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Midwest Industries’ 9.25″ AR Combat Series Rail is Slick!

I recently was looking for a free floating handguard for a 10.5″ AR pistol build and happened upon the new Midwest Industries (MI) Combat rail series. The name made me think mall ninja but the design is interesting and they did a good job manufacturing the assembly.

The 9.25″ M-LOK Combat rail looked good and three things caught my eye – the barrel nut was knurled, they had an innovative means of timing the handguard to the receiver, and it looked good. Yeah, looks do matter to me.

This is the 9.25″ MI Combat rail as it arrived. I have that small tub of barrel nut grease ready.

So,I availed on Holiday sales and ordered one from Optics Planet. The handguard arrives with everything inside. In other words, you need to unscrew the lower two clamping screws to then remove the barrel nut.

The first hint this is different from a lot of handguard that simply clamp is that insert in the middle – that’s the indexing key.
Here is the knurled barrel nut, the indexing key and the two screws.

Now you may be wondering why I care about the design of the barrel nut. There are two reasons – first, the knurling creates a more anti-slip surface than a smooth surface would. Second, and perhaps more importantly, the groove that the key rides in allows the rail to align any way you need it to with the receiver without having to deal with shims and it inhibits the rail from sliding forward. Combine thee knurling, key and very generous tabs that position the rail on the receiver and this rail is very well retained. In other words, it isn’t going anywhere unlike many rails that shoot loose and all of a sudden you are holding the rail separate from the weapon because it slid off the barrel nut. That’s not going to happen with the Combat rail.

Installation Video From MI

MI took the time to assemble a short video for you to understand what is required to install the rail. It’s very straight forward.

My Installation Tips

To be honest, I read the paper instructions that came with the rail and realized it would really help to see what was needed so I watched the above video. I really do recommend you take just under 10 minutes to learn from them first hand. That’s tip #1 🙂

Tip #2 – I’d recommend you use a Magpul Barrel ExtensionVise Block – a “BEV Block”. You need to apply quite a bit of torque to remove the existing nut and 40 foot pounds to install the Combat barrel nut. Click here for a post that provides more details.

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Note, the Giessele Reaction Rod works too but just costs more.

Geissele Automatics (09-109) AR15/M4 Armorer’s Package (Sports)


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Tip #3 – When you remove the muzzle device and/or existing barrel nut, I’d recommend you use open end wrenches and NOT an adjustable wrench. Countless millions of nuts and muzzle devices have been marred or destroyed by adjustable wrench jaws giving too much and rounding corners.

I have a big SAW combination set that I use for tasks like this. For example, to remove the PSA barrel nut that was previously installed, I used this big 1-1/8″ wrench and it took quite a bit of torque to break it free. Again, use a BEV Block or Giessele Reaction Rod to safely handle the torque.

Tip #3 – do degrease the parts. You never know what was used during manufacturing or by a previous installer. For example, my PSA barrel nut was lubricated by some white colored grease. I have no idea what is was and used denatured alcohol to remove it from the receiver plus cleaned the new barrel nut.

Tip #4 – Do use Mil-Spec barrel nut grease. It is designed for the appplication and prevents the nut from sticking/corroding onto the upper receiver.

Aeroshell 33ms / MIL-G-21164D / MIL-SPEC Barrel Nut Thread Grease + 1/2oz can (Misc.)


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Tip #5 – Do use a torque wrench to install the handguard. I used to do “farmer tight” where you bring something up firm and call it even. The problem with that is either you apply too little torque and the nut loosens up or too much and you strip the threads. MI supplies the appropriate fitting for a 1/2″ torque wrench. The spec calls for 40 foot pounds so do it.


If you don’t have a 1/2″ torque wrench, there are good deals on Tekton wrenches at Amazon. Just be sure to reset the scale to zero before you store it.

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Tip #6 – for the same reason as the troque wrench, use a torque screw driver to install the gas tube (if it uses them and torque will be 25 inch pounds or there abouts) and the handguard’s Allen screws require 55 inch pounds.

I use a Vortex torquing screw driver for optics. It only goes up to 50 inch pounds so I installed the handguard screws to 50 and not 55. There are other screwdrivers that go higher but that is what I had handy.

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The Wheeler FAT torquing screw driver can go up to 65 inch pounds. I have one and it works – I just don’t keep it on my bench now that I have the Vortex.

In Summary

I’m very pleased. The rail is rock soild and looks great on my pistol.


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How to Safely Change AR Muzzle Devices and Barrel Nuts Using a Magpul BEV Block

If you like working on AR-type rifles and plan to replace a muzzle device or change a barrel nut to install a free-floating handguard or to swap barrels, you are going to need to apply a lot of torque. Torque and aluminum are not friends and this is certainly the case with the upper receiver for AR rifles and pistols.

What not to do?

I actually want to take a minute and tell you two things not to do. First, do not simply clamp your lower in a vise and go cranking on whatever on the upper. Remember that the upper is connected to the lower by two steel pins going through relatively soft aluminim. Not a good combination.

Number two, there are work fixtures that look like a rectangle that allow you to remove the upper from the lower and then pin the upper to this block that is then held by a vise. I’m not fond of this either because then your two aluminum connection points on the receiver take up all the stress and they weren’t designed to do so.

Please do not do either of those or you may regret it. The odds are that you will regret it. I word it this way because you may get by once or twice but these methods are risky so don’t do them.

So what do I recommend?

At this point, it comes down to two options that engage the barrel extension, which can handle the torque of any AR upper operation you may need to perform. The first is the Geisselle Reaction Rod. It’s pricey but it does the job and you can get a relatively good price on an AR tool kit from them on Amazon.

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The second approach, which is what I use, is to secure the upper in a vise using a Magpul Barrel Extension Vise (BEV) block. It’s a very well designed block that engages via the barrel extension with its own steel lugs that are designed for strength but also to not harm the extension.

This is the top of the BEV block. You can see the front engagement lugs, the rear protrusion is for the bolt carrier and I would recommend keeping that O-ring oiled. The hole just under the front lugs is for a cross pin to secure it to the upper.

The BEV block uses a bolt carrier with the bolt removed to further secure it in the upper. You could remove the bolt from the bolt you normally use. I have a bolt carrier body that I keep in my toolbox for just this purpose.

The following photo shows it partially inserted in the upper.

This next photo shows it fully forward with the bolt carrier assembly installed. It does not have a cross pin installed at that point. Even without the pin it can handle the rotation stress. The pin just keeps it all in position and is not load bearing.

At this point you are good to go to change muzzle devices, barrel nuts or whatever else you may need to do without risking damage caused by torque. It’s a solid tool and I highly recommend it.


