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I've had my AK47 for a few years now and have cleaned it often. I was looking thru a manual on how to disassemble/assemble an AK47 and one of the steps said to remove cleaning rod. Why do that? I've disassembled mine OK without removing the rod.
 

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Any field manual is going to assume you intend to use the cleaning rod to clean the rifle and/or assume you might remove the front handguard to do a deep clean.

Remember those manuals are intended for a Soviet/Chinese/Polish/etc... conscript to read. And they're assuming he's using one of these cleaning kits or one like it.

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Not some American who has an aftermarket cleaning kit with a disassembled rod he picked up at Sportsmans.
 

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There’s nothing to clean under the lower handguard, and removing it’s not part of a field strip per the manuals.

The only reason to remove the rod is to use it.
 

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Not some American who has an aftermarket cleaning kit with a disassembled rod he picked up at Sportsmans.
Yep, the same American that has never used a surplus rifles cleaning kit EVER, but at the gun show will demand $150 discount on any riffle that doesn’t have a cleaning kit in the but stock.
 

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I don't mind if the cleaning kit is missing, but what's with all these guys lately selling AKs without the rod?

It's not natural.
 
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