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Posted: 2/17/2006 6:09:44 PM EDT
Anyone know if the Colt armorer's course offers a tool kit at the class? This would be for the department or the armorer's personal use.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 6:12:21 PM EDT
Great question. I am headed to the class in April.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 5:54:15 AM EDT
I've never seen a single tool kit with all the essentials included. They always have junk you don't need, and lack other things that make the job easier. It's best to pick and choose tools.

I attended an armorer's course taught by Sully, as I'm non LE (which excludes you from the Colt Course.) We had many police officers in Sully's course who had also taken the Colt course. I took note of what tools we used in class, and even stayed after class to ask Sully why he chose what brands of tools he did. He stated that he's tried about everything out there, then chose only the best for his course. I almost bought a "pre-fab" armorer's tool kit before the class -- now I'm glad I didn't waste my money.

Here's what I put together after the course:

www.bushmaster.com
Bushmaster handguard removal tool -- #HGD-Tool -- $19.95
Bushmaster receiver push pin tool -- #IMP-1 -- $6.95
Bushmaster action clamp -- #OM-003 -- $38.95
Bushmaster firing pin protrusion gauge -- #MMT-0005 -- $14.95



www.brownells.com
Brownells Bench Block (round, grooved) -- #498-100-100 -- $12.50
Brownells AR-15 Front Sight Bench Block -- #080-000-252 -- $34.97
Brownells needle oilers (quantity 3) -- #084-038-203 --$6.67
Kroil (8-ounce can) -- #471-100-008 -- $8.90
Gas tube wrench-- #133-100-015 -- $24.95
"Field Gauge" -- #319-418-033 -- $14.94


doityourself.com
Dasco 4 1/2" X 1/16" pin punch -- #6476659 -- $3.69
Dasco 5 1/2" X 3/32" pin punch -- #6472732 -- $3.89


www1.mscdirect.com/cgi/nnsrhm
Proto 4 1/4" X 3/32" Tip Super-Duty Roll Pin Punch -- #J49332 -- $4.96
Proto 4 1/4" X 1/8" Tip Super-Duty Roll Pin Punch -- #J49018 -- $5.43
Stanley 3/32" Square Nail Set -- #58-113 -- $2.55
Stanley 5 oz. Magnetic Tack Hammer -- #54-304 -- $11.03


www.olyarms.com
Olympic Arms armorer's wrench -- #H28B -- $27


www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=239
Pittsburgh Tools 1/2" Torque Wrench-- #239-3VGA -- $11.99

I also picked up a vise, a pair of snap-ring pliers, a16-ounce ballpeen hammer, and moly lube. Many of the things listed above are non-essential, but definitely make the job easier and more professional.

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