Whether you’re assembling new gun builds or repairing firearms, you need a solid set of gunsmith screwdrivers that can face any kind of assembly problem.
You might be looking for a kit that better supplements the kit you started with, or you might be starting from scratch and need a solid set, to begin with.
You might be asking yourself, though, why do I need a dedicated gunsmith screwdriver set when I already have many screwdrivers in my toolbox?
When it comes to buying the best gunsmith screwdriver set, the following kits meet the criteria for safely being used on firearms. Some are more extensive than others, but it all hinges on what your needs are.
Wheeler 89 Piece Professional Gunsmith Screwdriver Set
The Wheeler 89 piece professional gunsmith screwdriver set comes with all the bits you’ll need for firearm assembly/disassembly and repair. Over 100 firearms, modern and collectible, were measured to create the 89 screw bits for this screwdriver kit.
Included are two magnetic, non-slip screwdriver handles that make switching between screw bits even easier.
This kit has all the necessary pieces for gunsmiths of all skill sets to use. The hollow-ground bits are shaped so that you can insert them into the thin screw slots used on most firearms.
Firearms screws and your normal screws found in hardware stores are not the same. To correctly and successfully remove and install firearms screws you need specifically designed gunsmith screwdriver bits.
Not only do screws used in firearms have tighter tolerances than standard hardware screws, but they also have no taper. Standard hardware bits have a slight taper, making them more of a general-purpose tool for a home tool kit.
Gunsmith screwdriver bits are hollow ground with no taper to completely engage the surface of the screw giving you a secure fit and full engagement which helps prevent the screwdriver from slipping out of the screw and marring the finish of your gun.
This is one of the only gunsmith screwdriver sets to include extras of the smallest bits since they may eventually crack or break.
Pros and Cons
Made of quality steel for durability and longevity
What makes this set unique is the fact that it includes SAE/Metric, hex, and Torx bits. Those beginning their gunsmithing journey might find this a little confusing or even unnecessary, but it’s to help accommodate guns of different origins.
Some users have even taken this kit beyond gunsmithing and used it to repair boats and motorcycles due to the mix of SAE and Metric. Nonetheless, the screw bits are all hollow ground to work best with guns. If you have other more comprehensive gunsmithing kits on hand, this one might compliment it quite well.
Like other Wheeler gunsmithing screwdriver sets, this one comes with a diagram for placing the bits into the correct slots, making it easier and more streamlined to use. With the variety of parts included, it should satisfy both professional and novice gunsmiths.
Wheeler 43 Piece Professional Gunsmith Screwdriver Set
The Wheeler 43 piece professional gunsmith screwdriver set is constructed from S2 tool steel. Included are 40 hollow-ground bits, along with a couple of non-slip plastic handles for easier use. All pieces come in a plastic molded case with a bit location guide in the lid.
As with the other Wheeler screwdriver kits, the set is designed from measuring all kinds of antique and modern guns to ensure the tools fit as many firearms as possible.
The versatility of this kit allows it to pair with other Wheeler tools, like the Wheeler FAT wrench. Luckily, the bits seem to fit a majority of gun makes and models. Due to the size of this kit, you can go ahead and throw this screwdriver set into your range bag.
The Weaver deluxe gunsmith tool kit was designed specifically for working on hunting rifles. It’s not the most extensive gunsmith kit, but this kit works well for light gunsmithing and firearms maintenance. The kit also includes a magnetic-tipped hex-bit driver for retaining those small screws in hard-to-reach areas.
The Weaver deluxe gunsmith tool kit is best for weekend gunsmithing and quick repairs or adjustments. You can easily take it with you to the shooting range to handle any field maintenance and adjustments.
It might not work best for professional or more complicated gunsmithing tasks, but it’s a great kit to start with.
Are you looking for an authentic old-school screwdriver toolset that would give you full value for your money?
Then consider the Grace USA Gun Care Gunsmith Screwdriver set. This is one of the best screwdriver sets on the market, and the brand has made a name for itself when it comes to making durable and reliable tools.
This set also makes a great gift for the old-school or seasoned gunsmith. This set reminds me of something my grandfather would have used when working on his hunting rifles and 1911.
One thing that makes this screwdriver set stand out among other brands is the fact that the tools are not just limited to gunsmithing but can also be used for woodworking, home repairs, automotive and industrial needs. Versatility is unmatched with the Grace USA gunsmith Screwdriver sets.
Each of the screwdrivers in this set are made to fit into various ranges of the screw, like scope screws, plug screws, geared screws, floor plate screws, sight screws, and many more. For durability and reliability, the blades of the tools are crafted with chromium-vanadium steel and coated with a black oxide finish. This combination of materials and coating ensures that the screwdriver heads do not twist or chip during use.
Picking out a gunsmith screwdriver set can be overwhelming with all the kits out there, but the best one for you will depend on your needs and skill level. Need a compact kit to take to the gun range just in case? Maybe the smaller 43 piece kit from Wheeler is for you.
Overall I lean towards the Wheeler 89 piece gunsmith screwdriver set. I also like the looks and feel of the Grace USA screwdrivers for general maintenance tasks.
Hopefully, this list helps with deciding which kit to run with. All the kits here are good, you just need to find a gunsmith screwdriver set that’s right for you and works on all your firearms.