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Old 09-25-2009, 01:20 AM   #1
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I'm lookin to buy a few tools to do basic smith work on my own guns, mostly just trigger jobs and simple stuff. I figured brass punches, screw drivers and some stones mite be a good start.

Question is can anyone steer me in the rite direction as to which stones would be the best to start out with? and a good brand or type of necessity tools.

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Old 09-25-2009, 02:07 AM   #2
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Im not big on gun smitting but I do find i interesting. My experiance dredging forums is that youll probably want some sort of a Dremil bit set as well. They can come in pretty handy.

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Are you familiar with Brownells? They carry any gunsmithing tool or accessory you could want.

You definitely want a good set of hollow ground screwdrivers so you don't mess up screw heads.

Some dental picks, small files, some punches and a small needlenose pliers are good to have.

Stay away from a Dremel tool until you're pretty skilled. Dremel's have screwed up more guns than rust and rain.

Here's a link to Brownells: BROWNELLS : World's Largest Supplier of Firearm Accessories, Gun Parts and Gunsmithing Tools

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a quality set of screwdrivers is the most important thing you need starting out (otherwise your going to destroy screws). i agree with the recomendation to stay away from the dremel unless your very good with it. brownells is a must have catalog.

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A 6" India stone is valuable for common jobs. A hard Arkansas stone is nice for finish work. Both are reasonably priced.

It depends on what guns you are working on. There are kits specific to the type/model of gun. I have a basic S&W revolver kit and added a few specialized tools for AR's, Sig's and shotguns. There are some specialized tools for 1911's like plunger tube staking tools, front sight staking tools, hammer/sear jigs etc.

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Brownells got it all,I've been lookin around on ther sitefor a couple hours. A man can spend some serious cash ther, but good quality tools pay for themselves in the long run. ROBOCOP: you mentioned india stones, and Arkansas stones to finish with, whats your say on ceramic?

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i cant answer for robocop, but i really like the ceramic stones i have, with them i can put one heck of a smooth surface on steel. i do use other stones for coarser work though, as the ceramics are not real fast cutting.

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I've used a relatively fine, double sided whetstone to pretty good effect for trigger jobs.

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Are you familiar with Brownells? They carry any gunsmithing tool or accessory you could want.

You definitely want a good set of hollow ground screwdrivers so you don't mess up screw heads.

Some dental picks, small files, some punches and a small needlenose pliers are good to have.

Stay away from a Dremel tool until you're pretty skilled. Dremel's have screwed up more guns than rust and rain.

Here's a link to Brownells: BROWNELLS : World's Largest Supplier of Firearm Accessories, Gun Parts and Gunsmithing Tools
Very sound advice on all points, and I'll agree with the other posts that a proper set of hollow ground screwdrivers should be your #1 purchase IMO.

Having a screwdriver that fully fills the screw slot will make the difference between success and self-inflicted damage in my experience.
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Here is a kit for you, a small hammer brass if you can find one. Screw drivers all sizes flat head and phillips. A good made punch set small sizes mainly.Brass difts if you can find them in several sizes. A good set of hex key wenches.Pliers all types ie needle nosed vise grips slip jaw. Files or try to find a swiss file set. Sanding and sharping stones different grit for rough and smoothing jobs. You should get a nice gun cleaning kit and a good vise with smooth jaws or inserts. You might also want to get a strap wrench or a pipe wench. You dont have to buy this stuff at Brownells or Miday just use those places for special tools like sight pushers. Those tools in that kit can be found around your house or go get some Caftsman so if they break you can take them back.If I was you I would buy some disassembly books on different guns so if you take one a part you can look at the book and get it back together. You can get them on Amazon or thru Brownells or Midway.
Hope this helps ya.

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