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    Question Noob owner seeks guidance re: making my Colt range-ready.

    Old shooter but new to M4 style carbines. Bought a new Colt 6720 earlier this year, have not cleaned or shot it yet. Did a search on how to clean up a new Colt but way too many results, none of the ones I read really said what to do.

    I was figuring swab the bore with a patch and Hoppe’s, Gun Scrubber sprayed down the gas tube, and Break-Free CLP with a nylon toothbrush inside the action and on all of the parts to remove the preservative. Am I off-base?

    Haven’t field-stripped an AR type rifle since 2004 in the service, I could use some/any advice from real pros. Thanks everybody...

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    Iím definitely not a real pro, but I typically donít do anything. Iíve never sprayed anything down the gas tube, nor have I heard of that being a recommended practice, but I really donít clean the guns much. At most Iíd add a few drops of your preferred lube to the BCG and enjoy. I prefer Fireclean.


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    Noob owner seeks guidance re: making my Colt range-ready.

    Pretty much what Wake said. I donít spray anything down my gas tube. Ever. New or otherwise. I usually put a little oil on my bolt and run it like that. I use a couple of lube/oils because I have them. They are all pretty equal I terms of what they do. 1. Slip EWL (2000). 2. Tactical springs machine gunners oil. One thing Iíve observed/learned is that there are a lot of gun lube manufacturers that over-complicate weapon cleaning. Youíd be surprised at the rifle cleaning habits of some of the HSLD shooters.
    I donít clean my rifles like I did in the Army, and not nearly as often. Iíve got one AR thatís has yet to be cleaned.
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    Did your Colt come with a manual? It gives the basics on how to break it down and clean and lube it. Although like mentioned above I do not do that after every shooting session, maybe every couple of months. Most times I just wipe it down, pop out the BCG and add a little lube to it. I do not get into all the magical lubes that require all kinds of special steps to use. Any good gun oil will suffice.
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    Lube it. feed it good ammo to start until you know you have a good working rifle than blast away with cheap stuff.
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    I haven't had a new gun in a long time. But I like to run a patch down the bore to remove any gunk. Lube the BCG, and go to town. Never spray anything in a gas tube ever.
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    Although I've known the Colt to be run straight out of the box, i like yourself like to clean everything up. Some Hoppes or break free on the bolt and carrier, clean off the trigger assembly with a product like powder blast, run a few patches down the barrel, then straighten the gas rings on the bolt, apply just a dab of gun grease to trigger and run the bolt wet with a quality lube like Tetra. If you don't want to screw with the trigger invest in a one piece replacement like Timney or Black Rain but keep in mind you'll lose the failsafe Milspec goodness of the factory trigger. Although a DI you shouldn't have to worry about the tube for quite a while. Just run the bolt wet and enjoy that Colt. Still my standard for AR greatness.

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    My sincere thanks to each of you Gentlemen for taking the time to help out the new guy. I very much appreciate all of the insightful replies, they are most helpful!

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    I take take BCG down to give the cam pin & slot a good hosing, grease the FCG contact points, bore snake the barrel and blast away.
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