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Gunsmithing Tools
« on: September 05, 2012, 10:00:05 PM »
Hey guys, I'm looking for some info on gunsmithing tools. I've got a bunch of tools already because I'm always working on my car but I've found that I never seem to have what I need for my guns. Like the grip screws on my Kimber for example. They're always coming loose and they're torx screws but none of the torx heads that I have fit them.

Can someone give me a general list of tools that I'll need and possibly a good place to buy them all from? ARs, handguns, and shotguns are primarily what I plan on having.

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Re: Gunsmithing Tools
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2012, 11:49:35 PM »
Go to midway usa and look for one of the medium to large kits, that will have what you are looking for and what you will ever need unless you are getting into more detailed work which I would suggest not doing

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Re: Gunsmithing Tools
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2012, 01:03:16 AM »
Before you read the rest of this, I suggest some good safety glasses, leather gloves, and rubber/latex gloves (without the powder coatings on them) for working with gun cleaning chemicals.

For an AR-15, I'd suggest getting one of those complete take-down tools I've seen floating around, that look kinda like a Leatherman but with AR stuff on it instead of general-use ones. I've never had any experience with them because I don't use AR's, though. There are military issue take-down tools for them, too.

I'd suggest the following as REQUIRED:
-A set of jeweler's screw-drivers
-A good set of armorer's pin punches (in all standard sizes; steel lasts longer, but brass won't ruin or gouge the metal)
-A few wooden blocks of various sizes
-Pliers (Plumber's or Dikes)
-Plenty of rags and cloths (standard cotton works good, as well as old T-Shirts; not the double-weave or silky cotton ones)
-A steel dowel at least 4' long and .15-.20" in diameter to use as a tapping rod in case you end up with a bore obstruction or to to slug a bore

A really good idea:
-A steel vise
-Duct tape (Nashua 357, or anything fiber-reinforced. If you can't tear it with your hands and it peels the color off your skin, it passes muster!)
-A heavy-duty metal file
-A set of armorer's files
-An armorer's hammer (comes with a brass head to prevent marring of a steel surface)
-As many good quality bore lights as you can get your hands on
-A magnet or two
-Lengths of wire (old coat hangers, anyone?)
-Bore snakes (or other high-tensile strength weighted rope/line)
-Wire-cutters
-Dentist's stainless steel picks
-Dentist's mirrors
-Sand paper of various grits
-A good pair of scissors
-A sharp and durable work knife
-A laser pointer
-Wire brushes made from brass or steel (or a mix of both) in various sizes
-Scrap steel
-A good power drill and bit set
-I keep a propane blow-torch and a 2,000o butane pencil torch handy, too.
-Surgeon's stainless steel forceps (I learned this the hard way)

You're going to want some penetrating lubricant, gun cleaner, and rust preventative. These are generally three different things -- buy one can of "do-it-all" and you're gonna to get shorted in one or more categories. I use CorrisonX, Hoppe's, and WD-40, but there are probably better ones out there. Remember that WD-40 needs to be cleaned off before shooting, and re-applied occasionally to guns in long-term storage.

Finally, I'd suggest getting a few good-quality screw drivers of various head types, size, lengths (keep one extra long for any eventuality), and some loc-tite. Be warned that if you use loc-tite on small screws, the scew(s) you apply it to ain't coming back out unless you drill them out, so make sure it's where it needs to be before you sink it in. :thumbsup1:

(Note: If you blew off my suggestion for personal safety equipment above, you'll need some sterile alcohol and band-aids added to the list too. Actually, these would probably be a good idea to have on hand period. :P)

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Re: Gunsmithing Tools
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2012, 05:20:14 AM »
As far as the Loctite goes there are several types but two that are common for screws. Threadlocker Blue #242 is removable with regular tools. Threadlocker Red #271 can be removed by applying heat. I would recommend Loctite Threadlocker Blue #242.
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Re: Gunsmithing Tools
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2012, 06:23:58 AM »
Yeah I'm not looking for anything crazy or to spend even a thousand on tools, I'd just like a good set of general stuff. Thanks guys!

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Re: Gunsmithing Tools
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2012, 08:23:07 AM »
Get hollow ground screw drivers. They are best for the screw heads on firearms.

http://www.graceusaguntools.com/screwdrivers.htm

The tapered screwdrivers are the ones that everyone has and sells. Those type of screwdrivers can ruin screwheads and the finish.

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Re: Gunsmithing Tools
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2012, 09:59:32 AM »
Yeah I'm not looking for anything crazy or to spend even a thousand on tools, I'd just like a good set of general stuff. Thanks guys!

Check in your local area for a harbor freight tool company. You're likely to pick up at least half of the stuff on this list, and all of it for about $50 total.

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Re: Gunsmithing Tools
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2012, 01:28:10 PM »
You get what you pay for. I would never buy anything from there... That crap is one time use only

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Re: Gunsmithing Tools
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2012, 04:39:12 PM »
You get what you pay for. I would never buy anything from there... That crap is one time use only

That has been my experience with their automotive tools for sure.  Don't know about their little stuff. 

I am taking notes here, sounds like a good idea to have this stuff together.   :th_thicon_idea: :th_thicon_idea:
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Re: Gunsmithing Tools
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2012, 04:59:00 PM »
You get what you pay for. I would never buy anything from there... That crap is one time use only
there stuff is good for stuff you don't use much.   I got a set of wrenches for my reloading stuff picks and other small stuff.    Now I did have to return four saws before got a good one so not sure would pick up any air tools from them again.

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Re: Gunsmithing Tools
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2012, 07:06:20 PM »
I rebuilt a Getrag-360 a couple af years ago and needed a bearing puller. I think it was $150.00 from any quality tool supplier but it was $17.00 at Harbor Freight. I needed it for a one time use so I bought the $17.00 one. It was a cheap piece of junk but it was good enough to finish one transmission job and that's all I needed it for. I don't think it would have lasted through a second one.
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Re: Gunsmithing Tools
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2012, 03:28:14 PM »
Get some good quality (not HF) punches and screwdrivers.  Good set of allen wrenches as well.  Cheap ones will do more damage than good.  And get good files too.  A fine hard Arkansas stone and maybe an Extra Fine ceramic as well. 
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Re: Gunsmithing Tools
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2012, 05:42:40 AM »
Don't forget to add a Broken Shell Extractor to your kit for your rifle. Nothing worst than having a broken shell casing and not being able to remove it.  I keep one in each of my rifles and my tool kit. I prefer the Brownells one but have used others. It will pay for itself the first time you use it.   
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