Everything about the essential gunsmithing tools

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New to the world of firearms?

This article walks you through some of the essential gunsmithing tools you will need to keep your guns running and in their best condition or to make easy upgrades.

5 bare essential gunsmithing tools you probably already have

One of the great things about modern firearms is that they are designed to be cleaned/stripped with minimal tools. Some don’t even require anything but your hands and the firearm itself.

Brass hammer

Sometimes you need a little extra force but not with something that could ruin any of your finishes. A brass hammer is a perfect gunsmithing tool that gives you just the right heft required but doesn’t scratch the harder steel of a firearm. This hammer has interchangeable heads of plastic, brass, copper, and even rubber.


Punches are another common tool used to drive small pins that hold together many types of firearms. The best ones are brass punches as they don’t tarnish the gun. You can easily purchase the punches set available on market or go for the hammer and punches set which is ideal for introductory gunsmithing.

HEX key wrench

Most of the firearm screws use hex key patterns. To further complicate, there are U.S. and metric standards that roughly correlate to the origin of your firearm. These wrench sets can make gun upgradation easy.

Screwdrivers kit

Of course, you are going to need a screwdriver. Ideally a multi-purpose screwdriver kit and a precision kit.

More specialized gunsmithing tools

Torque wrench

Is an essential tool for gunsmiths and firearm enthusiasts.

From installing optics to making adjustments, this torque wrench saves time and accurately torques screws to spec. It comes equipped with useful bits that will take care of most jobs and makes it super easy to dial in the appropriate force.

Trigger pull gauge

A trigger pull gauge allows you to adjust trigger pull weight in precise increments. A digital trigger gauge uses state-of-the-art technology making it the most accurate trigger gauge on the market.

Fix-It Sticks

If you are looking for a top-grade gunsmithing kit that has pretty much every tool you would need for cleaning, adjusting, and maintaining firearms, Fix-It Sticks kit is what you need. It's compact and portable. The kit is designed around Fix-It Sticks' unique T-handle wrench and their torque limiters. What's great about these kits is that you can either buy premade kits or customize your own from scratch, including the components you need.

Sight Tool for Glock

A handy tool used to remove and install front and rear sights on your Glock pistols. The tool is typically a small, handheld device with a hex wrench or other tool on one end and a plunger or pusher on the other. The hex wrench is used to loosen the screws that hold the sights in place, and the plunger is used to push the sights out of the dovetail slots in the slide.


There you go. These are some of the tools that are recommended for anyone starting their firearm journey.

All of these should help you make quick fixes, and upgrades and get you where you are going, but know that certain tasks require more specific tools. So, it is best to do your research before you take up a project.

Which of these tools do you use the most? Drop a comment and let us know. Or if you are having trouble deciding whether you should choose a rifle or a handgun, connect with our team today at 775-622-1836 or visit us here in Reno, Nevada during our store hours to catch the best deals on the market.