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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
While cleaning my AR I seen deposits of powder/lead/dust whatever right where the locking lugs are located on the upper. No matter what I use brush/qtip I can't seem to get it all out. What type of brush do you guys use for this. I have only had my AR a short while and have yet to really disassemble it all the way down. I wasn't planning on doing it till I got a vise, and the needed wrench. And downloaded the video as to have another source other than the crappy military issue manual that came with it.
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
:twisted:.....my AKs aren't due for a cleaning for anothr 8,000rds or so.......

Once you take it apart completely 3 or 4 times, you will write your own manual....I clean all my guns with diesel fuel and all kinds of wire/nylon brushes. I let my really dirty AR180 parts soak a bit if I'm having trouble getting them clean.
 
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
I guess Ive shot my Romy AK about 2000 times,and not cleaned it yet.LOL Looks like I gota ways to go be4 it needs it :-D OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!
:twisted:.....my AKs aren't due for a cleaning for anothr 8,000rds or so.......

Once you take it apart completely 3 or 4 times, you will write your own manual....I clean all my guns with diesel fuel and all kinds of wire/nylon brushes. I let my really dirty AR180 parts soak a bit if I'm having trouble getting them clean.
 
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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
It wouldn't matter if I was talking about an AK, I am a fanatic about having clean guns. I would clean a AK just the same as I do my other guns. I have guns I haven't shot in 2 or 3 years, But I still clean them every couple of months.
 
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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
IMO the manual tells you exactly what you need to clean to keep it fully functional.. now if you want to get anal about cleanliness.. get a dental kit and tons of bore swabs and pipe cleaners.. if you dont want to sit there for hours cleaning.. take it to get dipped in a solvent... used to do that alot after the field and didnt want to spend hours cleaning my rifle ... knocks all the crud loose for you to wipe off
 
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
SLiP 2000, a lot of places have it. You can soak a chamber star in that and let it sit there for about 15 minutes, come back with a dry star and wipe it all out.

I use the SLiP for cleaning the Bolt assembly and such.. just drop the parts into a small cup and just cover it with the SLiP. Let it soak for a little bit (about 2-3 beers) and wipe off the parts, lube and re-assemble. The best part about SLiP is that it's reusable. You just pour it back in the jar, come back the next day and skim off the crud. It's non-toxic, smells kinda like oranges and isn't all that expensive.

And for the uppity AK guys.. I run my AR's upto about 2-3K rounds and half the time it's with a dry bolt and chamber. The only reason they get cleaned is because either they've started to hiccup or because it's been several months. So boys, even the AR does well without being pampered!
 
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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
And for the uppity AK guys.. I run my AR's upto about 2-3K rounds and half the time it's with a dry bolt and chamber. The only reason they get cleaned is because either they've started to hiccup or because it's been several months. So boys, even the AR does well without being pampered!
Yea, they are getting better. The only ARs I own are a 180 and a 180b. I've never owned a '15 and never will...
 
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Discussion Starter · #16 ·
I think most of us were taught by our Uncle to clean it clean it and clean it some more. It's a great mentality for being in places where folks are going to shoot back a lot, but that's true for any platform, AR, AK and Bolt.. The reality is that the AR is far less in need of constant cleaning than most of us admit these days. Take it to the next level and look at the mean time between cleanings for the Piston upper AR's and it either meets or exceeds the operational specs for any other battle or assault rifle in the world. That might be why we're seeing so many units under SOCOM buying the HK416 uppers for their guys. The basic AK does have that over the basic AR.. but with that hybrid evolution of the piston and AR's native accuracy, the AK has lost one of it's biggest bragging rights.
 
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Discussion Starter · #18 ·
I think most of us were taught by our Uncle to clean it clean it and clean it some more. It's a great mentality for being in places where folks are going to shoot back a lot, but that's true for any platform, AR, AK and Bolt.. The reality is that the AR is far less in need of constant cleaning than most of us admit these days. Take it to the next level and look at the mean time between cleanings for the Piston upper AR's and it either meets or exceeds the operational specs for any other battle or assault rifle in the world. That might be why we're seeing so many units under SOCOM buying the HK416 uppers for their guys. The basic AK does have that over the basic AR.. but with that hybrid evolution of the piston and AR's native accuracy, the AK has lost one of it's biggest bragging rights.
Well said, and quite true.......When I was in the Navy, we went to the Marines for weapons training...I have still have yet to see someone completely strip, clean, reassemble, and fire a weapon as fast as some of those guys. The main thing is with any weapon is to keep your action clean, at least a stiff nylon bore brush down the tube after range time, and all 'friction' parts lubed at least every 1000 trigger pulls with the at least some kind of oil or dry lube.....
 
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Discussion Starter · #19 ·
curious...i picked up one of those usgi kits, and the cleaning rob/t-handle thing is covered in cosmolene. how do i get it off? brake cleaner?
 
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Discussion Starter · #20 ·
curious...i picked up one of those usgi kits, and the cleaning rob/t-handle thing is covered in cosmolene. how do i get it off? brake cleaner?
Just a good supply of rags and wipe as much of the gunk off as you can. When it's just a little sticky, I just spray with gunscrubber and it's good to go :cool:
 
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