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Weekly routine Concealed Carry Handgun maintenance

weekly handgun maintenance

For those who don't mind adding a routine chore to his or her weekly cycle, this shouldn't be much of an issue. For many concealed carriers, overlooking the importance of weekly and routine inspection and maintenance of their firearms can become a bad habit.

Modern firearms are built to be resilient. They can take a beating, be thrown through ice, mud, and even against walls. Yes, all pretty impressive in the face of what we've all been taught is the importance of firearms maintenance and safety.

Part of the ownership privileges (rights) of carrying a concealed carry pistol is understanding the importance of regular gun cleaning, thorough inspections and function checks of your firearms. It's not just a part of being a good marksman – it's a test of readiness.

As concealed carriers, however, it's important to stay familiar with the firearm each of us carries day in and day out. Part of that familiarity is taking just one thirty minute period once a week to fully disassemble and clean that weapon. Not only is this a big step for simply being cognizant of the weapon, but it also shows respect for it as well.

7 Step CCW Weekly Handgun Inspection & Routine Maintenance

  1. Remove pistol or revolver from inside the waistband concealed carry holster.
  2. Weapon on safe, magazine ejected, round extracted from chamber. We recommend emptying the ccw magazine.
  3. Full manufacturer grade disassembly.
  4. NOTE: Check the owner's manual if you're unsure to what level this disassembly entails. It should rarely entail a detailed, complex process. In most cases, it's disassembly to barrel, slide, and lower housing assembly for pistols. For some revolvers, it can be as simple as popping the barrel out.
  5. Inspect barrel, springs for pistol, striker, hammer, and other components to ensure they are free from dust, lint, sweat residue or any contamination.
  6. Clean the barrel with a bore brush, ensuring the brush is of the same caliber as the barrel. Most cleaning kits will have size stamps to let you know.
  7. Clean the spring and striker/hammer assemblies ensuring they are free from sediment or carbon from previous firing.
  8. NOTE: A clean, white cloth should be able to go through the barrel, between the hammer and striker and down the magazine well without black marks.
  9. Lightly oil all internal sliding and movable parts of the pistol or revolver with an oil-based lubricant of your particular pistol or revolver's specification given by the owner's manual.
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How Does Weekly Maintenance Improve CCW?

Quite simply, it's the reliability of knowing that your weapon will function exactly as it is intended to do. While concealed carry pistols holstered in their concealed carry holsters rarely if ever need to be withdrawn for actual use – it's important to know that it's ready when you are.

As the first line of defense and part of a larger concealed carry community, we're in the unique place to be able to go from hapless victim to active defender. In those moments, the two things any concealed carrier will appreciate is time spent training and a clean, operational weapon. Chuck from Alien Gear Holsters shows how to clean a pistol.

Do you have a particular routine for CCW inspection and maintenance?Tell us about it in the comments section below.

James England

About The Author

James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.