MemberSeptember 16, 2021 at 3:53 am
I’ve heard a lot of variety of answers to this question, but I want to hear what y’all think. I just recently bought my first AR, and all my life I’ve been taught that I should clean a firearm after every time I take it to the range, which happens to be about once every 3 months for me. Should I be cleaning my AR every time I shoot it, or maybe just once every so often?
CapsLockIsStuckOnGuestSeptember 16, 2021 at 3:53 am
There’s nothing wrong at all with keeping a well maintained weapon, just know that your AR can probably go a pretty long time without being cleaned.
thetacticalyuppieGuestSeptember 16, 2021 at 3:53 am
Add oil when it needs it.
Clean it if you drop it all the way into water, snow, mud, or sand.
Pull the bolt carrier and inspect it – which probably requires getting the dirt off – every 1-2k rounds or so. Check the gas rings, the extractor, and look for any cracks or weird wear patterns on the bolts.
Run a brush around the star chamber when you pull the bolt carrier.
Clean the barrel with a bore snake it you really feel like it needs it, but it probably doesn’t.
You’ll wear out the gas rings, extractor springs, and buffer springs before dirt actually cause you any issues.
marker_noneGuestSeptember 16, 2021 at 3:53 am
If you’re only shooting once every couple months then why not clean every time, a clean gun is always better. If you’re shooting more often cleaning every time is overkill and time consuming so I only clean my primary defense weapons every time I shoot them. The rest of the guns get cleaned when I feel like it or when I feel embarrassed about showing it to others because it’s so gross.
Major-021GuestSeptember 16, 2021 at 3:53 am
Don’t let anyone tell you “it doesn’t need to be cleaned/I only clean mine every 2000+ rounds”. Give your gun a slight clean every time you shoot and a detailed clean every thousand rounds or so. There is zero reason to not take care of your rifle.
MySideGoodUrSideBadGuestSeptember 16, 2021 at 3:53 am
Wait we are cleaning ARs?
MilosGodGuestSeptember 16, 2021 at 3:53 am
I’d say every 500 rounds or every 2 months – whichever comes first.
EZPickens71GuestSeptember 16, 2021 at 3:53 am
For a training gun, run it until it says it needs to be cleaned. You will get a feel for when the rifle needs it. (Maintained and ‘clean’ are two different things. A well maintained training gun may rarely be ‘clean’ but still perform)
For a defensive gun, it should be in the same condition every time it is put away, so it is always going to be in the same condition when you pick it up in a time of need. The only way this statement is true, is if you clean it every time you shoot it.
For training, you can afford to push the guns envelope of tolerance, learning what you can do to get it running, and when it HAS to be cleaned is a valuable lesson. For defense, the gun should always be as close to 100% RtG as you can make it.
gunewb70GuestSeptember 16, 2021 at 3:53 am
There are so many different options in how often to clean. I shoot suppressed most of the time so I tend to clean my gun every 1-2 trips to the range.
cptsunshineeGuestSeptember 16, 2021 at 3:53 am
I clean mine after every range trip (1-3 times a month), but I also enjoy cleaning it. I’d say if you don’t want to do as often then about every 500 rounds should be fine.
EmporerBevoGuestSeptember 16, 2021 at 3:53 am
i enjoy cleaning, so i may be a bit weird. if you have kids, it is also a good lesson for them. patience, attention to detail, and pride of ownership.
RaccoonRanger474GuestSeptember 16, 2021 at 3:53 am
Make sure your AR is oiled and clean enough for reasonable reliability.
AllthingzzGuestSeptember 16, 2021 at 3:53 am
Before and after the range for best performance
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