View Full Version : AR Tools for Assembly & Adjustment
06-27-2013, 10:05 AM
Other than basic general tools, what kind and type of AR specific tools do you recommend for the first time AR owner? I have built a few AK's and worked on countless milsurps, but this is my first rodeo with the AR platform.
My starter rifle is a carbine length upper from RedX with SS heavier barrel, basic hand guard, single rail gas block, and flat top. I does not come with threaded barrel or flash hider.
06-27-2013, 12:59 PM
the most basic tool for assembling uppers is a barrel wrench of some sort . if your upper is assembled--you won't even need that .
to assemble a lower a few small punches to install roll pins and it don't hurt to have a mag block to hold the thing steady with a vice.
i have seen many assembled with just normal hand and shop tools .
it is mostly a snap-fit type of thing.
06-27-2013, 02:12 PM
First thing I might do is change out the hand guard to a rail...Any special wrench needed for that?
06-27-2013, 03:33 PM
that depends on if your just going to put a rail HG on there or a free float--
a free float will need to replace the standard barrel nut with this own special nut--
the rails that don't free float are more like --you just replace the old HGs with the rails-HGs and tighten up some screws--
06-28-2013, 10:26 AM
Just interested in change out, not free float at this time. I found a Utube of the hand guard removal and the tool required, so I now know how the process works. Such a rookie at AR's that I didn't know the delta ring was spring compressed. Hand guard removal tool is in my future, even thou it certainly could be done w/o one.
06-28-2013, 11:19 AM
I would suggest getting an upper receiver block for any type of upper work. For lower work, at least a lower receiver block, the special punch designed for the bolt stop pin and a 1/4" clevis pin for the pivot pin detent.