Disassembling a Semi-Automatic Pistol: Guns for Beginners

Jon Wayne Taylor shows Israeli model and first-time shooter Michal Idan the inner workings of the FNX-45 Tactical semi-automatic pistol. Come and shoot it at the Texas Firearms Festival on October 14 – 16 at Best of the West Shooting Sports in Liberty Hill.


  1. avatar jwtaylor says:

    If it seems like I’m talking down to her it’s because she’s brand new to guns and English is not her first language. She’s quite smart.

    1. avatar Tal says:

      For a second I thought that was your daughter.

      Great video though.

  2. avatar Jon in NC says:

    I’m sorry I have no idea what that guy said, I was distracted 😉

    1. avatar JK says:

      Glad I wasn’t the only one.

    2. avatar S.CROCK says:

      You are right, after you mentioned a guy I went back and watched the video again to confirm there is indeed a guy in the video. I was also a little distracted during this video.

      1. avatar YaDaddy says:

        There was a guy in the video?!?!

        I only noticed the FNX-45 Tactical about half-way through.

        1. avatar Anonymous says:

          There was a gun in that video??? I didn’t even notice.

      2. avatar mark s. says:

        I kept watching this to see what you left off , that I needed to fill in the holes , but you seemed to have it covered . I’m a happily married man , I’m a happily married man , I’m a happily married man ………………….etc. infinity and beyond .
        I’m going to watch one more time , just in case ………… I’m a happily married man …………

  3. avatar peirsonb says:

    Next video, detail strip it. Blindfolded.

    1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:


      Detail strip a Beretta 9x pistol, with or without a blindfold. If you can keep all the springs and detents on the bench, you’ll impress me.

      1. avatar jwtaylor says:

        I’m not sure I’ve been able to do that without the blindfold.

        1. avatar Joe R. says:

          : D

        2. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

          There’s a really good reason why the military might NJP a troop who tries to detail strip his Beretta in the field…

          Meanwhile, I can detail strip a GI 1911 with no tools – at all. Everything I need is on the gun. The grip panel screws have slots wide enough that you use a case rim to pull the screws. The firing pin becomes the punch you need to take down most of the rest of the gun. Even the Glock (“Perfection!”) needs a tool to retract the collar that keeps the striker cover in place.

          Yet, there are people who think that the Beretta (and similar spring-bomb sidearms) are an improvement over the 1911.

        3. avatar jwtaylor says:

          DG, I’ve taught basic pistol marksmanship to many military and police forces around the world. If using the M9, I tell them all the same thing. If they disassemble the gun any farther than field stripping, it will not work again and be broken forever, and they have to pay for a new one. Safest thing for everyone.

      2. avatar peirsonb says:

        Full disclosure: I keep a drawer full of 1911 safety plungers for similar occasions….

        1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

          You needn’t even mess with that on a 1911. I don’t when doing a detail strip. The tube holding those on is staked in place, so I leave it there. The spring for those detents should be wrapped around the tails of those detents pretty well, so they should not launch when you remove the safety or the slide lock lever.

        2. avatar peirsonb says:

          Tell that to Remington….

    2. avatar Anonymous says:

      Next video, detail strip it. Blindfolded.

      What are we stripping again??

      1. avatar peirsonb says:

        Crass and completely tasteless.

        Can’t believe I didn’t think of it…

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:


  4. avatar Vhyrus says:

    I want to ask about the girl but I have a feeling it would get me arrested.

      1. avatar Chrispy says:

        This is so far the only comment on TTAG to make me laugh today!

    1. Wow! Check out the size of those things! What a pair of eyebrows!

    2. avatar Nice7ime says:

      Don’t worry. She is a professional model from Israel. A quick Google image search you will find some nice poses with firearms.

  5. avatar Darius says:

    Boobs! Yes I know, not mature, but I KNOW I wasn’t the only one thinking about it.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Thanks man. I’ve lost about 30lbs of muscle in the last 6 months from a back injury and I’ve lost a lot of the mass in my chest, so I’m a little self concious. Thanks for making me feel better. But I just want to be friends.

      1. avatar MAC][ says:

        Ok, now THAT made me laugh! 😀

      2. avatar Crowbar says:

        Well played JW.

