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As you can tell by my name I am new to this, so since this is my first rifle I had to get a cleaning kit for it. I did a little research and found this military issue kit made by Otis specific to .223/5.56. It comes in a Molle pack with everything you need along with some blackened brass fittings which is supposed to provide a more in the way of scratch resistance. It retails for something like $175 but I was able to order it from eBay for $25 sealed new in plastic. For anyone interested in a compact kit there are still some available on eBay for ~$25-$45. Do you think this was a wise choice? If not what is a good kit for this gun? It should get to me by the middle of next week (knock wood). I will report back with what I think.

Actually here is a you tube review I just found of it

 

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For $25 or less it isn't bad, but I wouldn't pay anyrthing more than that for it. I prefer cleaning rods over the cleaning cables that come with the kit... If your barrel is really dirty, the rods give you a little more power to muscle through the carbon/grime than the cables ever will.
 

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I've used Otis kits for many years, in and out of the service. Never had a problem with them. Although I do keep a set or two of ol' fashioned sectioned cleaning rods handy if I should need to deal with a stuck case situation. You'll need one for cleaning the chamber too (which is the most important part to clean in an autoloader).
 

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I have had my multi caliber OTIS kit one year this month- very good equipment but like DSM said above old fashioned cleaning rods are worth having too!
 

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I got the kit in the mail yesterday. Definitely worth more than the $25 bucks I paid for it. The black coating on the brass parts is really smooth, the entire kit is complete and comes with everything you need. All the threads are 8-32 so it can be used with a regular rod. I picked up a Hoppe's rod to supplement the kit and now I am good to go. Even though it is a 5.56 cleaning kit it has a 9mm bore brush as well. I am guessing because the M9 is the military sidearm. Awesome because I have a Beretta92FS!
 
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