This article will explain step-by-step the most basic of gunsmithing skills, cleaning. Cleaning is also the most CRUCIAL of all firearms maintenance procedures, as a good cleaning does two things: allows the user to identify any future problems BEFORE they happen, and keeps the gun running free of hang-ups and debris, which cause premature wear. Think of it as an oil change for your pistol. I have boiled it down to a tool free stripping so as to be done in the field, thus the term field stripping. Some folks clean a differently, like my friend who simply removes the barrel on his Glock, and throws the damned thing in the dishwasher.
Field stripping is the term for disassembling a gun into its major components or assemblies. You don't completely disassemble it, but you break it down enough that you can clean and lubricate it. As the term suggests, this is something you might do in the field while further disassembly requiring special tools would be done back at the armory or shop. Let's see how to field strip the M pistol. The M pistol has been in service for over a century.
Remember to follow proper firearm handling procedures at all times. Also wear safety glasses as some of the springs are under compression and can cause injury. Did you use this instructable in your classroom? Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson. Start by unlocking the barrel this is done by turning the barrel locking piece to the right or left depending on the model.