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Okay, folks. Let's keep it clean.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Aaryq, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. Aaryq

    Aaryq Well-Known Member

    Howdy, folks. Let's keep it clean. I go to Iraq in about 10 days. I'll be in Iraq during the rainy season/winter. I need to keep my weapon clean but CLP will attract dust (I've seen some sand storm vids). what wnould you say to help me keep my M16 in a good operating condition without using a wet lube on the rifle? It can't be dry and covered in dust because I'll get in trouble for that too. What techniques/tools would you use to help me.
  2. kd7nqb

    kd7nqb Well-Known Member

    Ok so I dont know, I do however know that there are a LOT of similar weapons in Iraq so why not just ask the guy next to you when you get there or someone who has deployed before.

    Or there is the tried and true method, find yourself and AK. Ok I know you cant do that but it does solve your initial issue.
  3. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills Well-Known Member

    Dry Lube

    I'm a Locksmith/Gun Dealer in Arizona, I use a lot of graphite to keep locks working smoothly, same problem your gun has, lots of dust blowing over here, if I use an oil based lube, locks get gummed up. Other thing useful is a dry-lube, Superlube makes one, it is alcohol based with Teflon in it, sprays on, let it dry,
    it will leave some white marks from the teflon.
  4. jpcampbell

    jpcampbell Well-Known Member

    First good luck, kd7nqb is right check with the guys their, your rifle should only need three drops of lube one each in the two holes on the bolt carrier and one down the gas tube extension on the bolt carrier. I carried a m-16 for 16 years from Viet Nam to Alaska and put thousands of rounds through them with out problem, over lubrication is one reason for malfunctions.
  5. rero360

    rero360 Well-Known Member

    well, I'll be leaving the sandbox in about 10 days, perhaps our paths will cross along the way.

    I used militec with great results. I got my M4 brand new, I cleaned off all the packing grease, then wiped everything down with the militec. I put about two layers of militec on then after that just put it on wear parts, I never had any problems of the weapon jamming or anything.
  6. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Well-Known Member

    Others will give you the needed info; I just want to say thank you for your service!
  7. sanchezero

    sanchezero Well-Known Member

  8. GRIZ22

    GRIZ22 Well-Known Member

    The answer to the problem of keeping your weapon dry and lubed is Drislide.


    This takes you to the gun lubricant page. I used it in Vietnam (the dust can be pretty bad there). You squirt it on and the vehicle evaporates leaving a dry molydendum lubricant. A small bottle lasts some time as you only use it for lubricant.

    Give them a call for case pricing (a case will probably last a year). they used to give discounts shipping to APOs or FPOs so it's worth asking.

    Not a new product just one that works.

    Thanks for your service and stay safe.
  9. Heavy Metal Hero

    Heavy Metal Hero Well-Known Member

  10. highfive

    highfive Well-Known Member

    Well Aaryq... I went to Iraq twice and basically what work for me was, I basically cleaned my rifle throughly every time I went out and most of the time every day, never had a jam or nothing.
    That's what worked for me . Hey good luck out there and remember don't trust anybody. They want to be friendly, don't trust them. Trust your family that's about it. God bless buddy
  11. waterhouse

    waterhouse Well-Known Member

    I won't presume to know what is best for your weapon in your conditions, but stay safe and thank you for your service.
  12. Ragnar Danneskjold

    Ragnar Danneskjold Well-Known Member

    I think he wants to hit what he's firing at though :p
  13. Harley Quinn

    Harley Quinn Well-Known Member

  14. bogie

    bogie Well-Known Member

    You'll use whatever the guys who yell a lot give you, and like it.
  15. Bartkowski

    Bartkowski Well-Known Member

    I am surprised it took so long for someone to say thanks. So thank you for doing what you do.

    If that is a joke it's not funny, and no matter what it is, it's neither respectful nor appreciated.
  16. Harley Quinn

    Harley Quinn Well-Known Member

    Well the response is old school and might have been correct before they started talking about thinking for ones-self of late.

    The Corps has changed, it is still the same regarding many things:uhoh:

    So I can understand where this quote is coming from for sure.;)

    You have to had been there:banghead:

  17. RLsnow

    RLsnow Well-Known Member

    i found the comment fairly amusing...but then again i treat humor as humor :p
  18. bogie

    bogie Well-Known Member

    Oh, fahchrissake. The US Military is NOT what you see in the video games, the television and movies, or read about in the comics.

    When you get to your area of operations, there will likely be an AO specific method of cleaning/lubrication specced for your hardware. This likely has been tested, and works. If it doesn't work, you will hear via Rumor Control about what actually does work, and someone, possibly the same person who told you about the approved method, will provide you with What Works.

    It ain't all that hard. And "thinking for yourself" only goes so far, because there's always gonna be some Private Numbnuts who read on the internet that the best lube for his weapon is toothpaste or preparation H, and if allowed to _continue_ to think for himself, will persist until he becomes a casualty, and a hindrance to his unit's integrity. He is not supposed to become a casualty. And he is not supposed to, through his slackness of becoming a casualty, allow other members of his unit to become casualties. So pay attention to the guys who yell a lot.
  19. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    DoD has recently reversed itself on the "dry rifle vs. wet rifle" thing. They used to recommend that the rifle be kept as dry as possible to theoretically keep dirt/dust from sticking, but the current thinking is that if you actually do get dirt/dust in the receiver, the rifle needs plenty of lubrication in order to keep the sand/dirt/dust from locking up the rifle. So the DoD recommendation is shifting toward the idea of lubing heavily, although it may still be filtering down to the unit level, and I'm not sure if Marine maintenance doctrine has changed yet.

    Note the date, though--this change is VERY recent.

    Whatever you end up doing, stay safe, and thanks for your service.
  20. Jinzoningen80

    Jinzoningen80 Active Member

    +1 for militec - When we got to our FOB in iraq, there was an endless supply of this stuff. The key is to read the directions and apply it in a very THIN layer. Too many guys used it like CLP and coated everything in it. If you do it right, dust wont stuck to it.

    The guy who runs owns the company has been really great. He sent my unit 2 cases of the stuff when we redeployed back home and had to go back to CLP. I use it on ALL my personal and professional weapons.

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