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AR tools-which are best

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by covert1, May 1, 2014.

  1. covert1

    covert1 Oregon New Member

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    So I need a mag vise block, action block and armorer's wrench. Which are junk and which do the job?
     
  2. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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  3. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Brownell's sells a nice kit with all these don't they?
     
  4. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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  5. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    What are you trying to do?

    After building a few ARs myself and buying some tools I found the only ones you really need are a good set of roll pin punches and a good set of hammers (brass one and a good dead blow) My armorer's wrench came with a AR I bought years ago from Del Ton and has lasted at least 4 builds so far. I purchased a few vise blocks but ended up using 2 pcs of wood to hold my flat top upper as it would not fit in the vise block I had at the time. It worked just fine on the barrel install. I thought of buying the DPMS claw set up but the wood works great for me. The mag well block is great for building the lower and also works for cleaning the gun once it is built. Should be able to find one of those for a good price.

    Good luck!
     
  6. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Yeah the one that's out of stock

    You can use some wood,sure,if you don't care about breaking the upper. Turn the vice handle a little too much and the aluminum receiver implodes.
    Not for me.I try to keep away from "crescent wrenches" too
     
  7. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    All my uppers are Billet so if they break with the wood there is a problem. That is why I had to use wood the block I had would not accept a billet upper.

    But yes if a aluminum upper there could be problems. Shoot I thought everyone used billet:D
     
  8. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    I have the Tapco wrench. No issues. Works perfectly.
     
  9. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    You do realize in this case both parts are aluminum, correct?
     
  10. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    Yes but the cast alum is a lot less stronger than the billet.
     
  11. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    Who in the hell buys cast anymore. They're forged or billet and the strength argument doesn't fit there.