Welcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by Wheeler, Tipton, Caldwell, and Frankford Arsenal, I decided to take a look at the Wheeler AR Armorer’s Ultra Kit. It has been a hot second since we have done much in relation to AR-related stuff. A lot of that has to do with me planning out future “assembly/reassembly” articles since we took apart a Smith & Wesson Sport II last year. I was thinking today about how integral this kit was to that string of articles and that I should make sure to do a closer look at it. If you are curious about those aforementioned articles you can find Part One: The Lower, Part Two: The BCG, and Part Three: The Upper at their respective links. That all being said, let’s dive right into this closer look at the Wheeler AR Armorer’s Ultra Kit!
Note: I am still compiling a list of AR15 upgrades that are common or cool to cover and demonstrate on the rather generic (and disassembled) Sport II. Please feel free to mention some in the comments!
TFB Armorer’s Bench: Wheeler AR Armorer’s Ultra Kit
Welcome to our recurring series of Armorer’s Bench which is made possible and brought to you by Wheeler, Tipton, Caldwell, and Frankford Arsenal who are our sponsors. Here, we at TFB hope to inform, entertain, and even inspire any would-be gunsmith or armorer out there. Ideally, with the information I provide and with the help of our sponsors, you can have some useful knowledge pertaining to the conservation and improvement of firearms technology while at the same time sharing experiences and teaching each other new tips and tricks along the way in the comments. Digging deep into what it is to be an armorer or gunsmith has significance but what is important is what those people do to show they’ve earned that title. I am happy to share my experiences and knowledge and hope it is informative!
Make your personal safety a priority:
- Practice proper gun safety. Always make sure before the firearm hits your bench that it is unloaded and safe to be handled.
- Wear the proper safety equipment. The main one would be safety glasses (decent ones) since parts are often under spring tension and you may work with high RPM tools. Other honorable mentions would be latex gloves or a respirator when working with potentially harmful solvents and oils. Also hearing protection when working with loud machinery or test-firing firearms.
- Modifications, alterations, and customizations will void your firearm’s warranty 9.5 times out of 10. Please take that into consideration before attempting any at-home gunsmithing.
- If you are unsure about proper safety practices, disassembly procedures, or warranty standards, stop, put down the tools, and consult a competent gunsmith.
Brief Overview: Wheeler AR Armorer’s Ultra Kit
As I mentioned in the initial blurb, the Wheeler AR Armorer’s Ultra Kit was essential to my earlier AR15 disassembly articles. I’ll make sure to be more specific on what it includes later below but as of right now, let us go over it in brief. The Wheeler AR Armorer’s Ultra Kit is one of three AR15 armorer kits that Wheeler Engineering offers. The base level is called the “Essentials”, the mid-level is called the “Professionals”, and then this one is the top tier option being the “Ultra”.
The Essentials kit comes with a nice carry case, vise block, lower and upper blocks, a wrench, and some smaller tools. Escalating from there, the Professionals kit comes with the same stuff I just mentioned pulse a gun vise, bore guide, mat, a strap wrench, and a few odds and ends related to cleaning. The Ultra is those two on steroids. The box that this thing came in was giant and the bag (as well organized as it was) was overflowing with products.
I personally found a whole host of useful items inside the carry bag. I really like the bolt disassembly/reassembly feature built into the mag well vise block. The carbine forend wire tool (I forget the technical name) was super handy and I can see using that quite a bit in the future helping folks upgrade to free float or just different handguards.
The hammer and included specialty punches were vital and priceless. Those are tools that are not included in the other kits which makes me sad they are not included in the Essentials kit. The addition of a foot-pound torque wrench is a welcome thing also since up until this point I had not had one for my own use. The bit end plus an AR wrench with a corresponding cut-out was neat cause that helps a guy make sure things like a barrel nut are torqued down to whatever standard foot-pounds are. The AR wrench actually lists all the common foot-pounds for different things which is a considerate touch!
Specifications and Highlights: Wheeler AR Armorer’s Ultra Kit
The box the kit comes in displays all the contents and lists it also. The back of the box showcases the different tools in action. You will find this same sort of setup in the manual to help explain things. Overall, the detail put into the packaging seems really well done and at the very least as a consumer it would grab my attention. The Wheeler AR Armorer’s Ultra Kit includes:
- AR-15 AR Armorer’s Vise
- AR-15 Combo Tool
- Torque Wrench
- AR-15 Armorer’s Bench Block
- AR-15 Roll Pin Installation Tool Kit
- Upper Vise Block Clamp with Gas Tube Alignment Tool
- Maintenance Mat with Exploded AR-15 Diagram
- Pivot Pin & Roll Pin Installation Tool
- AR Front Sight Tool, Delta Ring Tool
- Strap Wrench
- AR-15 Bore Guide
- AR-15 Adjustable Receiver Link
- .22 Cal Bore Brush
- Bolt Carrier Brush
- Chamber Brush
- Magazine/Upper Receiver Brush
- Nylon Brush Handle
- Double-ended General Cleaning Brush
- Cleaning Pick Set
- Custom Fitted Carrying Case.
