There are some essential AR15 tools needed to finish your build and then there are others which are just nice to own just to make the job easier. The better quality tools may cost quite a bit of money, which could cut into your build budget really drastically. This is why you should know what tools are necessary before you get started with your gun. Not having a good set of guns will make it quite difficult, if not impossible, to complete your AR15 build. Here is a list of the necessities for building an AR15 gun.
Your gunsmithing toolbox will hold all of your ar15 tools. You'll need a few basic ones, such as a hand drill, an air drill, a screw gun and a bit driver. Other tools include a chisel, a grinder, and a milling machine. If you decide to purchase some of the ar15 tools mentioned above, make sure they work with your specific type of gun. Also, be sure you have plenty of space in your toolbox for all of the guns.
Your bench block or workbench should have enough wiggle room to comfortably work on your gun. Most benches sold today have one or two adjustable wiggle points. Another great thing to have would be a bench vice, such as a vise. You can get one that will fit securely in the bench block, or you can build your own using stainless steel or black oxide stainless steel. A vice is important for holding all of your ar15 tools in position while you work.
To help you find the right kind of tools for your needs, be sure you keep up with the latest news regarding gunsmithing. There are many new products released every year that would make your life easier. For instance, the hydraulic press, electric drill, and bench block would all be considered an 'emergency' if you don't have a vise available. Having a vise or buffer spring loaded with several different size and quantity of buffers will be the best way to work on your bench block or other equipment.
The first thing you should have on hand is a set of pliers, such as a ratchet/impact wrench set and a pair of small pliers. If you work with smaller diameter items, such as pins or bolts, a medium size vise or bench block may be needed. The advantage to owning more than one pair of pliers is that you never have to worry about losing a pair. Having a smaller tool set also makes your life more organized. If you only own a couple of tools, you can store them side-by-side in a nylon bag, which keeps them off the floor and away from harm.
A bench vice is essential if you want to secure and keep the larger, bulkier items in your multi-tool. The vice comes with various different lengths and types of holders. They are made out of aluminum or stainless steel to allow for different size holders. Some have a long neck that extends all the way to the base of the item, while others only have a small gap between the wood and the base. The vice can be used to support the tool, pin, or other item and keep it secure. If you want to purchase a vice that has a longer length, such as a 36 inch, then you will need a long enough neck to accommodate a longer, wider, and heavier tool.
The most common, basic tool that any good set of Ar15 pliers will contain is an adjustable wrench. Regardless of whether you need light or heavy duty, you should have an appropriate sized tool in your tackle box. The right size and weight for the job is critical to completing the task safely and efficiently. If the pliers or the lock are too small, it could cause you great pain or injury, so get one that is just right for the task at hand. One popular brand that is very effective is the Ed Hardy "Wrecking Balm".
If you have a lot of projects to do and a lot of uses for your multi-tools, it's definitely a good idea to invest in a quality set of EDT pliers. Even if you only use them three times a year on average, you'll still have a lot of uses for them. As long as you take the proper steps to maintain and care for your tools, you can count on having years of enjoyment from your EDT tools.