An Arbor Press is an essential tool to have on hand for driving role pins when gunsmithing and other general maintenance procedures that require force for press fit work. Pictured is an inexpensive 1-Ton Arbor Press from Harbor Freight that works well for most small shop needs. The press is also great for automotive assembly jobs such as installing and removing bearings. 1-Ton or smaller arbor presses are small and lightweight that allow for easy storage when not in use.
Pictured is a Gerber MP600 Multi-tool recently purchased for $29 shipped on Ebay (used). Vendors normally sell this tool for well over $60. The MP600 is a great tool for use at the range, in the field and has a number features for use with the AR15. The front site post adjustment tool (extended in picture), scraper and non reflective surface make it handy for field use. The only complaint about the system is the replaceable carbide blades are sometimes crack. Features include: Needlenose Pliers, Wire Crimper, Wire Cutter, Front Site Tool, File, Fine Edge Knife, Serrated Knife, Phillips Driver, Small Flat Driver, Medium Flat Driver, Large Flat Driver, Ruler, and Bottle Opener. Include the MP600 in your range bag and all of your gear.
Picket pounders are a great tool used to drive pickets or fence posts into the ground. Picket pounders are issued to military forces where they are used to rapidly emplace wire obstacles. During wire obstacle emplacement the picket pounder is essential for driving "U" shaped pickets into the ground which are required to reinforce and anchor constantino wire and razor wire. Steel bailing wire is then used to tie the constantino/razor wire to picket. If the wire obstacle is not secured to the ground they can be easily moved. Picket pounders are essentially a single user system because you do not need someone to hold the picket when driving. This is a big advantage over using a sledge hammer which requires assistance from someone else to hold the picket. Using picket pounders are a great way to free up individuals to do other work. Picket pounders consist of a heavy metal pipe with one closed end and one open end. To assist the user in driving the picket up and down and to reduce user fatigue, long handles are welded on each side of the picket pounder to allow the user's hands to slide when the pounder makes contact with the end of the picket. To use the picket pounder the open end of the pounder is slipped over the top of a picket/fence post and repeatedly slammed against the picket to drive it into the ground. By adding weight to the picket pounder they can used as expedient door breachers or demolition tools. The pictured picket/post pounder was purchased at Lowe's for $35. If you're creative and can weld you can build one yourself designed for your specific needs.
Brownells Bolt Catch Pin Punch.
Working with firearms I find it a must to own the following gunsmith items. Brownells and Midway USA are great sites for tools.
1. Set of Roll Pin Punches
2. Set of Roll Pin Holders. Expensive but well worth it. The pins prevent misalignment.
3. Brass/Nylon Hammer
4. Steele and Brass Punch Set
5. Gunsmith Block
6. Bench Vise
7. Quality Cleaning Kit. I prefer Otis Cleaning Kits.
8. Always remember the best tool of all is patience!!!!
For most of your specialty AR tools go to Brownell's at http://www.brownells.com/. I find the following tools the most useful when assembling lower receivers and working on uppers. For Brownell specific tools I've included their part numbers. These tools save you a lot of time.
1. Bolt Catch Pin Punch #080-216-012 (see picture above). The pin allows you to drive the bolt catch pin straight on.
2. Pivot Pin Detent Depressor #080-216-010
3. Pivot Pin Detent Installation Tool #080-216-011
4. AR Armorer's Wrench
5. AR Handguard Removal Tool
6. Lower Receiver Action Block for both the AR-15 and the AR-10
7. Upper Receiver Action Blocks for both the AR-15 and the AR-10
Standardizing my cordless power tools to one power source provided ready access to a number of different tool systems during the last power outage. By having several of the same style of 18 volt batteries charged, I immediately had access to a wide range of saws/tools, a radio and lighting. Knowing a wide range of systems are available that run on the same type of battery removes a lot of the frustration when something unexpected happens. My extended family and I use Ryobi's One Source system due to durability and cost. In addition to my power tools I purchased several LED work lights and a radio that are part of the same system. Power tool and accessory standardization is a must for effective preparedness for any family or group!