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Sgt. J Beezy
10-11-2011, 10:54 PM
So I am cleaning the bolt to my AR15 and I get the tip of a Q-Tip lodge in the back of the carrier key.

Anyone have any experience with this?

What can I do to push it through?

Was thinking pipe cleaners or compressed air...

Thanks.

FatalKitty
10-12-2011, 12:06 AM
try compressed air pushing it out the way it came in.

I only use pipe cleaners in this area... for this reason... was a ***** to get out :(

Roddd
10-12-2011, 1:36 AM
Bummer. Good luck getting it out. Try using a center punch to stick into it and pulling it out. Lesson learned.

jgraham15
10-12-2011, 1:43 AM
I had this happen to me once years ago. :facepalm:

If I remember correctly I took a long pick and put a tiny bend on the end to catch the fibers of the q-tip and fished it out.

Since then I just blast a couple shots of brake cleaner through the bolt and call it good.

Good luck!

PaperPuncher
10-12-2011, 6:17 AM
The business end of a match should clear that right up.

xrMike
10-12-2011, 9:56 AM
I've done that a few times. Fortunately I have a dental pick with a small hook at the end -- lets me reach in there, snag the cotton ball, and pull it out.

I imagine you could make something just as effective using a straightened-out paper clip, or piece of stiff wire. Bend a tiny hook at the end with a pair of pliers. Sharpen the point of the hook maybe. Should work.

sixzulu
10-12-2011, 10:09 AM
+1 dental picks are an AR's best friend

JaeFern
10-12-2011, 10:18 AM
+1 dental picks are an AR's best friend

Agreed...but only on tuesdays...

-Jae from my Photon 4G

QuarterBoreGunner
10-12-2011, 11:22 AM
try compressed air pushing it out the way it came in.

I only use pipe cleaners in this area... for this reason... was a ***** to get out :(

Ya! Pipe cleaners work wonders here. And maybe a can of compressed air with a pipe tip thingy.

someR1
10-12-2011, 11:31 AM
do what i do when i get mad ...throw it at a wall....lol

or use dust-off air

17+1
10-12-2011, 1:39 PM
I think I saw a thread about this on AR15 somewhat recently...guy just shot the rifle and the cotton was blown/burned out.

johncmng
10-12-2011, 2:20 PM
Straighten out a fishing hook and grab the fibers of the QTip out. Tie a string on the end of it just in case the hook falls in.

jetspeedz
10-12-2011, 2:33 PM
dental picks work great I did this once and it helped having them on hand. good luck

fliparch
10-12-2011, 9:06 PM
Burn it to ash.

Army
10-13-2011, 7:29 AM
There are reasons the Army says to not use Q-tips to clean. That's one.

kendog4570
10-13-2011, 7:50 AM
In over 20 years of working on the AR 15, the only problem ever encountered with the gas tube and key, other than the gas tube wearing out , is stuck cleaning items. No real need to stick anything in there.