ARP 061 - Cleaning, Proper Care and Maintenance of the AR-15

Former Marine and current competition shooter Chris Ashley join Reed and Anthony to talk about the proper way to clean your AR-15, and how to use the OTIS MSR Cleaning System. Welcome to Episode #061 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is our auditioning sacrificial host, Anthony Hardy. This is the podcast about your favorite black rifle!  This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you've been building ARs for years. There is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.

Otis Ripcord Giveaway

For times in the field when you just can’t reach your Otis cleaning system and need a quick and effective clean – reach for the Ripcord®. This convenient tool cleans from Breech-to-Muzzle® in one quick and easy pass. The molded rubberized core and Nomex® fibers together create a more effective way to trap and remove fouling.

Winner: Jeff A

Hey guys, just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for the great podcasts.  I've been shooting for years and I still learn something new during every podcast.  That's one thing that's great about the show, novice to experience alike can relate and enjoy it.  I've just completed my newest build and decided to try out Green Mountain AR barrels.  There isn't too much info on the net about their AR barrels but their reputation for 1022 barrels is pretty good.  I shot about 100 rounds last weekend while trying to break the barrel in and so far am pleased.  I'm using an Eotech 512 so pinpoint accuracy can't be fully assessed.  Please include me in your next giveaway. Respectfully,

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Tip of the Week: Otis Interview

Otis MSR Cleaning Kit

Otis Bone Tool

Anthony: For those of you who, like me, don’t LOVE to clean your rifle, I asked Reed before the show what was the MOST important part to clean if I only have a few minutes.  “Bolt carrier group and chamber” he said.

So, tip of the week for us lazy gunners, at least clean your BCG and chamber on occasion.  In order to make that easy for you, here is a link to Brownell’s video on cleaning.

Main Topic:

Listener Feedback:

Benjamin:  Hi Reed, I was disappointed that you did not include the Windham Weaponry ARs for the Champagne roundup in episode 60.

I purchased my Windham SCR (m.s.r.p.: $1040) early last year (2013). What sold me in the Windham Weaponry ARs was the story behind Windham Weaponry. The Freedom Group, who purchased Bushmaster, decided to consolidate the manufacturing of the ARs and close the Bushmaster  plant in Windham, Maine. Effectively laying off everyone in the Windham plant. Windham Weaponry emerged from the closure of that plant when the original owner of Bushmaster reopened the plant and brought back their employees. The people of Windham, Maine refused to lay down when big corporation decided to knock them down.

They have a full line of products that fit you selection criteria. I've seen nothing but good reviews on the Windham ARs. I believe the people at Windham Weaponry deserves to be acknowledged as a quality AR manufacturer.

P.S. I know that the Windham Weaponry barrels have a 1/9 twist rate. Please don't hold that against them.

Alex:  Reed, I hope I'm not recycling an old questions here.....  What is the difference between a semi-auto and full auto BCG?  Is there some advantage as far as timing or recoil or mean time between fails, etc.  Please enter me in the Otis Cleaning tool giveaway.


(full auto on right)

Heavier M16 BCG runs a little smoother as it slows things down a bit. good for SBRs.

Joel: Good afternoon Reed.  I recently sold my 300 blackout upper, which has left me with a problem: I now have a lower with no upper to go along with it.  The only remedy I can think of is to build a new upper so my lower won't be lonely.  I'm going with a Rainier Arms Match 18" SPR barrel, Noveske NSR 15" handguard, and a Vortex Viper 1-4x optic.  I have a couple questions for you before I proceed with the build.

1) I've heard online from various people that a rifle length gas system on a barrel shorter than 20" can cause some feeding problems for the rifle.  Do you have any experience with this?  It doesn't seem likely to me that a company like Rainier would make a barrel like that if there were known issues with the system.

(if you buy an 18” bbl, the gas port should be milled perfect. if you chop down a 20” to 18, you’d have to open the gas port a bit. from the factory they should have everything figured out though)

2) Originally I was just going to go with a Rainier Arms upper receiver that comes without a forward assist, but while browsing Brownells I saw a stripped receiver made by WMD, which is a receiver that is nickel boron on the inside.  In theory this interior finish, coupled with a nickel boron bolt carrier, would make for a very smooth shooting gun in my opinion.  I've just never heard of WMD, and I don't know what the quality and reliability of this company's products is like, so I figured I'd throw it out to you and see if you could help me.

Positive reviews about their BCG

“I have 800 rnds through my WMD bcg with no lube or cleaning. Still going strong.... “

Thanks for your help, and for putting on a great show.


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