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Old April 6th, 2011, 04:52 PM   #1
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I had been scouring the web for maintenance information on the AR-15. I found a number of sites with some pretty good information and thought I would share.





Guides - This sight has information on the history of the AR-15 / M16 including diagrams of the various parts.



Cleaning & Lubricating an AR15 Rifle



How To Field Strip, Disassemble, Reassemble, Clean & Maintain a Military-Issued M4 Carbine Rifle



Gun Cleaning Clinic: Make Cleaning Your AR-15 Easier



Basic AR15 cleaning



AR-15 / M16 FAQ's, Basic Inspection and Procedures



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Unless you are shooting corrosive ammo, cleaning a modern AR is overrated.
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Unless you are shooting corrosive ammo, cleaning a modern AR is overrated.


Unless you're doing a max-rounds-to-failure test with your AR for a magazine article... regular cleaning of your AR is just smart. Obsessive scrubbing and "detailing" isn't required, but a bore-snake, a chamber brush, and a regular squirt of CLP into and over the BCG... won't hurt, and may save your life. (Or save you a few seconds in your match)



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I run a bore snake thru it after every range session, plus I keep the BCG lubed but not dripping wet. It only gets detailed around 3,000 to 5,000 rounds.
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Hey, all I am trying to do is share some resources I found that I thought everyone could benefit from.
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Hey, all I am trying to do is share some resources I found that I thought everyone could benefit from.
And we thank you for it, at least I do.
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X2....Thanks for the info...keep it up.
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I know this thread is old but see THIS.
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Cool website John, thanks.
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The best thing I have found for using with the above is Frog Lube. That stuff works wonders. I use it on all my weapons now.
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I know this thread is old but see THIS.
OK, here's a quick review of their first AR cleaning video:

They started off good, showing the proper use of an AR chamber brush, this is a necessity for cleaning the bolt lug recesses, a lot of people don't know about these.

Chamber brush and non rotating handle, you need this special handle to use it properly.
Dewey Rifle Chamber Brush Rod AR-15 223 Cal 8 x 32 Thread Bronze

The guy says that almost a third of the bullet jacket is removed as it goes down the barrel. At this point my BS detector was pegging out, that is pure BS! At this point their advice started going downhill fast.

The guy starts talking about detail cleaning the upper receiver, even if you only fired five rounds. It should be thoroughly cleaned from time to time, but it doesn't need detail cleaning often.

At this point I'm just waiting for them to bring out the carbon scraper to prove they don't know what they are talking about, sure enough, I didn't have to wait long.

The bolt and carrier will get some carbon build up, as part of the genius of the Stoner design the carbon build up is self limiting, it will get to a certain point and then stop accumulating, there is absolutely no need to ever scrape carbon from an AR-15 bolt or the bolt carrier.

Then they use a Q tip in the bolt carrier gas key, this is self cleaning, requires no internal cleaning. The stupidity continues when they remove the gas rings, there's no reason to remove a gas ring unless it is broken and is to be replaced.

These guys are giving some awfully poor advice, and old saying applies here, more guns are damaged by cleaning than shooting, some of the things they show are rarely needed and at least one thing they show shouldn't be done at all in routine maintenance. Giving them a letter grade based on the first video it would have to be a D.
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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
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Unless you are shooting corrosive ammo, cleaning a modern AR is overrated.
Remember that when you squeeze the trigger and it goes CLICK.
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The guy says that almost a third of the bullet jacket is removed as it goes down the barrel. At this point my BS detector was pegging out, that is pure BS! At this point their advice started going downhill fast.

The stupidity continues when they remove the gas rings, there's no reason to remove a gas ring unless it is broken and is to be replaced.
I know, that bullet jacket was a goodie.

You only need to look see they (gas rings) aren't alined at worst. "Most" are non alining anyway.
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Unless you are shooting corrosive ammo, cleaning a modern AR is overrated.
Both 5.56 and 223 were developed long after the manufacture of corrosive ammo was discontinued. Basic maintenance is all that is needed, a detailed tear down and thorough cleaning is only required when a NCO is hanging around looking for an excuse to yell at you.
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