To give your AR-15 the proper treatment it deserves, while maintaining the rifle at peak performance, you’ll need the right AR-15 cleaning kit.
Kits usually contain both staple items and individualized accessories that give the ensemble a certain signature flair. A particular item you should be on the lookout for is some sort of brush. Also, a great additional accessory to purchase is a gun-cleaning pick, even though most kits don’t contain them.
Without further ado, we present five of the best AR-15 cleaning kits on the market. Each of these kits should be able to get your rifle clean over and over again.
1. BOOSTEADY Universal Gun Cleaning Kit
- US Patent Design: Gun cleaning kit that covers all calibers. Help you to clean handgun, rifle and shotgun all with this one complete kit. The interior of the case is well laid out and includes 2...
- One fits all: 3 rods for 22-270 caliber rifles (total combined length 31.4 inch), 3 rods for .30 caliber and up rifles, shotguns and pistols. 13 Pieces threaded bronze bore brushes all calibers: .17...
- Quality solid brass: The gun cleaning rods, gun cleaning jags, patch loops and adapters are all made of brass. No cheap plastic. They won't break in your barrel. You will be surprised by the...
- Package details: 13 threaded bronze bore brushes, 1 rifle chamber brush, 9 threaded cotton mops, 11 brass gun jags, 4 brass patch holders, 2 empty bottles, 6 solid brass rods (2 with handles), 3 nylon...
- Best cleaning assistant: The case helps organize the various cleaning accessories. This kit is portable and lightweight. We have stored some consumable spare parts in our United States warehouse to...
The Lowdown: A cheap, bare bones, but extremely effective kit. This gun cleaning kit that covers all calibers. Help you to clean handgun, rifle and shotgun all with this one complete kit. The interior of the case is well laid out and includes 2 spaces to put your cleaning oil and solvent.
The kit includes almost everything you will need; 13 threaded bronze bore brushes, 1 rifle chamber brush, 9 threaded cotton mops, 11 brass gun jags, 4 brass patch holders, 2 empty bottles, 6 solid brass rods (2 with handles), 3 nylon coated flex cables, 100 cleaning patches, 2 metal gun cleaning picks, 2 brass adapter, 3 plastic muzzle guards, 2 double-ends brushes. This kit is a good option, as it gets the job done with little fanfare and without any bells and whistles.
2. Real Avid Gun Boss AR-15 Cleaning Kit
- GUN BOSS CLEANING KIT: Compact, portable, well-organized in a zippered, weatherproof pouch which stores easily and fits in your range bag. This all-in-one rifle maintenance kit is all you need for...
- PREMIUM QUALITY: professional, gunsmithing quality rifle cleaning tools and components include 7 section brass gun cleaning rod with ergonomic t-handle, bronze bore brush, nylon slotted bore patch...
- QUICK REFERENCE FIELD GUIDE: step-by-step, easy to follow instructions and expert advice on disassembly, take-down, field stripping, gun cleaning, lubrication and rifle maintenance
- SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: Real Avid backs their products. We are a US based company, and our customer support is easy to reach. Customer satisfaction is our highest priority.
The Lowdown: A step up from the Militaria model in terms of ornamentation and features, the Gun Boss AR-15 cleaning kit boasts a weather-resistant (but not weatherproof) traveling case. In addition to what the Militaria model offers, the Gun Boss offers an extra rod, two extra brush options (a Star Chamber brush and a bolt carrier cleaning brush), and cleaning picks. This variety provides you plenty of cleaning options, and with what you have here you’ll be relatively well prepared for whatever comes your way.
That said, although the case is of the highest quality, Real Avid may have sacrificed quality in the name of versatility here, as although the Gun Boss offers many more components than the Militaria kit, they are actually of a lower quality. However, if you truly prize versatility at a good price, the Gun Boss is a solid option.
3. Skyline Center, Inc. Universal Gun Cleaning Kit
The Lowdown: Skyline Center, Inc. offers a simple, high-quality AR-15 cleaning kit with the capability of cleaning all guns – it’ll work just as well on your AR-15 or M16 as your pistol or shotgun.
Packaged in a durable, lightweight, easily transportable case, this Universal model offers a small number of tools that you can use in a number of situations, including a military style double ended cleaning brush, cotton flannel patches, a cleaning rod with four pieces, and five additional bore brushes.
The whole enchilada weighs less than two pounds, and you’ll be able to take it anywhere without a second thought. Though in rare cases the cotton patches and brushes can leave something to be desired, overall it’s a well made, reasonably priced, undeniably versatile cleaning kit for all of your firearms.
4. GLORYFIRE Gun Cleaning Kit AR15/M16
- Belt Attachment: It has a belt attachment to slip your belt through it.
- Portable: The cleaning kit includes a snap on case that holds all the necessary cleaning tools included to keep your gun in tiptop shape.
- Lightweight: It's small and lightweight design allows you to carry it your bag.
- Cleaning kit with 5 piece rods(Includes Loop), adaptor, brass brush, chamber brush,dual-ended nylon brush, empty bottle.
- NOTE: Some accessories are consumables, if there're some problems while using, please feel free to contact us, we are willing to help you.
The Lowdown: Returning to kits designed specifically for your AR-15, Real Avid gets it right here with their advanced version of their Gun Boss kit. The Pro Pack is loaded with a number of familiar favorites, including a number of rods, 8 Star Chamber pads, 50 cotton patches, a bore illuminator/safety flag, and multiple brushes. A notable feature of the Pro Pack is its AR 15 scraper, which purports to clean 12 different surfaces on the bolt carrier group.
Finally, the cherry on top is the AR-15 field guide, which tells you step-by-step how to take apart your gun, clean it, and put it back together.
Overall, it’s tough to find a chink in the Pro Pack’s armor. Though it’s a bit pricier than most gun cleaning kits, this particular AR-15 cleaning kit offers extra value with the unique scraper, and the field guide will come in handy more than you think, even for experienced gun cleaners.
5. Otis Modern Sporting Rifle and AR Cleaning System
- 100% cotton 2" patches and small slotted tip
- Bronze bore brush
- 8" and 30" aircraft grade Memory-Flex cables for proper Breech-to-Muzzle cleaning
- Small obstruction remover knocks out mud, snow, stuck casings and doubles as a t-handle base for included t-handle
- B.O.N.E. Tool quickly and effectively scrapes carbon from bolt carrier
The Lowdown: Zipping up tight into it’s circular, simplistic black case, the Otis Cleaning System looks more like a collection of CDs than a gun cleaning kit at first glance. However, don’t let appearances fool you – this Otis model is one of the best in the business. Boasting a familiar collection of effective brushes, rods, and the like, the Otis model’s unique feature is its B.O.N.E. tool, which takes care of the bolt carrier assembly.
It’s also important to note how small the Otis Cleaning System packs up – it can fit in the palm of a large man with everything all zipped up inside. Though this, along with the price tag, can be off-putting to some consumers, don’t pass on the Otis Cleaning System without a hard look. You won’t find the B.O.N.E. tool anywhere else, and the Otis provides you with everything you could possibly need to take proper care of your firearm.
Investing in even the highest end AR-15 cleaning kit won’t cost you a fortune, but it’s worth invoking a maxim to help you make your decision. Several kits offer items you can’t get individually (like the B.O.N.E. tool). Overall, buying a kit is worth the money, and will save you the money of trying to hunt down all the parts you need from a variety of stores.