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TEKTON 24335 1/2″ Drive Click Torque Wrench (10-150′.-Lb./13.6-203.5 Nm) (Tools & Home Improvement)

Calibrated to an accuracy of +/ 4%, the TEKTON 1/2 in. Drive Click Torque Wrench lets you work with confidence, eliminating guessing and the common tendency to overtighten fasteners. Correctly tightening fasteners to a vehicle or equipment manufacturer’s torque specifications ensures parts are properly secured without being damaged. Simple and easy to use, this wrench has a reversible ratcheting head that drives fasteners in both directions and measures torque in the clockwise direction. To measure torque, set the desired value on the handle scale (foot pounds or Newton meters) and begin tightening the fastener. When the preset torque value is reached, a reliable mechanical operation inside the handle produces a click you can hear and feel, alerting you to stop applying force. Built for consistent performance and years of dependable service, the mechanical design doesn’t need batteries, and the allsteel construction has no plastic parts to break or wear out.

IMPORTANT: This wrench is shipped precalibrated and ready to use. To help maintain calibration, store at its lowest setting of 10 ft.lb./13.6 Nm when not in use. Be sure to read and understand the operator’s manual, including all safety information, before first use.

Specifications:

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  • Increment: 1 ft.-lb. (1.36 Nm)
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  • Ratchet: 24 tooth
  • Country of Origin: Taiwan

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  • High-contrast dual-range scale is easy to read, even in low light
  • Reversible ratchet head drives in both directions and measures torque in clockwise direction
  • Durable all-steel construction has no plastic parts to break or wear out
  • Ships pre-calibrated to +/- 4% accuracy and ready to use
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American Defense Red Dot Optic Mounts Rock!

I really like Vortex Crossfire Red Dots and have been using them extensively for a while now.  They’ve survived 9mm POF-5. 12 gauge shotguns, 5.56 ARs and 7.62×39 AKs with no problem.  The only modification they need is a good quick release mechanism in my opinion.

HK SP5 with a Vortex Crossfire and an American Defense AD-T1-L STD low mount.

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Lynx 12 gauge with a Crossfire and also the AD-T1-L STD low base.

The designers at Vortex are pretty shrewd.  They designed the Crossfire to share the same base as the Aimport T-1/H-1.  Because of that smart design consideration, it opens up a ton of options for you.  

My preference these days are quick release mounts made by American Defense right here in the US.   The units are made from 6061 T6 aluminum and finished with a T3 anodized unit.  They are rock solid.  I have had problems in the past with cheap import models and these are rugged and reliable.

They have a low profile unit that I like for AKs and my POF-5 where I don’t care about co-witnessing with the iron sights.  It’s their AD-T1-L STD model.

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They also make a taller unit that is an absolute co-witness height for ARs.  

This is one of my Vortex Crossfires.  It has the low-profile American Defense mount on it and the co-witness model is the taller unit on the right.   The small lever you see sticking out from the main lever is the lock to prevent an accidental release.
The bases are held in place by four small screws.  Here’s the “-L” low model next to the co-witness “-10” model.

American Defense AD-T1-10 STD Riflescope Optic Mount, Black (Sports)


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To change bases is just a matter of removing four screws.  To avoid the screws loosening, use a blue medium Loc-tite or Vibratite.  Do not use a permanent formula.
To adjust the fit, you push with one finger from the lever side and the nut is pushed out of its housing straight across.  Turn it one hex side at a time.  Turn it clockwise to make the clamp tighter or counter-clockwise to loosen it.  (righty-tighty and lefty-loosy

These American Defense mounts work like a charm and the quality is evident.  I can easily remove the red dots when I am working on a weapon or even swap optics if I so choose.  They do have a repetitive zero but I would recommend always putting it in the same rail slot for consistency.

I hope this helps you out.


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American Defense AD-T1-L STD Riflescope Optic Mount, Black (Sports)

The AD-T1-L mount is designed for the Aim point T-1/H-1 Micro and is the lowest mount we offer. This mount also fits the Vortex SPARC and Primary Arms Micro Dot. It is precision machined from 6061 T6 aluminum and finished in hard coat T3 Mil-Spec anodize. It features the Patented QD Auto Lock Lever system to accommodate both in spec and out of spec rail systems.

Features: 
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  • Can be adjusted with your finger or a flat blade screwdriver
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Wheeler AR Bolt Catch Punch Set Makes The Job Way Easier

If you are new to building AR lowers, there is one step that is, in my opionion, the most risky in terms of making a mistake and scratching the finish if not even gouging the aluminum.  That’s when you go to install the bolt catch.  You must juggle the receiver, spring, detent, catch, punch and hammer all at the same time while being right against the nicely finished receiver!

The two ears that hold the cross pin of the bolt catch are just above the magazine catch.  In the small hole will sit the spring and the detent pin.

Historically, you had to get ready for battle and would tape your receiver to protect it from slipping punches or glancing blows by a hammer.

I would apply duct tape, Gorilla tape or something thick to protect the finish.  Note, if you are starting out, taping is always a good idea no matter what.

Installing the slide catch is way easier now with the right tools.  I have really come to rely on three punches to get the job done.  The first is a purpose specific punch set from Wheeler this is flat on one side and has a protective rubber coating.

The Wheeler set has two punches.  The starter punch has a hollow end that the pin sits in.  This allows you to focus on the hole and hitting the punch with the hammer.  The other is a roll pin punch that you can use to align the catch at the start and also drive the pin the final distance.

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Here the pin is being started.
See, I use the roll pin punch on the left to align the bolt catch and also to capture the detent pin and spring.  Once that punch is in, you can let go!  Whew.  You can then focus on tapping the starter punch on and making sure everything is aligned.

Now plenty of guys can get their build done with the above.  Because of my tremor, I like to drive the pin in the rest of the way by using a really long roll pin punch that safely clears the receiver.  I have a Tekton gunsmith punch set and the 1/8″ roll pin punch works great for me. 

This is the nice Tekton gunsmith punch set that I really like.
This is me with the 1/8″ roll pin punch.

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I hope this helps you out.  This is what I do every time now.  It’s also what I use if I need to remove and replace an existing catch.


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Wheeler 710906 Engineering Bolt Catch Install Tool Kit (Sports)

Wheeler Engineering Bolt Catch Install Tool Kit: start bolt catch roll pin easily with starter punch and finish installation flush with the finishing punch. Flat on one side for proper alignment and rubber over-molded to prevent damage to firearm.

Features: 
  • Start bolt catch roll pin easily with starter punch
  • Finish installation flush with the finishing punch
  • Flat on one side for proper alignment
  • 1 with counter-bored tips to start roll pins
  • 1 with indexing tips to finish roll pins
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Wheeler Tool Makes AR Trigger Guard Installation or Removal a Breeze

I was asked how I install AR trigger guards to minimize scratching up the receiver or even risking snapping an “ear” off.  On one hand, you can use a solid backing block to support the ear and then use a roll pin punch to drive in the pin.  That’s what I used to do but it’s a headache to be honest.  As some of you may know, I have a tremor that makes fine motor stuff a headache so finding methods that are simpler really helps me get work done.

This is a Brownells Billet 7075 aluminum trigger guard (078-101-164) and it has a bulge to accomodate gloves.  The set screw goes in the end with a blind hole.  The roll pin goes through the end that is drilled all the way through.

