It’s hard to do a job correctly if one doesn’t have the proper tools. I have made a hobby of collecting armorer tools to go with the wide variety of firearms that come into my shop. Some I may never use, but are works of art, both in their concept and execution. Others are overly complicated for tasks that can be better performed with a hammer and punch. Here is a look at some of the many tools I’ve been designing and collecting over the last 20 years.The East Germans produced a very nice armorer tool chest for the AKM (MPi-KM/KMS-72), RPK (MPi-LMG) and the Makarov (Pistole – M). With the help of John Baum at GermanManuals.com, I have figured out what they all are for. Here are the ones for the Makarov.
L 8 Gauge measuring play between slide (breech) and barrel. Insert in barrel, turn screw over front sight until it contacts front sight. Press on the slide attempting to move away from barrel. Observe the line scribed on outside of screw housing for maximum play.Gauge measuring barrel protrusion. Press gauge into barrel. Front edge of slide will push front rod forward. Observe line for minimum 0.5mm protrusion