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Whatever your reason for owning a firearm, eventually you will need to maintain it if you want it to continue to perform at optimal levels. And if the gun buy bites you may find yourself wanting to modify your weapons, or in extreme cases feel the desire to build your own. In all of those cases, you will need gunsmithing tools. Gunsmithing tools are specialized tools for repairing, modifying, or building guns.

In Hurry? This Is The Best Gun Smithing Tool Kit

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Pachmayr 03085 Master Gunsmith Tool Set
Why is it better
  • Ergonomic design
  • Great Control
  • Perfectly cut slots

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WEAVER 849719 Deluxe Gunsmith Tool Kit

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NC Star Essential Gun Smith Tool Kit

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Wheeler 55 Piece SAE Set read review
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In Depth Reviews
  • Pachmayr 03085 Master Gunsmith Tool Set
  • WEAVER 849719 Deluxe Gunsmith Tool Kit WEAVER 849719 Deluxe Gunsmith Tool Kit
  • NC Star Essential Gun Smith Tool Kit NC Star Essential Gun Smith Tool Kit
  • VISM by NcSTAR Double Carbine Case Wheeler 55 Piece SAE Set
Table of contents
  • Gunsmithing Tools FAQ
  • Is Gunsmithing A Good Hobby?
  • Gunsmithing Tools Video

Pachmayr 03085 Master Gunsmith Tool Set

Featuring a blend of different gunsmithing screwdrivers and a brass hammer, Pachmayr’s gunsmithing tool kit gives you a little bit of everything you need to get started.

With soft touch handles featuring an ergonomic design on the larger screwdrivers, you’re granted dexterity and control when you need it most.

While the tools are good, the case it comes in could be upgraded. All the slots are cut perfectly, so your tools will fit and the case will close with no problem, but the latches are bent plastic.

They’re not really meant to hold on for very long; no plastic hinges or anything of the sort.

As a result, I personally recommend grabbing a different carrying case, even if it’s not intentionally designed to be used for gunsmithing tools.

You could get a metal case and separate the two halves of this one, affixing them into place so they’re protected, and in precut slots.

WEAVER 849719 Deluxe Gunsmith Tool Kit

Gunsmithing is a skill that you want to get into, but you might not know the right kit to get you started.

WEAVER’s deluxe kit is designed to be the perfect starting point. Featuring a brass tip hammer with a sturdy wooden handle, you get the most important part of gunsmithing right off the bat.

This kit includes a total of 88 pieces, many of which are screwdriver tips that attach to the ergonomic handle located in the case. High quality steel punch pieces like this aren’t exactly common to find all in one inclusive space.

The case itself is also designed to be a miniature fortress to keep everything secure and well protected.

You’re equipped to deal with cleaning and smithing parts on hunting rifles more than anything else, but some of these tools meet the requirements that you need to alter and adjust handguns as well.

NC Star Essential Gun Smith Tool Kit

NC Star is known for making tons of tactical gear, and their simple essential gunsmithing ki offers an excellent starting point for any enthusiastic gunsmith.

Unlike the other hard plastic cases that we’ve seen, they took a different approach.

The soft case with a wide carry handle is something you can stow away without worrying about it being too bulky.

The low-profile case includes ample room for additional parts, as well as the designated tool slots such as for the brass tip hammer, screwdriver, pliers and more.

NC star was able to make all of their tools, and the case included, only weigh a whopping 68 ounces.

Whether you need to stow it in your hunting case for on-the-go repairs, or you just want it to remain compact for your bug-out bag, NC Star’s compact case is the way to go.

Wheeler 55 Piece SAE Set

Torx and hex screwdrivers are the blood and nectar of gunsmithing.

You know why?

You always need the one that you don’t have. Getting bulked up on a kit like this ensures you’ll never be met with a challenge that you don’t have the appropriate screwdriver for.

Wheeler includes a dense plastic storage case with sturdy latches, so you won’t have to worry about getting a separate space to keep all of these.

You’ll get a soft touch screwdriver handle to hold onto each bit, while the guide along the inside of the case keeps tabs on every single size and its proper place.

One of the most aggravating things about gunsmithing, even though I love doing it, is that you sometimes think you have the right gauge when you’re a single number off.

