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Proper cleaning procedure and tools for the Slides' channels and internal parts.

This is a discussion on Proper cleaning procedure and tools for the Slides' channels and internal parts. within the Glock Troubleshooting and Maintenance forums, part of the Glock General Discussion category; Originally Posted by docwithaglock If you need air to blow out the channels and don't have a compressor use canned air that we use to ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by docwithaglock View Post
    If you need air to blow out the channels and don't have a compressor use canned air that we use to clean computers. Has long plastic tube you can put all the way to the back of the channel so you clean from inside to out.
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    You may have missed some parts of this thread. The concern is the accumulation of foreign matter during an extended period of time when we are unable to both conduct routine maintenance or have access to the proper tools while on the the road (otr). If the foreign unwanted matter has accumulated, then begins to attract moisture in cold weather (ultimately hardening), we doubt that any source of air is going to help dislodge that cocktail as we described. We have come to the conclusion that chemical resistant 'tube-brushes' with some 'Gun Scrubber' (if needed), will dislodge stubborn or semi-hardened/frozen material from the inside of the channels is beneficial. Besides, canned air does not have all that much psi.


    We will post the final solution once we have these brushes and their specification; for those who interested.
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    I was thinking a sand blasting machine with some glass bead and about 4000 psi
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    Was commenting on the post where someone had loosened the grung at the bottom of the channel and was worried about getting it out and not just packing it down again. They also didn't have a compressed air source available or were worried it would be comtaminated with chemicals.
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    cleaning the firing pin and extractor pin channels is really fairly easy. there are no blind channels involved when extractor , firing pin block and firing pin are removed. i just run the wood handle q tips through until clean then blow with canned compressed air. you should not use any solvents unless you pull the firing pin liner first. then the whole slide can be cleaned with solvent. if gun is not over oiled there should nothing in these channels except powder residue. i don't think any kind of brush should be put into firing pin channel due to the plastic liner as it could be damaged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glock55 View Post
    cleaning the firing pin and extractor pin channels is really fairly easy. there are no blind channels involved when extractor , firing pin block and firing pin are removed. i just run the wood handle q tips through until clean then blow with canned compressed air. you should not use any solvents unless you pull the firing pin liner first. then the whole slide can be cleaned with solvent. if gun is not over oiled there should nothing in these channels except powder residue. i don't think any kind of brush should be put into firing pin channel due to the plastic liner as it could be damaged.
    Did you read the entire thread? Notice within the very first post, line three (3) or four (4) we stated a "completely stripped Slide"; hence no plastic. In another post we stated we were interested in 'nylon, chemical resistant tube-brushes; not sure what type brushes you are speaking of.

    We run some harsh environments where moisture, if not outright water, snow/ice will find its way, and/or form (ice) within the firearm. We only having access to very limited amount of tools (no clean compressed air), can air will not do for debris mixed with moisture than has turned to ice. We don't use Q-tips/cotton swaps in our firearms with or without available A/C. Lastly, little time for maintenance (OTR).

    When this thread was started, we were (and still are), hoping for some feedback based on the contents of what 'we' posted; factoring in our travels in and around these harsh environments.
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    If you're that concerned about it, and feel the need to continuously find an issue with every ones ideas on how to clean those areas, perhaps you should look into some preventative measures instead. Why constantly sit around worrying about your striker channel being dirty? Or whether your extractor plunger has a speck of anything on it? There's no substitute for routine maintenance. However, there is a solution. Whenever you're not out on the road, strip that thing down and clean it till it's as clean as you need it to be with whatever you feel is the right tool/tools to use. You might want to consider doing it in a pressurized room too that way you won't have to worry about any dust particles getting in while your weapon is disassembled. Once your pistol is pristine, pop it into a food saver bag. Vacuum all the air out and seal er up. Don't have to worry about anything getting in there now. Then all you need is something sharp (pocket knife, box cutter, etc) to gain quick access to your weapon. Really hope this helps.
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    You can clean your gun to the point of being microscopic clean in a clean room, but the second it's brought out into normal environment, it's going to start to get dirty.

    Glocks are military grade weapons that are made to run when they are dirty in all environments. Minimal cleaning and maintenance.

    For detail cleaning the growing trend seems to be a 50/50 mix of simple green and a tooth brush. After cleaning a rinse in hot water. The hot water will evaporate. Use a Q-tip to make sure the firing pin channel is dry, lube in the recommended places with the lube of your choice and reassemble.
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