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If you want to be a great DIY gunsmith, you at least a several pivotal tools. Gunsmithing tools not only make your task easier, but they also make it successful.

When it comes to arms, using the proper tool for the task often means the difference between a piece of art and a part of junk. 

Therefore, pursue the following list of 16 gunsmithing tools that serious gunsmith should have on hand.

Tool #1: Gunsmith Screwdrivers

Gunsmith Screwdrivers


Classic screwdrivers aren't tailored for guns. They can destroy screw edges and damage the finish as you apply pressure, while gunsmithing screwdrivers have beveled and tapered heads, which fit adequately in most screw slots found on different kinds of guns.

The two most used types are magnetic-tipped and fixed-blade screwdrivers.

  • Magnetic tipped screwdrivers have hollow magnetic ends, which hold the screw versus the bit, and are handy when you’re working with the smallest screws;
  • Fixed-blade screwdrivers deliver more strength and maximum control.

Note -We suggest Brownells, as they have a gamut of various single screwdrivers and sets, both with  magnetic tips fixed blades.

Tool #2: Gunsmith Pin Punch Set

Gunsmith Pin Punch Set

Pin punches quickly remove roll pins from guns that are encountered during the assembling or repair. You can buy one pin punch, but for best results, take a whole set, in order to have a right size punch at hand.

Tool #3: Gunsmith Hammers

Gunsmith Hummers

They’re used for hitting pins and backing them in their place. Gunsmith hammers do it without leaving a scratch or chipping the surface of the gun.

Brass hammers are most commonly used since brass won't damage the steel, and marks left by it can be eliminated easily. Brass hammers are utilized mostly for driving pins, tapping frozen screws, or freeing up choke tubes.


Tool #4: Gunsmith Vise

Gunsmith Vise

There are many types of gunsmith vises, like the ones that are attached to the workbench or the vises secured to a block of wood. They can be positioned both horizontally and vertically, and that can be adapted to any task you’re conducting. It’s ideal when you work on small parts, for example - holding a trigger sear for stoning.


Tool #5: Bench Block

Gunsmith Bench Block

Bench block stabilizes the gun's parts and prevents them from rolling throughout pin pushing or driving, which makes any detailed task much easier to do.

It's made in different sizes - some are formed according to the specific gun models, and the holes in them allow pins to drop free. Since bench blocks can’t damage the arm’s surface, they’re crafted of materials including wood, nylon, and polyurethane.