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Tools for the Amateur Riflesmith
Screwdrivers are probably the most miss-used, miss-applied tools that ever touch firearms. Firearms use a wide variety of screw slots and widths and the driver must fill the slot in both directions.
Some 'smiths have a selection of drivers that they grind-to-fit as they encounter new slot sizes. I have found that the selection shown above, from Brownells, just about fills the bill. Brownells sells the "bits" individually, and you can build a selection as you go. Brownells sells a 22-bit set for about $56 and a 44 bit set for $93.
The "bits" are standard 1/4-inch hexes and you can buy cheap hardware handles, and the Brownells bits will fit. Brownells also sell specialty bits for scope rings and butt-plates, as well as Allen hexes and Torx.
I've worked 30 years in the electronics and instrumentation field and have never found a small driver, straight, Phillips, hex or Bristol as good as those made in Germany by Wiha. The ones at the top are from a set of fixed drivers, while the ones below are from a handle and double-ended bit kit. Three bits are shown, one in the handle and two above the handle. STAY AWAY FROM THOSE SILVER HANDLED THINGS IN THE CLEAR AND BLUE PLASTIC CASES!
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