An armorer’s wrench is one of the primary tools that every hobbyist AR-15 owner should have in their toolset. Far too many tinkerers and hobbyists think they can get away with modifying or maintaining their AR-15 or other weapons with common tools.
The performance just isn’t the same, and when you’re dropping upwards of $1,000 on a precision-engineered firearm, you need the right tools for the job. We’ve all used a screwdriver as a pin punch now and again, but the first time your tools slip off target and put a nice 3″ scratch down the side of your upper, you’ll wish you did it right the first time.
Wrenching with anything other than a purpose-designed product won’t give you the fit, versatility, convenience, or piece-of-mind that a great armorer’s wrench can bring to your work table.
Let’s break down the best armorer’s wrenches on the market, so you never have to make do with a sub-par wrench again. This article is part of our ongoing series on Gun Basics.