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Cleaning the AR-15
Cleaning the AR 15 can be an enjoyable, almost Zen-like, experience for some. Other shooters put cleaning off for as long as they possibly can, eventually caving into the necessity of cleaning your firearm.
Cleaning your AR 15 is a straightforward process of removing carbon buildup and re-applying your firearm lubricant of choice, but there are some time saving tools out there to make the experience more enjoyable and faster.
Pull-through kits are designed to offer almost the same cleaning power as a full-size traditional cleaning kit, but in a small lightweight package. Otis really has perfected the pull-through cleaning kit, and larger companies like Remington have followed in their footsteps with systems like the Squeeg-e cleaning kits.
The Bore Snake method of cleaning is much like the pull-through style of cleaning kit, but it combines two steps into one because the bore brushes are built into the cotton rope that is used as a patch. If you are looking to spend the shortest possible amount of time cleaning your rifle this is the method to turn to.
Like the name suggests this cleaning method relies on the same method that shooters have been using to clean their firearm over the last several hundred years. If you clean using this method, you will need a one piece or segmented cleaning rod, traditional cleaning brushes, patch eyelets, and patch jags.
There are several tools that will decrease the amount of time that you spend cleaning your AR 15. Some favorites that have become a staple in the shooting community are the felt star chamber cleaning pads, the Otis B.O.N.E. tool, and even AR 15 specific multi-tools from companies like Real Avid and Gerber.