Basic Cleaning - AEG

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Basic Cleaning - AEG

Post by Tatsu » Wed Nov 19, 2014 00:29

Airsoft replicas are an investment and it is critical to regularly clean your guns after a day of gaming to keep them in good order and avoid costly repairs. Below are basic steps to cleaning an AEG rifle that should be taken after every game.

Items Needed
  • Cleaning Rod
  • Strips of cloth or paper towels
  • 100% Silicon Oil
  • Q-Tips / brush (Optional)
  • Rust Inhibitor (Optional)
Steps

1. Clear the Gun

The following should be done at the field immediately after play is over for the day. Remove the magazine and fire two to three shots in semi-automatic mode in a safe direction (IE. the field range). This makes sure your weapon no longer has any BBs that could fire accidentally when you are off the field and that the spring is decompressed within the gearbox to prevent any potential loss in performance. Afterwards, disconnect the battery and store your replica in a gun case for transportation back home.

2. Wipe Down The Body

Use a damp rag to remove any dirt, mud or sand from the body of the replica. Wipe dry with a towel or cloth.

Tip: A soft bristle brush or an old toothbrush can help get the grime out of tough places

3. Clean the Barrel

Make sure your hop-up is reset to prevent any damage to your hop-up unit or bucking. See the user manual of your AEG for instructions how. Using the correct length cleaning rod that came with your AEG wrap a piece of cloth or paper towel in the slot at the end of the rod. Lightly spray the fabric with 100% silicone oil and slowly push it into the barrel with a slightly rotation until you get to the hop-up unit, then slowly pull it back out. Replace the fabric with a clean one and repeat. If the fabric is dirty after you take it out of the barrel, then continue repeating the step until the fabric comes out clean. Finally, repeat with the cleaning rod one last time with a clean, dry piece of fabric to remove any excess oil from the barrel.

Tip: Make sure you use 100% Pure Silicone Oil! Anything else like WD-40 or petroleum based lubricants could damage your replica.

4. Clear the Feed Tube

Using a Q-tip or paper towel swab the feed tube in the mag well that leads into the hop up and clean out the mag well to remove any debris that may have gotten inside.

5. Prevent Rust

Using a Q-tip, slightly swab on WD-40 or any rust inhibitor to any exposed body screws that are showing any signs of rust or paint chipping. Be careful not to use on the plastic or internals! Frog Lube would be a great alternative as it is safe for plastics.

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