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This is a discussion on AR-15 Cleaning Resources within the MP Rifles forums, part of the Smith & Wesson MP Forum category; Originally Posted by LordRahl This video, made by the US Air Force, shows a pretty good procedure for cleaning the M16 / AR-15; Disassembly, Assembly, ...


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Old March 15th, 2013, 11:32 AM   #16
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This video, made by the US Air Force, shows a pretty good procedure for cleaning the M16 / AR-15;

Disassembly, Assembly, and Cleaning the M16 A2
Actually not an official Air Force training film, made by some individuals in the 342nd Training Squadron. None of the official markings contained in a genuine training film.

Not a bad video overall, but a few things stood out.

At 6:48 he's talking about inspecting the weapon, looking for worn parts, and lubrication, which is spelled out on screen "Lubercation", now I might be nit picky, but when a so called training film has such an obvious screw up, it just doesn't look good.

When he's cleaning the bolt, he's using the threads on the slotted tip to scrape carbon off the bolt, going back to my previous post, there is no reason to clean carbon off, but if you really want to clean the bolt itself, a brass brush and cleaning solvent work well for that purpose and the brass brush won't hurt anything, in comparison to the steel threads of the slotted tip which is capable of damaging the bolt.

At 9:40 he demonstrates using a worn brass bore brush to clean the inside of the upper receiver around the gas tube, while at 14:38 he issues a strong warning not to use a wire brush on aluminum surfaces, oops, the upper receiver is also aluminum and he just used a wire brush on it! I would recommend using a nylon brush in the upper receiver.

Later on he wipes off the buffer and the spring but doesn't reapply any oil before reassembly, they don't require much, but they should be lightly oiled.

Like I mentioned above, not a bad video overall, but there are a few glaring mistakes.

Cleaning tip: I like to use a 22 cleaning rod and patch to clean the channel the firing pin runs in, it works really well.

There used to be a website for the Maryland AR-15 Shooters, it contained some of the best information I have ever seen. The host of that website and several others was shut down, apparently nobody ever took the enormous challenge to recreate that website on another host, a great loss overall. There was some talk about the Maryland Shooters website picking up all the great info files, but if its on there I can't find it.
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Plenty of videos on Youtube. Don't forget a bore snake.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 09:21 PM   #18
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Lots of videos on YouTube made by people who are often misinformed, and are passing along bad advice, which is the primary reason I posted the official manual that is tacked at the top of this forum.
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Old May 12th, 2013, 11:15 AM   #19
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Thanks for posting the Info. I have to agree lots of the U tube posts are not so great info that should be taken very carefully. I always clean my weapons after shooting them. Not a detailed white glove but very good one. Purchased a Bore Snake for my new 15 and I it does a great job.

Looking at the CAT M4 tool- Does it do as good as advertised?
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Some very useful links. Thank you for taking the time to put it together. It will help AR noobs like me and others
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Considering I started this thread in 2011, I am surprised anyone found it. Makes me wonder what other threads of mine are still floating out there.

Glad it helped.
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Considering I started this thread in 2011, I am surprised anyone found it. Makes me wonder what other threads of mine are still floating out there.

Glad it helped.
LOL you know I never noticed the date in my search. BUT still a great thread IMO the links should be a sticky
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I have had a sticky for several years now of the M16 manual, but it wasn't a good copy. I now have a good copy of the official Army/Air Force/Navy M16, M4 operators manual which I have made a sticky at the top of this board. This is an excellent copy of the manual and doesn't have the old wives tales and poor information contained in that video.

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I have had a sticky for several years now of the M16 manual, but it wasn't a good copy. I now have a good copy of the official Army/Air Force/Navy M16, M4 operators manual which I have made a sticky at the top of this board. This is an excellent copy of the manual and doesn't have the old wives tales and poor information contained in that video.
Ill have to check that out as well. Thanks again for all the info!
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