A few years ago I started using the Wheeler trigger guard tool and it works great.  Here’s my process:

  1.  Install the end of the triggerguard that uses the set screw.  That’s the end with the blind hole – the roll pin goes in the end where a hole goes all the way through.
  2. I lightly oil the pin to make things easy and tap it with a small hammer just to get it started.
  3. I then use the Wheeler tool with the shorter starter pin.  The starter pin has a nipple that centers it on the roll pin.
  4. Keep the parts aligned and turn the knob to drive the pin in.
  5. Stop when you have inserted the pin – it’s that easy.

Note, Scott Igert of Modern Antique Firearms recommends you put a business card or something between the frame and your receiver to protect it from scratching.

It has two tips – here you can see one installed and one stored in the frame of the tool.  The short one is for installing and the long one is for pushing a roll pin out.
Simply stop once the pin is flush.

Note, I actually have one from another maker also.    I’m holding it in my hand.  It does the same conceptually but is heavier made.  I’ve built probably 4-6 ARs with the Wheeler unit and it seems to be holding up fine.  The other is a Little Crow unit from Brownells for about $39.99 + S&H and its built like a tank but you do pay more for it.

Little Crow Trigger Guard Pin Pusher

I hope this helps you out.  


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Wheeler Trigger Guard Install Tool (Sports)

Makes installing or changing trigger guards quick and easy. Precisely control and install the trigger guard roll pin to prevent damage to the receiver. The old method of hammering the roll pin into the receiver can easily damage your serialized lower.

Features: 
  • Comes with an install pin and an uninstall pin
  • Pins conveniently store in the frame
  • Durable construction, made of aluminum with a mil-spec anodized finish
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Tips on Finding Decent Gunsmithing Tools on eBay

One of the challenges when starting out working on guns is building your tool collection.  It’s hard to find cost effective tools so you wind up making do with stuff, creating tools ad hoc, etc.  Interestingly enough, this is where eBay just might help.  While I’m not happy with their anti-gun position, there are a lot of tools that pop up there – ranging from low-end Chinese stuff all the way to some beautiful vintage tools.

So, I want to show some example searches with 20 live feeds from each section:

Gunsmith and Gunsmithing Tools

The trick is in the searching.  For example, here are the top 20 matches for gunsmith tools or gunsmithing tools and you will probably see a mix:

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Clymer 50-70 Chambering Finish Reamer pilots 3 Gunsmith tools

$20.50 (8 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jan-23-2019 9:17:56 PST
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RC | Gunsmith File Set Tools 18pc Gunsmith Tools – Rasp Round File Diamond Files

$37.99
End Date: Sunday Feb-17-2019 11:47:27 PST
Buy It Now for only: $37.99
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Pin Punch Set Gunsmith Tools Pilot Brass Steel Rifle Shotgun Watch Repair Kit

$19.99
End Date: Sunday Feb-3-2019 15:32:24 PST
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
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Gunsmithing Tools

$80.00
End Date: Thursday Jan-24-2019 13:19:05 PST
Buy It Now for only: $80.00
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Gunsmith Hammer Multi Tool With Hammer Gunsmithing Tools Woodworking Watch New

$24.17
End Date: Sunday Feb-17-2019 7:28:55 PST
Buy It Now for only: $24.17
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GUNSMITHING TOOLS TURNSCREW SCREWDRIVER ANTIQUE EBONY HANDLE EBONY RARE UK

$220.00
End Date: Sunday Jan-27-2019 18:15:18 PST
Buy It Now for only: $220.00
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Of course there are brands I will steer away from such as NCStar and others that I will look closer at such as Brownells, Lyman, Tipton, Weaver, etc.  I also read the ratings of the seller.  If a seller has a good rating and more than 30 sales, that’s a good sign.  Less than that and you are taking a gamble.

Vintage Gunsmith Tools

“Vintage” seems to be a popular term for “used”.  You tend to find a lot of unique stuff that was made by a gunsmith to fit a special need as well as high-quality tools that were made with care vs. mass produced.  Be careful though.  I’ll zoom into the photos as much as I can plus look at the seller’s description and the rating of the seller to try and decide if the tools are in good shape or beat to death.

Vintage Craftsman Vise Pipe Vice Old Tool Gunsmith Anvil Steampunk Machinist

$189.00
End Date: Tuesday Feb-12-2019 12:23:42 PST
Buy It Now for only: $189.00
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Vintage Craftsman Vise Pipe Vice Old Tool Gunsmith Anvil Steampunk Machinist

$179.00
End Date: Tuesday Jan-29-2019 20:09:20 PST
Buy It Now for only: $179.00
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Vintage Versa-Vise Will-Burt Co. Gunsmithing Vise Orrville Ohio

$99.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jan-25-2019 17:18:18 PST
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Vintage HAND HELD VISE Gunsmith Jeweler Tool 1 " Wide Jaws

$19.99
End Date: Tuesday Feb-5-2019 11:48:15 PST
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
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Master Gunsmith's Tools, Equipment, and Gerstner Chests

$2,350.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jan-21-2019 9:59:03 PST
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VINTAGE CRAFTSMAN CLAMP VISE 3" JAWS NO. 5246-2 MADE IN THE USA GUN SMITH WOOD

$39.00
End Date: Friday Feb-15-2019 14:02:18 PST
Buy It Now for only: $39.00
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Vintage Unmarked Vise Anvil Gunsmith Jeweler Machinist 2" jaws

$32.99
End Date: Monday Feb-18-2019 18:03:26 PST
Buy It Now for only: $32.99
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2 Antique Vintage 1.5” table vise old Jewelers gunsmith hobby tool Marshall

$149.99
End Date: Tuesday Jan-29-2019 6:08:21 PST
Buy It Now for only: $149.99
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Vtg 5" Small Table Jeweler Hobby Watchmaker Gunsmith Anvil Vise 1 3/4" Jaws Nice

$29.99
End Date: Sunday Jan-27-2019 2:46:47 PST
Buy It Now for only: $29.99
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Vintage Small Clamp on Vise, Jewelry, Gunsmithing, Crafts, w/Anvil

$14.97 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jan-27-2019 8:16:08 PST
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Vtg Old Craftsman Vise Large Pipe Anvil Steampunk Machinist Knife Tool Gunsmith

$75.00
End Date: Thursday Jan-24-2019 13:06:50 PST
Buy It Now for only: $75.00
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Vintage Gunsmith Vise

$30.00
End Date: Friday Jan-25-2019 10:56:40 PST
Buy It Now for only: $30.00
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VINTAGE CRAFTSMAN CLAMP VISE 3" JAWS NO. 5246-2 MADE IN THE USA GUN SMITH WOOD

$29.95
End Date: Monday Feb-11-2019 12:49:33 PST
Buy It Now for only: $29.95
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Vintage 2" precision table vise old craftsman gunsmith hobby tool

$39.99
End Date: Monday Jan-21-2019 9:59:13 PST
Buy It Now for only: $39.99
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Vintage 566? Vise Anvil Gunsmith Jeweler Machinist 9lbs.+ large

