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pepsi2451
03-20-2011, 11:40 AM
I want to pick up a decent set of punches for building some aks and I was hoping someone can recommend a good brand. I want something that will last a while.

Alex$
03-20-2011, 11:47 AM
I just finished my first build and I ended up using Harbor Freight cheap set more than the other 3 sets I have. (two bought just for AR builds)

The short stubbies are great for de-mill. The long tapers worked well for rivet setting on the triggerguard. (haven't built a jig for that yet)

These are good to start with and if you find them lacking go for the higher quality. In a pinch you can make them into a more useful tool.

http://www.harborfreight.com/10-piece-jumbo-punch-and-chisel-set-66214.html

john323
03-20-2011, 12:19 PM
Can't go wrong with Starrett. http://ecatalog.starrett.com/Default.aspx#211

gschoelles
03-20-2011, 12:41 PM
I just finished my first build and I ended up using Harbor Freight cheap set more than the other 3 sets I have. (two bought just for AR builds)

The short stubbies are great for de-mill. The long tapers worked well for rivet setting on the triggerguard. (haven't built a jig for that yet)

These are good to start with and if you find them lacking go for the higher quality. In a pinch you can make them into a more useful tool.

http://www.harborfreight.com/10-piece-jumbo-punch-and-chisel-set-66214.html

I think you would be much happier with Brass Punches

Alex$
03-20-2011, 1:05 PM
I think you would be much happier with Brass Punches

I do have brass punches for delicate things like AR's, :) they will not help in building an AK.

The appropriate size and good technique will drive the pins out of Romanian trunnions. (Well I can't claim to be an expert, I have just de-milled and punched out two Romy kits thus far, people seem to encounter the most problems with them) Been working around metal off and on quite a bit, never really had the "right" tool for a specific job, always had to make do.

I can't see spending money on a tool that is for one single job, rather buy something that can be adapted to work many jobs. And if that isn't possible I would rather make the tool. 10 minutes with a chisel and scrap hardwood = action block for an AR rifle. 15 minutes and some spare bar stock = a delta ring compression tool. (don't forget padding)

Sorry to get off topic, back to it. I buy tools that fit my budget and current hobby of the day, unfortunately I have 2 hardware stores and a Harbor Freight store within 10 miles of my house. If I need a tool quick I usually end up at HF, and if it proves lacking I either return it or replace it with the "right" tool.

If you budget allows for it, get a top of the line full size punch set, I am certain they will last a lot longer than the cheaper ones.

Sky_DiveR
03-20-2011, 1:26 PM
....I would rather make the tool. 10 minutes with a chisel and scrap hardwood = action block for an AR rifle. 15 minutes and some spare bar stock = a delta ring compression tool. (don't forget padding)....

Skills and ingenuity will get you far in life.

....If you budget allows for it, get a top of the line full size punch set, I am certain they will last a lot longer than the cheaper ones.

Words to live by.

For a hobbyist, Harbor Freight and Craftsman are fine.
For making money, buy the best (Starrett, Snap-On, Mitutoyo,etc).

DREADNOUGHT78
03-20-2011, 1:35 PM
I have both Snap-On and Harbor Freight.... I wont buy the smaller Snap-On punches any longer. They break as easy as the Harbor Fright punches cost 4 times as much but warrantied. For the cost of 1 S.O. punch you can buy 3 sets of H.F. punches and if they break just make shorter punches out of them.

pepsi2451
03-20-2011, 7:37 PM
Like I said, I want something that will last a while. I'm looking at an 8 piece Starrett set. These should work good for AKs right?

http://www.amazon.com/Starrett-S565PC-Drive-Punch-Pieces/dp/B0006J4OUC