I posted this on another forum. Since March this gun has been shot in cold, dusty, hot duty, hot windy, freezing rain, warm rain, 134 degree temps and high humidity etc.
I have been using Slip 2000 since he started making it. Likewise I have been using the Slip EWL since he first had it in unmarked bottles. There are some really good lubes floating around. This works best for what we do.
I pretty much despise cleaning an AR. Always did, always will.
I have several BCM uppers (the best service grade upper you can buy), and decided that as I am going to take one to a class next week, and not wanting to be “That Guy”, I figured that I maybe oughta’ should douche this one out a bit. I took a look at the gun book-8070 rds. I field cleaned it once- at the 3600 and change round count. I replaced the bolt rings at about 6000 rds, so I probably wiped the bolt off a little then (BCM bolt and carrier as well).
I lube generously with Slip Extreme Weapons Lube. I’ve been using the EWL since it came out two years ago. I haven’t seen anything to change my mind.
No malfunctions… None…. Nada….
I actually cleaned the gun this time. Put a wet patch down the barrel for the first time. Scrubbed the chamber (did that at 3600 rds). The gun was dirty, but not as much as you would expect. Most of the gunk wiped off with a paper towel. The interior of the bolt carrier was a tad grungy, but some 725 and Q tips solved that.
Total cleaning time was about 10 minutes. I say “about” because UPS and FedEx (2x) visited me within a 15 minute period, so I am not exactly sure how much time it took. But it wasn’t too long.
Understand that I don’t recommend that you do this, and if I were taking this gun to war, I might see some more regular cleaning as being a good thing. However, good gun (the result of good parts and good assembly), good ammo, good magazines and sufficient lube applied often is a whole lot better than a hobby gun with an Acme parts kit, offshore ammo in “beater” magazines, and using the Secret Lube Of the Universe #27K, 2 drops at a time, in alternate months ending in vowels.
Your mileage may of course vary. But I’m looking at my four other primary carbines gun books, and they are all at about the same round count/cleaning cycle… ”
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