The Care and Feeding of the AR/M16 Platform Rifles

I don’t know what the deal is with this post. It went up, it disappeared, and then it appeared in the archives. I’m reposting again in the hopes it will stay put because it’s got some great information in it.

The Armalite AR-15/M16 series of rifles has become one of the most popular military rifles ever built, but there are some tips and tricks that have been learned over the years, and that are still being learned, that make owning and using them easier. This document has been prepared with input from numerous sources including Pat Rogers, Ed Harris, Colt Firearms, the Gunsite Alumni List, plus various professional armorers, and trainers too numerous to mention, and my friends Tom G. and Paul M. who edited and cleaned up my typos.. I make no claim that these are absolutes and or that I have discovered anything myself. You can ignore these suggestions, but you do so at your own peril.

Before we continue….
This material was originally published and copyrighted by John Schaefer,, and is used here with permission.

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9 Responses to The Care and Feeding of the AR/M16 Platform Rifles

  1. M. Sage says:

    I started using grease on my AR15 years ago, and never looked back. I’ll shoot it til it’s so dirty it it’s like the barrel is shot out, couple thousand rounds. Never have to reapply in between with grease. I’ve started using grease on my pistols, too.


    One of the best parts is the grease stays put in storage. No clean-relube before using!

  2. H says:

    That’s actually a really good article, and I’ll have to give that 52-grain accuracy load a try. I would quibble a bit about the rifling twist for bullet weight info (1:8 will stabilize Sierra 77 & 80 just fine and SOME but NOT ALL 1:9 barrels will stabilize 77’s, you just have to test yours).

    You will do yourself a world of good if every time you take the rifle out of firing position, you develop the habit of reaching up and closing the ejection port cover, to keep crap out of the action.

    Finally, I have it on good authority from my adopted nephew the Jarhead who did multiple tours in Iraq that the 77-grain Jarhead load works really well when you need it to.

  3. John Deaux says:

    I bookmarked that page after clicking the link and seeing all that info. Checked it after seeing your repost and works great.

  4. It went up, it disappeared, and then it appeared in the archives.

    That’s strange? You did attach your government license number for distributing illegal information didn’t you? And paid the tax for the Federal Gateway Stamp?

  5. Robert Fowler says:

    I prefer the AR-10. That was Eugene Stoner’s original design. I have both a rifle length and a carbine length. I do have AR-15’s too. I use Frog Lube and have never had a problem.

  6. Tsquared says:

    Very good article, but I haven’t taken the AR-15 out of the safe in over 2 years.

    I will pull out the AR-6.8 every few months. The AR-9 pistol is now a regular at the range…

  7. Skip says:

    Good info Ken, thanks. Printed out all 25 pages and bound ’em.

  8. Okie says:

    Run ‘er wet….
    ‘Til it starts smokin’ ….
    Give ‘er ‘nother shot…..
    ‘Till the gas tube is glowin’ !

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