Maintaining, Cleaning, and Lubricating your Pistol

Frequency of Maintenance

You should follow a regularly scheduled maintenance program to ensure the reliable functioning of your Shadow Systems pistol.  Your pistol should be properly cleaned and lubricated to prevent corrosion and to remove accumulated debris that could affect the functioning of your Shadow Systems pistol.

Your Shadow Systems pistol should be field stripped, cleaned, lubricated and inspected as follows:

  1. After each firing session.
  2. After exposure to the elements or harsh conditions.
  3. At least once per year if in extended storage conditions.



The Shadow Systems pistol should be field stripped into its major components every time it is cleaned. Cleaning without field stripping, by merely locking the slide to the rear and inserting the cleaning rod from the muzzle, can cause dirt, oil, and fouling to build up inside of the pistol.

In order to field strip the Shadow Systems pistol, THE PISTOL MUST FIRST BE COMPLETELY UNLOADED. To unload your Shadow Systems pistol, proceed as follows:

  1. Point the pistol in a safe direction. Keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard.
  2. Depress the magazine release.
  3. Remove the magazine.


Maintenance 1


  1. With your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard, lock the slide open by pushing up on the slide release lever while pulling the slide to the rear with your other hand. Be aware of where the muzzle is pointed during this manipulation.


Maintenance 2


  1. Once the slide is locked to the rear, thoroughly inspect the chamber and the magazine well of the pistol to be sure that no ammunition remains in either place.


Maintenance 3

Once you have verified that the pistol is unloaded by following the above steps, the slide is removed as follows:

  1. Pull back the slide and release to close the action
  2. Point the pistol in a safe direction, and then pull the trigger. You will hear the firing pin move forward.
  3. Hold the pistol in either hand so that your fingers grasp the top of the slide as shown.
  4. With these fingers, pull and hold the slide back approximately 1/16 of an inch.
  5. Simultaneously, pull down and hold both sides of the slide lock using the thumb and index finger of your free hand.

Maintenance 4

  1. Push the slide forward until it is fully separated from the receiver.

Maintenance 5

Note: If the trigger moves forward and the slide will not come off during step 6, you may have pulled the slide back too far in step 4.  If this happens, begin again at step 1 above.

  1. Push the recoil spring assembly slightly forward while lifting it away from the barrel.

Maintenance 6


  1. Remove the recoil spring assembly.
  2. Lift the barrel from the slide.


Maintenance 7

Further disassembly by the user is neither required nor recommended and should only be performed by certified gunsmiths or armorers.


Barrel: Once field stripped, the barrel and chamber are easily cleaned from the chamber end using a bore brush, patches, and solvent.  Standard firearm solvents can be used on the pistol.  Do not leave excess solvent inside the pistol as it can cause the accumulation of dirt and contaminate primers

Slide:The slide rail cuts should be cleaned of dirt and debris by using a clean patch on the end of a toothbrush-type cleaning tool.  The breech face and the area under the extractor claw should be cleaned with a toothbrush-type cleaning tool and be absolutely dry and free of any dirt and debris after cleaning.  All other exposed areas of the slide should be checked for cleanliness and wiped or brushed clean as required.

Frame: The frame should be checked for cleanliness. Exposed parts in the frame may be wiped with a clean, soft cloth that has been slightly dampened with a quality firearm cleaning solvent.  All solvent should then be wiped from the parts so that they are clean and dry.

Post-cleaning Inspection: Before moving forward, ensure that no debris from your cleaning tools (q-tip cotton, threads from rags, etc.) are left behind in the action of the pistol.


To properly lubricate your Shadow Systems after cleaning, use a clean patch that has been slightly dampened with quality gun oil.  Wipe the outside of the barrel, including the barrel hood and lugs, the inside top of the slide forward of the ejection port where the barrel hood rubs against the slide, and the opening that the barrel slides through in the front of the slide. One drop of oil should be spread along the entire length of each slide rail cut.  A drop of oil is needed where the rear end of the trigger bar touches the connector at the right rear corner of the frame.

Maintenance 8

This will assure proper lubrication of your Shadow Systems pistol without over-lubrication.

Warning: Do not put oil or solvent inside of the firing pin channel it can cause contamination of primers and failure to fire. 


  1. Reassemble the slide, barrel, and recoil spring assembly by reversing the disassembly procedures
  2. Replace the slide assembly on the receiver and pull to the rear. If the slide hangs up, ensure the recoil spring is fully seated against the barrel.
  3. The action of pulling the slide to the rear completes the reassembly procedures.


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