$59.99
End Date: Tuesday Feb-12-2019 6:25:40 PST
Buy It Now for only: $59.99
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MAKE OFFER! Vintage Rotating Double Jaw Vise Clamp Jeweler Watchmaker Gunsmith

$75.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-2-2019 13:33:03 PST
Buy It Now for only: $75.00
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VTG 2-1/2" SMALL HOBBY JEWELERS GUNSMITH WATCHMAKER CLAMP ON MINI SPRING VISE

$24.50
End Date: Monday Jan-21-2019 17:06:46 PST
Buy It Now for only: $24.50
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Vintage Peugeot Freres Hand Vise 1'' Jaws Jeweler Watchmaker Gunsmith France

$74.99
End Date: Thursday Jan-31-2019 15:03:55 PST
Buy It Now for only: $74.99
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Vintage Die filer cast iron table jeweler machinist gunsmith tool collectible

$349.99
End Date: Wednesday Feb-13-2019 4:23:45 PST
Buy It Now for only: $349.99
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Cast Iron Vintage Mini-Gunsmith/Jewelers/Craft Vise, 1 ½” Jaws, ¾” Clamp-On

$18.00
End Date: Sunday Feb-10-2019 18:23:50 PST
Buy It Now for only: $18.00
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Vtg COLUMBIAN No-44 Vise Pipe Anvil Steampunk Machinist Knife Tool Gunsmith 4"

$61.50
End Date: Tuesday Jan-22-2019 14:33:14 PST
Buy It Now for only: $61.50
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Used Gunsmith Tools

“Used” is still a popular term and is worth checking also.  Bear in mind the cautions I gave under vintage.

gunsmith tools MGW REVOLVER FRAME WRENCH +1 INSERT FOR COLT DA E

$160.00
End Date: Thursday Feb-14-2019 9:40:27 PST
Buy It Now for only: $160.00
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Clymer 50-70 Chambering Finish Reamer pilots 3 Gunsmith tools

$20.50 (8 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jan-23-2019 9:17:56 PST
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GUNSMITHING TOOLS TURNSCREW SCREWDRIVER ANTIQUE EBONY HANDLE EBONY RARE UK

$220.00
End Date: Sunday Jan-27-2019 18:15:18 PST
Buy It Now for only: $220.00
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Master Gunsmith's Tools, Equipment, and Gerstner Chests

$2,350.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jan-21-2019 9:59:03 PST
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Lot Gunsmith Checkering Tools Leather Working

$39.99
End Date: Thursday Feb-7-2019 10:38:33 PST
Buy It Now for only: $39.99
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40 pc. Antique Brass Machinist Gunsmith Roll Drift Pin Punch Hammer Chisel Set

$395.00
End Date: Monday Jan-21-2019 16:32:07 PST
Buy It Now for only: $395.00
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13 IRON STEEL BENCH BLOCKS 25 15 10 5 3 1 BLS BLACKSMITH JEWELER ANVIL GUNSMITH

$186.24
End Date: Thursday Jan-31-2019 5:58:13 PST
Buy It Now for only: $186.24
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GUNSMITH TOOLING JIGS 7Z3

$29.99
End Date: Sunday Feb-17-2019 9:23:39 PST
Buy It Now for only: $29.99
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Assortment of 50 OLD USED MACHINIST TOOLS FILES GUNSMITH JEWELERS FILES

$42.00
End Date: Monday Feb-11-2019 20:43:15 PST
Buy It Now for only: $42.00
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Old Used Tools,Tiny All Steel Ball Peen Hammer 1.1oz.,Jeweler,Gunsmith,Crafts

$15.99
End Date: Thursday Jan-31-2019 18:07:25 PST
Buy It Now for only: $15.99
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Old Used Tools,Vintage Plumb . Ball Peen Hammer,Jeweler,Gunsmith,

$16.00
End Date: Friday Feb-15-2019 10:13:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $16.00
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2 Antique Vintage 1.5” table vise old Jewelers gunsmith hobby tool Marshall

$149.99
End Date: Tuesday Jan-29-2019 6:08:21 PST
Buy It Now for only: $149.99
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Old Used Tools,Vintage All Steel Ball Peen Hammer 9.2oz.,Jeweler,Gunsmith,Crafts

$17.99
End Date: Wednesday Jan-30-2019 18:13:05 PST
Buy It Now for only: $17.99
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Choosing & Using Gunsmithing Tools & Techniques Part 2

$53.91
End Date: Monday Feb-18-2019 23:26:38 PST
Buy It Now for only: $53.91
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Gunsmithing with Simple Hand Tools (Stackpole Classic Gun Books)

$19.92
End Date: Tuesday Feb-12-2019 2:03:26 PST
Buy It Now for only: $19.92
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Choosing & Using Gunsmithing Tools and Techniques: Hands-On Information for Basi

$53.84
End Date: Monday Feb-18-2019 23:26:38 PST
Buy It Now for only: $53.84
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Old Used Tools,Vintage All Steel Ball Peen Hammer 1lb.1.7oz.,Gunsmith,Machinist

$24.99
End Date: Tuesday Feb-12-2019 18:13:23 PST
Buy It Now for only: $24.99
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LOT OF 2 HAND VISES / GUNSMITH /HOBBY / LEATHERTOOL

$9.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jan-26-2019 9:02:51 PST
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Vintage Craftsman Vise Pipe Vice Old Tool Gunsmith Anvil Steampunk Machinist

$189.00
End Date: Tuesday Feb-12-2019 12:23:42 PST
Buy It Now for only: $189.00
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Vintage Craftsman Vise Pipe Vice Old Tool Gunsmith Anvil Steampunk Machinist

$179.00
End Date: Tuesday Jan-29-2019 20:09:20 PST
Buy It Now for only: $179.00
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Rare antique solid brass gunsmith amourer vise collectible fly tying woodcarving

$349.99
End Date: Monday Feb-18-2019 16:02:37 PST
Buy It Now for only: $349.99
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~17~Small Metal Files~5-1/2" up to 8-1/4" ~Some Rifflers~Jewelry~Gunsmithing

$50.00
End Date: Wednesday Jan-23-2019 6:14:44 PST
Buy It Now for only: $50.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage HAND HELD VISE Gunsmith Jeweler Tool 1 " Wide Jaws

$19.99
End Date: Tuesday Feb-5-2019 11:48:15 PST
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Woodworth Zero spindle concentricty gauge AD-012 fixture machinists gunsmith

$69.99
End Date: Sunday Feb-10-2019 12:58:34 PST
Buy It Now for only: $69.99
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Brownells Gunsmith Tools

Brownells has been around a long time — they were founded in 1939 and have always been known for their quality tools, parts and supplies to gunsmiths.  Because they have been around for so long, you tend to see a fair amount of Brownells stuff hit eBay by name so that is worth searching.  Still look at the photos closely and the seller’s rating to play it safe.  By the way, if you have never read their Gunsmith Kinks books – be sure to pick them up.

