|Break it down..........|
More after the jump.....
Quick field strip of the AR/M4
The AR is a rifle that can be taken down in a matter of seconds. But if it's your first time and you ordered your rifle complete, you need to take care to remember how things come apart, because eventually you'll need to reinstall them in reverse order. Here are the steps to field strip your rifle to prepare for cleaning:
|Drop the charging handle tabs out of these small slots in the center of this photo.|
|Carrier, bolt, firing pin, cam pin, retainer pin|
3. Disassemble the Bolt Carrier Group. Cleaning the bolt is probably the most important aspect of any AR-15 cleaning session. To be complete, your BCG needs to be disassembled and each part cleaned individually. Since this is the most tedious step, I'll illustrate it with pictures and captions:
Remove the small firing pin retainer first from the left side of the BCG. You'll need a 5.56 round or roll pin/small object to get the pin started but it slides out very easily.
4. Optional: Remove the buffer and buffer spring from the receiver extension. I do not perform this step every time I clean my rifle. But you should know how to do it for occasional cleaning and in case you ever replace any of the parts in your buffer assembly.
|Buffer retaining pin. Depress this pin to remove the buffer.|
This is really all that is involved in field stripping the AR-15 for cleaning. Part 2 of this post will be a step-by-step cleaning of the AR-15 including what you'll need to get the job done.
Be safe and see you next time.