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Old 02-04-2013, 19:00   #1
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Now this is just getting ridiculous

First EBR, seemed like a good time for a "44th Build"

So, I gave up on getting the complete upper and went the "build it yourself" route.

Now that I finally have some parts to put together, I realize I can't get the tools. All the ones with decent reviews seem to be out of stock.

I will not be building another EBR in the foreseeable future so I want the investment to remain low, but I don't want disposable tools.

Combo tools may do the trick. Can anyone point me to in-stock quality tools for a build?

PS, as far as current tools I have a claw hammer, a 1/16 punch, a Phillips and flat head screwdriver and some bent paper clips. Oh, yes I also have some Swiss Army Knives.
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Old 02-04-2013, 19:11   #2
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All you need is some bailing wire, duct tape, and some ABC gum.

Good luck with the build.
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Old 02-04-2013, 19:36   #3
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Your best bet is take all your parts to a gun smith who builds ARs and have him put them together.
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Old 02-04-2013, 19:50   #4
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Your best bet is take all your parts to a gun smith who builds ARs and have him put them together.
Or find one to let you use their bench.

If you're building an upper, and you want to do it RIGHT, you're gonna need a few things.

Proper anti-seize grease
A secured bench vice
An upper receiver vice block
An adjustable torque wrench that goes above 30 ft/lb
Barrel nut wrench appropriate for your barrel nut.

If your barrel uses an A-frame that is taper pinned, a block designed for taking those pins out will be a good idea, too. You'll also want the proper kind of hammer to use on the punches so you don't screw them up. The taper pins on the A frame may require a heavier hammer to effectively tap them out.
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Old 02-04-2013, 20:34   #5
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I would go with what the others said. Find someone in your area that can put it together for you or let you use their tools
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Old 02-04-2013, 22:05   #6
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Proper anti-seize grease.

A secured bench vice (nice but you can get by without it.
An upper receiver vice block (you can make this out of wood)
An adjustable torque wrench that goes above 30 ft/lb(you can borrow or rent cheaply froms auto store)
Barrel nut wrench appropriate for your barrel nut. (Mine cost $20)

I asked around my range and got an experienced gut to help me for free on my first upper. We even used his shop and tools.
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Old 02-05-2013, 17:47   #8
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How can you not have tools if it's your 44th build?
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Old 02-05-2013, 19:15   #9
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How can you not have tools if it's your 44th build?


What I was thinking.........unless there is a joke I missed
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he gave up on trying to buy a completed upper and is trying to build one.
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Now that I finally have some parts to put together, I realize I can't get the tools. All the ones with decent reviews seem to be out of stock.


http://www.midwayusa.com/product/310...lock-set-ar-15

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/694...-2-piece-steel

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/363...-7-piece-steel

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/761...vc=sugv1694883

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/747...lti-tool-ar-15

http://www.midwayusa.com/find?newcat...mensionid=1128

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Old 02-05-2013, 21:04   #12
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Query:

How can you not have tools if it's your 44th build?
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I really don't want to give it to someone else to build; paraphrasing the saying, they are many like it, but this one will be mine.

Steps to build are straightforward, they just require a few tools beyond the basic shop tools. Sadly for me, my basic tools are in storage 2,000 miles away, so I have to get all build specific tools.

I'll start with the bench vise and vise blocks. Are these any good:


http://www.midwayusa.com/product/310..._vc=OBv1694883

This one is OOS was there yesterday

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/354...-ar-15-polymer
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Had three of those in my 'wish list;. If your experience with them or the brand is positive I'll probably just go ahead an order. Seems like everything is going OOS.
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Had three of those in my 'wish list;. If your experience with them or the brand is positive I'll probably just go ahead an order. Seems like everything is going OOS.
Good enough until you want to be a gunsmith/professional builder. I use most of them. I did my first builds with tools I had at the house plus a vice block and an ar15 wrench, using pliers on the roll pins etc. Take your time.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:40   #15
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No barrel yet, but everything else went together with no fuss. I think the most useful tool was the roll pin starter set.

Thanks for the comments.
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