Brownells Gunsmith Kinks Vol 1 2 3 4 Complete set new sealed Free ship

$145.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-16-2019 10:41:25 PST
Buy It Now for only: $145.00
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Antique Tools

What is “antique” really is up to the seller.  You’ll see stuff that ranges from a few years to over 50 years old.

Rare antique solid brass gunsmith amourer vise collectible fly tying woodcarving

$349.99
End Date: Monday Feb-18-2019 16:02:37 PST
Buy It Now for only: $349.99
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1945 Antique Gun Book 'The Gunsmith's Manual"

$30.00
End Date: Friday Jan-25-2019 18:28:45 PST
Buy It Now for only: $30.00
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Antique Oak Gunsmith Tool Cabinet Chest Removable Front w/Two Sectioned Drawers

$175.00
End Date: Wednesday Jan-30-2019 12:55:16 PST
Buy It Now for only: $175.00
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VINTAGE / ANTIQUE GUNSMITH / V MACHINIST HAND VISE

$35.00
End Date: Saturday Jan-26-2019 16:19:04 PST
Buy It Now for only: $35.00
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ANTIQUE SWINGING GUNSMITH JEWELERS VISE

$255.00
End Date: Friday Feb-15-2019 14:05:07 PST
Buy It Now for only: $255.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

11 S&W Triggers Antique Hammerless? Gunsmith Parts Bulk

$35.00
End Date: Monday Feb-18-2019 12:47:01 PST
Buy It Now for only: $35.00
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40 pc. Antique Brass Machinist Gunsmith Roll Drift Pin Punch Hammer Chisel Set

$395.00
End Date: Monday Jan-21-2019 16:32:07 PST
Buy It Now for only: $395.00
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Vintage Hand Vise Gunsmith Jewelers Jewelery Machinist Antique Clock Maker

$69.99
End Date: Wednesday Feb-13-2019 22:29:32 PST
Buy It Now for only: $69.99
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Vintage Antique Solid Brass Jeweler Gunsmith Mallet

$14.90
End Date: Tuesday Jan-29-2019 14:52:23 PST
Buy It Now for only: $14.90
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Antique Vintage Blacksmith Mechanic Gunsmith Hand Vice Tool

$24.50
End Date: Thursday Jan-31-2019 11:05:03 PST
Buy It Now for only: $24.50
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Antique buffer grinder jewelers gunsmith machinists pattern maker collectible

$19.99
End Date: Friday Feb-15-2019 5:30:26 PST
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Antique Gun Vise Gunsmith Tool European Vintage Small Handheld Adjustable Vise

$69.99
End Date: Saturday Jan-26-2019 18:21:19 PST
Buy It Now for only: $69.99
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Antique vintage small oak gunsmith's hammer. A beautiful wall hanger or tool.

$10.00
End Date: Thursday Feb-14-2019 14:11:16 PST
Buy It Now for only: $10.00
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I hope this helps you out!  There is a ton of stuff out there if you experiment with the search terms some.


If you find this post useful, please either buy something using one of the links to eBay and Amazon.  With Amazon, if you click on one of our links and then buy something else – even unrelated stuff like clothes, electronics and groceries – we get credit and it would be hugely appreciated.  Doing something like the above will help us fund continued development of the blog.


Original Russian Soviet SKS SKS/AK Rifle Carbine Sling Marked & Dated. From USA

$14.98
End Date: Monday Feb-4-2019 19:14:21 PST
Buy It Now for only: $14.98
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Soviet Russian AK Sling SVD PKM AS-VAL Vintorez VSS VDV FSB KGB MVD Army Marines

$19.99
End Date: Wednesday Feb-6-2019 10:59:07 PST
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
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USSR Soviet AK47 AK74 AK 3 Magazines Ammo Pouch Canvas Bag for Kalashnikov Mags

$21.42
End Date: Thursday Feb-14-2019 4:07:01 PST
Buy It Now for only: $21.42
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AK-47 Soviet Army Kalashnikov Airsoft Assault Rifle/Gun -- metal/prop/M16 -- NEW

$33.95
End Date: Monday Jan-21-2019 10:44:58 PST
Buy It Now for only: $33.95
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Soviet AK-47 Bayonet with Scabbard

$79.95
End Date: Monday Feb-11-2019 20:00:32 PST
Buy It Now for only: $79.95
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Vintage Soviet Block Romainian Leather AK Sling W/ Buckles 

$8.95
End Date: Thursday Feb-14-2019 10:59:30 PST
Buy It Now for only: $8.95
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USSR AKS-74U Rifle Drop Case Canvas Bag AKSU Kalashnikov Krinkov Shortened AK74

$23.22
End Date: Tuesday Feb-12-2019 4:27:39 PST
Buy It Now for only: $23.22
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Photo USSR Troops AFGHANISTAN VDV ak 1979 - 1989

$4.99
End Date: Sunday Feb-17-2019 14:37:30 PST
Buy It Now for only: $4.99
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KALASHNIKOV AK-47 USSR Soviet Russian Short Sleeve T-Shirt AK47 Greatest Hits

$15.95
End Date: Saturday Jan-26-2019 17:17:03 PST
Buy It Now for only: $15.95
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Soviet Army afganka unloading system for Ak-74 and granades Afgan War

$32.11
End Date: Tuesday Feb-12-2019 21:05:18 PST
Buy It Now for only: $32.11
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AK-47 + Soviet weapons Magazine 2015 Collectors Guide Buyers Manual.

$19.95
End Date: Thursday Feb-14-2019 2:48:14 PST
Buy It Now for only: $19.95
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USSR Dated Original Soviet Russian AK SKS SVD Rifle Carrying SLING BELT

$12.99
End Date: Monday Feb-11-2019 14:38:40 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.99
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NICE Color POSTER Of Soviet Russian AK74 Kalashnikov 5.45x39 Rifle LQQK BUY NOW!

$12.97
End Date: Wednesday Jan-30-2019 2:48:39 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.97
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AK-47 Vinyl Sticker Decal Military Soviet Kalashnikov Rifle Choose Size

$1.49
End Date: Tuesday Jan-22-2019 17:14:47 PST
Buy It Now for only: $1.49
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AK Interactive Figure Series Soviet WWII Uniform Paint Set - 6 Colors - 63120

$24.95
End Date: Tuesday Feb-12-2019 8:17:59 PST
Buy It Now for only: $24.95
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*HUGE Color Poster Soviet Russian USSR AKM AK-47 7.62 Kalashnikov CAVE BUY NOW!!

$14.38
End Date: Sunday Jan-20-2019 23:25:24 PST
Buy It Now for only: $14.38
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Handle strap Soviet AK-74 USSR Russia

$9.49
End Date: Tuesday Feb-12-2019 0:54:09 PST
Buy It Now for only: $9.49
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Russian Izzy ( Izhmash ) Soviet BAKELITE 7.62 Bayonet Scabbard ak strap 5.45

$75.00
End Date: Saturday Jan-26-2019 19:29:09 PST
Buy It Now for only: $75.00
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HUGE AK74 RPK74 Kalashnikov Color Poster Soviet Russian USSR 7.62x39 Buy NOW!

