cleaning a gas tube

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by purehavoc, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

    How often does this need done and what should it be cleaned with ? I have prowled around looking for this info but not finding much
  2. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

    You don't have to clean the gas tube unless you really foul it up somehow. Like shooting thousands of rounds with a .22lr conversion unit or maybe a 5.45x39 upper with lots of corrosive ammo. Better not to mess with it otherwise,

  3. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

    Thank you that's what I figured but wanted to make sure
  4. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    If you do have a fouled one there are really long pipe cleaners for doing that.

    But i think its just easier and cheaper to replace it.
  5. fsted2a

    fsted2a Active Member

    I just spray some brake cleaner through and call it a day. Keeps my gun going fine. But then again I am an @$$hole who doesn't play well with others :p . Quentin is right, you don't really need to clean it, but since I am using the brake cleaner for the BCG anyhow (did I mention I am also a lazy@$$?), it doesn't take but a couple seconds extra. Just make sure that you run the patch through the barrell afterwards if you chose my method to catch any carbon that gets pushed through the gas port. Back in the day when ammo was a bunch cheaper, I use to pull the barrell off to clean it white glove clean after every trip to the range cause I was sending hundreds of rounds a day downrange. Now not so much so. Through experience, I have found too much cleaning may not be so good for the gun after all. I digress. Point is, Quentin and Jon are right. Not really necessary unless you are shooting a bunch of really dirty ammo or blanks.