Caliber .45 Disassembly/assembly instructions
Soldier's Manual for Skill Level 1, unknown date (probably post 1975)
Care and Cleaning of the Caliber .45 Pistol.
- Cleaning compound, solvent (CR), is used to clean the bore and
face of slide after firing. This cleanser has preservative properties and
provides temporary protection against rust.
CAUTION: CR solvent cleaning compound is.usable at temperatures of -20°F and higher.
- Hot soapy water may be used to clean the bore when CR is not
available. After using the solution, dry barrel thoroughly and apply a light
coat of oil.
- Volatile mineral spirits, paint thinner, and drycleaning solvent
are noncorrosive solvents used for removing oil, grease, or light rust-preventive
compounds from weapons. Appy these cleaning agents with a rag to large parts
and use them as a bath for small parts.
- Cotton wiping rags should be soft and absorbent and free of dust, alkali, or corrosive agents.
- Lubricating oil, general purpose, PL Special, is a thin oil used for
lubricating above 0°F and for providing temporary protection against
- Engine oil, SAE 10, may be used when lubricating and
preservative oil cannot be obtained. When engine oil is used, the weapon
must be inspected, cleaned, and oiled frequently.
- LAW weapons lubricating oil is to be used at temperatures below 0°F.
Care and Cleaning of Caliber .45 Ammunition.
- Protect ammunition from mud, sand, dirt, and water. If it appears
wet or dirty, wipe clean with a dry cloth immediately. Wipe off light
corrosion as soon as it is discovered. Cartridges with heavy coat of corrosion
must be turned in to the ammunition supply point.
- Do not oil or polish cartridges. Do not attempt to fire cartridges
that have dents, scratches, loose bullets, or corroded cases. If a cartridge
is defective, turn it in to the ammunition supply point.
- Ammunition should be stored in an airtight box away from all sources of extreme heat. Do not open ammunition boxes until the ammunition is to be used.
Assembly. When testing the caliber .45 pistol for correct
assembly depress the safety lock, pull the slide fully to the rear, and release
it by pushing down on the slide stop. The hammer should remain cocked.