Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Long Guns > Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion > AR-15 Discussion > school me on AR care

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-30-2012, 01:17 AM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
hawkguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: austin,tx
Posts: 3,808
Liked 2661 Times on 1565 Posts
Likes Given: 1677

Default school me on AR care

i just got my first AR & i could use all all the help i can get

tell me about the care and cleaning of an AR. i'll likely completely clean it each time i shoot it, cause that's how i roll with all my guns.

do i need any particular tools for break down? i'll read the manual and watch some vids....i just haven't yet.

what should i use to clean/protect the gun? the outside finish?

would a foam bore cleaner like wipeout/breakfree be ok?

what should i use for lube? (all suggestions welcome, but i might get a chance to shoot this weekend, so if anything acceptable could be bought at wal-mart, that would be great).

any other thoughts?

many thanks!

__________________
hawkguy is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 03-30-2012, 01:22 AM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Duck4Glocks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 175
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I know a few things but like you I am new to the AR world and I've watched a few YouTube videos that will help you out greatly.

__________________
Duck4Glocks is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2012, 01:22 AM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
purehavoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Not where I wanna be
Posts: 4,737
Liked 1126 Times on 731 Posts
Likes Given: 2014

Default

I prefer to use mobil 1 synthetic to lubricate . hoppes cleaner works well , get a .22 cleaning kit , I swab mine out after a day out with hoppes and patchs til clean . I clean the lugs out with soaked hoppes and a Q tip until its clean . I clean the lower out with brake clean when it starting getting dirty and relube

__________________
purehavoc is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2012, 01:25 AM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Duck4Glocks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 175
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Also I forgot to add a bore snake makes things much easier.

__________________
Duck4Glocks is offline  
drvsafe Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2012, 03:27 AM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
mjkeat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Wichita,Kansas
Posts: 4,026
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts

Default

Clean? Huh?

I finally cleaned mine after a couple k rounds. You really don't need to clean an AR in any sort of crazy way. A good wipe down of the BCG and 2 passes w/ a bore snake then relube. Once in a while if you have nothing better to do brake it down a little further.

Lube - Slip 2000, multi purpose grease from Walmart in the tube. Rem Oil sucks (burns up quickly). I've been wanting to try Frog Lube.

Edit: Forgot about cleaning solutions. I use a foam (Blue and White can) and a spray from Gander. Surgical gloves and Q-tips too.

__________________

“The bitterness of poor quality Lingers long after The sweetness of low price is forgotten.”
-John Ruskin

Quote:
Originally Posted by Quentin View Post
"The biggest issue with assembling an AR isn't so much getting the parts together right - it's getting the right parts together."

Last edited by mjkeat; 03-30-2012 at 03:47 AM.
mjkeat is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2012, 03:36 AM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Duck4Glocks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 175
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I use Hoppes no. 9 oil. Seems to do well in my handguns

__________________
Duck4Glocks is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2012, 03:44 AM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
BenLuby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Douglasville,Georgia
Posts: 2,176
Liked 66 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mjkeat View Post
Clean? Huh?

I finally cleaned mine after a couple k rounds. You really don't need to clean an AR in any sort of crazy way. A good wipe down of the BCG and 2 passes w/ a bore snake then relube. Once in a while if you have nothing better to do brake it down a little further.

Lube - Slip 2000, multi purpose grease from Walmart in the tube. Rem Oil sucks (burns up quickly).
Slip2000, I know what that is. Please clarify multi purpose grease. I'm thinking crisco, and I know that is wrong!
__________________

What part of 'shall not be infringed' confuses people?

BenLuby is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2012, 03:50 AM   #8
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
mjkeat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Wichita,Kansas
Posts: 4,026
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BenLuby View Post
Slip2000, I know what that is. Please clarify multi purpose grease. I'm thinking crisco, and I know that is wrong!
LOL finger licking good.

It's multi purpose automotive grease in a blue and black tube made for grease guns. After cleaning I simply dip a Q-tip in the tube then apply. It makes the charging action so smooth.
__________________

“The bitterness of poor quality Lingers long after The sweetness of low price is forgotten.”
-John Ruskin

Quote:
Originally Posted by Quentin View Post
"The biggest issue with assembling an AR isn't so much getting the parts together right - it's getting the right parts together."
mjkeat is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2012, 03:53 AM   #9
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
BenLuby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Douglasville,Georgia
Posts: 2,176
Liked 66 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mjkeat View Post
LOL finger licking good.

It's multi purpose automotive grease in a blue and black tube made for grease guns. After cleaning I simply dip a Q-tip in the tube then apply. It makes the charging action so smooth.
Gotcha. Anal as it sounds, as soon as I get all my parts together, first thing I want to do is give it a good cleaning and lube, THEN head to the range.
__________________

What part of 'shall not be infringed' confuses people?

BenLuby is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2012, 03:58 AM   #10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
mjkeat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Wichita,Kansas
Posts: 4,026
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BenLuby View Post
Gotcha. Anal as it sounds, as soon as I get all my parts together, first thing I want to do is give it a good cleaning and lube, THEN head to the range.
Nothing wrong w/ that. I know I have talked a lot of crap about cleaning. I haven't always cleaned a firearm before heading to the range for the first time but my newest (BCM SS410) get's cleaned after every range trip w/i a day or two.
__________________

“The bitterness of poor quality Lingers long after The sweetness of low price is forgotten.”
-John Ruskin

Quote:
Originally Posted by Quentin View Post
"The biggest issue with assembling an AR isn't so much getting the parts together right - it's getting the right parts together."
mjkeat is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
I don't care anymore patriotjoe Legal and Activism 31 04-15-2010 12:23 AM
obama care AH-1 Politics, Religion and Controversy 1 10-29-2009 12:47 PM
Take care of your IT guy... spittinfire The Club House 11 05-11-2009 01:04 PM