Originally Posted by robocop10mm
Any solvent advertised for gun cleaning should be safe with the plastic frame and other parts. You could get inito trouble if you use some industrial or automotive chemicals instead. Starting fluid (Ether) or carburetor cleaner can turn the frame off white.
The gun should be detail stripped every year or 1000 rds (whichever comes first) by a competant armorer/gun smith. You can get a build up of gunk in the striker channel that can cause some problems including failure to fire.
Ok, but when I do a general cleaning (after a day at the range), when I clean the breach face area, am I supposed to "retract" the firing pin first? Or do I leave it in its "striked" position to keep the hole a bit more closed off? I know I'm not supposed to let any solvent or lube leak into the firing pin channel, and I'm also nervous about getting any on the firing pin itself? Please let me know... thx