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Old 07-19-2011, 03:01 AM   #1
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So, I am thinking about buying an AR-15 kit tomorrow, but upon further research I've found some potential problems. For the upper assembly, do I need a vice block, and the special wrench? I honestly has no idea this even existed, yet alone, that it was requirement. A pricey one at that. If I was to buy the kit, would I have to purchase these tools in order to assemble the gun? It was my understanding that The whole gun could be assembled with regular/slightly irregular tools (those I have) not gun specific tools and vice blocks. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 07-19-2011, 03:16 AM   #2
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IF you need to assemble the upper (Vs buying one that is assembled upon arrival) you should have the action wrench, torque wrench, and receiver block for the vise.

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The barrel wrench is the most specific tool I have used, I used my vice in my garage with a couple of rubber mats to protect the finish, But you will most likely need a barrel wrench.
I found one on another web site I visit for $10.
There might be someone in your area that may have one, But I dont know how you would go about posting a wanted note.
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There may be some folks that know how to assemble an upper without a vice block. I invested in Brownell's basic kit, lower vise block, upper vice block and barrel nut wrench, a lower assembly tool kit (flat sided punch for the mag release roll pin, tool to assist with pivot pin detent), etc. I believe it was $100.

I am happy I bought the kit. I have not assembled an upper, yet, but I have installed a free float tube that required removing the original barrel nut. Without an upper vice block, removing and installing barrel nuts would put you upper at risk of some serious scratches or even breakage.

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what kit are you thinking about?? there are a few out there that you want to avoid.

you do need a barrel wrench of some sort to align barrel nut with the gas port. a reciever block isnt strictly needed but it helps for use with some wrenches. before i got a reciever block i made my wife hold the reciever wrapped in a towel. it doesnt take much torque to tighten a barrel.

a block helps more as a third hand and for removing tight barrel nuts.

wrenches and blocks are great tools since building your own your also gonna be repairing your own.

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The kit is unassembled, and I think I can get the wrenches for the barrel nut and stock, but there is no way I can drop the money on a vice block. Any other ideas for assembling the barrel and stock without using a vice block? I do have a vice.

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what kit are you thinking about?? there are a few out there that you want to avoid.

you do need a barrel wrench of some sort to align barrel nut with the gas port. a reciever block isnt strictly needed but it helps for use with some wrenches. before i got a reciever block i made my wife hold the reciever wrapped in a towel. it doesnt take much torque to tighten a barrel.

a block helps more as a third hand and for removing tight barrel nuts.

wrenches and blocks are great tools since building your own your also gonna be repairing your own.
It's a DPMS panther kit. Basic M4 stuff, nothing special
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Disregard...saw your above post too late.

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i wouldnt use a vice the reciever is very easy to crush. have a friend hold the reciever.

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It's a DPMS panther kit. Basic M4 stuff, nothing special
thats a decent enough kit then.
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There may be some folks that know how to assemble an upper without a vice block. I invested in Brownell's basic kit, lower vise block, upper vice block and barrel nut wrench, a lower assembly tool kit (flat sided punch for the mag release roll pin, tool to assist with pivot pin detent), etc. I believe it was $100.

I am happy I bought the kit. I have not assembled an upper, yet, but I have installed a free float tube that required removing the original barrel nut. Without an upper vice block, removing and installing barrel nuts would put you upper at risk of some serious scratches or even breakage.
Here is a link to the kit I bought from Brownells.

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=41214/Product/AR_15_M16_CRITICAL_TOOL_KIT
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