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Hello Again Old Friend

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:02:10 GMT

I think it's been over three years since I took my Colt AR-15 out of the safe. I used to go to the range at least once a week, with the AR quite often, though it had to share time with the M1A, the 444 Marlin, and my two most fun rifles, a Henry lever-action .22 and a 44 Marlin. Hand-loaded cowboy-action .44 Magnum lead-bullet loads make that Marlin one sweet rifle to shoot.

But I stopped improving and lost interest. Also, ammunition got a lot more expensive. Well, for some reason I decided today to field strip, clean, and oil the AR. Not a speck of rust, thanks largely I think to the Bullfrog Rust Blocker Emitter in the safe.

I usually clean and lubricate with BreakFree CLP (Cleaner, Lubricant, Preservative). That may also share responsbility for the lack of rust. Sometimes I use Bullfrog Rust Hunter Gun Wipes.

I clean the barrels of my rifles with exclusively Hoppe's BoreSnake Rifle Bore Cleaners (which I forgot to put in the image below). Since I discovered them many years ago, I haven't used a regular cleaning rod. I use shotgun cleaning patches soaked with BreakFree to clean the outside, but the inside stays shiny with only BreakFree on the BoreSnake. And a softly-sharpened wooden dowel helps with the nooks and crannies.

Must be time to take this rifle to the range.

Click on either image for the full-resolution version.

Colt AR-15 field-stripped
Colt AR-15 field-stripped and cleaned

Colt AR-15
Colt AR-15 reassembled after cleaning

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