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Tools of the trade.

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Working Man, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. Working Man

    Working Man Well-Known Member

    The more I learn about the firearms I own (and in general) the more I want
    to be able to do my own work on them, complete strip down, disassembly,
    part replacement, and refinement.

    Are there any tool kits I can pick-up specifically for firearms? Tools to help
    remove and reset pins, tools to help compress springs or hold pieces in place?

    I have a few used firearms that I do not mind voiding the warranty on to learn
    more about them. I know how to replace and repair parts on my truck and
    motorcycle and have bought/made the proper tools to do so, it's about time
    I do the same with my firearms.

  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Well, I'm not a gunsmith but I hang around with a couple.
    First, get a Brownell's print catalog, it is a lot better for browsing than scrambling around on their website.
    Tools I would not be without even for home care.
    Good screwdrivers. Brownells sells replaceable blade screwdrivers and a wide range of widths and thickness tips. And cheap enough that you can grind one to fit an oddball.
    Pin punches. The replaceable tip punches are kind of aggravating, the retaining collar does not stay tight. Solid punches are better if you use them right.
    Hammer for above. I have one with one face brass, the other nylon.
    A bench block to lay parts on to fiddle with.
    A vise, preferably with smooth jaws, and a set of copper, lead, or synthetic jaw covers.

    You can get gun-specific tools for some models.
  3. ball3006

    ball3006 Well-Known Member

    Between Brownell's and Midway....

    you will find everything you will need........chris3
  4. carebear

    carebear Well-Known Member

    Gun Parts Corp. online catalog for hard to find parts and pieces. Krasne's Triple-K catalog for the pistol magazine that got lost 20 years ago.

    oh yeah, you DEFINITELY need a Dremel tool. :evil:
  5. Working Man

    Working Man Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys.

    Carebear, you trying to send me to the dark side? :eek:
    I have not run my Dremel over but it knows that it is not allowed to play with
    with the big bang clan. :D
  6. dfaugh

    dfaugh Well-Known Member

    The biggest thing I've found, is a set of "gunsmithing" screwdrivers, as the heads are much different on guns screws, and trying to use "regular' screwdrivers, will bugger up the screws.. I've gotten by, by buying some "cheapo" set ats Harbor Freight, and re-grinding them. But my buddy has a set, with interchangable bits, from Brownells, that's really the way to go. Other than that, you can "get away" with mostly standard hand tools(except for a few real specialized tools, for particular guns).
  7. Working Man

    Working Man Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys, I appreciate the info.

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