Starter tools for minor gunsmithing?


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tcgeol
July 6, 2006, 08:28 PM
What tools would you all suggest are necessary for minor repairs and gunsmithing? I don't want to do it as a business, but to work on any guns that I might buy, just because I want to tinker with them. What would you all consider must-have supplies for someone who really knows nothing about gunsmithing but would like to start learning about it on my own.

I apologize if this has been asked numerous times, but I didn't see it.

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ewb45acp
July 6, 2006, 09:10 PM
First and most important... SCREWDRIVERS! You will need proper screwdrivers. Not Craftsman's. Dedicated gunsmith screwdrivers.

Probably the best way to start is to get a Brownell's print catalog (their website is a bit clumsy for browsing around). You'll want a small hammer with a brass or combination brass/nylon head. A set of pin punches is good to have. A decent vice (4" jaws is a good size) with a set of jaw pads. A bench block is helpful. Its an over sized hockey puck lookin thing with slots, grooves, and holes milled in it to aid in keeping parts stable on the bench while you're tapping pins in or out. For rifle work you may want a rifle vice. These can be had from Cabela's, Gander Mountain, Midway, etc...

With all of the above, you can disassemble/reassemble most firearms you'll come across. Additional tools will depend on what kind of work you want to do yourself. Be careful with the Brownell's catalog. It's a dangerous credit card eating monster if not handled carefully.

www.brownells.com

Clark
July 6, 2006, 09:38 PM
Screwdrivers, punches, and a hammer will get most guns apart.

I started out 10 years ago buying broken 22 rifles in pawn shops for 1/2 the sticker price, getting parts from Numrich, and then selling the 22 on consignment at a gunstore.

tcgeol
July 10, 2006, 01:17 AM
I will look into these. Thank you all very much for the help!

Arkie
July 10, 2006, 01:57 AM
I would go and get the catalog from Brownells.

But I would be very careful carrying it to the house. It's 500 pages and you could strain your back if your not careful. LOL...

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