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AK-47 Disassembly, Cleaning, & Assembly

Learn how to quickly take apart, clean, and reassemble your AK-47 rifle, as well as suggestions for our favorite cleaning products.

    The AK-47 is legendary for its ability to keep on chugging no matter what you throw at it.

    But once in a while you might have to clean it.  We’ll go over its disassembly, cleaning, and assembly.


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    Tools Needed

    The disassembly is almost the same for all variants of the AK.  The standard “field strip” and cleaning can be done in just a few minutes.  If you’ve never cleaned a gun before or just want a quick general overview, check out How to Clean and Lubricate a Gun.

    We recommend the following tools for cleaning all guns:

    Here’s a great video of how to do the actual field strip:

    If you’ve been shooting corrosive ammo, we recommend following our supplemental guide How to Clean Corrosive Ammo.

    How to Clean the AK

    Here’s a picture of our PAP M92 field stripped and cleaned.

    Cleaning PAP M92
    Cleaning PAP M92

    If you haven’t cleaned the actual bolt in a while, here’s a great video of how to disassemble it.  It’s a little annoying but is pretty cool to see how everything fits.

    And…that’s about it.  Remember, it’s an AK!  Let Hickok45 remind you that you don’t need to do much to care for one.


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    3 Leave a Reply

    • Commenter Avatar

      I'm looking into my first AK.
      Might you recommend one to start out with please?
      Mid level entry.
      Thank you

      Robert E Hall

      September 22, 2016 3:33 pm
      • Commenter Avatar

        Or recommend 5 AK's if you don't mind. Choices are optimum.
        Thank you

        September 22, 2016 3:35 pm
      • Commenter Avatar

        Century Arms Ce39V2 Hands down!

        September 19, 2017 11:47 pm
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