Everyone who works on their AR-15s probably has some or most of the equipment they need, but many don’t know which tools to buy and which are pointless.
This blog today is going to give you some insight into what AR15 tools a former Special Forces Operator prefers to use when cleaning and improving his rifle.
We’ll get into how to build an AR-15 with our next blog, but this is based on cleaning and preparing your already built rifle for use as a self-defense gun. We hope you enjoy and learn something new, good luck with your AR setup!
1. Delta Series Mag Well Vise Block
When it comes to cleaning and preparing your AR for use, there are so many considerations that it’s best to take it one step at a time. I chose the Delta Series Mag Well Vise Block because it’s the best tool for securing your lower receiver. This mag well vise block can be mounted directly to any workbench you have with the fasteners that come with it for much-needed versatility in where you work.
There is a locking mechanism that ensures your receiver is sturdy and firmly locked into place from the mag well. A built-in hammer guard prevents any marring, scratching, or gouging from the vise to protect your lower receiver. I really appreciate the versatility of this tool because it allows me to remove the mag well arm if I decide I want to clamp it in a vise for more serious maintenance or installs. One thing to keep in mind is that the Wheeler Mag Well Vise Block is made for cleaning your AR and basic installation of pins, or maybe a safety lever. The vise block is made to be used in conjunction with the Tipton Best Gun Vise for the ultimate security and mobility while you work.
One of the best features that everyone I know seems to appreciate is the bolt service station that locks the bolt in place. This feature ensures that you don’t pinch your fingers or hands or cut yourself trying to work on your extractor pin. Another tip to keep in mind is that it’s best to remove the mag well arm and secure it to your workbench if you need to do any kind of gunsmithing. Even though this tool isn’t meant to do the heavy torquing and load-bearing work that building an AR requires, you can do most light work with the addition of this tool.
Most of us have some kind of multi-tool that we use with our guns, gear, and even helping to process animals in a pinch. However, not all multi-tools are the same and most are not really meant for work on your rifles. The Wheeler Delta Series Compact Multi-Tool fits into the nylon belt sheath that is included with the purchase. Having the ability to always have your multi-tool on you is important if you shoot a lot and need to maintain your gun collection. I’ve included the list of tools included in this compact design from Wheeler. I can tell you that it’s saved me more time than I can count and has worked great for the 2 years I’ve owned it.
Every AR owner should always have a front sight tool on hand, regardless if you’re gunsmithing or just maintaining your rifle. The Wheeler AR Front Sight Tool is a 4-prong tool that is designed to install or adjust the A2 front sight found on either the M16, M4, or any AR-15 on the market today. It’s finished with black zinc and made from Stainless Steel to provide durability and longevity without rusting or getting chips in the metal. Even though it’s a small feature, the keyring that it’s kept on makes it easy to bring with you for a day on the range without worrying about forgetting it. You can also use the keyring as a handle to give yourself a little extra torque if need be. This Wheeler tool really is a must-have tool for any AR owner and will benefit you more than any other product you buy for $10.00.
4. Wheeler’s Delta Series Professional Armorer’s Wrench
Whether you’re just trying to clean, maintain, or do some gunsmithing on your AR-15, this wrench will get the job done. It’s a solid stainless steel construction with a non-slip rubber grip. It fits any Mil-SPec castle nut wrench, 5/8" fixed stock receiver wrench, 1/2" torque wrench, Mil-Spec barrel nut wrench, and fits any 3/4" muzzle brake. I know this wrench is more for building your AR, but this Wheeler wrench provides enough versatility to work on anything you could ever want to loosen or tighten on your AR, without marring the finish. One thing to keep in mind with the Wheeler Delta Armorer’s Wrench is you need to always make sure whatever you use it on fits the specifications of the wrench’s capabilities. If you try to use this wrench outside of its intended purpose, you’ll mar the hell out of your finish and cause irreparable damage to your AR-15.
You may already have a cleaning brush set, but if you don’t you really need one specifically for your AR. Wheeler built it from a high-quality and durable nylon fiber that is spun around steel cores to ensure the durability and longevity of the bristles. The threading on the brush end is an 8×32 thread, which will fit into the handle it comes with and any other cleaning rod with an 8×32 thread. It comes with a magazine/upper receiver brush, magazine takedown tool, bolt carrier brush, chamber brush, .22 Cal bore brush, and handle. You can use this brush set to keep your AR-15 clean and ready, but also works great for your magazines, especially if you shoot in a sandy or dirty environment.
There are many different tools to use to keep your AR-15 up and running, but these 5 AR15 tools should be included in any kit you have. Every person is different with different styles of shooting, different accessories, and even different cleaning strategies.
However, with as many SOF guys as we have in our shop, I trust their opinion and recommendations on what works in the field. In short, if it’s good enough for Army Rangers and Green Berets, it will work fine for any of us with less experience and expertise. Good luck and we hope you enjoy our blog post.
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