Best Gun Cleaner for the AR-15

What’s the best gun cleaner for the AR-15 rifle?

I have used and tested many gun cleaners in the past 20 years. And I have had 3 AR-15’s and 2 AK-47’s. I’ve used many solvents on them with various degrees of success.

I require a gun cleaner or solvent to remove carbon and powder fouling EASILY. This means after a 10 minute soak, the carbon and powder residue must wipe clean with just a few patches. There are 3 gun cleaners that I have used extensively that do this and I recommend them for the AR-15 and AK-47 rifles.

Here they are:

  1. M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner
  2. Hoppes Elite Gun Cleaner
  3. Slip2000 725 Gun Cleaner

All of these gun cleaners are non-toxic and work extremely well. You just cannot beat them for cleaning semi-auto rifles which accumulate a lot of carbon from hundreds of rounds.

*** Here’s my secret to gun cleaning…apply any of these gun cleaners liberally to the action and barrel….then wait 10 minutes. Now run 2 or 3 clean patches through the barrel and wipe off the bolt/action. You’re done.

If you are interested in trying one of these gun cleaners for your AR-15, here’s a link to buy some…Gun Cleaners at