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Do-It-Yourself Essentials: Firearm Maintenance Tools

Sometimes a homemade “tool” is just the ticket for routine firearms maintenance.

Do-It-Yourself Essentials: Firearm Maintenance Tools

The pull-through on the left is a 12-gauge multi-tool from England made many years ago. On the right is a Wieland-made pull-through for an 11mm rifle. Not elegant, but it’s handy and works well.

Any number of my acquaintances will confirm this fact: I am not a gunsmith and do not pretend to be one. When skilled work needs to be done, I find an expert to do it. However, there are some essentials that can no longer be found commercially or don’t require the sterling touch of a London gunmaker. These I make myself, and since they will rarely leave my gunroom and will be seen by few, it doesn’t matter if they are a bit crude.

Making one’s own ammunition is not really gunsmithing, but it’s related, and in that case it’s make it yourself or don’t shoot. Also, some of the tools and skills involved (if such they can be called) are useful for...

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