gunsmithing kits

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by sunsoutgunsout, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. sunsoutgunsout

    sunsoutgunsout New Member

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    So the other day I learned how my sks has a free floating firing pin, and can cause slamfires if I don't take the bolt apart and remove the cosmoline. To get at firing pin out there is a small pin that just has to be punched out which a punch and mallet is needed. I just started doing very very minimal gunsmithing, but I really enjoy it so I was thinking about picking up a gunsmithing kit at cabelas or something. Are there specific tools that are a must have for any gunsmith? Basically the wd-40 and duct tape of the gunsmithing world.
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Besides the tools I've purchased over time....

    Band-aids, cheap whiskey, fire extinguisher, cheap beer, eye protection, cheap vodka, ear protection.

    Then a place where you will not get disturbed, with ear protection to avoid hearing distractions, and eye protection to avoid seeing distractions.
     

  3. hiwall

    hiwall Active Member

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    Brownells is the first stop for anything gunsmith. They have several kits. Look thru their kits and pick out things you think you might use.
     
  4. sunsoutgunsout

    sunsoutgunsout New Member

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    Stupid question here, but could I just use snap on punches or is there a reason I cant?
     
  5. hiwall

    hiwall Active Member

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    You can use any punches or make your own. I will say it is nice to have a few simple brass punches also.
     
  6. sunsoutgunsout

    sunsoutgunsout New Member

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    Whats the difference between the brass on steel ones?
     
  7. towboater

    towboater Active Member

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    Brass gives a more solid strike. Less bounce. No sparks.
     
  8. towboater

    towboater Active Member

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    Harbor Freight is a good source for cheaper stuff. Check out their punch sets.
     
  9. hiwall

    hiwall Active Member

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    Brass is non-marring.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    one thing you really need are some gun specific screwdrivers. lots of screws on many different types of firearms and a need for screwdrivers made for working on guns is a must, unless you don't mind tearing up screws adn your guns.

    wooden or rawhide mallet is a good item to have also. a vise is another good item.

    good lighting where you plan on working is something i consider very important. hard to work on things when you can't see what you are doing.