Caring for and Maintaining

YOUR OWN AR

Importance of Cleaning and Maintaining YouR AR

So you’ve bought your AR, shot your AR, gone through some boxes of ammo, and now you need to know how to clean and maintain your AR. Stage 2 of the AR Evolution is all about developing your AR knowledge when it comes to: cleaning, maintenance, ammo (sourcing & storage), and, of course, preparing to buy your next AR!

Our best advice is to get that new rifle and shoot it “as is” for a while. Learn the ins and outs of maintenance, cleaning, and areas for improvement. Watch some videos so you have an understanding of how the parts work and interface with each other. Try some of your buddies rifles that have already been upgraded.

At that point you can decide what you like and do not like so you can begin your upgrade process. Remember, you don’t have to be an expert to build or improve your AR. We are here to help with expert guidance and instructional videos!

Guides and Videos

Become an AR*Chitect

AR*chitect /ˈärkəˌtekt/ noun

A person who designs, builds, and maintains their own rifle.

The first step on your AR journey should be joining our AR*chitect community on Facebook! Ask the BYOAR experts your questions, share your builds and reviews with other AR*chitects, and get the help you need to take it to the next level.

Maintain Your AR15

Be safe, shoot straight, and have fun.

Whether you’re a gunsmith or first-time builder, everything you need to build your next AR is right here at your fingertips. Don’t lower your standards, don’t raise your budget. Get what you want for the price that makes sense. American-made and shipped right to your dor with the parts and guidance you need to build your own AR15. 

AR Resources

Take The Next Step

Welcome to the Group!

Check out how we teach the fundamentals and coach new gun builders through the learning curve to become an AR*chitect.
AR Basics

Gotta do it!

Don't miss a step when it comes to maintaining your AR. We give you 5 things every AR should know to make your rifle last and perform well.
AR Maintenance

No one likes clamshells.

Stuck with that stock look? Check out some easy upgrade options, including the popular A2 upgrade to get a free floating handguard.
A2 Upgrade

Hey there, AR*chitect.

Built your first AR and ready for more? Don't waste your time & budget sourcing parts. Get everything you need in our AR Build Kits!
Build Kits

Ready for something different?

Looking for an excuse to build more ARs? Don't just build another AR, design YOUR AR with our Elevation Series with over a million customization options.
Build More ARs

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