Friedman Firearms Training

Helpful Hints on How to maintain your GUN

  1. Always make sure the pistol is unloaded!
  2. Insert an empty magazine.
  3. Make sure the safety is off.
  4. The safety is not “on” unless it is “clicks” fully into the “S” position.
  5. Pull the trigger to assure the hammer is down.
  6. Remove the magazine.
  7. Pull out the pointed lever on the backstrap and swing out the assembly.
  8. Pull downward on the assembly to remove the bolt stop pin from the barrel.
  9. Insert an empty magazine.
  10. Point the pistol upwards, pull the trigger holding it rearward, and let the bolt slide
  11. out of the barrel.
  12. Remove the magazine.
  13. Using a soft mallet, strike the rear of the receiver to separate it from the barrel. 

REASSEMBLY:

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Lubrication Points - Help, help “Where do you lube the handgun?”

We all recognize today how important it is to regularly and properly clean and maintain your handguns. The cleanliness and proper maintenance of your gun is directly related to its effective and efficient function for any use, as well as, perhaps, your survivability. It’s real inexpensive life insurance. However, just two decades or so ago some were advocating to NOT lube any handgun because it could make it jam, malfunction, and stop working. This is not true now. Today’s lubricants are far superior to previous ones and their sticky and hard-setting paraffin. Reliability, accuracy, and durability of firearms are certainly influenced by proper maintenance. 


  • One of the questions I get asked regularly by students is “Where do you lube the handgun?” They want to know the main points to lubricate.
  • Where are the specific locations where you put lube?
  • Do you use oil or grease? 
  • Do you use oil or grease? 
  • How much lube do you use?
  • What kind?

    So, here are my ideas in brief, summary form and strictly my opinions. Others may not agree with me or think it overkill, but I know what has worked for me over the past 45 years or so.


Revolver Inspection - Need Help Inspecting you Revolver?

Revolver Inspection - This checklist consists of five major sections:

  1. Cylinder fitting.
  2. Action tuning and fitting.
  3. Barrel fabrication and fitting.
  4. Miscellaneous modifications and accessories.
  5. Finishing.

Each check sheet item or modification cited is required unless otherwise noted.

Although optional modifications are not required, they will add to the quality and

appearance of the revolver and will, consequently, make a favorable impression

on the examiners. In a formal inspection, field representatives will apply the

following notations to the blank provided in the left margin:  READ MORE

S&W Revolver Inspection: This Can Help You with your J Frame, 357 Magnum, K Frame, L , N & X Frame!

This text is designed as an inspection and preventative maintenance guide for S&W revolvers. It is not intended to be a repair manual. If you note a problem while inspecting, consult with your gunsmith or S&W factory service. 


Modern revolvers are available in a variety of frame sizes and calibers. For the most part, they all work the same. Should you need parts, you will need to know your frame size, model number, and dash number. Many parts must be installed by a competent gunsmith or S&W factory service because they require fitting.

Sig Maintenance Objective: establish and maintain maximum operational readiness of the user's semiautomatic pistol.

Preventative Maintenance: a systematic procedure of cleaning, inspecting, lubricating and verifying the functioning of the pistol.

Objective: establish and maintain maximum operational readiness of the user's semiautomatic pistol.


The user’s role in the performance of preventative maintenance is to:

  • Be sure the pistol has been safely unloaded ("check twice") and all ammunition has been removed from the work area before performing any preventative maintenance.
  • Properly clean, lubricate and preserve the pistol and associated magazines each time the pistol is fired or exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
  • Safely inspect, troubleshoot and perform any routine maintenance on a regular schedule.
  • Safely perform a "function check" to determine operational readiness.
  • Understand the agency's policy on the maintenance, repair, or replacement of unserviceable weapons.
  • Understand any liability issues related to improper maintenance, unauthorized repair, or unauthorized modifications to the weapon system.
  • Use the appropriate tools, lubricants and solvents in the recommended manner when performing weapon maintenance. 

Semi - Automatic Inspection - Specific things to check on used semi-automatic pistols. . .

Just to start; 

  • See that all of the controls work smoothly and with a reasonable amount of pressure. 
  • The safety should prevent the gun from firing (check by setting the safety and pulling the trigger normally). 
  • The slide lock should hold the slide open. 
  • The magazine release should release the magazine easily and yet hold it securely in place until it is pushed.
  • If there is a grip safety the gun should not fire unless the grip safety fully depressed. 
  • If there is a magazine safety the gun should not fire unless the magazine is in place. 
  • Also, pulling the trigger should not fire the gun when the slide is held slightly out of battery. 

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