How to Break Down and Clean a PJK-9HP

by Gus Stephens

The FEG PJK-9HP is a Hungarian clone of the Browning Hi-Power pistol. The two guns are mechanical duplicates, contain the same operating mechanism and can be broken down and cleaned using the same procedures. Manufactured in Belgium beginning in 1935, the Browning Hi-Power became the best-selling 9 mm handgun in the world. When its patent expired in 1971, Fegyver És Gépgyár (FEG) reverse-engineered the Hi-Power and began producing the PJK-9HP in Budapest. The FEG pistol is considered to be the most exact copy of the Browning ever made. The single-action, semi-automatic FEG PJK-9HP fires 9 mm parabellum ammunition. It has a 4.65-inch barrel and a double-row 13-round magazine. The overall length of the FEG PJK-9HP is 7.8 inches and it weighs 2 pounds unloaded.


  1. Verify that the pistol is unloaded.

  2. Push the magazine release button on the left side behind the trigger and remove the magazine.

  3. Pull the slide back and lock in the open position.

  4. Rotate the thumb safety all the way up into its disassembly notch on the slide.

  5. Push the end of the slide-stop pin that protrudes from the right side of the pistol. Pull the slide stop out from the left side of the pistol.

  6. Hold the slide to restrain its spring tension and rotate the thumb safety all the way down. Continue to hold the slide and let it move slowly all the way forward and off the end of the frame.

  7. Turn the slide over. Push the head of the recoil spring guide forward to compress the spring slightly, then remove the guide and spring from the slide.

  8. Lift the barrel by the barrel lug and remove it from the slide.


  1. Use a 9 mm-pistol cleaning rod and gun-cleaning patches moistened with gun-cleaning solvent to swab the bore of the pistol. Clean the bore until a patch can be run through without showing any grime or discoloration.

  2. Clean the slide with gun-cleaning patches moistened with cleaning solvent and wipe dry.

  3. Clean dried powder residue from any other parts of the assembly with cleaning patches, a bristle brush and solvent. Wipe dry.

  4. Coat all internal components lightly with gun oil.

  5. Wipe down external metal surfaces with a cleaning patch slightly moistened with gun oil.

  6. Clean the magazines occasionally using gun-cleaning solvent to remove bullet lubricants, oil and dirt.

  7. Reassemble the PJK-9HP.

Items you will need

  • Gun-cleaning rod
  • Gun-cleaning patches
  • Gun-cleaning solvent
  • Gun oil

About the Author

Gus Stephens has written about aviation, automotive and home technology for 15 years. His articles have appeared in major print outlets such as "Popular Mechanics" and "Invention & Technology." Along the way, Gus earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications. If it flies, drives or just sits on your desk and blinks, he's probably fixed it.