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Springfield XD Overhaul With An Ultrasonic Cleaner

The Springfield XD handgun is a durable model that fits the varying needs of firearm enthusiasts. The unit is available with different calibers and in various types including subcompact, compact, service and tactical models. Springfield XD handguns are also semiautomatic or autoloading with different safety features including a firing pin block, striker cocked indicator and chamber loaded indicator. Aside from cleaning the outside of your handgun, keeping its internal components clean is also important to keep it in tip top shape. Ultrasonic cleaning is a great way to keep your firearms spot-less and grime-free.

How to Clean a Springfield XD Hand Gun with an Ultrasonic Gun Cleaner

If you own or service Springfield XD 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 XD

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 XD hand gun. 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 XD. 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 XD

Step 1: Disassembling the Springfield XD

To completely take apart your firearm, first field strip your firearm to separate the slide from your gun’s lower assembly.

Safety Tip! Do not forget to run a safety check. Make sure that your gun is pointing towards a wall or an open space. Remove the magazine and make sure it is empty. Double-check the chamber for any bullets by holding the slide and moving it back and forth.

Start by placing the slide in a pulled back position. Point the disassembly weber up before releasing the slide. This small lock can be found on the left side of your firearm. Pull the trigger to detach the slide from the bottom of your Springfield XD. This assembly should glide through when pushed forward. From the right side of your weapon, push the pins out to the other side using a small screw. You may use a hammer to pop it out or a pair of pliers to remove it completely. Carefully lift the locking block. Take note of the small components (like the springs attached to this assembly) so as not to misplace them.

Remove the small lift found on the left side of your pistol’s body. To take the trigger assembly out of the frame, pull the trigger to lift it from the inside. Carefully lift the assembly to bring it right out. To remove the sear grip safety, use a small flat head screw driver to tweak the pin in the center to let a small spring loose. Remove the other two pins surrounding the grip by pushing it outward using a small screw. Finally take out the grip safety found at the back of your firearm by pushing the pin which holds it in place.

Safety Tip! Handle all assemblies and components carefully. Make sure to arrange everything in such a way that would make reassembly safe and easy.

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

Step 2: Cleaning the Springfield XD Firearm

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 XD

Begin by returning the sear grip safety inside the main frame. Create a small holding tool using a coat hanger to help you manipulate the spring. Make sure that its length is the same as the width of the grip. Take the safety spring and place it in between grip safety assembly. Note that the shorter hand of the spring should be on top. You may now insert the holding tool to keep the spring in place as the assembly is returned to its proper position. Using a small screw, press on the temporary holding tool until it is completely brought out by the screw. After that, insert the original pin that holds this assembly in place on the opposite side. Hammer it down until it is settled in its appropriate position. You should only remove the screwdriver when the pin is already three-fourths through the hole to avoid misaligning parts and popping the safety screw out.

Proceed to reinstalling the sear and ejector. Attach the striker safety lever to the sear by finding a small tab in each of them that can fit together. The pin hole will be aligned properly if you do this correctly. Push the grip down where the magazine well is located. Press the sear grip to allow a small screw to pass through it and to create a space for the ejector to get into place. Slip the ejector down and hold it in place using the same screw driver once it fits. Reinsert the retaining pin on the other side. Carefully remove the screwdriver only when the pin is already three-fourths in. and repeat this procedure for the other pin.

Position the magazine catch correctly before inserting the catch inside the Springfield XD frame. The elongated part should be pointing downwards while the tabs are facing front. Again use a small screwdriver to hold the magazine catch in place. Use a pair of pliers to grip the ends of the spring when arranging it near the catch. Insert the pin on the opposite side and hammer it through. Test the spring tension by pressing on it a couple of times.

Insert the magazine release underneath the trigger bar. Remember that the curved side should be facing the back portion of your firearm to ensure that your magazines will be released correctly when used.

Place the trigger group, trigger bar and the locking block in their proper locations. Insert the trigger back in place. Make sure that the trigger bar is pointing towards the sear assembly found at the back. Fit the slide stock lever on the left wall of your firearm. Put in the locking block inside your pistol’s shell. Slide it in slowly on top of the other assemblies that have been placed earlier. Make certain that both holes found on each side on the stock lever is aligned with the holes found on the body as well. Proceed to returning the pins back in place.

Check for loose connections by testing each of them. Slip the slide on top of the lower body of your device to complete the assembly of your firearm.

Congratulations! You have just reassembled your “brand new” Springfield XD Pistol

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 iUltrasonic 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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