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Old October 3rd, 2011, 06:17 PM   #1
 
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Cleaning the striker channel?

So I feel like I did a good job detail stripping my SR9 and SR9C this weekend, and there was definitely some grease on the striker itself and then inside the channel. I used one of the soft smaller caliber things to clean a barrel with to get inside the channel. The thing is that the channel gets smaller as it goes towards the front of the gun. Is that where I should be concerned with the most? If that's the case, I might not have gotten it all cleaned.

I got it cleaned AT LEAST past both things that you depress to get the striker out. Is that good enough?



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i usually use a qtip and break it at an angle so i can get it all the way in there and still have something to hang on to... the angled part fits nice in the grove and can get all the way to the front of the channel. i often come back with a few slivers of brass or debris so i make sure i do this every time i clean it.
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+1. And then blow it out with a few blasts of compressed air.
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+1. And then blow it out with a few blasts of compressed air.
+1 I really like your compressed air idea. I think I might start using that technique. One suggestion for anyone doing that: hold the can upright and use small bursts to prevent spraying moisture into the gun. If you get too crazy with compressed air it starts to squirt moisture. Still, I think its a great idea.
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I guess you could even spray it through the striker hole in the front.
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+1 I really like your compressed air idea. I think I might start using that technique. One suggestion for anyone doing that: hold the can upright and use small bursts to prevent spraying moisture into the gun. If you get too crazy with compressed air it starts to squirt moisture. Still, I think its a great idea.
The moisture should be nothing more than "cold" air, which evaporates immediately. You're right, though, that short bursts is the way to go. I also use a q-tip with compressed air.

I also find that removing the striker blocker (safety plunger) is necessary for a deep cleaning of the striker channel.
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How did you remove the striker blocker?
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I think I learned how from a YouTube video. Try a search there.

The striker blocker is held in place by the extractor, so you need to remove the extractor first. This can be done by pushing out the pin that it pivots on with a punch. Mine was a bear to get out the first time.
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I clean the striker and striker channel with a little alcohol and a pipe cleaner. Works great and
really cleans it up well. The alcohol evaporates quickly and cuts the grease and stuff. I have never had a single problem with my Sr9 and have never had a ftf using this technique.
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I use an electric contact cleaner in a spray can, or non-chlorinated brake cleaner. Spray it in the striker hole, and striker clean out hole, then compressed air. No need to take the striker apart, and is simple and fast. Found this out on the Kahr and LCP forums. Wont hurt anything, is fast and I do it every time I clean my pistols. Also, do not lube or oil striker channel, or striker assembly, it will attract dirt.
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So I feel like I did a good job detail stripping my SR9 and SR9C this weekend, and there was definitely some grease on the striker itself and then inside the channel. I used one of the soft smaller caliber things to clean a barrel with to get inside the channel. The thing is that the channel gets smaller as it goes towards the front of the gun. Is that where I should be concerned with the most? If that's the case, I might not have gotten it all cleaned.

I got it cleaned AT LEAST past both things that you depress to get the striker out. Is that good enough?
Pipe cleaners dipped in rubbing alcohol for both the striker channel and the extractor channel. One pack will probably last you like forever. Best.
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