This bit guide is a lifesaver, and in time, you’ll realize how much you’ve come to rely on it.

Wheeler’s kit is for intermediate gunsmiths, but with a price like theirs, it’s something that even a beginner can grab to prepare for the long road ahead.


We all have to start somewhere.

This kit is labeled as professional, but I’ll be the first one to tell you that it’s a moderately good kit which comes with plenty of things you need, but it’s not all that you need.

I like to include budget-friendly options on every buying guide that I do, especially when I find one like this that does more than you initially believe it to.

You’ll find yourself pulling this simple case out of your tool bag at random to pull out the petite sized hammer and screwdrivers.

I would say that this is a good place to start, but it’s not the only ki you need to actually begin gunsmithing.

If you’re trying to gather different kits to get everything ready for your eventual first gunsmithing project, this inexpensive kit should be part of that list.

Gunsmithing Tools FAQ

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Why shouldn’t you? At the very least, servicing your own guns for cleaning and mild to moderate repairs is something you should be able to do.

If a SHTF scenario were to take place, you can have your firearms locking up on you, and then not knowing how to analyze and fix the problem.

Gunsmithing at home is different than becoming a true employable gunsmith. Yes, you can do online certification programs, which I’ll get into a bit later, but a gunsmithing station has tens of thousands of dollars of permanent equipment.

Lathes, CNC machines, a ton of things that you’re not going to find on Amazon.

At the very least, you should know how to work on your own guns (which you will get from gunsmithing experience), and you should have the tools handy in case of an emergency. It’s a wonderfully handy skill that’s great to have in your back pocket.


You should take advantage of something called A and B testing. This allows you to pit A against B in terms of effectiveness, and determine what’s best.

It’s usually a marketing term, but when it comes to gunsmithing, you should get a gun or project that you are not familiar with, and one that you are wholly familiar with.

A newer gun versus your trust 9mm that you’ve had forever, for example. Work on both, one after the other. This will tell you if you love gunsmithing, or just the idea of gunsmithing.


Starting out, there are basically ten tools you absolutely need. Without them, some rather common tasks might end up being difficult to manage. Those ten tools are:

  • Gunsmithing Screwdrivers: Universally designed to work with most guns.
  • Pin Punches: This will include a brass punch, a common gunsmithing tool.
  • Bench Block: Ideal for detailed work that would otherwise be more difficult.
  • Gunsmith Vise: Required for one-man gunsmithing.
  • Brass Hammer: Typically oblong in shape.
  • Hex Keys: You always need these, just sometimes at random intervals.
  • Torx Head Drivers: Made of steel, hard to break.
  • Micrometer Measure: Measurements and mathematics are everything in gunsmithing.
  • Feeler Gauge: Used for measuring metal thickness.
  • Needle Files: For cutting new screw slots during repairs.


It starts out as an amateur hobby, and it turns into a full-fledged passion where you can get certified, and work for major gun companies. Most gun shops need gunsmiths to keep their repair service moving. That comes in handy for guys that love to shoot, but don’t have the time to learn gunsmithing on their own.

Or you can work for the big bucks at Smith & Wesson and other places like it. They also have repair and return services where you may be required to fix or alter malfunctioning or otherwise improperly produced guns.

Penn Foster has an excellent online education course where you can learn the ropes of gunsmithing and get certified in a very short amount of time. If you want to turn a hobby into a career, I personally recommend Penn Foster.


A brass punch comes in many sizes, and is primarily used to fix trigger mechanics in pistols and assault rifles.

Because a brass punch is used to remove pins most of the time, you’ll notice that they’re sometimes referred to as brass pin punches.

Is Gunsmithing A Good Hobby?

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Good is a subjective way to look at it, but it is certainly rewarding. I’m not just someone who owns a gun to protect against home invasions—I enjoy using, shooting, cleaning and augmenting guns. If you’re anything like me, then it’s a fun hobby that’s worth putting your time into.

Gunsmithing also doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby to pick up, either. Most people can start it for a few hundred dollars, and after that, upkeep costs will go down from there.

When you gunsmith, you’re manipulating metal and using applied mathematics and chemistry to clean, repair and refurbish firearms. It’s fascinating to do, and some of the skills you learn from it carry over to other parts of your life.

Gunsmithing Tools Video