        1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

          Yep. JWT wins the Intertubes for today.

      3. avatar Adam L Silverman says:

        When it comes time to start doing strength training again, if you don’t already use it, I highly recommend the TRX:

        I started using it shortly after my Iraq deployment when I thought I was going to be heading out for AF, which ultimately didn’t happen. They have a 12 week predeployment work out to get your core, and everything else, conditioned for carrying all the extra weight of the rattle. While I did do some free weights last year – and I lift heavy when I do – I have used the TRX for strength training almost exclusively since late 2008. I have a 21 exercise circuit that hits all major and minor muscle groups that I do three times a week. It provides strength training, core training, and cardio all in one workout. I developed it for when I was on TDY as you can hook the TRX up to a hotel room door and get the whole thing done in 45 minutes to an hour. And as someone with occasional back issues I can use it without doing further damage. If you have questions, RF knows how to reach me.

        1. avatar jwtaylor says:

          Been using them since 2009. Especially for for when I need to travel. But it’s the classic Olympic lifts that do the best for me.

  6. avatar Jester says:

    great job- must remember the vast audiences out there @ all different skill levels… if we want others to be able to understand, we must appeal to all masses. ??

    1. Especially when the mass is so appealing.

  7. avatar WillMcG says:

    John, – Job well done! Great content for beginners, like myself. Goes a long way toward broadening TTAG’s base.

  8. avatar Jester says:

    touche my good man!

  9. avatar JasonM says:

    So RF has finally come up with creative ways to justify getting Israeli models back on TTAG. Nice work!

  10. avatar Keystone says:

    Ah she’s a beauty. Firm with curves in all the right places.

    Oh, and Michal looks good too.

  11. avatar Christian says:

    I just put the video on mute and stared.

  12. avatar Adam says:

    I like this video because boooooobs. ?

  13. avatar BrianH says:

    I’ll be honest, you did not seem to be talking down – you simply explained everything. That felt like an excellent video tutorial.

  14. avatar Joe3 says:

    I turned off adblocker and reloaded the page. Can someone tell which of the dozen trackers I have to enable to see this video in full screen?

    And is there a FAQ and/or an article somewhere detailing how/why TTAG isn’t using youtube anymore to source vids (I can guess…. google sucks…)?

    1. avatar Joe3 says:

      PS – – as in the screenshot I enabled Quantcast thinking that was the video source, but no success in fullscreen video.


      And unfortunately I also now get an autoplay ad from “cine spot”.

      Love to find a way to have some ads that support thetruthaboutguns.com but don’t intrude on my experience or track me to death.

  15. avatar Larry says:

    Being a watch guy I often look there first….. This video it was quite awhile before I spotted the Rolex Blackface Explorer II , and Im wearing the same watch today .

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      I have another Rolex “worth” significantly more, but that watch is my EDC. I’d recommend it to anyone. That watch has been through absolute hell, on the range, on the hunt, on the farm, you name it, and has had absolutely zero issues. Wish they had a tritium version of it though.

  16. avatar white says:

    While these guns are desirable for most owners, I’m a little leery about the breakdown on that pistol as well as the AR-15 he showed earlier. Maintenance is one of the most important aspects of ownership. If a gun is a PITA to maintain, it will not get to the range very often, just human nature.

    The PX4 Storm full size or compact has got to be one of the easiest semiautomatics to field strip anywhere. You do not have to touch the trigger. Just pull down the 2 buttons on the side and pull forward. The barrel nub does have to be lubed with rifle grease instead of the usual oil because it spins. Still, this doesnt add to the physical difficulty of maintenance.

    In terms of rifles, I feel that the AK either as a long gun or in Draco type of configuration, is easier for a newbie to maintain. The AK-74 type doesn’t have much more recoil then the typical AR-15 in .223 assuming the 5.45×39 is used. Many US variants also use the .223 and some even use AR-15 magazines!! Unlike the AR-15, the AK has no small roll pins to contend with and you can leave the firing pin alone.

    Bore snakes are also a must for a new owner as well.

  17. avatar adverse4 says:

    I am just not going to say it.

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