GUN What tools do I really need to swap an AR barrel?

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  1. Captain Haddock

    Captain Haddock Blistering Barnacles OT Supporter

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    I am tired of my 16" heavy profile barrel. Thinking about going with a 14.5 lightweight.

    I feel like doing this as cheaply as possible, so I'd rather not spend 80 bucks on an upper block and an armorers tool. Any chance I can mash the upper between some wood blocks in a vice, and remove the barrel with a common hand tool? :o

    PS: I have done no research on this subject, so feel free to type hurtful words about my jewish ways
     
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    PleaseEatSomeShit 1-900-RAT-FUCK

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    vice grips and hammer
     
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    http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=730930

    Spend the money and buy the block. Plenty of people have cracked or tweaked their upper receiver by trying to swap a barrel without it. You'll also need a barrel nut tool. DPMS makes a castlenut and barrel nut combo wrench for like $20 I think.
     
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    ive done it without the right tools. sucked.


    Buy a cheap barrel wrench online.
     
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    Captain Haddock Blistering Barnacles OT Supporter

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    FFFUUU I am the exact kind of guy to try it the stupid way, break an upper, then end up buying an upper and the right tools :wtc:
     
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    You probably could do it with a wooden dowel or something in the middle, and two wooden blocks outside cut to fit the upper. Or you may get lucky and be able to crank off the barrel nut without too much trouble, it just depends on how tight it is.
     
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    Captain Haddock Blistering Barnacles OT Supporter

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    Fuck it, I have access to a sheet metal shop, I know I can easily make the barrel wrench, and I could probably make a decent dpms style upper block out of sheet metal. What's the worst that could happen :mamoru:
     
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    Having access doesn't mean that you know how to make a proper one.

    And at the cost of 20$, I don't know how much you value your time, but I sure couldn't make one cheaper.
     
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    Captain Haddock Blistering Barnacles OT Supporter

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    I design the parts, I don't run the machines. The barrel wrench is the easy part. The block will be the fun one.

    Where's the fun in buying stuff off the shelf?
     

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