Another interesting post over at Vuurwapen Blog…Cleaning your AR-15 is Pretty Much a Waste of Time.
And yet, the “clean your AR-15″ mantra is repeated over and over, in gun stores, online, at shooting ranges, in military training, and so on.
Over the past few years, I’ve fired a number of ARs (and a number of other weapons, for that matter) for thousands of rounds without any sort of cleaning whatsoever – in most cases, I just kept adding lubricant to the weapon. Recently, as you can see right below this post, I fired close to 3000 rounds through a 5.45 AR-15 without cleaning or lubrication.
After reading what he has to say I kind of have to agree with him; but that agreement is entirely on an academic level, because I religiously clean my weapons every time I use them. The Army kind of hammers that into you very early on; and to be honest, I get a meditative enjoyment out of doing it. However, the proof is in the doing and the author has posted video of weapons being fired for thousands of rounds without issues.
Personally, I don’t think that the carbon build-up from firing is so much the issue as are the environmental factors. Dirt, moisture, mud, sand etc. in combination with lubricants and carbon can’t be doing your weapon any good. But that’s not what the author is saying here.