Have you been gunsmithing for years and just need to upgrade your gunsmith tool kit? Maybe you’re just into the occasional repairing and reconditioning of used firearms and want a simple go-to kit. Or you’re a beginner and looking for some basic tools to get started.
Recently I’ve been kicking around the concept of a mobile gunsmith tool kit. Just like you can call up your local locksmith or home repair contractors, wouldn’t it be cool to be able to make money offering your gunsmithing skills in the form of a mobile service? For that, you’re going to need a mobile gunsmith tool kit. Something that is easily transported, yet comprehensive enough to cover the bases of what you’re working on.
Whatever your passion is, one thing is for sure. It’s essential to have the right tools. By having access to these tools, you’ll not only get the job done right the first time, but you’ll also eliminate a lot of unnecessary frustration.
How To Choose The Best Gunsmith Tool Kit
When choosing the right gunsmith tool kit for your needs, you’ll want to first consider what type of firearms you’ll be working on.
Many screwdriver sets and punch sets can be used across a wide range of firearms, but there are firearm-specific tools you’ll need depending on what you’re servicing.
After that, you’ll also want to consider where you’ll be working on the firearms and the amount of space you’ll have available to you. It’s one thing if you have a dedicated workbench area at home, but if you’re going to be a traveling gunsmith, that requires FFL licensing and a different type of gear setup.
Wheeler Tools has amassed an impressive array of gunsmithing tools for everyone from beginners to the seasoned gunsmith.
We’re going to cover the tools themselves first, then go into the best options for transporting those tools if you choose to go that direction.
What Tools Do I Need For a Gunsmith Tool Kit?
A gun vise is an absolute must-have tool for gunsmiths of all experience levels. Considered one of the backbone tools for working with guns, this is crucial in order to be able to work on individual parts as well as securing the firearm firmly in order to keep both of your hands free to do whatever is necessary to get the work done safely and efficiently.
The Tipton Compact Range Vise offers a completely new level of performance, securely holding the widest array of guns possible while collapsing to fit inside your mobile gunsmith tool kit.
A good bench block is perfect for helping to keep the smaller parts secure while also providing the right holes in it to allow you to properly line up things perfectly before you either drive your pin in or out. This should definitely be one of your first tools to use as a new gunsmith.
Pulling a hammer from your home repair toolbox is NOT a good idea. Using a standard hammer to remove and install pins will end up damaging parts and the surface coating of the firearm. You need the right tools for the right job. You want small and specifically designed brass hammers that are built for gunsmithing.
Regular screwdrivers don’t get the job done when it comes to working on firearms. While having one flat head screwdriver and one Phillip’s head screwdriver is great life advice for a new homeowner (along with a hammer, pliers, a plunger, and duck tape), special screws are used in putting together firearms. That means using specialty screwdrivers that are designed for gunsmithing.
The Wheeler Engineering Professional Gunsmith File Set is perfect for many different gunsmithing tasks. This gunsmith file set comes with a wide grade of files from a rough rasp all the way down to a super extra-fine diamond plate. Whether you’re reshaping a wood stock or smoothing out an action, this file set is perfect for you.
Cover most of your AR-15 gunsmithing needs with a single tool. An innovative steel construction design makes the Delta Series Combo Tool the most durable and functional AR tool available. The addition of a bit driver and bit holder with six common bits adds to the versatility of this combo. Additionally, the included Torque wrench makes this a complete set for many AR-15 maintenance and modification needs.
Check out this video by Texas Gun Vault on home gunsmithing tools and what he keeps in his gunsmithing toolbox.
A Box to Keep it All In
What do you get the gun guy who has it all? A box to put it all in, of course! If you have the room, get your hands on a rolling toolbox. The RIGID Tool Storage Cart is a great option at a reasonable price.
The above tools should cover most of what you’re going to run into. If you’re looking for more of a one-stop-shop complete kit, then the following pre-built kits should be of value to you.
Wheeler AR Armorer’s Ultra Tool Kit
Anybody who has a passion for gunsmithing will appreciate the Wheeler Ultra Gunsmithing Kit. When you purchase this kit, you’ll receive enough tools to perform firearms cleanings, repairing, and rebuilding tasks.
Each tool included is specifically crafted to make working on your firearms a much quicker and less frustrating job. Every tool has its own use, and together they’ll all make your life a whole lot easier. With this kit, you’ll be equipped for almost any gunsmithing problem that may arise.
Another aspect that makes this a great investment is the build quality of the tools. Every tool is made from top-quality materials and built to last. You’ll never have to worry about breaking or ruining them with regular use.
You’ll also receive a convenient carrying case to keep the entire kit in. You’ll be able to take your new gunsmith tool kit on vacation, camping trips, and even gun shows.
Aspiring gunsmiths looking for a very comprehensive set of gunsmithing tools should take a look at the Weaver Deluxe Gunsmith Tool Kit. This 88-piece kit comes with a durable steel punch set crafted to fit an array of different-sized pins.
In addition to the pin punches, you also get an adjustable brass hammer, a variety of different-sized screwdriver heads, and a few other essential components to go with it.
The well-designed case that comes with this collection keeps all of these tools conveniently organized. Trying to find a screwdriver or other tools when you really need it can become a little frustrating. The design of the hard case also prevents the included tools from developing rust from moisture.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re repairing, rebuilding, or customizing your firearm, this kit contains every kind of bit you could possibly need to get the job done.
Everything you need is in this kit, and that versatility allows you to get the most common gunsmithing tasks done.
This Lyman collection includes Phillips screws, slotted screws, hex screws, and 6-lobe screws. You’ll also receive a Weaver scope ring bit, a Glock front sight bit, and 3 different sized pin punchers, 0.062," 0.093," and 0.118."
Every collection comes in a durable hard case with easy-to-snap latches. The case is designed to not only protect your tools from a variety of damaging elements but also to make transporting them hassle-free.