How to Clean a Beretta 22 Pistol

by Theon Weber

Your Beretta .22 should be cleaned every day that it is used, as well as at least once a month. Cleaning the gun requires taking it apart first. Make absolutely sure before you do this that the gun is not loaded and that there is no bullet in the chamber.

Disassembly

1. Remove the magazine with the magazine-release button.

2. Check to make sure there is no round in the chamber. If there is one, pull the slide rearward until the round is ejected.

3. Push the safety lever downward to cover the red warning dot.

4. Pull the slide rearward and engage the catch to lock the slide open.

5. Press the barrel-nut lock button and unscrew the barrel nut to remove the barrel.

6. Release the slide catch and allow the slide to move forward again.

Cleaning

1. Apply oil to the walls of the magazine box. After oiling, dry with a lint-free cotton patch; do not leave moisture inside the magazine.

2. Scrub the inside of the barrel with a .22-caliber bore brush sprayed with gun oil and inserted from the chamber. Dry with as many lint-free cotton patches as it takes before the patches begin emerging clean. Apply oil lightly to the threaded barrel stud.

3. Apply oil lightly to the recoil spring, the firing-pin guide, the firing-pin spring, and the firing pin.

4. Clean the slide with gun oil and a high-quality cleaning brush, and dry with a lint-free cotton patch.

Items you will need

  • Beretta oil or other high-quality gun oil
  • .22-caliber bore brush
  • Cleaning brush
  • Lint-free cotton patches

About the Author

Theon Weber has been a professional writer and critic since 2006, writing for the Village Voice, the Portland Mercury, and the late Blender Magazine. He was a staff writer at the Web-based Stylus Magazine from 2005 to its closure in 2007.