With sales of modern sporting rifles at an all-time high, there are thousands of new AR-15 owners out there with little idea how to properly clean and maintain their new rifles. Disassembling and cleaning an AR is far different than most traditional hunting rifles with more moving parts. At first glance, this process can be overwhelming, but it’s not difficult if you take it step-by-step.
- To prepare your AR for cleaning, basic disassembly or “field-stripping” is necessary. After double-checking to make sure the firearm is unloaded, prepare a suitable flat surface, such as a workbench or countertop. As you’ll be dealing with several small parts that can get lost, you’ll want a small plastic tub or at least a towel available.