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WhiteWolf4 12-31-2008 01:19 PM

Gunsmithing Tools
Trying to throw together a general tool kit for breaking down rifles and pistols...Can anyone tell me what I will need for general cleaning and takedown of my firearms???? Can't do tedious work on guns, just cleaning and takedown of rifles and pistols....WhiteWolf

Dillinger 12-31-2008 01:59 PM

Well, for starters, you need to tailor it to your specific weapons but:

M-Pro 7 makes a complete range cleaning/oiling and greasing kit you might want to look into.

Gun Cloth ( or other protective surface that can be unfolded and laid down to work on the piece in question )
Pen & Paper.
Lots of patches.
Brushes for your different calibers.
Lens Cloth for optics.
Lots of Q-tips.

Plenty of spare earplugs - even if you wear the muff style, you never know what cannon the guy in the slot next to you is going to bring in.

Extra pair of glasses - Just in case

I like to keep about 4 pairs of surgical gloves in mine, just in case I need the extra "traction" with small parts.

A couple of good quality small screw drivers ( phillips and standard ) probably a large and small blade of each.
A small torx head screwdriver kit - Could be combined as one kit with the screwdrivers above.

A small plastic tipped hammer.
A few brass punches ( tiny, small and medium ).

A small box/bag of replacement springs/detents/etc. Basically an "Oh Crap" bag of anything that you have ever dropped, misplaced and spent 20 minutes looking for when doing work at home.

A 1911 Barrel Bushing Tool - Even though you should be able to field strip one without it, it's a great tool to have, just in case.

That's just off the top of my head as to what I have in mine. YMMV.


WhiteWolf4 12-31-2008 06:04 PM

You're good, Dillinger...That's exactly what I needed to know....You always give that extra 10%....Kudos...WhiteWolf

Dillinger 12-31-2008 06:22 PM

Thanks bro - I do what I can. :p

matt g 12-31-2008 09:09 PM

A set of dental picks is always handy too. I like to keep 0000 steel wool on hand to re-polish bolt faces and remove surface rust (GASP) if needed.

WhiteWolf4 01-01-2009 01:41 AM

Had my eye on those, matt...thanks for the info....WhiteWolf

matt g 01-01-2009 01:57 AM


Originally Posted by WhiteWolf4 (Post 58684)
Had my eye on those, matt...thanks for the info....WhiteWolf

We used them extensively when I was in the army. They're just the thing for removing carbon fouling from tiny little crevices.

WhiteWolf4 01-01-2009 03:40 AM

I've never used them, but heard that they were tops for alot of things around the home and rifle....

CA357 01-01-2009 05:31 PM

I have a screwdriver set from Brownells. The blades are flat ground, so they don't mess up screws. (regular screwdrivers will spread the slots) I already have a bunch of other tools, so I pretty much only needed to buy a set of brass and steel punches and a hammer with brass and plastic heads. :)

Oh, and I picked up a Tilton long gun vise.

Ram Rod 01-02-2009 02:43 PM

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