The right tool for the right job is how I was taught. Not that I’ve always followed that rule to the letter. But as I’ve matured as a shooter, I’ve come to appreciate quality tools as much as I do quality firearms. Here are 12 tool suggestions for your workshop.
Note: Although Brownells is my go-to supplier for gunsmithing tools, obviously there are other sources to stock your kit. Brownells did not sponsor, endorse or otherwise support this post.
12. Ear and Eye Protection
It’s not just for the range, you know.
11. Hex, Allen and Torx/Star Wrenches
Quality hex and star wrenches will save you from the frustration of stripped screw heads.
10. Punch Sets
Straight, brass and roll pin punches fill specific rolls in gun care and maintenance.
9. Bench ViSe
Don’t forget the non-marring clamping surfaces.
8. Precision Pliers
There is no substitute for a good set of pliers.
7. Brass/Plastic Hammer
Tap pieces into place the right way, not with the handle of a screwdriver.
6. Torque Wrench
Two actually: one measured in inch-pounds and one measured in foot-pounds.
5. Bench Block
I’m a hypocrite, I still use an old piece of 2×4. But when I make it big, I’m buying a few bench blocks.
4. Optic level
There is virtually no way to properly mount an optic with a horizontal and vertical reticle without some sort of leveling system. I use the level-level-level from Wheeler.
3. AR-15 Armorers Wrench
You do own an AR, don’t you? Invest in a good armorers wrench.
Proper measurements are key.
1. Lubricants, Cleaners and Other Consumables
- Threadlocker Compound
- Ballistol cleaner/lubricant
Don’t leave home or start gunsmithing without it. When in doubt, consult a professional.
So, what tool did I forget?