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Punch Set and Basic Tool set suggestion

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by bhasi, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. bhasi

    bhasi Hillsboro Member

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    Suggest me a punch set which I can buy at homedepot/harbor freight which can be used to work on most of the firearms. Also suggest me other basic tools necessary to have at home.
  2. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    You don't need to spend a ton of money on tools, but I wouldn't use anything on my or anyone's guns, from Harbor Freight or for that matter....from Home Depot either.

    Look at Brownells, and get a punch set made by Starrett...the last one you will ever need.
  3. Ligito

    Ligito Oregon Active Member

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    I've boiled my choices for AR work down to roll pin holders, a couple of punches, stock wrench, barrel wrench and a brass hammer.
    Brownell's and Midway.

    I also use some UHMW instead of tape, to protect the lower, when I install the bolt catch pin.

    I made my own pivot pin tool.
  4. rodell

    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    In addition to punches and small hammers, you must get a set of gunsmith screwdrivers. That's the best way to make sure you don't bugger up screws of all sizes. You can buy sets with a few or a lot of selections, but definitely do not use anything else.

    Wheeler Engineering's large kit (changeable bit) will do 99% of anything you'd ever need.

    A vise and some leather pads makes work quite a bit easier, too.
  5. HollisOR

    HollisOR Rural OR, South of Dallas Active Member

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    QFT, very sage advice.
  6. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    I have used the starrett punches quit a bit, but have found them to be a bit on the hard side, and I always break the smaller ones. Craftsman punches is what I use seeing how they are local and have the lifetime warranty. I do still use the starrett but just don't hit them as hard as the craftsman.

    Small dead blow hammer
    6oz brass hammer on one side and uhmw on the other
    Magna tip screwdriver set from brownells
    Workbench pad so u don't scratch stuff up