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Old 09-09-2008, 02:15 AM   #1
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Anyone know if those AR-15 locking lug cleaning stars work. My local gunstore has them and they swear by them. Are they really that helpful or just a pain in a%$?

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Old 09-09-2008, 01:53 PM   #2
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I got nothing for you on this one brother - I am not even sure I know what a "locking lug cleaning star" is to be honest.

Definitely not anything we use - and we do tune ups and rebuilds on AR's all the time.

Got a link to what the unit in question is?

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Use a standard chamber brush first to loosen up the carbon and crud, and the regular mops work almost as well. Plain old patches and q-tips are a lot cheaper though. Can't hurt to try them I guess, I just have more time than money so I haven't used them very often

I assume you are talking about the compressed ones that fit the contours of the locking lugs? The few I have left over are called "Chamber Maids".

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Now I know what you are talking about... *smacking head* Duh. Thanks Jeep!

Yeah, those are a waste of money in my opinion. Definitely not something you NEED to have to clean the weapon right. Q-Tips and an old tooth brush work just fine...

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IF...you've already bought them, go ahead and use them. They work...they just don't work any better or worse than toothbrushes, chamber brushes, Q-tips, all the other things you might already have.

I got some in my X'mas stocking a while back. I've kept them in my cleaning kit ever since, waiting for the day when I can pull them out in front of someone, bait for the inevitable question..."hey, what are those?"

To which you respond..."What you don't know what these are? Then obviously you haven't used them either? What kind of AR expert are you? Didn't you know that all Spec-Ops/Tango/Delta Force/Mall Ninjas use these?"

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I haven't bought any yet but the guys at the gunstore were I bought my AR swear by them. Right now I use a set of cheap dental picks bought at a flea market and regular cleaning patches that I've cut down to 1"x1" to fit. My dad told me to go to the hobby store or wal-mart and get a bag of pipecleaners. He said they work great at getting those hard to reach areas cause you can bend them.

Just curious if those things were as good as they say they are.


HAHAHA, Chamber Maids, LOL!!

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I build and clean a LOT of AR rifles, and so far, this is the best lug cleaner I've found so far...



http://www.brownells.com/aspx/ns/store/ProductDetail.aspx?p=19663&title=AR-15/M16/AR-10%20NYLON%20CHAMBER%20BRUSH

Use one of these and a reversible hand drill on slow speed and it will make short work of the back sides of the carbon on the back sides of the lugs.

Hard nylon won't gouge or scratch, and the frame is made of brass wire, so it won't gouge or scratch, and they aren't too expensive, and they work with most of my cleaning gear.

Spaces between lugs is easy to clean with this, or with a dental pick if the carbon is really caked/baked on.
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If you need a chamber or lug swab to get the stuff out after it's loose (Flushing usually does the trick, but if you are insistent on having a swab)



http://www.brownells.com/aspx/ns/store/productdetail.aspx?p=18227

These are washable, extremely solvent resistant and work great.

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Now I know what you are talking about... *smacking head* Duh. Thanks Jeep!

Yeah, those are a waste of money in my opinion. Definitely not something you NEED to have to clean the weapon right. Q-Tips and an old tooth brush work just fine...

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Ditto. Get a chamber brush specifically for the AR-15 and those cotton swabs like the dentist uses.
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Chamber brush to break the crud free and the cleaning stars to mop it all up. They work best as a team.

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The only problem with pipe cleaners is most you find at Wally World or hobby shops are synthetic fibers and not absorbant at all. Find cotton pipe cleaners.
I agree chamber brush, q-tips good to go. You can even start with the chamber and flush the crud down the barrel with gun scrubber, then clean the barrel in the conventional way.

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