Specialty 308 AR Tools and AR-10 Tool Guide
308AR and AR-10 Tools
Specialized Tools for Building and Maintaining your .308 AR
August 9, 2020 – A lot has changed since this page was originally created. DPMS is gone and there are a plethora of new tools available for servicing these rifles. Look for updated content coming soon!
Sources for AR-10 and 308 AR Tools:
Brownells has been the gunsmith, armorer, and shooter go-to supplier for general gunsmithing tools for decades. You would be hard-pressed to not find the tools you need in their catalog or on their website. Brownells is my favorite place to shop.
In recent years as AR manufacturers have become more creative with their firearms designed they often require special tools for working with their specific platforms. We see this mostly with handguards and barrel nuts. Make sure if your hardware requires a brand-specific tool that it ships with your hardware or it’s available for purchase at the time you place your order. It’s very frustrating to start your AR build and find you need a tool that you don’t have.
Other manufacturers of AR’s recognize the need for better tools and are filling a much-needed void. Odin Works is one such brand.
ODIN Works AR-10 Upper Receiver Vise Block is an indispensable tool needed for the assembly of an AR-10 and AR-15 Upper Receiver. This .308 AR Vise Block allows you to secure your upper while you clean or install barrels, forends, muzzle devices, and any accessories you want to mount on your upper.
The Young MFG 308 AR Bolt Assembly & Disassembly Tool makes it a simple operation to remove or install a new ejector and spring into the AR-10 bolt. Anyone who has tried to do this without a tool will be amazed at the reduction in the number of swears needed to perform the task.
Just spotted this on Brownells. Interesting, inexpensive and reusable tool for proper gas block alignment. Currently only available for .750 barrels but other sizes are coming. The Gas Block Genie is a must-have tool for easily assembling your AR platform rifle. Gas Block Genie allows you to install your gas block to the perfect depth and angle on the first shot!
Brownells has teamed up with M-Pro 7 to develop the M-PRO 7 AR 308 CLEANING KIT. This cleaning kit specifically for maintaining an AR-type rifle in peak operating condition. Now you can clean your AR using the same operationally tested products used by the United States Armed Forces.
These extra long gas tube pipe cleaners are designed for scrubbing out fouling and carbon residue from gas tubes on gas-impinging rifles, like traditional AR-10 308AR AR15 platforms and variants. These extra-long tube pipe cleaners let you swab the full length of the gas tube. Made with highly absorbent cotton bristles, these tubes are fully functional and can be used for a variety of other applications.
AR-15, AR-10, AR .308 Ejection Cover Hinge Pin Clip Tool lets you easily install the ejection cover hinge pin clip. Simply slide c-clip into recess in the tool and snap into place..AR-15 Ejection Cover Hinge Pin Clip Tool features split-lip design that lets you easily install ejection cover hinge pin clip. No more c-clips shooting across the room. Just slide c-clip into recess in the tool and snap into place. Squared handle makes it easy to grip and manipulate.
308-AR AR-15 AR-10 Bolt Catch Pin Compatibility 308 AR AR-10 Bolt Catch Pin – The bolt catch pin, one of the smallest parts on the 308 AR, AR-10 and AR-15 platform weapons is a part that can stop an AR-10 308AR build dead in it’s tracks if you didn’t purchase the correct one or the correct LOWER PARTS KIT for your STRIPPED LOWER RECEIVER. Here’s why. The AR-15 platform uses a roll pin and that’s taken for granted when shooters move up to the AR-10 and 308 AR platforms. Unfortunately this is where the topic gets muddy.
308AR AR15 AR-10 Roll Pin Tools – 308AR AR15 AR-10 Roll Pin Tools – One of my pet peeves from folks who assemble their own AR15 AR-10 308AR rifles is the sloppy installation of the various roll pins the rifles require. In all fairness there are a few roll pins that present a challenge to the inexperienced and experienced alike. The BOLT CATCH ROLL PIN comes to mind as does the FORWARD ASSIST ROLL PIN. The BOLT CATCH ROLL PIN is positioned quite close to the body of the LOWER RECEIVER and requires a ROLL PIN PUNCH to have a flat side to properly install.
Pictures of a GERBER SHORT STACK AR15 GRIP TOOL installed in a MAGPUL MOE PISTOL GRIP
The Gerber Short Stack is a compact AR-15 maintenance tool sized to fit into Magpul MOE and MIAD pistol grips. The Gerber Short Stack’s innovative three-piece design allows shooters to create multiple wrench configurations, allowing users to tighten and loosen the buffer tube, flash hider and other accessories. The Gerber Short Stack also features a front sight adjustment tool, a pull-through handle for OTIS cables, and scraping surfaces for the weapon system’s firing pin, bolt and bolt carrier. The Gerber Short Stack is compatible with Magpul M-LOK accessories, featuring a 7mm wrench and two-sided hex bits for M-LOK fasteners.
Handy tool aids in applying straight-line torque for fast, easy installation of the AR 308/AR-10 barrel nut without scratching the exterior of the upper receiver. Helps ensure the right amount of torque is evenly applied, while maintaining proper alignment of the barrel, upper receiver, and gas tube ports. Use with any barrel nut wrench or free-float tube wrench and a torque wrench with a ½” square drive.
AR-10, DPMS LR-308, AR .308 AR Tools January 12, 2019 Update: It's interesting to look at this page knowing it's nearly nine years old as I type this. While this page is still relevant there has been so many changes to the platform with many new manufacturers...
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