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Easiest to clean Semi-Autos in order...?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by valnar, Aug 9, 2004.

  1. valnar

    valnar Participating Member

    Apr 9, 2003
    OK. Glocks, SIGs, HK, Springfield, Beretta, 1911, etc, etc.

    Can anyone put them in order of easiest to field strip and clean to the most complicated?

    I haven't found anything nicer to clean (and shoot!) than my SIG's, so I wanted to know what else is out there that competes in this category.

    For the record, I hardly shoot my (one and only) 1911 because its a pain. :banghead:

  2. wally

    wally Elder

    Jan 2, 2004
    Houston, Tx
    IMHO I think they are about equally a PITA to clean. The dissembly/reassembly is such a small part of the overall cleaning time budget I'd not bother argueing about which are easier to take down and put back together. Ruger Mk I .22LR and its updated versions get my vote as the largest PITA, however.

    Unless its in my carry rotation or I know its gonna just sit in the safe for a long time I only clean 'em when they need it -- i.e. start messing up, usually with failure to feed or eject. I just wipe them down, put a few drops of Break-Free (or lately Dupont Multi-Use Teflon Performance Lube) cycle the action and wipe off the excess.

    Last edited: Aug 9, 2004
  3. Rupestris

    Rupestris Participating Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    SE Michigan
    You ain't kiddin'. :banghead: Never thought I'd see the day I needed a mallet to disassemble/reassemble a handgun.
    Ruger Mark I, II, & III are the absolute worst 'til you get 'em WELL broken in.
    Personally I think the 1911 is pretty simple.
  4. CZ52GUY

    CZ52GUY Participating Member

    Jul 22, 2003
    New England
    Glocks, easy to take down, clean up very fast and easy.

    CZ-75's, not too far behind.

    Ruger P95DC & SigPro 2009...just a little more finesse to take down and reassemble, but clean up isn't too bad.

    Mak's are a little weird to take down/reassemble but not too bad...they do seem to build up more dirt with the Russian ammo' I use.

    My Arcus is very easy to take down, builds also up a lot of filth during firing.

    1911, a little more complicated to take down (and reassemble)...also seems to catch more dirt than the Glocks.

    Sig P220ST...stainless Prima Donna ;)...gosh I love that piece though :D...I scrub and polish that thing more than anything else I own.

    CZ52' (buy the takedown tool from www.makarov.com !)...other than that, not terrible to clean...another Prima Donna that gets a lot of attention :).

    Safe shooting,

  5. sm

    sm member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Between black coffee, and shiftn' gears

    The 1911 is pretty easy to field strip and clean.

    My Keltec P-11 is pretty easy too. If I need to inspect after carrying a bit, I use a can of Dust Off ( canned air) drop of oil on rails - I'm done. :D

    Neither requires tools , unless I take the grips off a 1911. The Keltec P-11 - where in the heck would I use a tool? :p

    I like simple, I like platforms that allow me inspect and maintain firearms anywhere , anytime, anyplace. Hey fighting off the mutant ninja bears, pumas, zombies and such and get mine all muddy ....I don't need a roll around tool chest to maintain a 1911, P-11 , K frame ,Detective Spl,O/U, SxS, Single shot shotgun, Bolt rifle, 870 ....
    Work smarter - not harder I say....
  6. arinvolvo

    arinvolvo Participating Member

    Feb 5, 2003
    Steyr takes down faster than any pistol i have ever stripped, sigs and glocks included.
  7. BamBam-31

    BamBam-31 Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Glocks are by far the easiest to strip and clean. E-Z. ;)

    All my other pistols are also fairly easy, but the Glock is definitely in a class of its own in this regard.

    My P7M8, on the other hand.... :banghead:
  8. Black Snowman

    Black Snowman Senior Member

    Sep 3, 2003
    Kansas City, KS
    Of the guys I've taken down the Glock takes 1st place, barely, due to the captured recoil spring assembly. Everything else you have to worry about a potential projectile/part hunt ;) Also the fact that I don't seem to NEED to clean it, except to keep myself clean, makes life easier as well.

    DETAIL stripping I'd have to say the 1911 takes the cake. All the tools are on the gun and if you have the origional style grip screws they can be undone with a .45 ACP rim. It took me a while to figure out but now I can tear down and put together even my series 80 style Delta Elite rather quickly. Only hang up for me is re-assembly is slower and tricker.

    My plungers like to get in the way of re-installing the safety and slide stop levers and I have to get creative. It could be fixed but I'm just haven't gotten around to it yet.

