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Posted: 8/16/2004 2:07:19 AM EST

In the army I would sometimes spend several hours on one weapon, considering the shoddy cleaning supplies we had. Now, I will spend about 20-30 minutes, usually in front of the TV. I am not out to pass any inspections, just prevent rust, corrosion, and FTFs.

How about you?

Link Posted: 8/16/2004 2:14:50 AM EST
About the same.
My bolt rifles are also about the same, less parts, but not chrome lined.
Now that darn M-14, that's about a 45 minute job for a proper cleaning.
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 2:42:38 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 2:57:20 AM EST

Originally Posted By AvengeR15:
In the army I would sometimes spend several hours on one weapon, considering the shoddy cleaning supplies we had. Now, I will spend about 20-30 minutes, usually in front of the TV. I am not out to pass any inspections, just prevent rust, corrosion, and FTFs.

How about you?




I too, clean mine in front of the tv, so it takes me longer, i usually get them nice n clean, i like to look over all the pieces to make sure there isnt any corrosion or anything that might hinder its operation.
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 3:27:45 AM EST
I'm thinking about 1/2 hour or so for me also, sometimes longer...My friends accuse me of being to "anal" with my gun cleaning projects....
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 3:39:22 AM EST
Usually about 30-45 minutes. The lower gets blasted with gunk-out and the lightly sprayed with Tetra. The upper gets scrubbed with a chamber brush and blasted with gunk-out. Boresnake down the barrel. The bolt/bolt carrier gets field stripped and tossed in carbon cutter. A quick twist of the carbon scraper, run a brush over the extractor and lugs. Give everything a light spray of Tetra lube, put it back together and wipe it down.

I do it at my workbench - all the supplies are there, I am not distracted by the TV, and the wife doesnt' bitch about stinking up the house with gun cleaning solvents.

Also, I don't clean every time I shoot my guns. Just when they get cruddy.
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 3:55:40 AM EST
When I buy a new gun ( New to me ) I military clean it. I mean take my time and inspect and scrub and white glove the piece of equipment. After that my cleaning times are normally about 30 minuets. I take about 30 minuets, with my AR's... I take about 30 minuets with my AK's also. I clean my M14's in a bout 15-20 minuets.... Go figure. WarDawg
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 3:57:00 AM EST

Originally Posted By jmz5:

Originally Posted By AvengeR15:
In the army I would sometimes spend several hours on one weapon, considering the shoddy cleaning supplies we had. Now, I will spend about 20-30 minutes, usually in front of the TV. I am not out to pass any inspections, just prevent rust, corrosion, and FTFs.

How about you?




I too, clean mine in front of the tv, so it takes me longer, i usually get them nice n clean, i like to look over all the pieces to make sure there isnt any corrosion or anything that might hinder its operation.



Link Posted: 8/16/2004 4:16:33 AM EST
I line them up and assembly line them, one in about 15 minutes, 3 in 30 min.
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 4:29:33 AM EST
About 15 minutes normally.
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 4:54:56 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 5:01:44 AM EST
Cleaning rifles in this house happens as soon as we return from the range, every time w/o fail. I believe there is really no such thing as non corrosive ammo and contrary to popular myth, a chrome lined barrel will rust. I spend probably close to an hour per AR. I keep them like the head in Full Metal Jacket.

"Private Joker, I want that head so clean that the Virgin Mary herself would be right proud to go in there and take a dump."
Gunner Sgt. Hartman
R, Lee Ermey
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 6:33:42 AM EST
hour
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 6:44:21 AM EST
~30 min. Will clean after every trip no matter if it is 50 rnds or 400 rnds.
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 6:50:57 AM EST
The ten or so seconds it takes me to douche it down with WD-40. If I have the time, I'll wash everything with hot water and coat with CLP.
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 6:56:28 AM EST
About ten minutes. Dump the bolt/carrier in an ultrasonic cleaner. While that's cooking, clean the barrel and wipe down the inside of the receivers. Pull the small parts out, wipe them off, coat with CLP and reassemble.
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 8:23:10 AM EST
""Private Joker, I want that head so clean that the Virgin Mary herself would be right proud to go in there and take a dump."
Gunner Sgt. Hartman
R, Lee Ermey"

Brings a tear to my eye... damn, I wanna be just like Gunny Ermey when I grow up.


