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Default Do i clean my new upper before i shoot it?

Are you supposed to clean the barrel and BCG before shooting it if it is brand new? Anything else need to be done to a new ar15 before use? I bought the upper already completed and built the lower myself. It's a Noveske Afghan SS barrel and Noveske BCG. Also is using ballistol on a SS barrel ok?



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Yes any gun that is new to you nib or used should be cleaned thoroughly before the first range session.

New guns are shipped with preserfatives in the barrel and on the inner workings. Used guns... whe the heck knows what original owner has done.

If they arent cleaned bad things can happen. Ive seen brand new guns violently disassembled on the range and the owner swear he didnt do nuttin. Oils left in a barrel from shipping can work just like plugging the thing with a foreign object



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Yes any gun that is new to you nib or used should be cleaned thoroughly before the first range session.

New guns are shipped with preserfatives in the barrel and on the inner workings. Used guns... whe the heck knows what original owner has done.

If they arent cleaned bad things can happen. Ive seen brand new guns violently disassembled on the range and the owner swear he didnt do nuttin. Oils left in a barrel from shipping can work just like plugging the thing with a foreign object
Good to know. Will do for sure!
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Yes any gun that is new to you nib or used should be cleaned thoroughly before the first range session.

New guns are shipped with preserfatives in the barrel and on the inner workings. Used guns... whe the heck knows what original owner has done.

If they arent cleaned bad things can happen. Ive seen brand new guns violently disassembled on the range and the owner swear he didnt do nuttin. Oils left in a barrel from shipping can work just like plugging the thing with a foreign object
Are you supposed to lube the charging handle anywhere? I noticed a burning smell when charging the handle and I took it out and there is a long mark on the right side from rubbing so just wondering if that's normal or not. Here is a pic of it
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The charging handle will often rub in a few places. Not a big issue. The smell is from the propellent gasses being vented back undr the charging handle. When you charge it you can often get a big whiff of the smoke and gasses that were vented into the action.

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Are you supposed to lube the charging handle anywhere? I noticed a burning smell when charging the handle and I took it out and there is a long mark on the right side from rubbing so just wondering if that's normal or not. Here is a pic of it
its normal. one of the bonuses of the ar15 is you get the full experience of sight sound touch and smell.
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Yes any gun that is new to you nib or used should be cleaned thoroughly before the first range session.

New guns are shipped with preserfatives in the barrel and on the inner workings. Used guns... whe the heck knows what original owner has done.

If they arent cleaned bad things can happen. Ive seen brand new guns violently disassembled on the range and the owner swear he didnt do nuttin. Oils left in a barrel from shipping can work just like plugging the thing with a foreign object
I've never done that, and I believe that I've been missing an important step.

I just put an AR15 together. The upper was a complete assembly from PSA.
It has shot fine... but I think with the all the guns I've had, I've been very lucky/blessed!

Thanks for the info.
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Its just something I do whether it looks oily, dry new or used.

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I would recommend it, it helps get all the oil and gunk out, plus its good to know what's inside the bolt and the gun, helps familiarize yourself with it so if there is a problem, you have an idea of how that gun works. Just my two pennies, besides I love guns, I disassemble and clean and wipe mine done when im bored.

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I was always taught that a new gun can have metal particles from the manufacture. I was told by a guy in the know, that when guns are assembled and oiled at the factory, metal particles in the air adhere to the oil, since it's lubed up on the spot. Supposedly that metal can work its way into the barrel and scratch up the inside. My diesel engineering professor does the same thing with brand new cars. He makes the dealership change the oil before he drives it off the lot. Says that metal from the manufacturing makes its way into the oil and scuffs cylinder liners.

Don't know, nor do I care if it's true. Cleaning a gun should be part and parcel of thoroughly inspecting a firearm for defects and proper craftsmanship, before you fire it. I don't trust my face, or my eyes to some monkey on the manufacturing floor.

Also, Now that I'm a froglube fan, I want to strip the oils and cleaning solvents out first, so I can use my froglube.



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