Best AR DIY Cleaning Gear?
July 31st, 2020
5 minute read
The AR is the most popular rifle in America. Estimates vary widely, but there appear to be upwards of ten million samples in circulation. That’s one rifle for every 33 Americans. For all its many manifest virtues, however, the traditional direct gas impingement system brings a few maintenance requirements.
While piston-operated designs like the Kalashnikov are theoretically more resistant to neglect, the direct gas impingement AR action is designed for accuracy, simplicity and light weight. However, a side effect of the design is that gas tapped from the bore is piped back directly into the gun’s receiver area. As a result, there are some cleaning requirements for a firearm like this.
So how to best keep your firearm effectively cleaned and maintained? Nobody does a better job at cracking that particular nut than Real Avid.
AR15 Micro Tool
The most useful maintenance tools will be the ones that easily go with you to the range. The AR15 Micro Tool from Real Avid actually hangs off your keychain, making it incredibly easy to always have with you. Incorporating 18 different tools into a single compact rig, the AR15 Micro Tool addresses a myriad of pesky problems without taking up much space.
Steel scrapers fit the firing pin and bolt tail. A rotating, locking pin punch helps you liberate both takedown pins as well as the hammer and trigger sort. Compact wrenches help manage railed accessories, while a front sight adjustment tool makes elevation adjustments a snap. There’s even a bottle opener thrown in to help you recover from a long day on the range.
A potential factor in the reliability of a dirty AR rifle is the bolt carrier group (BCG), as gunk gets blown right back into this component during normal operations. Unfortunately, some of the tough to reach bits can be pretty darn important. The Carbon Boss-AR15 is that third hand you need to access those hard-to-reach spaces. The whole rig fits into an included ballistic nylon sheath, and the stainless steel components are not hardened unduly so as to prevent damage to your BCG.
A fold-out pin punch helps with disassembly chores, while a cotter pin grabber also cleans the bolt face and behind the extractor. Dedicated tools clean and scrape the interior, exterior and shoulder of the bolt in a single operation. Another set of edges cleans gunk off the firing pin along its variegated length. There is a component designed to clean between the bolt lugs and another to address the inside of the bolt carrier. A cam pin scraper tidies that bit as well.
Once you’re done with the heavy lifting, a 360-degree metal bolt tail polishing brush finishes everything off nicely. I can attest to the fact that this thing will just spoil you rotten.
AR15 Pro Pack
The Pro Pack is a premium general-purpose cleaning kit for AR15 rifles. The whole shebang fits into its own compact carrying case that is small enough to be forgotten in your range bag. The AR15 Pro Pack has everything you need to maintain everything about your favorite black rifle.
A segmented cleaning rod features a T-handle along with several fittings. A phosphor bronze bore brush muscles out that really nasty stuff, while a slotted tip accepts patches for a final polishing. Unique star-shaped chamber brushes remove the crud from that hard-access chamber area. Straight and angled cleaning picks address the tedious bits, while a custom-designed bolt carrier brush keeps that critical piece running both smoothly and well.
There is a universal pin punch as well as a chamber safety flag. Everything snaps in place within the handy carrying case. Once sealed, the case is weatherproof and inconspicuous.
Dedicated scraping tools manage both diameters of the firing pin along with bolt and bolt carrier surfaces both inside and out. Specific angles address the bolt lugs, the bolt waist, the bolt face and that pesky space behind the extractor. Literally everything you might need for proper detailed maintenance of your SAINT rifle rides in that tidy little case. There are even spaces to keep everything organized just in case you’re an inveterate pig like me.
You’re not just born knowing how to do all this stuff. As such there’s even a quick reference field guide. These handy little flashcards include all the information you need to keep your Saint marching on reliably.
Many’s the hour I have spent toiling over some filthy M16 rifle in a vain attempt at satisfying the first sergeant. The weapons we used when I wore the uniform were kept absolutely spotless. Back then, however, it was all about unfiltered elbow grease. Real Avid helps you do it so much better — and easier.
In my opinion, Real Avid is the industry leader in dedicated cleaning and support gear for a wide variety of popular firearms. Their tools are well-reasoned, rugged, effective and reasonably priced. Real Avid offers something for any conceivable application. Adding some of this gear to your kit will keep your firearm running more smoothly and make life that much simpler.
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