$95.20
End Date: Sunday Feb-10-2019 17:29:59 PST
Buy It Now for only: $95.20
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1950s Soviet army AK-47 Kalashnikov Russian Vintage photo

$1.50 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jan-27-2019 12:18:04 PST
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Nobody Needs An AK47 Whiny Little Funny T Shirt Guns Gun Rights Rifle Hunter Tee

$6.99
End Date: Sunday Feb-3-2019 13:11:23 PST
Buy It Now for only: $6.99
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Russian Graphic Cotton Blend Gray T-Shirt AK-47 Kalashnikov Gun Shirt

$15.00
End Date: Thursday Jan-24-2019 15:08:41 PST
Buy It Now for only: $15.00
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Nobody Needs An AK47 Whiny Little Funny T Shirt Guns Gun Rights Rifle Hunter Tee

$12.74
End Date: Sunday Feb-3-2019 13:11:23 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.74
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F--- Gun Control Funny T Shirt Gun Rights 2nd Amendment AK47 Hunting Tee

$11.99
End Date: Monday Feb-4-2019 15:28:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $11.99
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F--- Gun Control Funny T Shirt Gun Rights 2nd Amendment AK47 Hunting Tee

$12.49
End Date: Monday Feb-4-2019 15:28:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.49
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F--- Gun Control Funny Mens V-Neck T Shirt Gun Rights 2nd Amendment AK47 Hunter

$8.99
End Date: Monday Feb-4-2019 15:28:04 PST
Buy It Now for only: $8.99
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F--- Gun Control Funny T Shirt Gun Rights 2nd Amendment AK47 Hunting Tee

$12.49
End Date: Monday Feb-4-2019 15:28:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.49
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F--- Gun Control Funny T Shirt Gun Rights 2nd Amendment AK47 Hunting Tee

$10.49
End Date: Monday Feb-4-2019 15:28:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $10.49
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Ak47 Ar15 riffle 2nd amendment t shirt tee adult men

$13.99
End Date: Monday Feb-18-2019 8:14:16 PST
Buy It Now for only: $13.99
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F--- Gun Control Funny T Shirt Gun Rights 2nd Amendment AK47 Hunting Tee

$13.49
End Date: Monday Feb-4-2019 15:28:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $13.49
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F--- Gun Control Funny T Shirt Gun Rights 2nd Amendment AK47 Hunting Tee

$10.49
End Date: Monday Feb-4-2019 15:28:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $10.49
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Nobody Needs AK47 Whiny Little Funny Mens V-Neck T Shirt Guns Gun Rights Rifle

$8.99
End Date: Sunday Feb-3-2019 13:11:14 PST
Buy It Now for only: $8.99
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F--- Gun Control Funny T Shirt Gun Rights 2nd Amendment AK47 Hunting Tee

$10.74
End Date: Monday Feb-4-2019 15:28:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $10.74
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F--- Gun Control Funny Mens V-Neck T Shirt Gun Rights 2nd Amendment AK47 Hunter

$12.49
End Date: Monday Feb-4-2019 15:28:04 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.49
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F--- Gun Control Funny T Shirt Gun Rights 2nd Amendment AK47 Hunting Tee

$10.74
End Date: Monday Feb-4-2019 15:28:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $10.74
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F--- Gun Control Funny T Shirt Gun Rights 2nd Amendment AK47 Hunting Tee

$10.49
End Date: Monday Feb-4-2019 15:28:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $10.49
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F--- Gun Control Funny T Shirt Gun Rights 2nd Amendment AK47 Hunting Tee

$10.74
End Date: Monday Feb-4-2019 15:28:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $10.74
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Nobody Needs An AK47 Whiny Little Funny T Shirt Guns Gun Rights Rifle Hunter Tee

$10.74
End Date: Sunday Feb-3-2019 13:11:23 PST
Buy It Now for only: $10.74
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7.62 X 39 AK47 Ammo Can T shirt Assault Rifle AK74 AKM Magazine Sling

$16.99
End Date: Tuesday Jan-29-2019 14:24:36 PST
Buy It Now for only: $16.99
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Nobody Needs An AK47 Whiny Little Funny T Shirt Guns Gun Rights Rifle Hunter Tee

$10.49
End Date: Sunday Feb-3-2019 13:11:23 PST
Buy It Now for only: $10.49
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Switched to Super Lube Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease For All of My Firearms

I’m always searching for better lubricants.  Many of the so-called specialty weapons lubes are just marketing hype with some bulk lubricant poured into their container.  In terms of greases, I’ve used quite a few over the years including wheel bearing grease and Tetra Gun Grease.  I wanted to find something effective, non-toxic and less expensive.

A name popped up when surfing – Super Lube.  To be honest, the first few times I totally dismissed the name because it sounds like some overly-hyped wonder lube that is sold in infomercials.  However, the name did keep popping up so I actually started reading up on it.

Super Lube products are made by Synco Chemical Corporation of Bohemia, NU, that was founded in 1980.  Their specialization is in the space of synthetic food grade lubricants and hold a number of patents.

There are a number of interesting characteristics about their grease that should be noted:

  1. It is designed to disperse very finely ground micron-sized PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) which is a non-stick coating and lubricant.  You probably know it by the brand name of Teflon.  The approach they developed is one of their patents.
  2. It does not contain silicone
  3. It will work in a wide range of temperatures from -45 to +450 Farenheit
  4. It’s thickness is NLGI class 2, which means it’s about the same as vaseline or peanut butter.
  5. It’s non-toxic and food safe – here is the MSDS/SDS
  6. It will not melt or separate
  7. It will not dry out or get gummy
  8. It is waterproof
  9. It does not stain and is odorless – for you folks who do concealed carry or shoot a lot in uniform, you might want to take note of that.

Their website has a ton of information on Super Lube and also on lubrication in general if you want to spend some time reading.

I bought a 14.1oz tub of the Super Lube Multi-Purpose grease off Amazon for a whopping $11.50 and Prime shipping.  Very affordable to say the least.

To apply it, I use either a chip brush that I store in a zip loc bag to keep from getting dirty (as shown in the featured photo above) or a small flux / resin brush that I also keep in a baggy.

So, for the last few months I have been testing it.  When I cleaned one of my rifles or pistols, I would replace whatever I had been using as grease with the Super Lube Multi-Purpose grease.

I go by the old saying that if it rotates, oil it.  If it slides, grease it.  That is my rule of thumb so it goes on AK rails, bolt carriers, where the trigger hook grabs the hammer, etc.

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Taming the ‘Wulf – My Adventure With a .50 Beowulf AR Rifle

When I first heard of the .50 Beowulf cartridge, it got added to my bucket list immediately. What’s not to like – the ballistics of the .45-70 cartridge in an AR platform that hits like a freight train. Somewhat humorously, I’d also point out that it drops noticeably at 150 yards and like a pumpkin after 200 yards but boy, does it hit hard when it does.

