@Zinger55, welcome to the forum! You purchased a very nice handgun that should give you a lifetime of service. It's important to do an intitial thorough cleaning of it however. There is quite often machining debris and crud left over from the manufacturing process. Don't let anyone tell you different and they will. Any good gun cleaner will serve the purpose, things like Rem Oil, Break Free, Hoppe's or Ezzox will do just fine. I recommend using one of the combination products like Ezzox or Break Free, they simplify the process and do a great job of cleaning, lubricating and protecting your new purchase for the years you plan to keep it and depend on it.I just bought my first hand gun, a Bersa Thunder 380. I have been reading different blogs about types of ammo to use, how to keep it clean, etc. but would like to know what I should be doing first. I bought a cleaning kit and have watched videos on how to clean it. Do I need to use anything special to do the initial cleaning before firing it at a range? How many rounds should be fired initially to break it in? Should I do it over a short period of time and after the break in period how often do you recommend going to a range? I am sorry to be asking so many questions but I have not used a weapon since I was in the National Guard in 1976 and that was an M-16. Pistols are new to me and I just want to learn to use it properly for when I may need it. I did sign up for the CC class to get my permit. Would appreciate any advice.