Hey, guys, I know you've got them lying around your shop. I thought I would post some some pix of the old antique tools I use for gunsmithing my old guns. I'll bet you guys couldn't name half these, so I put the tool name on the photos for you. What've you got?
I will get the pics going but I use:
a rubber head hammer
a lead shot filled hammer
a brass head hammer
Midway screwdriver set
And a first aid kit
All old and the cheaper the better.
Some of those are planishing tools use for smoothing & shaping red hot metal, some are stockmaking & the last one is for checkering. I have some similar ones inherited from Grandpa (where my gunsmithing business started). Gunsmithing is rapidly becoming a lost art, being replaced by armorers who swap parts instead of make or repair broken ones. There are very few true gunsmiths today who can make an entire gun from scratch.
Sorry no photos but I'm just back from a trip to the indoor range with the youngest daughter. She really likes shooting an old bolt action single shot .22 I picked up somewhere. Anyway it was shooting to the right so I grabbed a bench brush and wacked the front sight over a bit. I was surprised the it moved in the dovetail being so old. Anyway it's dead on now and she shot the center out of the target.