You don’t need to be a gunsmith to enjoy the shooting sports, but having a few basic tools on hand to do simple repairs or maintenance is a good idea.
Roy Huntington, publisher of American Handgunner, answers an excellent reader question asking, “What kinds of tools should I have on hand if I’ll be working on my guns?”
While cautioning novices and untrained gunsmiths against biting off more than they can chew, he does recommend that those shooters who are interested should indeed do basic maintenance and simple operations.
“General maintenance work…you can certainly do that at home,” Huntington says. “And actually it’s a lot of fun. It’s very satisfying. I highly recommend it, as a matter of fact.”
Huntington says that the gunsmith tools he lists and talks about are not only useful, but are mandatory for the home tinkerer. Get a pen and paper as you watch, and make a list following Huntington’s lead.
He concludes with advice we’ve all heard before but can never hear enough:
“Remember, when you’re working on guns, make sure that you’re safe. Obey the four firearm safety rules. Keep that muzzle pointed in a safe direction, and clear every single one of them every single time if you’re going to work on them.”