How to Field-Strip Your Semi-Automatic Pistol

Smith & Wesson's Julie Golob demonstrates the easy (yes, easy) steps to disassembling and reassembling your gun.

posted on July 14, 2021

Does the phrase "field-stripping" make you think of soldiers in Basic Training mastering complex tasks? Field-stripping your semi-automatic handgun is much simpler than it sounds, as Smith & Wesson's Julie Golob demonstrates in this video from the iconic gunmaker's GUNSMARTS series. There are lots of reasons why you should know how to field-strip your pistol, but for new gun owners, the best one may be this: It's a terrific way to understand how your gun works, and that will improve your safety and accuracy on the firing line.

As Golob demonstrates, there are two main types of semi-automatic magazine-fed handguns. There are hammer-fired guns, such as you'll see with 1911-style pistols; there are also striker-fired guns, such as the S&W M&P that you'll see Golob disassemble and reassemble in this video. Together with your owner's manual and the rules-of-thumb that Golob demonstrates here, you can master your gun's internal and external controls in a matter of hours ... not three months under a drill instructor's supervision.

Latest

Woman Rifle Prone
Woman Rifle Prone

3 Reasons You Missed That Aren’t the Gun’s Fault

We all miss the occasional deer or turkey, and it’s almost never the gun’s fault.

Springfield Armory Announces Hellcat Pro with Shield SMSc Optic

Springfield's newest Hellcat Pro expands her red-dot options. 

The Whole Shootin' Match: Competition 101

All matches are different, but here are the basics you need to know to get started in competitive shooting.

How to Determine Your Ideal Concealed Carry Position

Whether your body is stick straight or fabulously curvy, this video will guide you on finding your ideal carry position—even if it's the appendix position!

Back for 2022: Marlin 1895 Guide Gun

From the Old West to the 21st century, the Marlin 1895 is back to stay.

Henry Repeating Arms Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Limited Edition Rifles

The new 25th Anniversary Edition rifles pay homage to the company’s beginnings and the lever-action rifle’s enduring legacy in America.

Women's Interests



Get the best of NRA Women delivered to your inbox.