The Wheeler® Delta Series AR Armorer’s Ultra Kit contains all of the essential tools a gunsmith or armorer needs to complete a full rifle build, or make repairs or perform normal maintenance on AR-15/M16 platform rifles. Each of these Delta Series tools is designed with application specific features to perform specific functions with precision and ease. Each tool is constructed of the highest quality materials to deliver the best performance at a great value. All of the tools fit inside the durable carry case for convenient storage and transport.
Closing Thoughts: Wheeler AR Armorer’s Ultra Kit
At the end of the day, this “ultra” kit is not entirely necessary to be capable of working on AR15s. Typically you just need an AR wrench, punches, hammer, and maybe a gun vise. The rest is all quality-of-life tools that you should have no shame in using. Take as much pain and hardship off of you so you can focus on a good quality build and one that turns out the way you want at that!. All of the tools that come in this kit are sold separately on Wheeler’s website which I encourage you to check out. They have sales going on all the time. Lastly, I recommend checking out the manual for more helpful pictures and information.
Note: As of writing this, I saw that Wheeler currently is offering a majority of the tools and items on their site up to 40% off discounts.
As always, thank you for reading TFB! Be safe out there, have fun while shooting, and we will see you next time for the TFB Armorer’s Bench brought to you by Wheeler, Tipton, Caldwell, and Frankford Arsenal! Also, let us know what you think in the comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
Pro Range Glasses, Clear
The Caldwell® Pro Range Glasses feature a stylish wrap-around design and are a great choice for all shooters. They feature an adjustable nose piece and temples for all day comfort. The scratch resistant lens meets ANSI Z87.1 standards and offers 99.9% UV protection.
72 Piece Professional Gunsmithing Screwdriver Set
The Wheeler 72 Piece screwdriver set features 54 hollow-ground flat bits, 4 phillips, 3 torx, and 8 specialty bits all made from durable S2 tool steel with a 56-58 Rockwell “C” hardness rating. The precision-engineered bits have a concave shape that allows for insertion all the way into the screw slot of rmaximum contact to prevent burred, buggered, busted up screw slots. The kit also includes 2 non-slip, overmolded plastic handles that come in a convenient hinged storage case whcih includes a bit location guide.
AR Armorer’s Bench Block
Tired of trying to secure your AR parts while installing a pin, detent or spring? The AR-15 Bench Block is the answer! Specifically designed for AR-15 assembly and disassembly, the AR-15 Bench Block is the perfect tool. It securely holds the upper receiver, lower receiver, front sight and charging handle during assembly, disassembly and maintenance.
Hammer and Punch Set, Plastic Case
The Wheeler® Hammer and Punch Set includes a polymer/brass combination hammer, eight precision brass punches, four steel punches and two plastic punches. It comes in a handy molded case. It makes for a great tool for driving pins or drifting sights at the shooting range, or on your gunsmithing bench.
AR Bolt Catch Install Punch Kit
Wheeler® Engineering Bolt Catch Install Punch Kit starts bolt catch roll pins easily with the starter punch and finishes installation flush with the finishing punch.
Tipton ULTRA GUN VISE
The Tipton® Ultra Gun Vise features a completely modular interchangeable design to allow virtually any shape firearm or crossbow to be cleaned and worked on with ease. The ball and socket articulating clamp pads allow for the pads to adapt to any surface. The dual clamp technology rigidly holds any firearm shape in place, while the rigid steel tube frame structure allows for complete access to your firearm or crossbow. The front and rear clamps are both height and length adjustable, and feature fast-turn knobs allowing for quick clamping. The solvent-resistant accessory and tool trays are movable and removable to stand up to even the toughest jobs.
Wheeler AR Armorer’s Ultra Kit
Ultra Kit includes: AR-15 AR Armorer’s Vise, AR-15 Combo Tool, Torque Wrench, AR-15 Armorer’s Bench Block, AR-15 Roll Pin Installation Tool Kit, Upper Vise Block Clamp with Gas Tube Alignment Tool, Maintenance Mat with Exploded AR-15 Diagram, Pivot Pin & Roll Pin Installation Tool, AR Front Sight Tool, Delta Ring Tool, Strap Wrench, AR-15 Bore Guide, AR-15 Adjustable Receiver Link, .22 Cal Bore Brush, Bolt Carrier Brush, Chamber Brush, Magazine/Upper Receiver Brush, Nylon Brush Handle, Double-ended General Cleaning Brush, Cleaning Pick Set, and Custom Fitted Carrying Case.