Let’s face it; there are a lot of costs associated when you buy a pistol. Whether you are a first-time pistol buyer, or a veteran firearms enthusiast, the accessory options available to you are vast. However, buyers often overlook a pistol cleaning kit. This essential accessory is not nearly as glamorous or tacti-cool as a holster, or light, but is equally important. Follow the steps below and put together your own kit. With proper care and cleaning, your firearm will last for years to come.



There are numerous pre-made pistol kits available for purchase. Any of these choices are suitable, and will come with the basic supplies necessary. For. the first time gun-buyer, one of these pistol cleaning kits may be the easiest initial option.

Buying individual pieces and putting your own kit together will allow you to have total customization. For example, maybe you like the cleaner in one kit, but the brushes of another. Rather than buying both kits, buy the pieces. This way, you avoid having several bottles of gun lubricant(and a brand you’ll never use) sitting in storage for years before you throw them out. Save your money and only purchase what you like!


The first thing you need is going to be cotton patches. These can be found in a variety of sizes. Some people prefer to get larger ones and then cut them to the appropriate size. This way, you can leave the patch large to wipe down the external pistol Fram, but cut smaller pieces to wipe out the barrel.

After the cotton patches, you’ll want to get a cleaning rod and bore brush. Note, you’ll need a brush which matches the bore of your pistol. There are a variety of brands and materials. Most commonly, brushes are brass, nylon, or plastic.

In addition to the bore brush, you’ll want a plain brush for scrubbing other parts of your pistol as well. Just like the bore brush, these come in a variety of brands and materials.

After solvent, you’ll want lubricant/gun oil. This will go on certain parts of your pistol after it is cleaned to ensure smooth operation.

A micro-fiber cloth is helpful to wipe down your pistol and give it a shine.

Last, having some sort of cleaning pad to work on top of is a safe way to keep solvent, lubricant, and grime from getting on any unwanted areas of your cleaning space.


If you can, clean after every range session. If you carry regularly, particularly in summer, cleaning every few weeks is highly recommended!


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