best guide to AR-15


another okie
November 2, 2003, 08:20 PM
I've decided to break down and buy an AR-15. What is the best book or CD on disassembly and maintenance?

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November 2, 2003, 09:21 PM
The U.S. military manual.

But for basic disassembly for cleaning and maintenance, you just need your owner's manual.

November 2, 2003, 09:44 PM
Army manuals will definitely give you lots of details. The Bushmaster Operating and Safety Instruction Manual will give you the basics on field stripping and cleaning and can be downloaded here ( You can download instructions for assembling a lower receiver from which will pretty much show you how to put a lower parts kit in should you feel the desire to strip your lower receiver.

November 2, 2003, 10:23 PM
The Marine Corp's M-16 Technical Manual is real good.

November 2, 2003, 10:44 PM
Any of the ones available for download here (

November 3, 2003, 05:29 AM
I picked up a copy of the Marine Corps manual at a gunshow for $5.

November 3, 2003, 03:05 PM
FM 3-22.9
M16A1, M16A2/3, M16A4 and M4 CARBINE

OPERATOR'S MANUAL FOR RIFLE, 5.56-MM, M16 RIFLE, 5.56-MM, M16A1, 11 FEB 1985 , CHANGE 2, 11 MAY 1990

Some Of The Answer, Urban Carbine

If you own an AR, this is a one stop shop for many of your answers.

Some Of The Answer, Urban Carbine-An Advanced Technique Manual for America's Combat Carbine by Jim Crews is a detailed training manual regarding the operation and application of the AR, Mini 14/30, AK and SKS. It consists of 296 pages (8-1/2” x 11”) of detailed techniques regarding the use of the tactical carbine in an urban environment. The manual covers safety, proper slinging and mounting techniques, proper loading, unloading, tactical reloading, zeroing, position shooting and much more. This manual is extrordinary in the fact that the manual includes both right and left handed techniques. The manual is completely detailed with 680 high quality photos regarding almost every technique presented in the manual. This manual has become the bench mark for others to follow. This training manual is the best technical training resource the carbine shooter or instructor can obtain.

Some Of The Answer, Urban Carbine, soft cover is $39.95, 3 ring binder version is $44.95 Plus Shipping.

Training Manuals on CD in PDF Format

All of our training manuals are now available on CD in PDF format, in View Only Mode, No Copying and No Printing allowed.

All 4 manuals may be purchased as a set on 1 CD for $19.95 (includes shipping via USPS)

November 3, 2003, 03:09 PM
This has already been covered, but anything you need or want to know is available free on-line.

another okie
November 7, 2003, 05:51 PM

November 7, 2003, 06:42 PM
I would also suggest you go ahead and purchase a more advanced book and read up as well. Try Glen Zediker's The Competitive AR15. It is an awesome resource about Ars in general, and will get you thinking about the future.

Good Shooting

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