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Posted: 10/27/2004 10:28:29 AM EST
I am looking to buy a set of brass punches for use when building ARs. I see quite a few on the market and wondered what is the best set that has all of the tools I will need. Also is this one of those items that you get what you pay for???
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 10:35:03 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/27/2004 10:35:50 AM EST by 89grand]
There's only two roll pins you need anything for, that's the trigger guard and the bolt release. I used tape covered vise grips ans some tape on the receiver for added insurance and I think it's much easier than a punch with less chance of slipping and scratching your lower. I didn't scratch mine at all.

Actually, the upper may require more tools, I was just thinking of the lower.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 1:31:51 PM EST
www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=4&t=208095 Get a cheap set but make sure you get some steel punches with it.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 7:02:50 PM EST
Brass punches are nice to have, they aren't suitable to build an AR with, they are too soft for roll pins. For roll pins you need steel roll pin punches, see below.

To assemble the lower kit the only tools you need are the roll pin punches from Brownell's.

www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/ProductDetail.aspx?p=5551&title=ROLL+PIN+PUNCHES

3/32 is #3 Roll pin punch
item #230-100-003
#3 Roll Pin Punch $3.75

1/8 is #4 Roll pin punch
item #230-100-004
#4 Roll Pin Punch $3.83

Link Posted: 10/27/2004 7:09:33 PM EST
I made my set at work


Nothing like having brass round stock lying around
Link Posted: 10/28/2004 4:57:29 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/28/2004 4:57:45 AM EST by FALARAK]
I got the one from cheaper than dirt. $20. Works great. Get a cheap set... they wear out.
Link Posted: 10/28/2004 9:25:11 AM EST
I got a set of brass punches from Harbor Freight, don't remember how much I paid for them...but it wasn't much, most of the places I have seen them are more expensive.

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