I have fun assembling AR lowers the way I want them and figured I would save time and get an assembled upper. In early 2016, I looked at two different vendors of assembled uppers – Alexander Arms (AA), who was the originator of the cartridge, and Radical Firearms, a discount AR rifle and assembler of uppers and lowers in Texas. A basic AA upper was around $719 that did not have a brake (or threading) and basic handguards. A decent looking Radical unit in the generic 12.7×42 chamber was only $598. It seemed like a no brainer and I went with the Radical unit.

To jump ahead just a bit — I wish I had bought a better AA upper for $923-1190. The Radical upper caused me quite a bit of grief and I am going to chronicle my adventure here because I did get it to work out in the end and was very happy with the results but I had to work for it.

Radical Arms Challenges

When I first ran across Radical, I had high hopes. In an impulse buy, I purchased two 5.56 uppers and the 12.7×42 upper. In case you are wondering why I am listing 12.7×42, that is the generic designation for the .50 Beowulf cartridge that AA owns the intellectual property for. By using the metric designation, Radical could build an upper without paying anything to AA.

When I bought my uppers, Radical was undergoing a huge growth spurt and I had to wait some period of time (4-8 weeks maybe) for the uppers. That was not a big deal to me. The AR uppers arrived and while gritty and needing polishing, they worked.  Basically, what you’d expect with relatively low cost mass assembled products.

The 12.7×42 upper was a different story. Sometimes it would cycle and sometimes it would not. Radical took forever to respond to emails and what not so I figured screw it, I’ll just treat the assembled upper as a collection of parts and move ahead. To be perfectly clear, I parted ways with Radical and did not give them a chance to fix it after I got frustrated by how everything was going.

So, I started researching on the web and found that Beowulfs use a bolt head that is slightly different than a 7.62×39 AR bolt. After cycling my rifle by hand over and over, I concluded the cartridge was not seating properly in the bolt face and ordered a true .50 Beowulf bolt directly from Alexander Arms (not Radical). Problem solved. It’s run perfectly ever since. Whether Radical installed the wrong bolt or an out of spec bolt, I don’t know. I threw the offending bolt in the trash and called it even,

Another irritation Radical caused me was when the handguard loosened up because they hadn’t used Loc-tite on the screws. My recommendation is to just use Blue Loc-Tite if you run into this – it worked fine for me. I like the handguard otherwise.

The one thing they got right was the barrel. I heard Satern made the barrel but don’t know for sure. It is wonderfully accurate with the big 350gr XTP hollow point cartridges that AA makes. I am very pleased with that combination.

Yes, I eventually got it to work.  No, will not buy from Radical again but I definitely would buy more stuff from Alexander Arms.  I dealt with them on the phone a few times for ammo as well as the website.  The staff were pleasant to deal with and shipping was always prompt.

Addressing Recoil

I was not impressed by the muzzle brake that Radical supplied and started researching the best brake for the Beowulf. Bear in mind the muzzle has a pretty unique thread at 49/64″-20 threads per inch (TPI).  In addition, I knew I would need a jam nut to address the timing so the brake could be level on the barrel and it needed to be steel and not aluminum.

The Timber Creek Beowulf Brake Rocks!

To make a long story short, Timber Creek makes a Beowulf brake that does a great job. It seriously cut the recoil back and made the biggest difference of all my modifications.  They make them with two different threads so make sure the one you order matches your rifle.

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Here it is on my rifle – notice the big ports that redirect some of the gasses backwards:

Added a Limbsaver Recoil Pad to the Magpul ACS Stock

Limbsaver makes great recoil pads – I discovered them some years ago and have used them on a number of rifles and shotguns over the years. What is cool is that they also make a recoil pad specifically for the butt plate that the Magpul CTR and ACS stocks use – plus some other models. I like ACS stocks so it was a no-brainer for me to get this thicker spongy pad to help absorb recoil.

Weighting the MagPul ACS Stock

The next important element I did to reduce recoil was to add a mixture of bird shot and epoxy into the compartments of the MagPul ACS stock. I just stirred up a mixture of #7 lead bird shot with epoxy, filled all the voids I could and wiped off the excess liquid epoxy checking all the seams until it gelled enough. Here, you can see a hint of it sticking out.

Another benefit is that it really helps improve the balance of the rifle because otherwise it is very nose heavy.
H2 or Hydraulic Buffer

The last thing I did was to try different buffers. Bill Alexander designed the cartridge to work with a normal AR buffer. I went from a normal/H1 buffer to an H2 and finally to an Enedine Hydraulic buffer, which is in it right now. With each step, the recoil seemed to go down a tad but did not make a huge difference.

Vortex Scope

I was thinking about using the rifle either for hogs or deer so I wanted a scope that could go from a fairly wide field of vision at 2.5x all the way up to a decent zoom at 10x. Vortex is always my first choice in scopes so I bought a Viper PST 2.5-10×44 scope and Vortex rings.

This is a wicked combination. I have thoroughly enjoyed this scope on the Beowulf. It holds zero and is nice and bright.  You can’t go wrong with Vortex scopes in my honest opinion. Because of the Beowulf’s recoil, use quality rings and be very sure to torque all the screws down to spec so the optic stays put.

By the way, you may scoff at the notion of buying quality rings.  A lot of the cheap imported rings are just aluminum.  You’ll notice they don’t list a torque spec.  Quality rings such as the ones fro Vortex will tell you a torque spec to hit and they often have steel inserts for the threads.  You get what you pay for.

Note, in mid-2018 Vortex came out with what they call the “PST Gen 2” series of scopes and this first generation model has been discontinued.  The closest scopes now are 3-15×44 and 2-10×32  -I don’t think you can go wrong one way or the other.  I’d probably opt for a 2-10×32 MRAD scope to have the widest field of view at a low power.

Magazines

The Beowulf actually can use easily modified standard 5.56 aluminum magazines.  Click here for a blog post about the easy procedure.

End Result

The rifle turned out great.  The final “felt” recoil was about that of a 20 gauge slug gun, if that.  I could shoot round after round without regretting the kick 🙂

I had fun building and shooting it. As I get older the more I realize I enjoy learning about the engineering and history of arms. The “Wulf” has a new owner now and I hope it serves him well.


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LEE PRECISION 50 Beowulf Very Limited Production 4-Die (Sports)

Lee 50 Beowulf 4-Die Steel Set. Includes a Full Length Sizing Die, Bullet Seating Die, Powder Through Expanding Die, TaperCrimping Die, Universal Shell Holder and Instructions. Load data and powder dipper is not included with this cartridge.

Features: 

  • Made in USA
  • For 50 Beowulf
  • 4-Die Steel Set. Includes a Full Length Sizing Die, Bullet Seating Die, Powder Through Expanding Die, TaperCrimping Die, Universal Shell Holder and Instructions
  • Load data and powder dipper is not included with this cartridge.

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How to Convert an Aluminum AR-15 5.56/223 Magazine For .50 Beowulf Rounds

When Bill Alexander decided to make the .50 Beowulf round, he really got me excited 🙂  The idea of a heavy thumper round in an AR platform really appealed to me so I bought one and one issue that popped up was where to find magazines that were not really expensive.

