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mzimmers
08-03-2007, 11:19 PM
Hi, all -

I think I'm ready to invest in some tools to make it easier to work on my new AR-15. Specifically I need a way to immobilize the upper or lower while I work on them. Does anyone have any comments on products like:

- the Flipper
- upper/lower action blocks
- barrel vises

I don't need anything fancy; just something to reliably and securely hold the guns while I do my thing. Thanks for any suggestions...

mz

ocabj
08-04-2007, 10:51 AM
In the Brownell's catalog, there's a section of AR15 gunsmithing tools. They have blocks that you can attach the upper or lower to, which you then put into a bench vise.

mzimmers
08-04-2007, 11:10 AM
In the Brownell's catalog, there's a section of AR15 gunsmithing tools. They have blocks that you can attach the upper or lower to, which you then put into a bench vise.

Yep, I've seen them. I was more looking for personal recommendations rather than sources. Anything in particular you like?

supersonic
08-04-2007, 12:33 PM
Yep, I've seen them. I was more looking for personal recommendations rather than sources. Anything in particular you like?

The Brownell's blocks are a GODSEND / the "flipper" makes building/working on your lower a breeze. I'd recommend a bolt vise (pretty cheap) as you will always need it; and (of course) the handguard removal tool. Oh, and if you are doing any kind of BBL removal,etc., BUY the Brownell's gas tube alignment tool along w/ their g.t. wrench. Yes, the Brownell's Master Catalog is to me like Heroin is to someone w/ a monster gorilla playing piggy-back w/them!:eek:
S.S.:43: - oh, forgot to mention DPMS wrench!!!!!

sava6e
08-04-2007, 7:35 PM
while i dont have the blocks, i can say i love my dpms wrench it does just bout everything.

C.G.
08-04-2007, 9:14 PM
and (of course) the handguard removal tool.

I've never needed one of those for either the AR-15 or AR-10.

But you will need these at some point:

http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/Armorer-AR15-Barrel-Wrench-p/tool%20armorer%20ar15%20wrench.htm

http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/AR15-Punch-Set-p/tool%20ar15%20punch%20set.htm

http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/ar15-Front-Sight-Tool-p/tool%20front%20sight.htm

http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/AR15-Action-Block-Upper-Lower-p/action%20block%20upper%20lower.htm

Not necessarily from Bravo Company, although they are good to deal with.

supersonic
08-05-2007, 6:18 AM
[QUOTE=C.G.;700112]I've never needed one of those for either the AR-15 or AR-10.

They just make removal quicker/easier/smoother.
S.S.:43:

TonyM
08-05-2007, 11:18 AM
I never understood the need for the handguard tool, all of my uppers that have Delta Rings are easy to operate... Makes me wonder if they should be stronger, or if I should be weaker! :p

Aside from what everyone else mentioned, I'll add CLP. Lots and lots of CLP. :)

mzimmers
08-13-2007, 7:17 PM
Oh, and if you are doing any kind of BBL removal,etc., BUY the Brownell's gas tube alignment tool along w/ their g.t. wrench.

I can't find these on Brownell's web site...do you know their p/n or exact name? Thanks...

ar15barrels
08-13-2007, 10:55 PM
I have almost all the tools mentioned in this thread and many more.

http://ar15barrels.com/tech/tools.jpg

If you want a personal recommendation from someone who works on AR15's DAILY, get the DPMS Claw and the DPMS multi-tool.
These are my two staples.
The Smith or Bushmaster multi-tools are also good-to-go.
Then I would get the Brownells front sight base block.
Next wrench to own is the DPMS freefloat tube wrench.
I have very rarely used the magwell block and you only need it for torquing stock castle nuts.