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Posted: 10/9/2004 5:57:03 PM EST
How often do you clean your gas tube? Do you use the pipe cleaners or some other method? Do you use solvent?
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 6:00:24 PM EST
I am told the gas tube is self cleaning. having never cleaned one, and not had problems with it, I think thats true.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 6:02:28 PM EST
If your gas tube stops flowing the gas you replace it. It's not a 'serviceable' part and doesn't need any cleaning.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 7:20:55 AM EST
I apply a little CLP to the part that mates with the gas key on the carrier.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 9:47:23 AM EST
It gets cleaned every time you pull the trigger...
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 10:16:35 AM EST
I like to spray a little Tetra Gun cleaner down mine every so often, or brake cleaner. But technically it is self cleaning and with every trigger pull the gasses blow all that crap back into your bolt and carrier! Oh the joy of AR cleaning!!!
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 5:12:40 AM EST

Originally Posted By mywifehatesguns:

How often do you clean your gas tube? Do you use the pipe cleaners or some other method? Do you use solvent?




NEVER.


Shoot the gun. It's self cleaning.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 7:46:57 AM EST
Thanks for the info guys. Guess I was worrying myself for nothing.

Link Posted: 10/12/2004 11:01:04 AM EST
My friend says he blasts brake cleaner down his. I have never done that to mine though.
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 9:35:12 AM EST
Yup, the general concensus is you never have to touch the gas tube. If the pressure from firing a round doesn't clean out whatever is in there, then its time to buy a new gas tube.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 8:59:51 AM EST
How about the two gas vents on the front sight? How do you keep them clean?
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 9:09:54 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/16/2004 9:10:48 AM EST by Carbine_Man]

Originally Posted By arcana1214:
How about the two gas vents on the front sight? How do you keep them clean?

There are no "vents" in the front sight (base). If you are looking at the two little holes on the sides, those are the ends of the roll pin that holds the gas tube in place.

As everyone has said already, when you pull the trigger, super-heated plasma blasts through the hole in the barrel, front sight base and gas tube. Nothing but a thin carbon residue is left in there.

C_M
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 9:18:18 AM EST
I think you need to find a new wife too.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 4:44:08 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/16/2004 4:44:40 PM EST by fight4yourrights]

Originally Posted By arcana1214:

How about the two gas vents on the front sight? How do you keep them clean?




Have you guys READ the manual on how to clean these guns?


Why does everyone feel the need to invent new methods and new things to clean.........?
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 4:57:33 PM EST
Clean it from front to back every time you shoot, JETHRO!
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 4:58:23 PM EST
I sell special pipe cleaners designed to clean the gas tube. They are $9 each plus shipping. You should use a new one everytime you clean your rifle.

I take PayPal.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 6:20:50 PM EST

Originally Posted By innocent_bystander:
I sell special pipe cleaners designed to clean the gas tube. They are $9 each plus shipping. You should use a new one everytime you clean your rifle.

I take PayPal.



I thought you were sereious till I got to the red part. You should buy some pipe cleaners and put this add up in the EE, I bet some people would bite.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 7:02:10 PM EST
I appreciate everyone answering these questions without being an adolescent, condascending, asshole. Christ, I guess I was wrong in thinking that discussion forums served a purpose of educating others that shared the same interest. I guess I will visit this board the next time that I want to share a BOTD picture, and if I need advice or instruction for my AR I will find it elsewhere. Thanks for the helping hand oh mighty God of the AR. I'm not worthy.hail.gif
Link Posted: 10/17/2004 1:45:56 AM EST
You can't take things personal around here. Your going to get some smart ass comments in just about every thread. To me, thats one of the things that makes this site so fun. Welcome to the boards and don't give up on it yet.
Link Posted: 10/17/2004 3:05:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By mywifehatesguns:
I appreciate everyone answering these questions without being an adolescent, condascending, asshole. Christ, I guess I was wrong in thinking that discussion forums served a purpose of educating others that shared the same interest. I guess I will visit this board the next time that I want to share a BOTD picture, and if I need advice or instruction for my AR I will find it elsewhere. Thanks for the helping hand oh mighty God of the AR. I'm not worthy.

Link Posted: 10/18/2004 3:44:57 PM EST
Whether the manual says to or not ?

After a couple of range sessions ,I use a large pipecleaner and a bit of nitro solvent .

A white pipecleaner is turned black,and i mean BLACK .Whatever it is , I dont want it in my rifle...yucky.

The manual I have was probably written before I was born, and has surely been updated.