Once in a while the answer is really straight forward and this is one of those times.  You do not need to change the feed lips or the follower on a standard 5.56/.223 magazine, you just need to bevel the front lip at about 45 degrees (the exact angle doesn’t seem to be a big deal) so the giant .50 Beowulf bullet goes up and, this is the key part, the leading lip of the brass case hits the little ramp and goes up it vs. hanging. In this next photo – see how the lip of the case will catch?  It may catch sometimes or all the time – for me it was practically all the time.

All I did was use a medium grit little sanding drum in my Dremel to bevel the magazine’s front lip – you are basically making an ad hoc feed ramp so the case doesn’t catch.  The round you see has the big 350 grain XTP bullet – they hit like a freight train.

This is a really quick operation and you don’t need to take a ton off.  I do it with the magazine empty of course, insert a round into the magazine and test then do a bit more.  I’d repeat the removal and testing until the round went right up into the chamber.  After the first few magazines, I had it down pat.

In this next photo, see the shiny little ramp?

That’s all there is to it.  I just used quality aluminum magazines and did the tweaking.  Polymer mags, such as MagPul take more work and I simply didn’t feel like bothering with them.  I did use quality magazines and avoided cheap stuff and I also used the anti-tilt followers – just regular 5.56 followers – nothing special.

In a standard 20 round aluminum 5.56/.223 magazine, you can fit up to seven Beowulf rounds.  In a 30 round magazines, you can fit up to 10.  I never tried any of the higher capacity magazines so I can’t speak to them at all.

This approach worked great for me and I hope it helps you as well.


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The Vortex Torque Wrench Optics Mounting Kit is Wicked!!

I’m to the point with rifles that when I want to maintain accuracy, I know I need an accurate torquing driver.  For years I have used the Wheeler Firearms Accurizing Torque (FAT) Wrench and it was good enough.  For about $40 I got the base unit that included a few bits and a case.  The FAT wrench had a range from 10-65 in/lbs and good enough accuracy (+/- 2 in/lbs up to 40 pounds and +/- 5% over 40 in/lbs).  My only beef with it was that the mechanical scale that shows you the torque settings was in 5 pound increments.  To get close to 18 in/lbs, for example, required going close to the middle between 15 and 20 in/lbs and calling it even.

I used the FAT wrench pretty much exclusively from October 2014 to May 2018.  It was good enough at the time – way better than going for ballpark feel “farmer tight” settings but in the back of my head though, I wanted better.

By the way, in case you are wondering why a person would get one of these torque wrenches or drivers, it’s because many torque wrenches aren’t calibrated in inch/pounds (they are often foot pounds in the US) and they may not go down as low as 10 inch/pounds (in/lbs).

My interests span many types of firearms from AKs to precision rifles.  With the latter, I own a number of sub-MOA rifles and they demand precision tools if you want repeatability and reliability.  These rifles also have very good Vortex scopes and rings as well.  If you want consistency and the rings to not shoot loose, the value of a torque wrench becomes apparent fast.

I’m a Vortex fan – there’s no two ways about.  Their optics are superb and they have an absolute “we will stand behind it no matter what with no nonsense” warranty.  Once in a while I will see guys troll the brand on Facebook but I honestly question whether they have ever actually even owned one.

Folks, I’ve owned probably 7-8 superb Vortex scopes and a ton of red dots.  I really don’t know how many red dots of various types – probably approaching a dozen.  The glass is good, the scopes are durable and do you know how many times I have used the warranty? — None.  In talking with guys that have, Vortex took care of them.

So, let me get to the point.  Vortex came out with a torque driver called the “Vortex Optics Torque Wrench Mounting Kit” that goes from 10-50 in pounds in calibrated 1 in/lbs increments that you set like a micrometer.

When it arrived, the first thing I noticed was the heft.  This is a solidly built metal tool that screams quality.  It comes with a few bits.  You pull the copper colored locking ring down and turn the handle to get the torque you want.  I did find that you have to push the bits in very firmly.  There is a detent ball that holds the driver bits in and it is surprisingly stout.

A nice touch is that the end of the handle has a 1/4″ socket if you want to use a ratchet wrench for higher torque applications.  For example, Vortex precision rings can go up to 50 in/lbs.  I can do that by hand most of the time but a ratchet makes it much easier.

On the topic of bits, it is a standard 1/4″ drive so you can get a large collection of bits and pair it up with this unit.  For example, I had a Home Depot Husky brand driver with a ton of bits that I picked up on sale at some point and just had sitting on the shelf.  I put it with the Vortex and its few included driver bits.  Additionally, when I am working on a firearm, I typically have my Weaver deluxe toolkit open as well.  It contains a great selection of bits that you tend to find on firearms.

There is one thing I changed though – the Vortex unit comes in a round plastic case that is nice and strong but I don’t have the patience to try and put it all back together for storage.  So, I hopped down to Ace hardware and bought a case to hold the Vortex torque driver, the Husky driver and all the bits plus I have room for more storage.  I also used some of my spare pluckable foam left over from cases to pad the bottom of the case.

In case you are wondering, here are photos of my FAT and Vortex torque drivers side by side:

In this next photo, you can see what I mean about precisely setting the torque on the wrenches.  My Vortex Precision Scope Rings specify a torque of 18 in/lbs.  With the Vortex wrench, you can precisely set it for 18 pounds.  With the FAT, it’s somewhere around 17-19 pounds plus we already know the wrench’s accuracy is limited to +/- 2 in/lbs as well.

On the topic of accuracy, the Vortex driver comes with a certificate of calibration to testing standard DIN-ISO-6789 by a gentleman named Tom on Feb 27, 2018.  You can see my specific wrench nails the accuracy – no more guesswork and no more ballpark torque setting.

In summary, I am very happy with my Vortex wrench and would recommend it to anyone doing precision firearms work, notably optics.  You can pick one up at a very reasonable price from Amazon and you ought to do it.


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Vortex Optics Torque Wrench Mounting Kit (Sports)

Tighten to the specified torque and not a smidgen more. This tool is easy to operate, simple to set, and offers fast, accurate tension wherever and whenever you need it. The easy to read inch-pound increments ensure you tighten in 1 in/lb increments.

Features: 

  • This tool is easy to operate, simple to set, and offers fast, accurate tension wherever and whenever you need it.
  • The easy to read inch-pound increments ensure you tighten in 1in/lb increments to the specified torque, and not a bit more, ranging from 10 in/lbs to 50 in/lbs.
  • Bits included in kit: 3/16″ Hex bit – fits Vortex Bobro mounts, 2.5mm Hex bit – Fits Razor Red Dot, 3mm HEx bit – Fits Hunter rings, CM-202 and CM-203, T15 Torx bit – Fits Viper rings and Tactical rings
  • Bits included in kit: T25 Torx bit – Fits PMR rings, 1/2″ Socket – Fits Tactical rings, 10mm Wide Screwdriver bit – Fits Hunter and Viper clamp bolt, 1/4″ Socket adaptor

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