and put a light coat of oil in the bore and chamber if the gun is to be stored for an extended time.
Chamber should be fairly dry and not oil soaked if you plan to shoot again soon.
A light coat of oil in the barrel is O.K. as it will get removed when you shoot.

Not a good idea to lube firing pin channels and the inside of mag bodies.
If you are going to use anything in those two areas, use dry lube like Rem Dri or Hornady One Shot. Wet oil will pick up crud and lint and you don't want crud to accumulate there.
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So I logged in this morning and was amazed at the number of replies to my original post. Many thanks to all who posted...the cleaning tips and suggestions are much appreciated.

My initial shooting lesson was mostly about safety. My instructor is an ex navy seal weapons trainer and his mantra is check chamber...check mag well...check chamber...check mag well.

I've read the owners manual from front to back and do want to learn to do my own maintenance. Now if only I could find a place with ammo in stock...😷
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First, buy a pack of single use “Remington Oil Wipes” from Amazon. Not the container with the roll of tear away wipes. It dries out too fast. But the pack of individual wipes.
Second, a “bore snake.” Third, nothing.

Everyone is going to have opinions on how they keep their guns clean. I have invested in all these fancy cleaning kits prior and they are just not needed. I literally clean my gun every two weeks, whether I shoot or not, and it takes a few effortless minutes.

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Safety glasses too, but I generally need glasses to see things up close these days, so not something I think about, it's automatic.
I use these when reloading, cleaning firearms, and at the range to see the front sight in focus. You can get them in several different diopters. They have been a Godsend to me!



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Here are the things I do with each semiauto I shoot, after each firing:

What a great post! Thank you for sharing your process in such detail!
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Here are the things I do with each semiauto I shoot, after each firing:

1. Ensure the magazine is out and there is no round in the chamber.

2. Field strip the gun into its major parts - usually slide, barrel and grip frame. You may have some other parts out such as a slide stop - depends on the type of gun.

3. Put a properly fitting brass bristle brush on a cleaning rod, and dip it into a container of solvent; I have used Hoppe's #9 since I was a boy. The solvent helps to dissolve powder residue and copper or lead fouling resulting from bullets being pushed though the bore.

4. Thoroughly scrub the bore with the solvent-soaked brush. Best not done over anything you don't want covered with solvent spatters.

5. Run a tight-fitting dry patch through the bore a number of times. It will have dark streaks on it.

6. Repeat #4 as many times as necessary until your dry patch comes out relatively clean.

7. Using a patch with a few drops of preservative oil on it, run it through the bore several times to prevent corrosion.

8. Scrub the nicks and crannies of both the slide and the grip frame with a tooth brush to get rid of crud and powder particles.

9. Lightly oil the cam surfaces of the barrel and any annular rings that fit into channels in the slide, and/or the exterior chamber area of the barrel if that is used as a locking component.

10. A few drops of oil should be applied to the outside of the barrel and inside the opening of the slide or bushing that holds the muzzle of the barrel in the slide. Also apply some oil to the slide grooves in the frame and the rails on the slide.

11. Look for pivot pins and springs in the grip frame and apply minute drops of oil to allow things to move freely. Don't overdo it. You don't want oil to accumulate and congeal.

12. Reassemble your pistol and wipe it down with a lightly oiled rag. Be double-damn sure it's unloaded. Work the slide and the action to be sure everything works smoothly.

Be sure there is no round in the chamber and replace the unloaded magazine in the gun. Usually the magazine could use some brushing and very light lube inside it. A lightly-lubed patch on the cleaning rod can be used to push down the follower, or if you prefer, disassemble the magazine and do this. It's important that you not over-lube the magazine. A very light touch here - you do not want lube to run over into the rounds in the magazine. Lightly run a minimally lubed rag over the gun as a final step.

Put the gun away in a safe place - never store it in a leather holster - leather exudes chemicals that are not good for the finishes of guns.

Hope this helps as a general procedure. Your gun should be ready to go next time you want to shoot it.

John
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#1 is obviously the step that cannot be missed.

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Heck, I look forward to cleaning my handgun almost as much as I enjoy reloading for it.

Neither comes even close to going out in the sticks and plinking with it though.

