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pjp1959
11-23-2006, 10:45 AM
I need an online (free) link to some basic cleaning and maintenance for my ar-15 to tide me over until I buy one of the popular books.

Thanks.

Pat.

ocabj
11-23-2006, 10:49 AM
Besides cleaning the bore?

Clean the chamber and lug recess. Clean out the upper receiver channel. At bare minimum, separate the bolt from the bolt carrier so you can clean the bolt face, inside of the bolt carrier, and the firing pin.

Forever-A-Soldier
11-23-2006, 11:00 AM
And you may want to check out for general marksmanship info. I don't remember if there is maintenance info or not: FM 3-22.9 "Rifle Marksmanship" (http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/policy/army/fm/3-22-9/index.html)

F.A.S. Out

cornholio1
11-23-2006, 11:08 AM
http://groups.msn.com/TheMarylandAR15ShootersSite/fieldstripping.msnw

RingTone
11-23-2006, 11:15 AM
Lots of good info at ar15.com:

http://www.ar15.com/forums/forum.html?b=3&f=7

pjp1959
11-23-2006, 1:03 PM
Thanks guys.

somekevinguy
11-23-2006, 6:42 PM
Here is full on maintenance manual.

http://quarterbore.com/library/pdf_files/tm9-1005-319-23.pdf

sinner
11-24-2006, 8:41 AM
Related question here: When running a brass brush down the bore, can you move the brush in both directions (back and forth motion)? Or are you only supposed to move it from breech to bore? Or does it not even really matter? Thanks.

m1371
11-24-2006, 9:06 AM
Related question here: When running a brass brush down the bore, can you move the brush in both directions (back and forth motion)? Or are you only supposed to move it from breech to bore? Or does it not even really matter? Thanks.

Clean it from one direction only, chamber to muzzle. Never try to scrub the bore.

Learned that when I was a kid and had it reinforced in bootcamp.

xrMike
11-24-2006, 9:09 AM
I run mine one way only, breech-to-bore. When the brush comes out through the end of the barrel I take it off the rod before pulling the rod back through.

ocabj
11-24-2006, 5:16 PM
I've always run the brush back and forth. You're not going to damage the bore. The only reason they say to remove the brush after you push it out the muzzle is so you don't bring fouling back into the bore. If you read the barrel manufacturer's recommendations, half will say remove the brush from the rod after the outstroke, and the other half will tell you to just brush the barrel back and forth.

You're not going to damage the muzzle, crown, or bore but coming back and forth with the brush, even if the brush is still in the bore when you change directions. If the brush itself could do the damage to the crown/muzzle/bore by change directions, the brush metal would be doing damage to the bore no matter what. That's why you use bronze bristle or nylon bristle brushes with bronze core. Softer than the barrel steel.