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Old 12-31-2010, 06:58 PM
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cleaning the gas tube on and AR15

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I just obtained an AR15 made by Colt. The cleaning is pretty much straightfoward except I am confused about the best way to clean the gas tube. I have used a large pipe cleaner with some solvent on it, and without taking the gun apart, I don't know much else to do. I hope someone will tell me their methods and give me some ideas....... Thanks.
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Old 01-01-2011, 02:48 AM
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I've never worried about cleaning the gas tube nor did we while on active duty early seventies. Its stainless steel tubing only costs a few dollars if replacement is ever needed. Since it operates under such high pressure and has no nooks and crannies for carbon to build up doubt if there's ever a problem. Frankly I suspect someone came up with the notion about cleaning it either too sell the long pipe cleaners at outragous prices. Or they were someone obssessed with cleaning anything and everything.
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Old 01-01-2011, 06:33 AM
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The tube is supposed to be "self-cleaning" -- and, wonder of wonders, it pretty much is.
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Old 07-30-2011, 01:31 PM
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Personally I have used Diesel, and also brake cleaner. That being said, I've also never had a problem with them plugging.
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:18 PM
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From all the M-16s I have had the pleasure to shoot and clean run a quick pipe cleaner into the receiver end, through the holes surrounding the tube, and under it (over it) and call it a day. Most of the carbon builds up in the BCG.
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