Cleaning the AK


November 27, 2006, 10:08 PM
I have an SAR-1 which I like, and have decided to keep. I can disassemble/reassemble just fine, am no stranger to cleaning the bore, but wondered if some of you have specific info on AK cleaning...for example, what do you use on the gas tube, where do you specifically lube or grease, what have you found to do the job well on this rifle. Have any of you changed the trigger group or used Mojo sights? If you know of a site with this info would appreciate that too...



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November 28, 2006, 08:08 AM

November 28, 2006, 09:37 AM

November 29, 2006, 12:09 AM
Sounds like a trip to Wal-mart is needed. Pick up the items listed below from each department.


Universal rifle/pistol/shotgun cleaning kit(my local Wal-mart carries2 brands with this one being the best)

Break-Free CLP

.22 caliber bore brush
20 gauge bore brush
small brush with metal brissels(if not here they will have them in the Automotive Dept.)


The cheapest plastic car floor mats

A can of Brake parts cleaner

A small brush with metal brissels(brass or stainless steel)


Roll of paper towels


Tooth brush

First thing when you get home swap the new tooth brush for your old one. Lay a floor mat on a table or workbench. Take the rifle apart and lay the parts on the floor mat. Shake the CLP well and spray all the parts and the rest of the rifle inside and out. Let everything soak for 15 mins. Then use the tooth brush to scrub all the parts and inside the receiver. Use the .22 bore brush on the barrel and the 20 gauge brush on the gas tube/gas block. Put 4 paper towels in the plastic bag that your purchaces came in. Shake the brake parts cleaner well and spray all the parts off while holding them over the plastic bag. Stick the barrel in the bag and spray the receiver/barrel to rinse off the gunk. Once the brake parts cleaner runs out the end of the barrel clear it is clean. The brake parts cleaner removes all the dirt/gunk,dries very quickly,and leaves no residue.
Spray a 6"x6" rag and one cleaning patch till soaked with CLP. Use the rag to wipe down all the parts and the rifle inside and out so all metal parts are coated with CLP. Run the patch down the bore. Then put both rag and patch in a zip loc baggie for use next time you clean a firearm. Take a couple paper towels and wipe off the floor mat. Throw the paper towels in the plastic bag and set it outside till the next day so the brake parts cleaner evaporates then throw the bag away.
I have been using CLP for over the last 15 years and it does a great job of cleaning,lubricating,and protecting all my firearms from rust.

PS-make sure to wipe the gas tube,gas block,and gas piston down with CLP as it will make cleaning them the next time a lot easier as it doesn't let the firing residue stick as tight to the metal parts.

November 29, 2006, 03:07 PM
JA --- Thanks for the explicit details----Dave:D

November 29, 2006, 04:47 PM
And to keep your health and home insurance carriers happy: Use brake cleaner with adeguate ventilation and away from a source of ignition.:D

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