Gun in Parts? How to Put it Back Together

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Whether you have a Colt 1911 or Walther P22 – or anything in between – if you like to clean and maintain your semi auto pistols yourself, this newly-revised edition of Gun Digest Book of Automatic Pistols Assembly/Disassembly makes it simple.

You just finished cleaning a pistol and now it's time to re-assemble the parts. Where do you start? The Gun Digest Book of Automatic Pistols Assembly/Disassembly 4th Edition can help.

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Whether you have a Colt 1911 or Walther P22 – or anything in between – if you like to clean and maintain your semi auto pistols yourself, this newly-revised edition makes it simple. With more than a dozen new models added, these step-by-step instructions include detailed photos of each step.

The list of handguns covered in this revised edition of Gun Digest Book of Automatic Pistols Assembly/Disassembly is shown below. While there are right around 100 models in the Table of Contents, the list of variants covered by this book is even longer – with over 300 models appearing in the index.

  • When reassembling the Walther P22, hold the sear in this position compressing it forward. Note that the sear spring has one slightly longer leg and one slightly shorter leg. The longer leg should bear against the receiver. As you are installing the hammer, place the hammer arm through the sear and slide it onto the receiver until the hammer pin can depress into the hole in the receiver.

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  • Accu-Tek XL-9
  • Astra Constable
  • Astra Model 400
  • Bayard Model 1908
  • Benelli B76
  • Beretta Model 84
  • Beretta Model 92S
  • Beretta Model 418
  • Beretta Model 950 BS
  • Beretta Model 1934
  • Beretta Neos
  • Bernardelli “Baby”
  • Bersa Model 383
  • Browning Buck Mark
  • Browning BDA 380
  • Browning Hi-Power
  • Colt Mustang
  • Colt 32 Pocket Auto
  • Colt Woodsman
  • Colt 1908 25 ACP
  • Colt 1911 Series
  • Colt Pony
  • Coonan Model B
  • The rear roll pin which holds in the trigger housing in the P22 is slightly shorter than the front pin. If the front pin is placed in the rear pin hole, it will stick out both sides.

    CZ 27

  • CZ 52
  • Desert Eagle
  • Detonics Mark V
  • Diamondback DB9
  • Dreyse Model 1907
  • F.I.E. TZ 75 Series 88
  • FNH FNP-9
  • FN Model 1922
  • French Model 1935-A
  • Galesi 25
  • Glock 17
  • H&R 32 Self-Loading
  • Heckler & Koch P-7
  • Heckler & Koch USP
  • Hi-Point Model C9
  • Hi-Standard Sharpshooter
  • Interdynamic KG-99
  • Iver Johnson X300 Pony
  • Kahr K9
  • Kel-Tec PF9

    The recoil spring can easily be kinked when replacing the slide back onto the frame of the P22. You may need to use a tool to partially compress the spring onto the guide rod to ease installation.
  • Kel-Tec PMR-30
  • Lahti (Swedish)
  • Luger
  • Magnum Research Micro Desert Eagle
  • Makarov
  • Mauser HSc
  • Mauser 1896
  • Mauser 1910/34
  • Nambu Type 14
  • Nambu Type 94
  • Ortgies
  • Radom P-35
  • Ruger LC-9
  • Ruger LCP
  • Ruger P-85
  • Ruger SR-9
  • Ruger Standard Auto
  • Russian Tokarev

    Back together with no extra parts. Your work here is done.
  • Savage Model 1908
  • Seecamp
  • SIG/Sauer Mosquito
  • SIG/Sauer P-225 (P6)
  • SIG/Sauer P230
  • SIG/Sauer P290
  • Smith & Wesson 59
  • Smith & Wesson 459
  • Smith & Wesson 622
  • Smith & Wesson 5906
  • Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380
  • Smith & Wesson Sigma
  • Smith & Wesson M&P
  • Springfield XD
  • Star PD
  • Steyr 1912
  • Steyr GB
  • Steyr M9-A1
  • Taurus 24/7
  • Taurus PT 740 Slim
  • Walther P22
  • Walther P-38
  • Walther PPK/s
  • Walther PPS
  • Walther SP-22 M3
  • Walther TPH
  • Whitney Wolverine

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