Table of Contents

Page Introduction Equipment Required 3 4 Cleaning the Barrel Cleaning the Lower Receiver Page 20 22

Safety Precautions
Verify the Firearm is Clear and Safe Upper Assembly Breakdown Remove Bolt Carrier Group Cleaning the Upper Receiver Cleaning the Bolt Carrier Group Cleaning the Firing Pin Assembly

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Reassemble the Rifle
Breaking down the Buffer Tube Completing the Upper Receiver Reassemble Hand Guards and Accessories Operating the Bolt after Cleaning Function Test your Firearm

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Introduction
The ownership of an AR-15 not only gives you a reliable firearm but it also gives you a great deal of responsibility. Now, more than ever, firearms are under intense scrutiny; sportsmen and those who maintain firearms for security are under great pressure when it comes to firearm safety. Responsible firearm use ensures that firearm ownership is not burdened in future generations. Additionally, properly cleaning and maintenance of your firearm helps ensure it will last for many years to come. Following the NRA’s three fundamental rules when handling a firearm will greatly reduce the number of accidents caused by careless firearm handling: 1. ALWAYS keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction. • A safe direction means that the firearm is pointed in a direction, so even if it were to accidently go off, it would not cause death, injury or damage. 2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire. • When holding a firearm, rest your finger above the trigger guard or along the side of the firearm. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger! 3. ALWAYS keep the firearm unloaded until ready to use. • Whenever you pick up a firearm, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the firearm has a magazine remove it by pressing the magazine release. You will then pull back the charging handle in order to look into the camber which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber, leave the firearm alone and get help from someone who does.

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WARNING: IMPROPER HANDLING OF FIREARMS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

Equipment Required
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Gloves Bore Snake Safety Glasses Gun Scrubber Q-tips Cleaning Oil Lubricating Oil Bore Cleaner Scrubbing Brushes Swiping Pads

Note: The tools and chemicals used may vary.
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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

Verify area is clear of live ammunition.

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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

Use gloves when handling chemicals.

Use chemicals only in a well ventilated space.

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Verifying the Firearm is Clear and Safe

1. Remove the magazine.

2. Verify that your firearm’s safety is engaged.

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FIREARM MUST BE VERIFIED UNLOADED.

3. Grab the firearm’s charging handle. 4. Grasp the bolt catch and begin pushing it in in towards the firearm. 5. While depressing the bolt catch, pull the charging handle to the rear of the firearm.
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6. Lock the bolt back in place and place the charging handle back into it’s position.

FAILURE TO UNLOAD FIREARM CAN RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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Separate the Upper and Lower Receivers

7. Push the aft retaining pin out.

8. Separate the upper receiver from the aft pin.

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9. Detach the upper receiver from the forward pin.

10. Place the upper and lower receivers on the table.

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Break Down the Upper Assembly
Remove Bolt Carrier Group (BCG)
11. Remove the BCG from the upper receiver. This can be accomplished by tipping the barrel of the firearm up, allowing the BCG to drop out of the firearm. The BCG and the charging handle should both come out of the upper receiver.

Remove Grips and Accessories
12. Remove the handgrips or shrouds from the upper receiver and barrel. Additionally, if any accessories are installed, remove them at this time. 12

Upper Receiver Disassembled

Let’s clean.

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Cleaning the Upper Receiver
13. Using a cleaning brush, thoroughly scrub the upper receiver with your firearm cleaner remove all of the debris, lead, and dirt. When complete, rinse the upper receiver with water to remove remaining cleaning solvent.

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14. Using a small amount of cleaning solvent, scrub the charging handle till clean. Rinse with clean water to remove excess solvent.

15. Using a brush, scrub the outside of all hand guards or shrouds.

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Cleaning the Bolt Carrier Group
Cleaning the BCG
16. To clean the BCG we must remove the cotter pin inserted into the middle of the bolt. This will release our firing pin. 17. After the cotter pin is removed, pull the firing pin from the center of the bolt. The firing pin should just fall right out.

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18. Remove the cam pin (A) from the BCG. Note: Cam pin must be properly oriented for removal.

19. Remove the firing pin assembly from the BCG.

20. Using solvent, scrub the BCG with a brush; rinse when complete.

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Cleaning the Firing Pin Assembly
21. Remove the cotter pin at (A). This will allow you to release the extractor (B). 22. Once the extractor is removed, clean the extractor and firing pin assembly.

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23. Clean the firing pin and rinse when complete.

24. Set aside the bolt and firing pin assembly to dry.

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Cleaning the Barrel of your Rifle

25. Place bore cleaner into the barrel of the firearm. Note: It may be necessary to plug the ends of the firearm and allow the cleaner to soak and clean the walls of the barrel.

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26. Using either a bore snake (A) or a cleaning rod (B), clean the inside of the barrel by feeding the device down and through multiple times.

Note: Only go one direction with the rod or bore snake. Changing directions can jam or damage the tools.

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Cleaning the Lower Receiver
27. Next, clean the lower receiver. A good scrub of all the outside and inside of this component shall be sufficient. Pay attention to the small tight areas circled in white. Utilize Q-tips or pipe cleaners to properly clean within this section.

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28. Place the extractor back onto the firing pin assembly and re-insert the cotter pin.

29. Generously oil the firing pin assembly and extractor claw.

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30. Take the oiled firing pin assembly and insert it back into the bolt.

Note: The extractor needs to be positioned at the 3:00 position. You can see the notch on the side of the assembly in top left picture.

31. Verify that your assembly resembles that in the photo to the left. 24

32. Re-insert the cam pin into the firing pin assembly through the bolt.

33. Completely oil the bolt and firing pin assembly, getting a good coverage of the metal.

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34. Insert the firing pin back into the bolt. This can be done by placing the bolt face down on the breech area and inserting through the rear of the bolt as show in the figures.

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35. Insert the cotter pin back into the hole shown in the figure to the left.

Note: The firing pin must be fully inserted to properly seat the cotter pin.

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Breaking down the Buffer Tube
36. Depress the pin (located within the circle to the left) that is holding spring inside the tube.

37. Remove the spring from the buffer tube; oil the spring liberally.

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38. Re-attach the upper receiver to the lower receiver by sliding the pin (within circle) through the upper assembly.

39. Oil the charging handle.

40. Insert charging handle into upper receiver.

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41. Partially slide the charging handle out; this will allow you to place the BCG into the bottom of the charging handle.

42. Ease the BCG into the upper receiver as shown in the picture below.

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Completing the Upper Receiver
43. Complete the installation of the upper receiver by pressing the upper and lower receivers together. Once together, push the rear pin back through the upper receiver.

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Reassemble Hand Guards and Accessories

44. Reinstall the hand guards or rail adapters by sliding them over the barrel and down towards the upper and lower receivers.

45 . Additionally, reattach any sight or accessories at this time.

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Operating the Bolt after Cleaning

46. Oil the bolt contained within the upper receivers. After oiling, cycle the bolt by pulling the charging handle back multiple times to spread the oil evenly over the bolt.

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Function Test your Firearm

VERIFY MAGAZINE IS EMPTY PRIOR TO INSERTING INTO FIREARM.
After verifying that your firearm is clear of ammunition, operate and cycle all the normal functions: safety, magazine release, trigger, bolt, and bolt lock.
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Cleaning Completed

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