Finally, with the bolt carrier/gas piston assembly removed, lift the lever on the rightside of the gas block up by rotating it clockwise. The gas tube/upper handguardassembly will be loose now and you can move it upward and off the gun. That's allthat is required to field strip your AK, and it is ready for cleaning.
Step 2- Initial Cleaning
First, I apply CLP to the parts that I can get at with a toothbrush and scrub., Thisincludes the bolt carrier/gas piston and the bolt itself. I also use Hoppes #9 on thebore by passing a saturated patch down the barrel. You can use any solvent here thatyou wish, from kerosene to WD-40. The idea is to flush out the grunge and scrub offthe stubborn carbon deposits. The brass brushes will come in handy on the gas pistonand the bolt face. Run the shotgun brush down the gas tube a few times to knock outany carbon in there. Check the gas port too, making sure the channel leading to thebarrel is open and free of carbon. A special tool is available for this, or a length ofcoat hangar will substitute just fine.
Step 3- Degreasing
Once I've loosened the really nasty grunge with the toothbrush and flushed withcleaner of my choice, I spray off the interior, parts and bore with brake cleaner to getthe cleaner and remainder of the grunge off. This step leaves a nice, greaseless, baremetal finish.
Step 4- Lubrication