tools for a beginner gun smith ???

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by appalachian, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. appalachian

    appalachian New Member

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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.
     
  2. BigByrd47119

    BigByrd47119 New Member

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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.
     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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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
     
  4. Lefty O

    Lefty O New Member

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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.
     
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
  6. appalachian

    appalachian New Member

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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?
     
  7. Lefty O

    Lefty O New Member

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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.
     
  8. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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

    Highpower New Member

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    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. :)
     
  10. Hambone

    Hambone New Member

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    appalachian

    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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  11. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    When you go for files, pick up craftsman 5.5'' made in swtz. 6 files in the set. This set contains all the files you will need for intricate work. As for stones, check out the new diamond impregnated type. You might try and find a flat piece of stone ( marble) for lapping. Also different grades of lapping compound. For polishing pick up at sears box of Jewlers Rouge. Good Luck. Wills in da Swamp In La. One Shot One Kill..........:D
     
  12. Ruzai

    Ruzai New Member

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    If you want to do serious gun-work and it concerns anything for removing metal or anything of the sort, go slow. Its easier to take metal off than put it back on.
    A good set of brass punches should be your second purchase, you'll be punching a lot of pins if you plan on doing serious gun work and you dont want to do damage to the pins. Get you some really fine steel wool, its great for several things, refinishing, cleaning and polishing. Of course with steel wool if you polish too hard on a blued surface you'll take the bluing off if you're not careful.