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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I have my standard pistol cleaning kit. Once I get my AR, what do I need to add? Just a longer rod thing? What about the bore brush? Do I get the one for .22 cal? Anything else?

Discussion Starter · #2 ·
My $0.02
You'll need the following:

extra long pipe-cleaners for the gas tube $10
chanber bruch, $3
CLP (break free) $5
I'd suggest carbon rod for cleaning

Good luck!

Discussion Starter · #5 ·
2-shay to Mr. ARin.

Checked the US Army manual, and it makes no mention of cleaning the gas tubes. I guess I'm the victim of shameless marketing. The only mention it made of pipe cleaners was for the firing pin chamber.

Discussion Starter · #6 ·
The required items for cleaning an M-16/AR-15 are as follows:

1. Basic military issue cleaning kit
a. cleaning rods.
b. chamber brush
c. bore brush
d. patch eye
e. cleaning brush (toothbrush)
f. patches
g. Break-Free

2. Pipe cleaners
3. Q-tips
4. cleaning rags

In addition a dental tool or piece of wire coat hanger with one end bent and sharpened like a pick and the other sharpened to a chisel point to get small creases and corners is handy.

This is a basic requirement list and can be modified as desired. This list though will get your weapon as clean as needed unless you decide to completely abuse and neglect it.

Discussion Starter · #7 ·
What's up with the 223 brushes being a different thread (8-36) versus the normal 8-32? I was buying a bore and chamber brush this weekend and I was told they are a different thread than the normal 8-32. Sure enough they were right, but apparently some people make 223 brushes in 8-32.

Discussion Starter · #8 ·
The gas tube is sort of self cleaning. As the hot gas burns off it also burns off just about everything inside of it. If it gets plugged up or realy dirty, something is wrong with it. At that point i would replace the tube. I find that pushing a brush or long pipe cleaner through them, just causes more problems.
Just my 2 cents worth of info.

Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Dental pick and q-tips are a must. I also like a thin nylon brush w/ stiff short bristles that can reach into the bolt-carrier easily.

Discussion Starter · #10 ·
.22 rifle bore snake.

If you're up to spending the funds, an OTIS cleaning system is nice to have in the range bag (it comes with "scraping" tools)

Discussion Starter · #11 ·
I vote for:

Bore snake for light cleaning.

Nice 1 piece rod made from carbon or brass
.22 brush and a patch holder
solvent and lube
Chamber brush with a handle that doesn't rotate
m16 brushes (the green toothbrush looking things with a small brush on one end. they're like $1)

If you want to be anal about it you can get a bore guide
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