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AR Tool Suggestions?

This is a discussion on AR Tool Suggestions? within the AR Talk forums, part of the Long Gun Talk category; Hello all. I will be new to AR ownership sometime next week when my rifle arrives. I am currently trying to compile a list of ...

Old 11-03-2012, 08:25 AM   #1
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AR Tool Suggestions?

Hello all. I will be new to AR ownership sometime next week when my rifle arrives. I am currently trying to compile a list of good tools that I will need to perform maintenance on my AR. I plan on getting a good book to read on the subject and am mechanically inclined with an engineer's mind. I know I am looking for a front sight pin adjustment tool so I can dial in the elevation, but I'm not sure if I will need any type of tool to adjust the windage of my rear MBUS. I also see the need to have a wrench for barrel and buffer tube nut removal. All useful AR tool suggestions would be appreciated.

Here are few questions I currently have:

1. Are all standard triangular front sight posts the same, or will I have to identify which type mine is to buy a tool for making adjustments?

2. What is a good barrel and buffer tube nut combo wrench?

3. Can anyone point me to a good upper and lower clamping block that can be installed in a vise to hold both the upper and lower separately if needed for maintenance and upgrade activities?


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Old 11-03-2012, 05:16 PM   #2
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#2 DPMS multi tool has FF and standard barrel nut wrench points, comp wrench, torque wrench and something else

brownells/midway for the vise blocks.

you don't need a tool for the front sight post its cleverly bullet sized.

the magpul should have come with its own tool, its less easy but it too is bullet sized.
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Ive got one of these. Love it. Link is above.

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Old 11-03-2012, 05:49 PM   #4
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I've got one from Palmetto State Armory and it's a very well made piece. Covers just about every fastener on the AR.

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I have this one, and I really like it.
Hammerhead Rifle Tool

I also have the CATm4 posted above.... and I got the Talon Tool (Lug scraper) with it,

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