Types of Gunsmithing Tools
What type of gunsmithing tools do a gunsmith require? The needs vary depending upon the specialty and the intended end use. But I'd like to suggest a few basic gunsmithing tools which apply generally to anyone who wishes to work on his guns at home. These include a pair pliers for handling thinner gauge guns, a welding torch with a tip, gun oil, air hose, welding gloves, gunsmithing block, and a gunsmithing block along with a couple of other special tools
First up are the gunsmithing punches. Unlike most tools in the workshop, gunsmithing punches have a dual purpose. Firstly, they help to shape the metal into the right shape and the correct sizes before it is sent to a press to be crafted into the relevant weapon. Secondly, they are useful for adding wear and tear to the metal once the shaping is complete. There is a huge range of punches available ranging from the very light steel core punches, through to solid steel barrel punches and decorative brass punches. Depending upon the material to be worked with, you can select the right punches to best meet your requirements.
Next on the list of gunsmithing tools are the pins. As with pliers and punches, there are a huge range of pins suitable for different projects. For example, an air-powered air pounder can be used to pound holes in solid metals whereas a pin-pointing device such as a bench pin can be used for drilling soft metals. A bench pin has the advantage of being able to reach places where a drill would not, such as the side of an air tank or the underside of a sailboat.
Next, we have the cleaning kits. These include a collection of tools used specifically for cleaning the internal parts of firearms, such as cases, cylinders, barrels and other supporting structures. It should be noted that the cleaning kit should be used solely for the purposes listed in the manual. Do not use it for any other purposes such as replacing jammed safes, completing the assembly of firearms or changing the barrels of firearms. It should also be noted that it is not advisable to clean metallic guns or work on old guns with compressed air.
The final set of gunsmithing tools we will discuss are what are known as the ar-15 type tools. These include various measuring devices including the dial calipers and gunsmith pencils. Dial calipers measure sizes using numbers which are called scales, while gunsmith pencils use numbers called markings to determine measurements.
Another set of important gunsmithing tools includes a set of high-quality gunsmithing tools called gunsmith wheels. These are used to repair damaged firearms from the manufacturing process down through the life of the firearm. Examples of the more common damaged items are hammers, chisels, drill bits and various other rotating accessories. In order to repair damaged items, the wheels will need to be disassembled and then the damaged part(s) will have to be mounted onto the wheel. Once the damaged part(s) are successfully mounted, the repair process can begin.
Finally, we have a set of gunsmithing tools commonly referred to as the mallet. This tool has a long handle that can be used to quickly pry open bolts and gun parts with a hand or electric powered tool. The use of the mallet is often times a necessary act during repair operations involving firearms.
To complete a gunsmithing project, it is always helpful to have a bench vise. A bench vise is a tool that provides a stable surface on which to perform many different repairs and shaping actions. There are numerous types of bench vise available to choose from. A popular type of this tool is called the bench vise, also known as the bench clamps. These tools allow gunsmiths to fix broken firearms without having to remove the firearm from its case. Other popular gunsmithing tools include gunsmith's sanding discs and a bench scraper.