    The glock requires a small punch to detail strip. Not a big deal but not as independant as the 1911.

    Haven't had a chance to tear down a Steyr pistol.

    CZ 75 series guns are pretty easy to detail strip but to completely take it down requires dealing with roll pins, which I hate. Definately not a field job. Several tiny springs that are easy to lose are involved.
  9. BHPshooter

    BHPshooter Senior Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    I can't imagine anything being easier to field strip than a Beretta 92.

    However, from a safety standpoint, I like that it is all but impossible to field strip a loaded Hi Power. [Yes, if you were really, really, really stupid it could be done, but then, nothing is out of reach of the truly idiotic.]

    As for cleaning, I find it very therapeutic, and it generally feels like it has happened way too fast.

  10. ruger357

    ruger357 Participating Member

    Dec 26, 2002
  11. Highpower1

    Highpower1 Active Member

    Nov 26, 2003
    Dallas, Georgia
    the hardest pistol that I have to clean is my Ruger 22/45 suppressed pistol. Actually the cleaning part isn't hard, it's just a pain in the rear to get it back together.
  12. Penforhire

    Penforhire Active Member

    Apr 30, 2003
    So. Cal a.k.a. PRK
    P99. Pull down release, slide moves off forward, pop spring out, lift barrel out. Done.

    My Series 70 and Ruger MkII tie for most difficult.
  13. Rival

    Rival Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I am surprised nobody mentioned Browning Hi Power.
    BHP is easy to field strip and clean. A bit more complex when it comes to full take down. 1911 is better in that regard - no tools at all. Makarov is easiest when it comes to complete take down.
  14. boofus

    boofus Guest

    Ingram style MAC clones and smgs are pretty easy to strip and clean. Push out 1 pin and the whole gun falls apart into 3 hunks of metal. Just the upper, lower and bolt. Blast it all with gunscrubber, dunk it in breakfree, wipe off the excess and stick it back together.

    The Steyr SPP was kind of a pain to put back together, you had to hold the rotating bolt at a certain position and then try to stick the upper back onto the lower while pushing a metal tab in the front and trying to keep the recoil spring from popping out the back. :scrutiny:
  15. lee n. field

    lee n. field Senior Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Of what I have experience with, my CZ-100 is dead easy, and my Ruger auto is only bit harder. Makarov if easy to take apart, can be finnecky to get the slide back on.
  16. pakmcc

    pakmcc New Member

    Aug 11, 2004
    South east TExas
    easy to clean

    For the easty to take down and clean, MY .45 full size witness, and the 9x18 Makarov are first. (I've got an old BErnellil .22 that is as quick as the Makarov) and then the CZ 75's and/or CZ 83. Pat McC
  17. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2002
    Centennial, CO
    BHP... super easy, no fuss.

    Though the second FEG my dad picked up has a stiffer detent when replacing the slide stop.
  18. jc2

    jc2 member

    Dec 27, 2002
    I'd pick Berettas as the most easy--drop the mag, turn the lever, and it all comes apart (and the barrel is chromed for easy cleaning).

    SIGs are next--drop the mag, lock the slide back, turn the lever, and it comes apart (SIG barrels take more work).

    Glocks are probably next--drop the mag, lock the slide back, check the chamber, check the chamber again, look at and feel the chamber, run the slide forward (remembering NOT to put the magazine back in before you do it), point the pistol in a very safe direction (a bullet catcher is nice here), pull the trigger, pull the slide back about a quarter inch (but not too far), pull those stupid little buttons down on both sides (a real PITA with slippery or oily fingers), and slide the barrel while holding the little buttons down, if you have a NY spring you will probably have to hold the trigger down for the slide to come off (Glock barrels clean easy).

    I only way I can figure people think Glocks are easy to clean is because they haven't fieldstripped a Beretta 92/96/Cougar or a classic SIG.
  19. BHPshooter

    BHPshooter Senior Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    I assume that's the same thing that's going on with my FEG. I replaced the ugly, bulbuous extended slide stop with a Browning unit, and that sucker is in there TIGHT. I have to push the slide stop pin against something hard to get it out... I can try all do to get it out by hand, but I'll just have injured fingers.

    However, I use the original style slide stop better, so it's staying in there.

  20. valor1

    valor1 Member

    Apr 21, 2004
    Glocks are very easy to clean. You can even disassemble it easily up to the smallest parts with a simple punch tool.

    Then the Walther P99s and the Berettas follow.

    Then the Sigs

    Then CZ's

    Then the 1911s

    Well it's just me.

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