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AR-15 Maintenance

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by buzzg, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. buzzg

    buzzg Active Member

    Does anyone know of a fool proof procedure for cleaning the gas tube on an AR-15? Appreciate any info.
  2. Lakedaemonian

    Lakedaemonian Well-Known Member

    Soak in powder solvent then pull a shoelace through it. Or perhaps a .17 bore snake if it fits. I personally havent tried either, I just install a new gas tube.
  3. mc223

    mc223 Well-Known Member

    Shoot the rifle.
  4. Sky

    Sky Well-Known Member

    Agree you may do more damage than help if you try to clean. Many ARs need the carbon build up to help seal the gas tube to the barrel. Unless you have it off to begin with leave it alone. Tens of thousands of rounds leave it alone it is pretty much self cleaning.
  5. Ithaca37

    Ithaca37 Well-Known Member

    No need to clean the gas tube. Just leave it be.
  6. buzzg

    buzzg Active Member

    I'd heard or read about 15 different scenarios/methods. I think leaving it alone sounds the best. I'm not having any malfunction problems. Thanks for clearing that up.
  7. Chris Rhines

    Chris Rhines Well-Known Member

    The gas tube does not, ever, need to be cleaned. Leave it alone.

  8. HorseSoldier

    HorseSoldier Well-Known Member

    +1. What he said. Nothing good can come of that.
  9. Ditch-Tiger

    Ditch-Tiger Well-Known Member

    My first AR (used) would not cycle so i pulled the gas tube and sprayed a can of break cleaner through it and brushed it w/pipe cleaners. After reassembly, it ran like a top.

    But...unless something is wrong, leave it alone.
  10. steven58

    steven58 Well-Known Member

    From my Basic Training cadre in 84 and from every knowledgeable person since I have heard the same thing:

    As a part of normal PMCS


    You should run a pipe cleaner through the gas key on the bolt carrier though.
  11. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    If you are a civilian, and don't shoot thousands of rounds on a regular basis;
    then, its best too leave the gas tube alone~! You could do harmful damage
    if you clean an AR's gas tube regularly~! :uhoh: :eek:
  12. JDMorris

    JDMorris Well-Known Member

    Take a syringe and inject Kroil into it, and make sure you let it drain out, usually just shooting it fixes problems.
  13. xfyrfiter

    xfyrfiter Well-Known Member

    50,000 psi + is a pretty good cleaner

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