Buy a cleaning kit - the $5 one is fine, just make a case for it. Breakdown for cleaning is typical, but if this is your first time, find a youtube lesson. A plastic or wooden pin punch will not scratch your gun, use a metal punch if you have confidence on a good bench. It will get easier to pop the pins as your guides wear. Take pictures or make a sketch, especially the position of the plastic bolt bumper.
Will be second nature after a few cleanings, but not obvious where everything goes your first time. Ten percent of owners mangle the long bolt spring attempting to jam it in without patience to learn how simple it is - wish I could be there to show you, but you will get it. If you don't mangle the spring badly, you can straighten it out, and it will work fine, but it is a replaceable spring. I never had a problem, just helped others after they kink it up somehow. I saw a guy cursing the action, and called it garbage because it was too hard to reassemble. I should make a youtube video, because I have not seen one yet that empathizes the motion to insert the bolt with the spring in place. The book has instructions, but you will understand my comments when you try it. No fear - you will get it.
It only takes me 10 minutes to do a very thorough cleaning. If I only shoot 100 rounds, brushing the bore is all it needs, but clean it the same day. At $100, I'm getting a spare - handy when the kids come over. I was shocked at how nice the gun is, the accuracy, the action, the reliability - no reason to buy anything else. The Ruger 10-22 is great, but 3x the price, and no more accurate, but has more steel than aluminum, just be gentle. The sights are fine, but add a cheap scope if you like 2" groups at 50 yds. The gun is worthy of a decent scope, just feels odd to put an $80 scope on a $100 rifle.
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