Tools used in the AR 15 Videos

The AR 10 and AR 15 firearms are extremely common and the firearms have a lot in common especially since the AR15 was derived from the AR10. A common misconception of the AR10 and AR15 is that people believe that AR stands for Assault Rifle when in fact it stands for Armalite Rifle. Eugine Stoner is the designer for the AR10 and worked for Armalite when the rifle was designed.

The AR rifles, despite their looks, are simple to work on. There are some special tools to work on them. However, these tools are fairly common and cost-effective. In this article, I will tell you what tools were used and at which step I used them in. There are affiliate links in this posting to get you to the exact product that I own and used in the video series. Not all links are affiliate links. 

When purchasing tools I try to buy them from Brownells since they have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. I have roll pin punches that have been replaced with no hassle because I broke one. Yes, I do own a couple of Harbor Freight tools as well as some inexpensive tools that I bought on Amazon and eBay. They serve their purpose when needed. However, I typically go to my better tools first.  

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Tools used in the AR 15 Videos:

Lower Disassembly

Removing the Buffer and Buffer Spring

Pick – To Push Down on the Buffer Retainer

Removing the Magazine Catch

Punch – To push in on the Magazine Release Button

Removing the Pistol Grip and Selector

Allen Wrench – To Remove the Pistol Grip Screw

Removing the Hammer and Trigger

Punch – To Remove the Hammer Pin

Lyman Tapper Hammer – To remove the Hammer Pin

Punch – To Remove the Trigger Pin

Removing the Front Takedown Pin

Punch – To Depress the Detent

Tweezers – To Remove the Detent Spring

Removing a collapsible Stock and Buffer Tube

4 1/2″ Vice

Vice Block

AR Armorers Wrench – To Remove the Castle Nut

Pick – To Push Down on the Buffer Retainer

Tweezers – To Remove the Buffer Retainer and Spring

Removing an A2 Stock and Buffer Tube

Brownells Magna Tip Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle with a #3 Philips Tip

Pick – To Push Down on the Buffer Retainer

Strap Wrench – To Remove the Buffer Tube

Removing the Trigger Guard

1/8″ Roll Pin Punch – Remove Roll Pin from Trigger Guard

8oz Ball Peen Hammer – Remove Roll Pin from Trigger Guard

1/8″ Punch – Compress Spring Pin

Removing the Bolt Catch

Electrical Tape – Protect Frame from scratches

5/64″ Roll Pin Punch – Remove Roll Pin from Frame

8oz Ball Peen Hammer – Remove Roll Pin from Frame

Lyman Tapper Hammer – Remove Roll Pin from Frame


Lower Reassembly

Installing the Bolt Catch

Electrical Tape – Protect Frame from scratches

5/64″ Roll Pin Punch – Remove Roll Pin into Frame

3/32″ Roll Pin Holder Punch – 

1/16″ Punch – Align the Bolt Catch

5/64″ Roll Pin Punch – Install Roll Pin into Frame

Lyman Tapper Hammer – Install Roll Pin into Frame

Installing the Trigger Guard

1/16″ Punch – Compress Spring Pin

Bench Block

1/8″ Roll Pin Holder Punch – 

8oz Ball Peen Hammer

1/8″ Roll Pin Punch – Install Roll Pin into Frame

Installing a Collapsible Stock

4 1/2″ Vice

Vice Block

Pick – Compress Buffer Retainer Spring

AR Armorers Wrench – Install Castle Nut

Installing an A2 Stock

4 1/2″ Vice

Vice Block

Pick – Compress Buffer Retainer Spring

Brownells Magna Tip Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle with a #3 Philips Tip

Installing the Front Takedown Pin

AR 15 Pivot Pin Detent Install Tool – 

1/16″ Punch 

Installing the Magazine Catch

1/16″ Punch 

Installing the Trigger

1/8″ Punch

Installing the selector and pistol grip

Allen Wrench – To Remove the Pistol Grip Screw

Installing the Hammer

1/8″ Punch

Lyman Tapper Hammer


Bolt Carrier

Removing the firing pin

Pick – To remove the Firing Pin Retaining Pin

Removing the bolt

Pick – To remove the Cam Pin

Disassembling the bolt

1/16″ Punch – To remove the Extractor Pin

Brownells Universal Pistol Armorers Block – (you can use a piece of 2X4 with holes drilled into it as well)

1/16″ Roll Pin Punch – To remove the Ejector Roll Pin

8oz Ball Peen Hammer

Pick – To remove the Ejector Spring

Installing the ejector

1/16″ Punch – To align the Ejector

1/16″ Roll Pin Holder Punch – to push in on the Ejector and start the install of the Ejector Roll Pin

Lyman Tapper Hammer


Upper Disassembly – Still in production

Removing the Handguards

AR Handguard Removal Tool

Removing the Front Sight Base

AR 15 Front Sight Bench Block

3/32″ Nail Punch – To loosen the taper pins

8oz Ball Peen Hammer

1/8″ Punch – To push the taper pins out

5/64″ Roll Pin Punch – To remove the gas tube roll pin

Removing the Barrel

AR 15 Barrel Wrench – To remove the barrel nut

AR 15 Upper Receiver Action Block – To mount the upper receiver into the vice

4 1/2″ Vice

Disassembling the Barrel Nut

Snap Ring Pliers – To remove the retaining ring

Tweezers – To remove the spring

Removing the Forward Assist

3/32″ Roll Pin Punch – To remove the forward assist roll pin

Disassembling the Forward Assist

Brownells Universal Pistol Armorers Block – (you can use a piece of 2X4 with holes drilled into it as well)

1/16″ Roll Pin Punch – To remove the roll pin

Pick – To remove the Spring


Upper Reassembly

Assembling the Forward Assist

Pick – To install the Spring

Tweezers – To install the plunger

1/16″ Punch – To hold the assembly together

Brownells Universal Pistol Armorers Block – (you can use a piece of 2X4 with holes drilled into it as well)

1/16″ Roll Pin Holder Punch – Start the install of the roll pin

8oz Ball Peen Hammer

AR 15 Front Sight Bench Block 

1/16″ Roll Pin Punch – To finish installing the roll pin

Installing the Forward Assist

3/32″ Punch – To hold the forward assist into the receiver

AR 15 Front Sight Bench Block 

3/32″ Roll Pin Holder Punch – Start the install of the roll pin

1/16″ Roll Pin Punch – To finish installing the roll pin

Installing the Dust Cover

5″ OAL Needle Nose Pliers – To install the spring

Assembling the Barrel Nut Assembly

Snap Ring Pliers – To install the retaining ring

Installing the Barrel

AR 15 Upper Receiver Action Block – To mount the upper receiver into the vice

4 1/2″ Vice

White Lithium Grease

AR 15 Barrel Wrench – To remove the barrel nut

Torque Wrench

3/32″ Punch – To align the spring retaining ring

Installing the Gas Tube and Gas Block

AR 15 Front Sight Bench Block 

Lyman Tapper Hammer – To start the install of the taper pins

8oz Ball Peen Hammer

3/32″ Nail Punch – To install the taper pins

5/64″ Roll Pin Holder Punch – Start the install of the gas tube roll pin

5/64″ Roll Pin Punch – To finish the install of the gas tube roll pin

Installing the Flash Hider

AR 15 Barrel Wrench – To install the flash hider

Installing the Handguards

AR Handguard Removal Tool