Basic gunsmithing tools?

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  1. fa35jsf

    fa35jsf New Member

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    I would like to start a list of basic gunsmithing tools that would be important to have on hand for doing a variety of simple tasks. Nothing to extreme or that requires a lot of skill. I was thinking just tools needed to fully disassemble and reassemble most common firearms.

    Here is what I can think of:
    Brass punches
    A small Brass/Steel/Rubber hammer
    head-spacing gauges
    Maybe a lapping tool for scope rings

    What type of proprietary tools might be needed for something like an AR-15?
    Any special wrenches?

    Let me know what y'all have in your tool box
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    on the AR, it depends on what type of work you would want to do. check out the AR catalog from Brownell's. they have an entire section devoted to tools for the AR.
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I would look at a good set of screwdrivers.
    A torque screwdriver will help in getting the scope mounts torqued correctly and evenly.
    A good stand to hold the firearms steady.
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Another vote for GOOD screwdrivers. Hollow ground, MULTIPLE sizes. Have seen more buggered up screws from wrong screwdriver. Parallell jaw plier, Swiss needle files, a couple of small hemostats, LONG tweezers, good vise w/ padded jaws. And the Brownells' catalog.
     
  5. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    1st thing to buy is the Brownells' catalog.
     
  6. Intheshop

    Intheshop New Member

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    A nice toolbox,look for a Kennedy "mid" and upper box(used).

    And a "few" lights.A nice dbl,4' fluorescent with "daylight" bulbs hanging a little above arms reach from seated,at your work station.Then a swing away style,articulated "desk lamp".Next try and find an old magnifyer lamp.Older ones have noticibly better glass than newer chinese stuff.Maybe throw in a mini maglite......but chain it to your bench(they have a way of walking off).
     
  7. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    Yup. And in that catalog are "tool kits", which you can purchase or
    use as a guideline to assemble your own kit. The AR kits are on page
    68 of catalog #65. Basic kit is pn 080-216-003AH. General purpose
    gunsmithing kits are on page 438.
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2013