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Recondition Your Springfield XDM with an Ultrasonic Cleaner

Springfield Armory ups the ante of firearm use, fit, and comfort with the Springfield XDM hand gun. Also referred to as the XD(M), the Springfield XDM hand gun features a Melonite finish and a rugged utilitarian design for better grip. Available in various XDM specifications including 4.5” (45ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W), 3.8” (.40 S&W, 9mm), compact, and comp series. The Springfield XDM hand gun is equipped with a black polymer frame, red fiber optic front sight, and a fully adjustable target rear sight. To ensure the best working condition, proper maintenance of the Springfield XDM is needed, including cleaning the gun’s parts inside and out.

If you own or service a Springfield XDM pistol or similar handguns you will definitely appreciate how an ultrasonic gun cleaner can save time and effort when it comes to cleaning and maintaining the weapon. An ultrasonic weapons cleaner is fast, thorough and safe because unlike some solvent washers and aerosol sprays, today’s ultrasonic gun cleaning solution is biodegradable, minimizing disposal problems with spent solutions.

Here you will learn:

  • How an Ultrasonic Gun Cleaner Works
  • How to Select and Set Up your Ultrasonic Weapon Cleaner
  • How to Disassemble, Clean and Reassemble your Springfield XDM Handgun

How an Ultrasonic Gun Cleaner Works

Ultrasonic cleaners are used in a wide range of applications to remove virtually any soil or contamination with the power of cavitation action. Cavitation action describes the implosion of billions of minute bubbles in the ultrasonic cleaning solution as they contact all components of your Springfield XDM Handgun. The bubbles are created by generator-powered ultrasonic transducers bonded to an ultrasonic cleaning tank and typically operate at an ultrasonic frequency of 37 to 42 kHz (37,000 to 42,000 cycles per second).

The imploding bubbles quickly and safely remove grease, powder residues and other contaminants that could interfere with reliable operation of your Springfield XDM Handgun. So tiny are the bubbles that they penetrate minute cracks, crevices and blind holes impossible to reach with conventional hand gun cleaning tools. The ultrasonic weapons cleaner will complete the job in less than 15 minutes. Meanwhile you can attend to other activities.

How to Select and Set Up your Ultrasonic Handgun Cleaner

A bench or table-top ultrasonic cleaner such as the LR617 along with its lubricating pan is ideal for sporting goods shops, servicing departments and the serious hand gun collector cleaning one or two handguns at a time. Whatever the model and size ultrasonic handgun cleaner you use there are steps to take before you start the cleaning operation by following the manufacturer’s operating instructions.

  1. Fill the ultrasonic weapons cleaner tank to the fill line (or approximately 2/3 full) with water and an ultrasonic cleaning concentrate diluted per manufacturer’s instructions. We recommend CLN-LR215 diluted 1 part to 10 parts of water.
  2. In the same way, fill the auxiliary lubricating pan with an ultrasonic gun lubricating solution and place it into the ultrasonic cleaner tank. Ready-to-use CLN-LR212 is a good choice. Make certain that the bottom of the lubricating pan is in contact with the cleaning solution.
  3. Turn on the ultrasonic cleaner and operate the unit for about 30 minutes to drive off cavitation inhibiting entrained air in both the cleaning solution and the lubricating solution. Degassing is complete when bubbles stop coming to the surface. Note that this step must be performed every time you use fresh cleaning or lubricating solutions.

How to Disassemble, Clean and Reassemble your Springfield XDM Handgun

Step 1: Disassembling the Springfield XDM Handgun

Safety tip! Ensure that the weapon is not loaded. Remove the magazine and any rounds in the chamber. Field strip the Springfield XDM Handgun

To remove the back plate from the slide, insert a punch on the back plate guide and move it back just a bit to avoid breaking off a small part behind the plate. Carefully remove the plate. This releases the guide, the striker spring, and cock chamber. To remove the striker, use a punch and hammer to drive the pin out. Slide the striker out. Upend the slide and the buffer pin should fall off. In the back end, remove the small spring and the block piece. Insert a small tool and wriggle out the extractor.

Starting with the frame, remove the takedown lever by wriggling it off. Drive the locking block pin and the trigger pin out of the right side of the frame. Pull out the locking block and the spring. The spring is shaped to follow the contour of the locking block. Remove the transfer bar and slide release. Pull out the trigger and the trigger bar.

Voila! Your Springfield XDM handgun has been successfully disassembled. Its parts are now ready to be cleaned using an ultrasonic cleaner.

Step 2: Cleaning the Springfield XDM Handgun

Use the weapons kit brushes and tools to remove powder residues, bullet shavings, carbon and other loose contaminants. Tip: If the weapon is extremely dirty it should be cleaned using hot water to prepare the cleaning bath.

Put the hammer in the cocked position. Lift the star shell ejector and place a spacer between the star and cylinder to enhance cleaning action. Position your weapon parts in the mesh basket in a way to avoid air entrapment. Lower the basket into the cleaning solution and set the timer for 7-10 minutes. Cleaning time depends on the condition of the weapon.

At the end of the cycle remove the handgun components from the bath. If they are not clean replace them in the bath until the cleaning is complete. Do not reach into an operating ultrasonic bath. Remove the basket from the bath if you want to inspect or rearrange the parts.

After cleaning rinse the parts in fresh water to remove all traces of the cleaning solution, shake them to remove excess water and allow them to drain. Compressed air will aid in this process.

Return the weapon parts to the basket.

Next place the lubricating pan into the ultrasonic cleaner again making certain that the bottom of the lubricating pan is in contact with the ultrasonic cleaning solution. Put the basket into the lubricating solution and set the timer for 10 minutes. Ultrasonic waves will pass from the ultrasonic cleaning bath to the lubricating bath and thoroughly lubricate the weapon parts.

After the lubricating step remove the parts and allow them to drain. Do not blow dry. Inspect then oil the parts according to the manufacturer’s instructions before reassembly.

Step 3: Reassembling the Springfield XDM Handgun

After you’ve cleaned the parts of your Springfield XDM pistol with an ultrasonic cleaner, start reassembly with the slide. Push the extractor in place. Insert the spring with its block. Lock this in place with the pin. Drop the buffer spring back in, followed by the striker. Drive in the striker retaining pin. Slip in the indicator, the striker spring, and the guide. Compress the spring and push the back plate the rest of the way.

Attach the trigger to the trigger bar, and insert the piece into the frame. Holding the trigger, push in the trigger pin. Put the transfer bar in position and replace the take down lever to lock it into place. Pressing the take down lever against the frame, test the trigger function. Now, remove the trigger pin partly to be able to replace the locking block assembly. Put the locking block spring into the locking block, and push the front into the frame. Insert the side release in place. Press the entire locking block down into the frame. Press the trigger again to fully reinsert the trigger pin. Drive in the locking block pin. Insert and rotate the take down lever until it pops into position.

Check and test the frame through rack and cycle. Now assemble the Springfield XDM hand gun together with its slide, barrel, recoil spring and its frame.

Congratulations! You have just reassembled your “brand new” Springfield XDM Handgun.

Additional Weapon Cleaning Tips

Oils that rise to the surface of the bath should be skimmed off and disposed of properly. When the ultrasonic handgun cleaner solution becomes discolored or cleaning takes longer it is time to replace it. Drain the tank and dispose of the spent solution according to local regulations. Take the time to remove sludge that settled to the bottom of the tank then clean the tank.

Questions: Contact the tovatech ultrasonic cleaning experts at 973 821-3406

Disclaimer: This advice is not provided by a licensed gunsmith. Follow at your own risk. We assume no liability for any damages caused by following the advice in this article.


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