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Now this is just getting ridiculous

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by OrangeJoe, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. OrangeJoe

    OrangeJoe Machetes & Guns

    Oct 3, 2000
    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. :crying: 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.
  2. Angry Fist

    Angry Fist Dehumanizer® Lifetime Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Hellbilly Hill
    All you need is some bailing wire, duct tape, and some ABC gum.

    Good luck with the build.

  3. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Far West, USA
    Your best bet is take all your parts to a gun smith who builds ARs and have him put them together.
  4. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    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.
  5. 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
  6. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    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.
  7. samuse


    Jul 30, 2008
    South TX
    Send it all to ADCO.
  8. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI

    How can you not have tools if it's your 44th build?
  9. GSSF17

    GSSF17 ...2 of 'em

    Jan 25, 2009
    Central FL

    What I was thinking.........unless there is a joke I missed:dunno:
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2013
  10. FriscoCHL


    Nov 19, 2007
    he gave up on trying to buy a completed upper and is trying to build one.
  11. OrangeJoe

    OrangeJoe Machetes & Guns

    Oct 3, 2000
    Click Me

    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:

    This one is OOS was there yesterday :steamed:
  12. humanguerrilla


    Jul 25, 2006
    the woods
    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.
  13. OrangeJoe

    OrangeJoe Machetes & Guns

    Oct 3, 2000
    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.