Custom Action Wrench

Making your own gunsmithing tools allows customization, can save time by creating a needed tool in a pinch instead of waiting, and can save money. Here’s how I made a custom action wrench.

by R. M. Layng

When working on a project, sometimes even the best of us find that we are in need of a special tool to finish the job but don’t have it on hand. The reasons for this are many, including not wanting to purchase one for the high price tag they usually have attached, or are in a time crunch, etc. Whatever your reason, you are still in need of said special tool to move along with the job.

I found myself in this exact situation when needing to rip the barrel off of the action of a surplus rifle I picked up at a local gun shop for a pet project. After placing multiple phone calls to various companies to get quotes and searching the depths of the World Wide Web, I came up with almost no results costing less than a mortgage payment. I decided to just make my own with some materials I had on hand in the shop.

I had some…

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