Ar 15 Maintenance
If you own an Airsoft gun or if you plan on getting one, you should be aware of proper maintenance. Although it can seem overwhelming at first, practicing proper AR 15 maintenance and cleaning isn't only rewarding and easy, it's also legal. Interested in knowing how to do it yourself? Read on and ill walk you through what you have to learn in order to maintain your new airsoft firearm properly.
First, before anything else, you have to get a good quality cleaning solution for your rifle. For most models, this comes in the form of a pre-made cleaning kit that you purchase from most outdoor supply retailers and hobby shops. When cleaning your rifle, always be careful not to apply too much pressure when wiping off the excess paint as this can cause damage to the paint. Also, never use a soaked sponge or cotton wadded up piece of tissue to wipe off excess paint. Any type of physical contact with the metal, even a tiny little brush strokes, can cause a paintball to fly up and out of the gun.
For your best results, always follow the manufacturer's directions when cleaning your rifle. If you're using an aftermarket kit, it is especially important to read through the user's manual to ensure proper disassembly and installation of the cleaning system. Also, prior to disassembling, make sure to turn off the power at your local power plant. Some models require you to unscrew the bolt manually or use a specific tool set called bore snakes. Although these snake accessories aren't necessary for your specific model, it's always safer to play it safe than sorry.
Before cleaning your rifle, make sure that you take the time to inspect the internals of your upper and lower receivers as well. Sometimes this can be overlooked but it's definitely worth paying attention. If there's any evidence that the locking mechanism of your upper receiver has been compromised or damaged, you'll want to replace it right away. While you're at it, make sure to clean the inside of your lower receiver as well.
To help perform proper ar 15 maintenance on your rifle, you'll need a quality cleaning solution and a buffer. The cleaning solution should contain non-toxic chemicals to ensure your safety. Additionally, you'll need a buffer to help spread the cleaning solution throughout the length of your buffer tube. After applying the cleaning solution to your rifle, always run the cleaning solution through your buffer and be sure to get any excess behind the front of the case. It's also a good idea to get a couple of rubber buffer pads because you don't want your cleaning solution to sip into the rubber.
After cleaning your rifle, you'll next want to remove the bolt from the housing and pre-cut it down so it fits snuggly in the buffer tube. After doing so, lay the bolt carrier group down and start lubricating the rails using your buffer. Never ever start a shooting procedure until the bolt is completely seated in the buffer tube. This will ensure a solid connection between the bolt and the arbor. When seating the bolt, you want to work in small circles. Also be sure not to apply too much lubrication onto the inside of the bolt carrier group, as you don't want to cause damage to the walls.
Next, install the gas rings to the rear of the buffer tube, being careful to use the peened ends of the rings. You will want to install the gas rings onto the carrier at roughly the same height as the buffer tube. After installing the gas rings, you will need to re-attach the bolt to its housing with the help of some bolts and screws. Once you have done this, you will be able to complete your AR 15 maintenance.
Finally, take a look at your charging handle. Any wear or tears on the charging handle can prevent the charging handle from properly seating into the upper receiver. If the charging handle is damaged, you can replace it. Otherwise, it is time to go through your entire AR 15 maintenance regimen again!