Bare Bones Minimum Tools for AR Build?

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    Bare Bones Minimum Tools for AR Build?

    I am getting ready to build an AR. I may build one or two more eventually, but don't want to spend several hundred dollars on tools that I will only use a couple of times.

    I have done a ton of reading on this, but wanted different opinions from people who have built ARs.

    So what are the tools that I really need?
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    Electrical tape, hammer and punch.

    If you're building one with a telescoping stock I think you need the AR tool for the stock nut, but I'm not sure if that's a NECESSITY, mine is fixed stock and I didn't need it.
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    I used one of these, but you can get away with a regular castle nut wrench.

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    Are you doing a complete build (upper & lower), or just lower?
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye .45 View Post
    Are you doing a complete build (upper & lower), or just lower?
    Just the lower this time... I don't want to get too ambitious on my first build
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    I would suggest buying a multi-tasker. Doesn't have to be the latest one...but it's the best tool for an AR. Especially if you will be putting in range time... and want to have the tool with you everytime you shoot it.

    They aren't cheap. But it is the best thing... check them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex_C View Post
    Electrical tape, hammer and punch.

    If you're building one with a telescoping stock I think you need the AR tool for the stock nut, but I'm not sure if that's a NECESSITY, mine is fixed stock and I didn't need it.
    This I use masking tape to tape around the area you drive the roll pin in for the bolt release lever,in case you slip,I also use tape to hold the roll pin in place.I have a couple of tricks I use to make installing the front takedown pin easier also
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    If you are going to mess with the barrel you should invest in a vice block for an AR or you will ruin a upper receiver.
    Ar15 armors wrench and a good set of punches

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    Cutting torch, Big sledge hammer, lol Google it a lot of good info. also UTUBE has info.

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    Channel lock pliers, needle nose pliers, tape


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