But then again, I brush my teeth 4 times a day.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:42:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By mywifehatesguns:
I appreciate everyone answering these questions without being an adolescent, condascending, asshole. Christ, I guess I was wrong in thinking that discussion forums served a purpose of educating others that shared the same interest. I guess I will visit this board the next time that I want to share a BOTD picture, and if I need advice or instruction for my AR I will find it elsewhere. Thanks for the helping hand oh mighty God of the AR. I'm not worthy.



Dude, its the internet, you gotta have thick skin.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:44:08 PM EST
from sully at defensive edge this last weekend "never put ANYTHING in your gas tube"
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 6:21:18 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/18/2004 6:22:04 PM EST by fight4yourrights]

Originally Posted By AMZ:
Whether the manual says to or not ?

After a couple of range sessions ,I use a large pipecleaner and a bit of nitro solvent .

A white pipecleaner is turned black,and i mean BLACK .Whatever it is , I dont want it in my rifle...yucky.

The manual I have was probably written before I was born, and has surely been updated.


But then again, I brush my teeth 4 times a day.




Do you want your gun to work, or find it screwed up some day?

I had a friend telling me about his elaborate cleaning procedure - he was removing the gas key from the carrier. Guess what? He was also having failures to feed. Related? You bet your ass.


Keep cleaning that tube and you run the risk of the cleaning fluid burning in the tube and creating a problem, or of part coming off the pipe cleaner and causing problems.


Do you clean the tail pipe of your car after driving it? (on the inside) Do you clean the exhaust headers?


Your gun. Have fun. Don't bitch when it breaks.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 6:30:25 PM EST

Originally Posted By mywifehatesguns:
How often do you clean your gas tube?
Do you use the pipe cleaners or some other method?
Do you use solvent?



Never
No
Nothing
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 7:13:54 PM EST
Do you want your gun to work, or find it screwed up some day?

I had a friend telling me about his elaborate cleaning procedure - he was removing the gas key from the carrier. Guess what? He was also having failures to feed. Related? You bet your ass.


Keep cleaning that tube and you run the risk of the cleaning fluid burning in the tube and creating a problem, or of part coming off the pipe cleaner and causing problems.


Do you clean the tail pipe of your car after driving it? (on the inside) Do you clean the exhaust headers?


Your gun. Have fun. Don't bitch when it breaks.

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Please elaborate on the "cleaning fluid burning in the tube"
Have you seen this happen?.
How can that happen if the tube is properly cleaned and dry ,and a week later I go shooting. Is there a danger? I am not trying to be nearly as sarcastic as the question reads, I am curiouse.

Also , I have been playing with Ar's for a little while , still have'nt had anything 'break'.

Do I clean the tailpipe of my car?...ummm...no. Do you?
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 7:21:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By AMZ:

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Please elaborate on the "cleaning fluid burning in the tube"
Have you seen this happen?.



No. Remote thing, most likely if you shot right afterwards



How can that happen if the tube is properly cleaned and dry ,and a week later I go shooting. Is there a danger? I am not trying to be nearly as sarcastic as the question reads, I am curiouse.



Probably not much of a chance.



Also , I have been playing with Ar's for a little while , still have'nt had anything 'break'.


Range time, 300 rounds kind of shooting, or some real heavy use? I've just seen too many guns fail under pressure. Talk to the folks that run classes - they've seen it all break. I hate to see people do things that can lead to failures. The gas tube doesn't require, doesn't need cleaning. Trying to do it will probably work 99 out of a 100 times, but why run the risk?


Do I clean the tailpipe of my car?...ummm...no. Do you?


No, that's my point. There are some things that just don't need cleaning, and don't require it.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 12:50:15 PM EST
One of the issues with cleaning the gas tube is you're never sure if all the liquid evaporated. Having a wet interior the next time you go shooting can lead to build up and eventually intermittent problems.

As F4YR said - why risk it. Just clean the exterior of the tube (the part that inside the upper receiver) with some CLP and a worn bore brush and it's good to go.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 1:02:58 PM EST
According to mil spec, you should never (never say never) put anything in the gas tube. It is (the only thing on an AR that is) self cleaning. But still Let's keep beating this dead horse.h.gifh.gifh.gifh.gifh.gif
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 1:45:45 PM EST
I've alway been told (and agreed) that it's a replacement item, not to be cleaned..
If you run into an issue that you suspect/confirm is gas tube related, you replace it.. (and that would take A LOT of rounds)

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