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Video: How to Clean the AR-15 BCG (With Froglube)

Bolt Carrier Group BCG AR-15

AR-15s are America’s guns and shooters love spreading a few freedom seeds, but with every good shooting session, cleaning and maintenance is a necessity to keep your gun running and reduce eccentric wear. Some shooter’s could qualify for a minor degree if it was offered in AR-15 maintenance. However, if you love shooting, but need a bit of a primer course, this video is for you.

FrogLube cleaning system
The World’s FIRST Bio-base Weapons Care System – Developed by Navy SEALs.

In this video, FrogLube gives step-by-step instructions on how to clean the Bolt Carrier Group (BCG) of an AR-15 using FrogLube products, which are billed as the world’s first Bio-base Weapons Care System. Push Play and get ready to learn how to strip down and clean the BCG as well as the effectiveness of FrogLube’s line of cleaning and lubrication products.


  • Only bio-based and food grade ingredients are used to make FrogLube Products
  • The only completely bio-based degreasing solvent & lubricant combination in the firearms industry
  • All formulations are performance tested in the field, range, and competitive conditions
  • FrogLube was created by a retired Navy SEAL

Have you tried FrogLube? What was your experience? Have a tip for cleaning the BCG? Share your answers in the comment section.

About FrogLube

The close association formed between FrogLube and active and former field operators in elite military units who possessed in excess of 150 years of collective operational experience, including extensive combat tours enabled FrogLube to quickly determine the go/no go criteria for the introduction of a bio-based system to replace traditional petroleum centric gun care products. The FrogLube system is an active enhancement that works to meet or exceed the firearms manufacturer’s stated operating specifications and precisely adheres to all instructions and operating manuals. By eliminating variance, true professionals realize that consistency will translate into improved shooting performance.

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Comments (11)

  1. I have served 10 hard years in the sandbox & always had sand in the bolt carrier by the end of the day causing some type of malfunction with break free mainly due to the dirt being attracted to oil !
    With that said I switched to Frog Lube & never looked back !
    1 very good reason is Frog Lube dries completely & when properly applied & givin proper time to dry completely before reassembly it will expel 95% of all dirt! Thus avoiding 95% of all malfunctions.

    With all due respect To all those who served before my time, Just like when the M-16 first entered the fight in Vietnam everyone had malfunctions & hated it until they were properly trained on cleaning it & now the M-16 is passionately loved!

    The same goes for Frog Lube you need to be trained properly on all new fielded equipment & supplie! And if you have found or had malfunctions with Frog Lube your not applying it properly. . .

    I must repeat this again you have to apply a THIN FILM & allow this to COMPLETELY DRY before reassembly & yes this also goes for sub zero applications. If it is completely dried there is nothing to freeze. And yes I have tried it in -56°F with no problems. I recently moved to Fairbanks AK where the Army does all of their Artic Training.
    Just to prove it to myself
    I have fired 1000 rds on one cleaning with 0 malfunctions even on full auto firing different ammo every 100 rd clip. So with that said get out there and “Get You Sum” with a bunch of targets & have fun . . .
    Sincerely, SNAFU ????????

  2. I use AeroShell Number 18, which is similar to Russian Standard TY 38.1011315-90 which is getting Harder to Obtain in the Western World. My Grandfather on My Mother’s side was at The “Battle of Stalingrad” as a Forced Conscript of the German Army. And USED “Ballistol” until it Froze Solid at Temperatures below -37F. And was Forced to use Russian Standard instead, which is a Solid Dry Lubrication which Still Stays Pliable at temperatures below -60F. “Ballistol” is Water Based Mineral Oil…

  3. Frog Lube completely killed my department’s handguns. Gunked up the firing pin beyond what any armorer had ever seen. Pin would strike, but not enough to fire. And we used this same method. It might work great in the sand box, but in cold climates it’s failed.

  4. You won’t find me using frog lube unless it all thats available and i have a huge stash of it just sitting around doing nothing! I found Hornady HD-Extreme to be the ultimate lube so far !

  5. NOT the first bio based cleaner. Ballistol (invented in 1906) is all natural ingredients and cleans up with soap and water. Haven’t tried FrogLube yet but can imagine it does any better.

  6. I bought a small container to take in my gun case, when I went hunting in Africa. I thought that its bio-compatibility would be more acceptable to TSA and the airlines than something hydrocarbon based and potentially flammable.

    I used it like an ordinary CLP product to swab out the barrel and clean the bolt after I finished hunting. Apparently from all three videos in this series and some others on YouTube, that is not optimum, but it seemed to work OK for me.

    Ordinarily, I use Hoppes No. 9 and gun oil – sort of old school.

    1. @ Jim in Conroe.

      Unfortunately CPL-Lubrication (i.e. CPL MIL-E Rev A) is also used in “Break-Free”, which is “Highly Flammable”, and the TSA aren’t taking any chances…

    2. Back in the early 70’s I attended a talk by a Marine recon sniper who had just returned from his 3rd tour in Nam. During the question and answer period he was asked what cleaner and lubricant he used on his weapons. He said he and pretty much everyone he knew used Break Free. When asked why, he said, “because it just works.” I’ve used Break-Free ever since in literally dozens of guns and never had a lubricant-related malfunction. I’m sure technology has developed better products since the, but I’m kind of an old-school, if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t fix-it kind of guy.

    3. @ Retired Navy Spook.

      In 2014, there were approximately 10,542 Drug Medications that a Nurse Trainee was require to Know About and their Drug Interactions with Other Drugs. To become Eligible to become a Certified Registered Nurse, which was Sub-Divided into Eight Categories. And the List keeps on Growing Every Year.

      1. Total Number of Small Molecule Drugs: ~9,335
      2. Total Number of Biotech Drugs: ~1,227
      3. Total Number of Approved Drugs: ~3,254
      4. Total Number of Approved Small Molecule Drugs: ~2,337
      5. Total Number of Nutraceutical Drugs: ~106
      6. Total Number of Experimental Drugs: ~5,030
      7. Total Number of Illicit Drugs: ~202
      8. Total Number of Withdrawn Drugs: ~218

      Were talking about Simple Minds “AT” Work “AT” the TSA, Not Rocket Scientists…

  7. Haven’t needed anything for my AR since I got the Anderson RF-85 / 10.5 SBR. Same with the Grendel. May try it for the Fury II, or the Canik. Bio based anything is worth a shot.

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