Thank you in advance.
I have been searching and studying. My dad taught me to shoot, but never taught me how to clean. Heck I never even saw him clean a gun. He did not even teach me car stuff that was self taught.
I finally made the plunge and bought the guns I have been wanting for quite a while. After we got broke into it seemed it was no longer prudent to put off home protection. Especially when two 70# dogs and a monitored alarm did not dissuade the idiots. Then the cops sent my 70 year old mother, who is half crippled using a walker, before they even swept the outside, let alone the inside, to verify the crooks were gone. So there goes my faith in them to protect me. But I digress...
So I have purchased 2 Beretta 90-twos, a Beretta compact px4, a Beretta cx4 and a Walther p22. The spouse got a Glock 23 & Sig mosquito.
After reading, I was just going to use brakleen non clorinated as I read a lot recommend, but all these guns have so much polymer plastic on them. The walther has a factory coated finish on the plastic body and one of the 90-twos has been fully duracoated. I was worried the plastic would be discolored or damaged by the brake cleaner. So I remembered someone said simple green, but I was not sure how well it would breakdown the grease and flush it out. So i figured i would be better with a cleaner/degreaser made for guns, so I also grabbed hoppes degreaser/cleaner and gun scrubber. I will return whatever I don't need. And if it will work I'm totally fine with the simple green.
Which would be the safest to use? I can get simple green if its the safest.*
Where all do you spray the degreaser?*
How far down do you break the gun down?
Do you just remove the slide and spray the cleaner in the slides components and down into the trigger's mechanisms?*
Do I need to clean the barrel and with what? Spray it only since no crude to remove, or run a brush or a patch thru it? I have my otis kit on the way...but I got 2 bore snakes in the interim...
Sorry but I have no gun friends and when the ffl mentioned his guy who teaches shooting... I said no I need to be taught to clean. They handed me some tiny little bottle of breakfree clp and a nylon brush and said use this. Someone is missing the point here and I gave up. Figured I would fare better reading here.
Sorry for the zillion questions I just want to do it the right way!*