Keep your rifles and pistols properly clean.
And don't spent an arm and a leg doing it. We're compiled a set of cleaning supplies necessary for swabbing your bores, wiping down all that carbon fouling, oiling your triggers and actions, and keeping your AR-type rifle, pistol, or handgun ready for service. Grab one of our Pro .223/5.56 Cleaning Kits and keep your rifling sharp and shiny. Need to perform some gunsmithing work? Grab the Wheeler AR Armorers Essentials Kit. It includes an AR vise block, gunsmithing wrench with attachments, torque bar for setting barrel nuts and screws, and just about every other fixture required for breaking down and assembling a black rifle.
A bore snake is one of the most effective, easiest ways to clean your AR's barrel and chamber. We've partnered with Real Avid, a major gun cleaning maker, to provide their take on the typical AR-15 boresnake: The Real Avid Bore Cleaning System, available for .223/5.56 barrels and 9mm barrels (for you AR9 owners), provides an improved bore snake with a thick, braided mop, single-piece cable, and a roll-up storage system in one unit. The thinner cable behind the mop makes snaking the barrel easier, and the roll-up container doubles as a hand grip for better leverage.
Don't like cleaning rods or regular bore snakes? Grab the Breakthrough Clean Flexible Cleaning Cable! It combines the easy use of a snake with the universal, screw-on attachments of a rod on both. Thread your favorite brush or swab and a T-handle, and you can snake any barrel with any cleaning tip from your current cleaning rod kit.
Modern rifles like the AR-15 sport advanced barrel coatings and treatments (phosphate, chrome lining, nitride, and other protective, hardened finishes) that generally do a great job of protecting your AR's parts and barrel from wear over time. However, the AR platform utilizes a direct-impingement gas system. The drawback to this light n' fast semiautomatic cycling system is that it creates a lot of carbon fouling: Debris that clogs up bolt carriers, makes the rifling in your barrel nasty, and generally coats your upper and lower receivers in corrosive chemicals.
Grabbing the proper cleaning and disassembly tools for your AR-15 is the only way to ensure your custom build is kept in a good, serviceable condition - not pitted or ruined prematurely from all those days at the range or in the field.
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