How to Disassemble the Beretta Pistol

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The Beretta pistol utilizes a standard frame and disassembly procedure. This procedure is easy to learn but still requires specific steps to release specific parts. Disassembly involves removing large pieces as well as very small ones. Keep track of all removed pieces and avoid losing any of these pieces throughout your disassembly procedure. The disassembly process is necessary for regular cleaning and oiling of your pistol.

    Lay out a mat over your workspace. You will place all of the pieces of your pistol onto the mat throughout your disassembly process. This ensures that you can keep track of every piece you pull off of the weapon. A handkerchief or paper towel both work well for this.

    Aim the pistol away from everyone. Press the magazine release and slide your clip out of the grip of your pistol. At no time during your disassembly should you point your pistol towards anyone, including yourself. The risk of wounding yourself or another is too great and there is no certainty that you did not miss a loaded bullet.

    Look down the side of your pistol as you pull the slide back. Check the chamber to ensure that you do not have a bullet loaded. If you do, turn your gun sideways to drop the bullet out of the chamber and place the bullet on your mat.

    Press the disassembly latch and turn the disassembly lever to the open position. The disassembly latch is a small circular button on the right side of your pistol. The lever is on the left side, directly opposite the latch. Once open, the barrel loosens noticeably.

    Slide your pistol apart. Place your pistol frame on the mat and remove the recoil spring and rod. Do not force separation. Place your recoil spring and rod on your mat.

    Depress the barrel lock button and remove the barrel from the slide. Place the barrel and slide on the mat. With your pistol disassembled, you can clean and oil every piece. Keep every piece that you are not directly working with on your mat to avoid misplacing or losing vital pieces of your pistol’s mechanism.


    • Every piece that you remove from your pistol should slide off freely and with little tension. If you find tension, ascertain the reason for the tension before continuing. This could be a result of dirt in your pistol, or a sign that you have not properly released the piece with which you are working.


    • Keep your finger away from the trigger throughout the disassembly process.


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