Welcome to this great forum and HAVE SOME FUN!
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Welcome, in a addition to the above sage advice, when cleaning guns, do it in a place where you can find parts that go flying (springs). Do not ask me how I know this. Happy, safe shooting.
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I also switched the mag release from the left side as I'm a righty. Took a few tries but now it releases the magazine from the right hand side. The only other pistol I know that allows you to do this is on the Beretta 92FS. I have short thumbs and using the right finger to release the magazine is so much easier. Drop the old mag,slap in a new one and your trigger finger is ready to go to work. Morefirearms manufacturers should do this
eliminates the troubles one experiences with a short thumb and you do not have to put a button on the mag release. Frank
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Lots of videos on YouTube that show you how to field strip and clean your M&P.


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So I logged in this morning and was amazed at the number of replies to my original post. Many thanks to all who posted...the cleaning tips and suggestions are much appreciated.

My initial shooting lesson was mostly about safety. My instructor is an ex navy seal weapons trainer and his mantra is check chamber...check mag well...check chamber...check mag well.

I've read the owners manual from front to back and do want to learn to do my own maintenance. Now if only I could find a place with ammo in stock...😷
Another safety tip that's got to be ingrained is Finger Off The Trigger until you are ready to fire. I've seen most new shooters violate that rule as well as sweeping themselves or others. Be conscious of where the gun is pointed.
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Another safety tip that's got to be ingrained is Finger Off The Trigger until you are ready to fire. I've seen most new shooters violate that rule as well....
Yes, Ive recognized that Im doing that and have to make a conscious effort not to do so. My instructor has said to stay off the trigger until I'm prepared to pull it...but I still keep doing it. He said Ive seen too movies and to be aware of my grip.
Says easy...does hard...
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Good for you for pursuing responsible gun ownership. Make room for future purchases...it's inevitable.
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Re finger off trigger. We have been shooting long enough that picking up a pistol w/ just 3 fingers is natural. But I have a friend in exactly your situation. I taught him that me saying 'finger' means his is on the trigger. Also me saying 'muzzle' means his is pointed unsafely. Teach these to your wife. My thought would be have that pistol available as much as possible (kids etc in the house won't work) unloaded w/ no mag installed. Get some colorful wire tires or a roll of weed eater line. Grab a 6 inch piece of either. Pull the slide back and stick it in the barrel so an inch or two sticks out the end and an inch or two sticks out of the slide when you let it go forward. Now we have a gun that everyone can tell w/o touching it that it is incapable of firing. So now start picking that thing up. Carry it to the kitchen. Set it down and pick it back up when you go to the living room. You get the idea. If you could pick it up 500 times I bet you will have a new skill that is super, super important. Get your wife involved. Let her do the same thing. Make it a contest. She calls 'finger' on you and you pay her a dollar. Same thing in reverse. End of a week who has the most dollars? As you progress remember this is serious stuff. But make it fun too. Although we have been shooting for 20 years I found out 6 weeks ago that my wife likes shooting at the dueling tree at our range. Now there is never a range trip where we skip that tree.
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CB, thanks...thats an excellent idea...although it will probably be just an individual exercise since the significant other is not in favor of my new acquisition and hobby.
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After taking a few lessons at my local range I finally managed to purchase a new M&P 2.0 9mm compact. I've never owned a pistol.

My instructor showed me how to field strip but since I want to maintain and clean it myself could someone point me in the right direction for further instructions?

Ive purchased the tools and supplies he suggested and watched a few YouTube videos but not sure which ones are best....any suggestions, tips, etc?
Thanks in advance,
Welcome to the forum.
Just out of curiosity, what made you become a 1st time gun owner?
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Say this to yourself every time you handle your pistol.

"Safety begins with me"

Many times, every time and be responsible.

Have fun in your new adventure.
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What I do for modern pistols:
Brass brush dipped in mineral spirits to remove powder residue from the bore. I wipe over the necessary parts and points with a lint free rag lightly impregnated with mineral oil. That's it. Never want to see the "wet look" on a lubricated gun.
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Welcome to the forum.
Just out of curiosity, what made you become a 1st time gun owner?
Candidly, the events and social upheaval of the past several months finally nudged me into my purchase. Watching the looting and rioting along with the ridiculous public calls to defund the police was simply the last straw.

I'm neither Rambo nor Wyatt Earp...I'm just a retired guy living in a suburban town in Utah. I worked my entire career to get where I'm at now in life and I wanted to be able to defend myself should the circumstances ever arise.

So I decided to use my government stimulus dough and took some lessons and discovered I liked shooting. I bought a made in the USA pistol, a safe, some accessories and cleaning supplies and it's become a new interest and hobby.

Now...if I could only find a shop with ammo in stock...😷
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