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Removal and Disassemble of the AR15 bolt for Inspection and Cleaning



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By Tonya Greenwood

 

 

Part of being a responsible gun owner is keeping your firearm clean. A general wipe down of your firearm and a few passes through the barrel with a bore snake or cleaning rod is generally a sufficient cleaning after each use. Over time however you want to give some special attention to other components to increase the longevity of your working parts and to help minimize any malfunctions brought on by fouling. One of these very important parts is your bolt carrier group or BCG for short. It is a crucial piece in making sure your rifle functions correctly and we need to make sure that it’s properly cleaned and lubed for optimal performance.

 

First you will want to separate the upper and lower receiver. Once you have done this you will be able to remove the charging handle and the bolt carrier group from the upper receiver.

 

 

 

With the unit in front of you place the bolt so that you can see the left side of the carrier. You should see a small hole with a retaining pin. Pull the retaining pin straight out using a pick and set aside.

 

Turn the bolt carrier over with the bottom facing you and locate the firing pin. Remove the firing pin by pulling straight back and set aside with the retaining pin.

 

 

Rotate the bolt carri
er back to the last position. Push the bolt with your thumb back until the cam pin is slide to the rear position. Rotate the cam pin 90 degrees and pull out. Set aside.

 

Now we can remove our bolt from the carrier by pulling straight back. It is now ready for cleaning.

 

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Removal and Disassemble of the AR15 bolt for Inspection and Cleaning

 

Part of being a responsible gun owner is keeping your firearm clean. A general wipe down of your firearm and a few passes through the barrel with a bore snake or cleaning rod is generally a sufficient cleaning after each use. Over time however you want to give some special attention to other components to increase the longevity of your working parts and to help minimize any malfunctions brought on by fouling. One of these very important parts is your bolt carrier group or BCG for short. It is a crucial piece in making sure your rifle functions correctly and we need to make sure that it’s properly cleaned and lubed for optimal performance.

 

First you will want to separate the upper and lower receiver. Once you have done this you will be able to remove the charging handle and the bolt carrier group from the upper receiver.

 

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With the unit in front of you place the bolt so that you can see the left side of the carrier. You should see a small hole with a retaining pin. Pull the retaining pin straight out using a pick and set aside.

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Turn the bolt carrier over with the bottom facing you and locate the firing pin. Remove the firing pin by pulling straight back and set aside with the retaining pin.

 

 

Rotate the bolt carrier back to the last position. Push the bolt with your thumb back until the cam pin is slide to the rear position. Rotate the cam pin 90 degrees and pull out. Set aside.

 

Now we can remove our bolt from the carrier by pulling straight back. It is now ready for cleaning.

 

You can use a number of different gun cleaning agents. I recommend having a good brush and cloth available to remove as much of the residue as possible. Once you have all the parts clean you can begin to reassemble the unit. Don’t forget to apply an approved gun lubrication product to your BCG before installing back into your firearm.

 

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You can use a number  of different gun cleaning agents. I recommend having a good brush and cloth available to remove as much of the residue as possible. Once you have all the parts clean you can begin to reassemble the unit. Don’t forget to apply an approved gun lubrication product to your BCG before installing back into your firearm.