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Old January 4th, 2017, 06:30 PM   #1
 
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Building a gun repair tool kit

I own several firearms but I have come to realize that I do not own any proper tools to repair or work on any of my firearms. As a result I'd like to start building a basic repair tool kit that will cover the usual repairs needs such as replacing worn springs, punching out pins and perhaps some modifications such as changing sights (if need be).

I do have the usual house hold tools but nothing specific to firearms. So where should I start?



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Old January 4th, 2017, 08:23 PM   #2
 
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A high-quality screwdriver kit is a "must have" - parallel ground blades, sized to precisely fit the screw heads. Ordinary screwdrivers don't fit well, and a slipped screwdriver can irreparably scar a firearm.

A set of pin punches also will be needed; depending on the firearm, you also may need Phillips, hex, or Torx bits as well.

As you get into gunsmithing, you'll accumulate more tools - just be sure to get good stuff, since cheap tools can end up costing much more in the long run.

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There are many different gunsmithing tool kits available. I'd just get one of those and build up from there. The right tool for the job goes a long way and worth the investment.
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Depends on what guns you want to work on.

Some tools are very specific to particular guns and furthermore, some tools are made for very specific tasks on those guns.

A high quality screw driver set with hollow ground bit specific to gun screws is a good place to start.
A small hammer with a brass head is useful
A small set of punches is very useful. Some punches are very specific such as roll pin punches and others are more generic. Because punches are often used as salve pins when installing pins, the diameter of the punch is important.

I've occasionally made tools for specific tasks/guns; that will depend on what you need to do.

Not all tools need to be expensive. The best bench block I have is a hockey puck with a hole drilled through the center !

I've never been real impressed with kits and prefer to purchase tools individually as needed.

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Depends on what guns you want to work on.

Some tools are very specific to particular guns and furthermore, some tools are made for very specific tasks on those guns.

Not all tools need to be expensive. The best bench block I have is a hockey puck with a hole drilled through the center !

I've never been real impressed with kits and prefer to purchase tools individually as needed.
Good Luck
True. You do have to be careful with some of the kits. They do like selling you junk you'll never use or don't need and there can also be a quality issue.
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I've been cleaning and working on rifles, shotguns, pistols, and revolvers since the 60's and accumulated lots of gun specific tools. My biggest problem was storing all of them in an organized manner that provided working convenience.

About 25 years ago I bought a Craftsman 26" 6 drawer tool chest with a stand that holds all my tools except for long cleaning rods. I have next to my workbench within arms reach of where I work on my guns.

Prior to that I stored everything in a fishing tackle box. It worked fairly well and was much more portable but it was not as handy to work out of and didn't hold as many tools and started getting heavy.

The above tool recommendations are great.
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Since the OP is really just a shooter wanting to maintain his own guns and do light mods and repairs, not a prospective gunsmithing pro, I think set up like mine would work. Brownell's has awesome stuff, but mostly my tools have come from discounters like Sportsman'sGuide and are intended for the hobbyist market. While I have one of the nice oak bench boxes with room for everything, it's too big to haul to the range. I keep all my cleaning and maintenance gear in a small tackle box, backed up by a screw-driver set and a punch set each in their own plastic cases. The contents of the tackle box allow me to handle most of what I run into.Here's what mine contains:
Patches, scissors, Rem Oil, gun grease, brass drift punch, nylon faced hammer, allen wrenches, small screw-driver,hemostat, dental pick and mirror, lead-away cloth, tooth brush, salon applicators (tough wooden stick q-tips), a handgun rod, a .22cal rod, a .30cal rod, a shotgun rod, assorted brushes/jags/slotted tips, an Otis .17cal pull through kit, bore guides and any firearm specific tools (M1 combo tool/ choke wrench/ AR15 chamber brush). Wooden toothpicks are handy for clearing out extractor hooks gently so there's usually some in there too. A bottle of Hoppes #9/Kroil mix completes the outfit, but it doesn't ride in the toolbox, it gets special care so no leaks happen.
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I think of it as tools kept in my gun room and field tools.

Gun room - hack saw, files (assorted), screw drivers, torx bits (T10&T15), diamond sharpening stone, brass/bronze brushes. common ordinary tooth brush, cleaning rod(s), cleaning rod jags, vice, bench, punches, "C" clamps, streatchy surgical tubing, chisels (1/4, 1/2, 1 inch), gouges, magnifying glass (when you are olde this helps), cordless power tool, assorted wood and metal drill bits, Dremel moto tool, wood rasps, power orbital sander, small wood hand saw (stock work), rubber or wood mallet, square, calipers, cleaning rods, sanding blocks, sandpaper, scope ring lap tools and the wonderful Gun Line multi washer stock scraper tool - & time to go to local hardware to buy more stuff.

Using all this good stuff I have re-stocked many rifles including recoil pads, installed triggers, mounted scope sights, fitted bottom metal, installed & adjusted triggers, modified magazines, fixed wimpy firing pin springs, adjusted firing pin protrusion, bore sighted scopes, lapped scope rings and in general kept my modest arsenal forever ready for any contingency.

Out in the field, especially when deprived of a pickup truck I always have a compact screw driver set with T10 & T15 bits & Allen wrenches, small crescent wrench, 1 small triangular file, diamond stone, black electrical tape, 3 piece cleaning rod, jags, brushes, small vice grip pliers, gun cleaning chemicals (just love that 0W-30 synthetic) and real approved for that special purpose gun oil, and a small squirty can of cleaning foam and small diamond hone, and patches and even a pipe cleaner or two and 2 tiny tubes of epoxy. Using the small crescent wrench on a square shank screw driver is useful to back out over torqued stock screw/bolts like Ruger occasionally inflicts on M77's. All this good stull fits in my field pack inside a plastic bag. Swiss army knife with many little tool blades.

So far, but not on my weapons, in the field, I have remounted and swapped scopes, cleaned, adjusted triggers, adjusted magazines to eliminate binding, cleaned garbage from insides of bolts, swapped firing pin springs in Mausers, shortened guard screws, and patched up busted stocks (electrical tape & epoxy).

I know very little about AR type rifles but have been encouraged to know more about them.

Handgun knowledge is rudimentary 1911 & single action. My small vice grips (needle nose type) can out squash any hemostat.

My gun-smith is a genius.

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I try to avoid a lot of gunsmithing in the field. I carry a few basic tools in my range bag to address some simple issues in the field that would bring a shooting session to an end. A squib rod (used for other people's reloads in other people's guns), a basic screwdriver with some commonly used bits, a punch, an old military short cleaning rod, a brush and a rag.

Tightening a loose screw before it falls out or adjusting a sight is ok at the range. (again, usually someone else's gun)
You really don't want to be doing a detail strip of a firearm on the tailgate of a truck in the middle of a hayfield.
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I've occasionally made tools for specific tasks/guns; that will depend on what you need to do.

Not all tools need to be expensive. The best bench block I have is a hockey puck with a hole drilled through the center !

I've never been real impressed with kits and prefer to purchase tools individually as needed.

Good Luck
I agree with all three statements above. I've never been a fan of "tool kits". They usually contain tools that you never use or need. I'd rather build my own kits.
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When the end of the road is miles away and it is cold and dark desperation may be avoided by fixing a busted rifle - my pack is sort of like a mini hardware store.
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Add a bench block for punching out pins
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