Link Posted: 8/16/2004 8:47:21 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/16/2004 12:01:17 PM EST by Leisure_Shoot]

Originally Posted By Engineer:
About ten minutes. Dump the bolt/carrier in an ultrasonic cleaner. While that's cooking, clean the barrel and wipe down the inside of the receivers. Pull the small parts out, wipe them off, coat with CLP and reassemble.



What type? The ones I see look fairly expensive.
What size do you have?
What do you use as a cleaning liquid?
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 9:06:49 AM EST
I dunno, how long is the wash cycle on a Kenmore dishwasher?
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 9:28:37 AM EST
I usually soak the bore and bolt assembly with CLP, let it sit for an hour or two, and then wipe all the CLP and gunk off. Total time at the workbench is usually about 20 minutes.
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 9:56:37 AM EST
Damn, I'm slow. It usually takes me as long as the movie I'm watching

Word of advice: don't clean your AR while watching LOTR!
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 10:11:28 AM EST

Originally Posted By VA-gunnut:
Your supposed to clean them?

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+1
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 10:14:02 AM EST
15-20 minutes for a standard cleaning.

Link Posted: 8/16/2004 10:30:07 AM EST
What is this "cleaning" you speak of?




I'm kidding. I don't know....15, 20 mins. maybe. I have a tendancy to lose track of time when I'm in the shop. Just ask my wife.
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 11:27:00 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/16/2004 11:30:03 AM EST by _DR]
1-2 hours per rifle, including soaking time. You can pass a virgin Q-tip or pipe cleaner ANYWHERE on the rifle when I am done, and it be unsullied, or I am not done.

15 minutes? NO WAY you can get all the crud out of an AR15 or M16 in 15 minutes. Make it operationally clean in 15 minutes, sure. Make it clean enough to be turned in to any Arms Room I was ever responsible for in 15 minutes? No way in hell!
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 11:28:09 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 11:51:36 AM EST

Originally Posted By Leisure_Shoot:

What type? The once I see look fairly expensive.
What size do you have?
What do you use as a cleaning liquid?



LS, mine is a Fisher Scientific ... I recovered it from a lab throw-out - a $2 broken switch was all it took to repair it. It's not that big - but large enough to fit a bolt carrier in. I used to use mineral spirits, but nowadays I use Simple Green. If I use the latter, I use a hair dryer to dry the parts before CLPing them.

Link Posted: 8/16/2004 12:00:24 PM EST
30-45 Minutes, spray CLP on all inner part then blow excess using air compressor, pat dry outside.
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 12:46:41 PM EST
I had "White Glove Syndrome" with my first AR. This was from my infantry days. The military, rightly or wrongly, wants their weapons immaculate. Immaculate to the point where it starts to do harm. Now, I get the weapon clean, but not white glove clean. No carbon scrapers, dental picks, etc.
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 1:43:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By A_Free_Man:
""Private Joker, I want that head so clean that the Virgin Mary herself would be right proud to go in there and take a dump."
Gunner Sgt. Hartman
R, Lee Ermey"

Brings a tear to my eye... damn, I wanna be just like Gunny Ermey when I grow up.





I wish R Lee Ermey was my Dad and Donald Rumsfeld was my Grandfather. Deer season would be awesome.
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 2:19:33 PM EST
45 minutes to an hour. It takes at least 20 minutes to get a fresh chew worked in... some things in life are ment to be enjoyed !
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 5:58:34 PM EST
A half hour since I no longer have the manual dexterity that I used to have prior to my stroke.
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 6:05:25 PM EST

Originally Posted By _DR:
1-2 hours per rifle, including soaking time. You can pass a virgin Q-tip or pipe cleaner ANYWHERE on the rifle when I am done, and it be unsullied, or I am not done.

15 minutes? NO WAY you can get all the crud out of an AR15 or M16 in 15 minutes. Make it operationally clean in 15 minutes, sure. Make it clean enough to be turned in to any Arms Room I was ever responsible for in 15 minutes? No way in hell!



+1

I do not always clean it after each range visit. Just oil it between visits, when I break it down and clear my AR normally 2 hours for every piece to be clean.
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 6:38:27 PM EST

Originally Posted By _DR:
1-2 hours per rifle, including soaking time. You can pass a virgin Q-tip or pipe cleaner ANYWHERE on the rifle when I am done, and it be unsullied, or I am not done.

15 minutes? NO WAY you can get all the crud out of an AR15 or M16 in 15 minutes. Make it operationally clean in 15 minutes, sure. Make it clean enough to be turned in to any Arms Room I was ever responsible for in 15 minutes? No way in hell!



