How to Field Strip and Clean Your AR 10

If you have ever experienced the frustration of misfiring or jamming when you go to the gun range to shoot your AR 10, chances are it is highly likely that you neglected to do one very important thing. I am pretty sure the salesperson where you purchased your rifle told you that it is extremely important that you thoroughly clean your AR 10 or any firearm after every use. Failing to do so will likely be the cause of the aforementioned misfiring or jamming.

How to Field Strip and Clean Your AR 10

The are many moving parts on a rifle like the AR 10 and that means you must keep it lubricated in order to keep wear and tear from wreaking havoc on your favorite shooting rifle. Every shot you take with it disperses a lot of debris all throughout the inside surfaces of the gun. If you allow this debris to build up it can cause serious damage and even make it where the gun will not even fire at all.

Any experienced gun dealer will tell you that it is extremely important to buy a good quality and well-stocked gun cleaning kit before you even fire your AR 10 for the very first time. If you are not prepared to clean your AR-10 rifle after you have shot it, you are seriously asking for trouble. There are many different options when it comes to a gun cleaning kit, but you would be best served to buy a cleaning kit that was designed especially for your type, make and model of gun. This is because most kits come with several types of cleaning tools that are made to clean specific parts of your gun.

The AR 10 is a tactical rifle from Armalite which is an American gun manufacturer that has been making weapons for gun enthusiasts for decades. When it comes to cleaning your AR 10 Tactical Rifle it is extremely important that you completely disassemble it in order to be sure that you get every nook and cranny clean and then lubricated in all of the important places. This article was designed to help you to be able to field strip, clean, lubricate and reassemble a AR 10.

Preparation for Cleaning your AR 10

  • Establishing a good, clean bench or area to do the cleaning
  • Layout your cleaning kit and necessary supplies and tools

Steps For Field Stripping And Cleaning AR 10

  • Ensure the magazine is removed and no rounds are in the chamber
  • Check the barrel to ensure nothing is lodged in the breach or barrel
  • With rifle laying on the left side push in on the Takedown pin and flip the gun over
  • Pull the pin outward and lower portion will drop down on the pivot pin
  • Remove the charging handle by pulling it outward which will release the bolt carrier group and remove it and set it aside then pull the charging handle the rest of the way out and set it aside

Disassembling and Cleaning Bolt Carrier

  • Removing the Firing Pin Retaining Pin by using a special tool to punch the pin directly out the other side of the carrier
  • Tap the Bolt Carrier on the bench and the Firing Pin will drop right out
  • Next remove the bolt from the Carrier Assemble by rotating the bolt to left and remove the retaining pin and pull out the bolt
  • Remove the extractor from the bolt by using a punch tool to poke out the retaining pin and remove the extractor and that completes the disassembly of the Bolt Carrier
  • Using a clean microfiber cloth clean all of the pieces of the Bolt Carrier
  • Make sure you use a good gun cleaning solvent and remove all of the built-up carbon on all of the pieces. Use a good polymer cleaning brush to ensure you get all the parts clean without doing any damage

Lubricate and Reassembly

  • Apply a liberal amount of lubricant on the extractor and put it back in place on the bolt, slightly pinch the extractor due to the spring tension and push the retaining pin in place and ensure the pin is flush and does not stick out
  • Apply a liberal amount of lubricant on the exterior of the bolt and retaining pin
  • Lubricate the firing pin and retaining pin
  • Lubricate the complete exterior of the Bolt Carrier Assembly
  • Place Bolt back into the Carrier ensuring the extract is facing outward and to the right of the Carrier
  • Put the Bolt Retaining Pin back in place and rotate it back into the locked position
  • Drop the firing pin down inside the Carrier
  • Place the Firing Pin Retaining Pin in place
  • Place the Firing Handle back into place inside the upper portion of the rifle
  • Slide the Bolt Carrier inside on top of the Firing Handle
  • Slide both the Bolt Carrier and Charging Handle back into the Upper and lock it into place
  • Put the Upper section and Lower Section together and pop the pins back in and your rifle is fully assembled
  • Slide the charging handle in and out several times to ensure that everything is moving smoothly
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