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Old 07-18-2013, 12:09 AM   #11
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I'll check out brownells. I want to have the right tools for the future. I've only built an upper so it didn't take many tools but I want to get around to doing a lower from scratch so I'd like to have all the tools first.
Dang, and I can barely make cookies from scratch!
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http://www.midwayusa.com/Product/925277/model-1-ar-15-armorers-punch-set-7-piece

Pretty pricey for me compared to what I paid for mine at Harbor Freight. And in their reviews one guy already bend one of his.
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Pin punches and a brass dead blow mallet are a must have for every gunowner so don't be shy to spend a little money... Almost every firearm has a pin or two somewhere. A good set of hollow ground screwdrivers is also good to avoid tearing up those little screws, especially the visible ones on the outside.

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I'll check out brownells. I want to have the right tools for the future. I've only built an upper so it didn't take many tools but I want to get around to doing a lower from scratch so I'd like to have all the tools first.
Brownell's and MidwayUSA are your friends when it comes to tools for working on firearms. their websites are good, but also order printed catalogs from both these places. i use both for most of my online gun parts and accessory orders and have printed catalogs from both. Brownell's also has an AR specific catalog, that has nothing but parts, tools, accessories an books on the AR platform.
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Dang, and I can barely make cookies from scratch!
Honestly cookies would probably be harder for me. Haha.

I just want something quality that I wont have to replace, so I know it's gonna cost for something like that.

What punches do you all have?
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Brownell's and MidwayUSA are your friends when it comes to tools for working on firearms. their websites are good, but also order printed catalogs from both these places. i use both for most of my online gun parts and accessory orders and have printed catalogs from both. Brownell's also has an AR specific catalog, that has nothing but parts, tools, accessories an books on the AR platform.
And if you buy from them, make a list of all the parts you may need, and get them at once, and save tons in shipping costs. Don't be in a rush and get them today, take a few weeks looking at all the roll pins, tools, etc you can use and get them at one time.
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Yeah that's what I did for the upper. Got everything in one swoop. I won't be doing a lower for a while but it'll still be nice to have the tools.

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I first read my Owner's Manual. Right in it, was the sizes of Punches needed. Went to a variety of Stores to find them. I now have Punches with Flat and Nub Faces, for the Roll Pins.
For the Roll Pins, you need to get---Sizes and Lengths used-- on the AR and just go to Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Lowes or other Home Improvement or Farm/Fleet type Stores to get these. All Roll Pins are hardened/tempered so no worries.
Taper Pins such as those used in the Front Sight Base, it would be best to order these.
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My local hardware store carries roll pins, dowel pins, taper pins, and other stuff you don't know exists.....all by the single piece.

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