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Smith & Wesson M&P 380 EZ

Smith & Wesson M&P 380 EZ

A step by step video on how to disassemble and clean your Smith & Wesson M&P 380 EZ handgun.





As with any firearm, we are going to take the magazine out and make sure the weapon is clear of ammunition before attempting to clean it.

how to clean Smith & Wesson M&P 380 EZ



1. While the slide is still back, you can rotate the disassembly lever clockwise to the 6 o’clock position.

 how to disassemble Smith & Wesson M&P 380 EZ

2. While controlling the slide, press down on the slide stop and ease the slide forward.

 remove slide Smith & Wesson M&P 380 EZ

 You can now take the slide off of the frame.


3. Remove the guide rod and spring and set aside.

 remove guide rod Smith & Wesson M&P 380 EZ

4. Grab the lug of the barrel and remove it.

 how to remove barrel Smith & Wesson M&P 380 EZ



1. Once that gun is disassembled, you’ll want some sort of parts tray in order to keep the various parts organized and to give them an area to soak in some CLP.


A parts tray allows you to keep everything organized and prevents making a mess with the solvent and the gunk coming out of your firearm.


Place the slide, barrel and guide rod and spring in the tray.

 gun parts tray

2. Grab some CLP and give everything in your tray a thorough soaking. Be liberal with spraying everything down as the CLP is going to do the heavy lifting for you.


Be sure to spray some down the bore of the barrel as well.

 CLP gun oil and solvent

Next hit the frame as well. You’ll want to let CLP do its magic for about 10 minutes.


3. Use a brush and pick set to scrub all surfaces. This will really help you to dislodge and carbon and other contaminants on your firearm.


Brushes is typically all you need, but if necessary break out the picks to get to areas the brush can’t get too.


Concentrate on the slide making sure to get the rails. This is where the narrow side of your brush really comes in handy.

 gun cleaning brushes

All surfaces should get some attention.


Contaminants left behind can result in unnecessary wear and tear on your gun. A well taken care of firearm can last a lifetime and more if you're diligent with your cleaning.


4. Next up you’ll want to pull out some gun cleaning swabs in order to clean out the carbon from all the hard to reach areas. 


Ones that have a blunt end as well as pointy side really do the trick.

 gun cleaning swabs

Any area you’re not able to get to with a cleaning cloth is where the swabs should be used. This includes the rails, breech face and the little parts inside the frame.


5. Next up grab a durable gun cleaning cloth. Paper towels really aren’t ideal here as the break apart and end up leaving behind little pieces on your firearm.


Remember this is a finely tuned piece of equipment with very low tolerances. Adding extra contaminants to the moving parts is a big no no.

 gun cleaning cloth

Clean off all surfaces you can get to with your gun cleaning cloth and then set the parts aside from reassembly.


6. Next we are going to clean the bore with a bore cleaning kit. You’ll want to use a 9mm or .380 cal kit for your Smith and Wesson M&P 380 EZ.


Send the pull cord down the breech end of the bore and pull the whole thing through.

 how to use a bore snake

The brush and buffing rope offer a large surface area for cleaning power, so usually one pull through does the trick.



Once that’s done it’s time for reassembly.


1. Give all moving parts of your firearm a light squirt of CLP to lubricate it. 

 lubricate Smith & Wesson M&P 380 EZ

2. Take the barrel and reinsert it into the slide.

 how to assemble Smith & Wesson M&P 380 EZ

3. Next take the guide rod and spring and place that back into the slide as well.

 how to insert guide rod and spring Smith & Wesson M&P 380 EZ

4. You can now replace the slide onto the frame.

 install slide Smith & Wesson M&P 380 EZ

Push it all the way back and engage the slide stop to lock it into place.


5. Rotate the disassembly lever counter clockwise to the 3 o’clock position.

 disassembly lever Smith & Wesson M&P 380 EZ

6. Release the slide and wipe down any excess CLP.

 cleaning a Smith & Wesson M&P 380 EZ

And there you have it. A fully cleaned and lubricated Smith and Wesson M&P 380 EZ handgun.

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