12 Hidden Features of the AK-47 Cleaning Kit

Well, a cleaning kit is for cleaning the gun, right? Of course! However, AK cleaning kit has several built-in “hidden” features. Some of them are intentionally put into the original design, others are invented by the users of AK rifles.

You can watch all these alternative uses of the cleaning kit, as well as a couple of other tricks in the video below:

Here is the list of all these uses of the cleaning kit with some explanations:

  1. Removing the cleaning rod. Sometimes it is hard to get the cleaning rod past the muzzle device. So using some sort of an improvised tool is handy.
  2. Compressing the muzzle device detent plunger. In order to remove or install the muzzle brake, you need to compress the detent plunger, which is sometimes a tricky task.
  3. Front sight height adjustment. In the process of zeroing the sights, you need to screw in or unscrew the front sight post.
  4. Front sight windage adjustment. On most AK rifles the windage is adjusted by moving right or left the front sight post drum.
  5. Screwdriver.
  6. Safety selector lever tension adjustment. On some AK rifles, safety selector is really tight and hard to manipulate. In order to release that tension, you need to field strip the gun, pull the safety lever up (almost vertical) and gently bend it outwards.
  7. Gas tube locking lever tool. You can pretty frequently see a very tight gas tube locking levers, so having a handy tool to move it is always good. Another method of moving these stuck levers is to use the rail slot on the bolt carrier.
  8. Handguard retainer disassembly. These little pivoting parts fold inside the handguard and usually are relatively hard to reach.
  9. Magazine floor plate disassembly.
  10. Mainspring disassembly. During disassembly, you must raise the mainspring ends and catch them behind the hammer “ears” to release the tension from the┬átrigger for further disassembly.
  11. Retention for mainspring during disassembly. Once mainspring ends are hooked to the hammer, they must be somehow retained. Usually, people use a rubber band or something similar. In this case, you can use the cleaning kit cap to secure the spring, which is a much better solution.
  12. Trigger mechanism and bolt disassembly.

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  • TVOrZ6dw

    It’s killing me to see that magazine being used as a hammer.

    • Swarf

      Why? Are you an AR guy?

      • TVOrZ6dw

        Ha ha, damn, got me on that one.

      • Kafir1911

        Nah, like me, he has plastic mags.

    • I’m pretty sure Mikhail started that component as a hammer and then later adapted it into a magazine…

    • Phillip Cooper

      Why? You can literally use them as pavers. Who needs a hammer? More crap to carry.

  • 11b

    I like how when he pulled the trigger to clear the rifle it was pointing right at him. 100% Russian.

  • Ha! Dolf can one up the Russians better than that. After watching Dolf work on guns i learned that any convenient rock was the required tool!

  • Mmmtacos

    Five minutes of the video is how to use the cleaning kit in order to disassemble the AK.

    The last 46 seconds are how to use the cleaning kit to, y’know, clean the AK.

    • Phillip Cooper

      Moreover, it’s all stuff that is pretty obvious to any tool-using monkey.

      Which, given that I just had to teach a 25-year-old man with a beard wearing a plaid shirt how to change a tire on his truck, I probably shouldn’t be surprised…

      • Wow!

        Drives a truck
        Can’t change a tire

        What kind of backwards yuppie place did you find that guy?

        • Dual sport


          • CA

            I saw a guy in a green 1990’s chevy with a Hillary bumper sticker on his rear window. (true story) It happened in Oregon though…

        • Phillip Cooper

          It gets worse….
          It’s a DIESEL truck! With the “look at me!” stacks. Dualie, even….

      • MATT

        You assisted a hipster? Minus 10 respect points!

        • Phillip Cooper

          Fair point, there. I’m too damn helpful sometime…

          • MATT

            Everyone makes mistakes.
            I hope you washed your hands with disinfectant. You dont want to catch his tacky sense of irony!

      • Kafir1911

        A Hillary supporter maybe????

  • Trey Heldmann

    In Soviet Russia, AK cleans you!

  • Frank Grimes

    Yeah I don’t think you’re adjusting the windage drum simply by smacking it with a magazine and an a think metal tube.

    • BryanS

      You ever adjust the sights on an AK?

      • Frank Grimes

        Many times on many rifles.

        And I have never seen, owned, nor would I want to own any AK with such a loosely fitted front sight drum that you can move it by smacking it with a magazine.

        • Nashvone

          it’s not the preferred method for sub-MOA adjustments but in a pinch, it’ll do.

        • BryanS

          A loaded magazine has some heft to it. Like a hammer.

          So using it as a drift, not unreasonable.

  • Brian Patronie

    That was badass, especially the gas tube and internal stuff, who knew??

  • Kafir1911

    Some nice little tips there for those of us who lean more to the AR. Good stuff.

  • bruce Cambell

    And to think, all this time I have been throwing those AK cleaning kits in the back of a drawer.