With the popularity of the AR-15 gaining ground, there are new owners that do not know how to properly clean and maintain the weapon. We are here to show you how to do this much needed task. To clean and maintain the AR-15 can seem overwhelming at first, It requires a little more then your traditional hunting rifle with more moving parts. I’m here to tell you it is not difficult and rather easy to maintain your rifle. Just simply follow these steps below and check out the video at the bottom for full details.
- A gun cleaning solvent of your choice to assist in breaking up the fouling from the rifling in the barrel and the bolt carrier group.
- A little lubricant that may either be an oil or combination material such as CLP (cleaner, lubricant, and protectant).
- A bore cleaning device such as a bore snake, or a cleaning rod of proper caliber size. When choosing to use a cleaning rod, you will also need the proper attachments and fabric patches for running down the barrel to remove fouling from the rifling.
Lets Get Started:
- First we start off by safety checking the weapon, make sure the chamber is clear and unloaded.
- Now lets field strip the AR by removing the take down and pivot pin to separate the upper from the lower
- Pull out the charging handle and bolt carrier group (BCG)
- Now spray some bore cleaner down the barrel, this gives the barrel some time to soak while we strip the BCG
- Time to field strip the BCG. (the video posted below shows in full detail how to do this)
- With the BCG stripped down, spray your cleaner on the BCG parts and wipe them clean with a towel. (cue tips help get in tight spots)
- Clean the barrel, run a bore snake or cleaning rod with patches to remove fouling and clean the barrel. (always run the cleaning rod in the direction the bullet travels)
- Lubricate the BCG and charging handle as desired, then reassemble
- Reattach the upper to lower receiver and function check your AR-15
There are a wide variety of ways to clean the AR-15, but this is the method that works best for me. In the video I go into more detail of the field stripping process, where I lubricate parts and cleaning the buffer and spring as well.
If you have any questions feel free to ask me in the comments below.