And since I no longer have a unit armorer to turn my rifles into, cleaning it beyond operationally clean gets me what?
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 7:17:15 PM EST
15 minutes max. Split upper and lower. Disassemble bolt, wipe and soak. Wet rag, wipe out front end of upper. Three wet patches through the bore. Three or four dry patches. Wipe and reassemble bolt. CLP on bolt, cam pin, tiny bit on carrier. Wipe inside of upper dry, reassemble the rifle. Done. It's clean enough, and my rifles work flawlessly.

Link Posted: 8/17/2004 5:40:36 AM EST
Clean'em........Ya gotta "CLEAN" The things?
Link Posted: 8/17/2004 5:56:47 AM EST
I usually spend about 45 minutes to clean an AR...my roommate on the other hand will spend hours cleaning his M1A's(a gun he absolutely loves)...which I find kinda ironic since his sold me his AR and his reasoning was that it took too long to clean...Yes, it took him less time to clean the ar he owned...
Link Posted: 8/17/2004 7:14:51 AM EST
Depends on how anal the company cmdr wants to be... a day... 3 days... until 2300 on the 3rd day...
Link Posted: 8/17/2004 7:15:55 AM EST
About 20 minutes.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 5:23:49 PM EST
10 minutes if I don't break for beer.

Link Posted: 8/19/2004 5:29:10 PM EST
I used to spend up to 2 hours on each rifle/handgun

That got old real fast, Now I just dunk um in the parts washer. Now it only takes me 20 minutes or so..... they are just gonna be dirty again after the first shot.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 6:08:44 PM EST
I only clean house.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 6:16:34 PM EST
Punch the bore, rack it. Just that quick. Thorough cleaning about one or two bored rainy days a year.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 6:34:59 PM EST
Me and a couple of buds would split the cost of a big can of B-12 Chemtool. After a return from BRM or a field-x we wolud wire our respective rifles small parts and disassembled bolts together and let them soak while we went to the PX for pizza. About 5 minutes of brushing upon return, a few runs down the bore and back to the armory with 'em.

Now its about 20 minutes of hit it and quit it. I attack the rifle parts like a fat man on a buffet and knock em out. But, and I know people will scream, I scrub, flush clean with solvent and reassemble dry. I keep all my AR's dry and never have any problems, oil attracts dust. Of course in AZ we don't have as many corrosion problems. Oh well, my two cents
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 6:40:27 PM EST
About 10 mins for me, I soak it in simple green then hose it off in the shower. Dry it and clp it.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 6:40:40 PM EST
About an hour for each rifle. Just love to take my time since I enjoy cleaning it.

556man
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 7:47:41 PM EST
20 minutes and every 3 months I use some gun scrubber for inside the barrel extension as debris gets caught around the chamber.Other than that CLP to clean and lube.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 7:53:46 PM EST
takes me approx 30 mins too (per rifle), depends how dirty it is/they are. I clean my guns outside so I don't get that chemical smell in the house. if you haven't figured out yet, bore-snake is the only way to go.
Link Posted: 8/20/2004 9:15:24 AM EST

Originally Posted By _DR:
1-2 hours per rifle, including soaking time. You can pass a virgin Q-tip or pipe cleaner ANYWHERE on the rifle when I am done, and it be unsullied, or I am not done.

15 minutes? NO WAY you can get all the crud out of an AR15 or M16 in 15 minutes. Make it operationally clean in 15 minutes, sure. Make it clean enough to be turned in to any Arms Room I was ever responsible for in 15 minutes? No way in hell!



A man after my own heart!!!!!!
Link Posted: 8/20/2004 1:44:27 PM EST
As needed.

Mild Bill
Link Posted: 8/20/2004 1:46:57 PM EST

Originally Posted By Bartholomew_Roberts:

Originally Posted By _DR:
1-2 hours per rifle, including soaking time. You can pass a virgin Q-tip or pipe cleaner ANYWHERE on the rifle when I am done, and it be unsullied, or I am not done.

15 minutes? NO WAY you can get all the crud out of an AR15 or M16 in 15 minutes. Make it operationally clean in 15 minutes, sure. Make it clean enough to be turned in to any Arms Room I was ever responsible for in 15 minutes? No way in hell!



And since I no longer have a unit armorer to turn my rifles into, cleaning it beyond operationally clean gets me what?



Exactly......

More weapons get screwed-up from over-cleaning than from a lack of cleaning.
However, if an individual wants his weapon(s) cleaner than the Virgin Mary, that is their perrogative.
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