And that’s it. You’ve fully dissembled, cleaned and reassembled your 1911.

How often should you clean your gun? That’s very much user preference. I like to do a quick clean every 200 to 300 rounds and a full detail strip and clean between 1500 and 2000 rounds.

Lots of gun owners find gun cleaning fun and even relaxing. It’s also a great way to learn exactly how your pistol works, which is always a good thing.


Matt Sandy is a gunsmith who competes in both USPSA and PRC matches.