12 Tools Every Shooter Should Own

    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

    http://www.brownells.com/shooting-accessories/ear-eye-protection/index.htm

    It’s not just for the range, you know.

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    11. Hex, Allen and Torx/Star Wrenches

    http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/general-gunsmith-tools/wrenches/general-wrenches/index.htm

    Quality hex and star wrenches will save you from the frustration of stripped screw heads.

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    Credit: Brownells

    10. Punch Sets

    http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/general-gunsmith-tools/punches/index.htm

    Straight, brass and roll pin punches fill specific rolls in gun care and maintenance.

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    9. Bench ViSe

    http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/general-gunsmith-tools/vises-accessories/index.htm?psize=96

    Don’t forget the non-marring clamping surfaces.

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    8. Precision Pliers

    http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/general-gunsmith-tools/pliers-tweezers/index.htm

    There is no substitute for a good set of pliers.

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    7. Brass/Plastic Hammer

    http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/general-gunsmith-tools/hammers/index.htm

    Tap pieces into place the right way, not with the handle of a screwdriver.

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    Credit: Brownells

    6. Torque Wrench

    http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/general-gunsmith-tools/wrenches/general-wrenches/index.htm

    Two actually: one measured in inch-pounds and one measured in foot-pounds.

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    Credit: Brownells

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    Credit: Brownells

    5. Bench Block

    http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/general-gunsmith-tools/bench-blocks/index.htm

    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.

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    4. Optic level

    http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/sight-scope-installation-tools/scope-reticle-levelers/index.htm

    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.

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    3. AR-15 Armorers Wrench

    http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/rifle-tools/wrenches/index.htm

    You do own an AR, don’t you? Invest in a good armorers wrench.

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    2. Calipers

    http://www.brownells.com/reloading/measuring-tools/calipers/index.htm

    Proper measurements are key.

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    1. Lubricants, Cleaners and Other Consumables

     

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    antiseize

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    1. Threadlocker Compound
    2. Antiseize
    3. Ballistol cleaner/lubricant
    4. CLP

    Bonus: Brain

    Don’t leave home or start gunsmithing without it. When in doubt, consult a professional.

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    So, what tool did I forget?

    Pete

    Editor In Chief- TFB
    LE – Silencers – Science
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