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    Default Looking for a decent gun cleaning stand...

    Anyone know of a good, solid gun cleaning/maintenance stand/vise out there?

    I've seen/played with some cheap, plastic Tipton ones that are a joke, and seen other plastic ones out there as well. I saw one metal stand but it was thin tubing and didn't have any heft to it. Some inertia (mass) to the unit would be nice when driving a roll pin, etc.

    Do I need to make my own to have a solid, (relatively) heavy unit? Is there not a demand for this?

    I admit, I haven't looked in maybe a year or so.

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    Default Re: Looking for a decent gun cleaning stand...

    No one???

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    Default Re: Looking for a decent gun cleaning stand...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwocky View Post
    No one???
    I don't know anyone that uses a "stand".
    Most people use a generic bench vise.
    Can't get more solid than that.
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    Default Re: Looking for a decent gun cleaning stand...

    Quote Originally Posted by Berncly View Post
    I don't know anyone that uses a "stand".
    Most people use a generic bench vise.
    Can't get more solid than that.
    There was a guy here that didn't have a basement or garage, so he did all his maintenance in his kitchen.
    The rumor was that when his girlfriend was out he would clamp a 2x8 to his kitchen counter with a generic 40 pound bench vise bolted to it.
    Seemed to work pretty well for him, or at least that's what I heard.
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    Default Re: Looking for a decent gun cleaning stand...

    Quote Originally Posted by Berncly View Post
    There was a guy here that didn't have a basement or garage, so he did all his maintenance in his kitchen.
    The rumor was that when his girlfriend was out he would clamp a 2x8 to his kitchen counter with a generic 40 pound bench vise bolted to it.
    Seemed to work pretty well for him, or at least that's what I heard.
    That ain't all he got into when let home alone.

    A cleaning vice isn't an assembly/disassembly tool. It's a third hand for cleaning to assist not harming the bore while you're working.
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    Default Re: Looking for a decent gun cleaning stand...

    Not sure whatís wrong with the Tipton models especially for cleaning? There are several different models, they are all somewhat affordable and built well. Most importantly they help to get the job done which is basic maintenance and light repairs.

    I have had mine for over a decade and have used it for maintenance and restorations on dozens of firearms using it without ever an issue.
    Last edited by Hodgie; June 30th, 2020 at 07:33 AM.

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    Default Re: Looking for a decent gun cleaning stand...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hodgie View Post
    Not sure what*s wrong with the Tipton models especially for cleaning? There are several different models, they are all somewhat affordable and built well. Most importantly they help to get the job done which is basic maintenance and light repairs.

    I have had mine for over a decade and have used it for maintenance and restorations on dozens of firearms using it without ever an issue.
    He's talking about driving in roll pins, like doing a build.
    I'm sure there's guys here that can do a build lightly floating on a layer of bubbles, but I hammer that crap all over the place if not bolted down.
    Then there's Empty who just parks his truck on a board and then does the rest with a pair of pliers and his sandwich clamps.
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    Default Re: Looking for a decent gun cleaning stand...

    Quote Originally Posted by Berncly View Post
    He's talking about driving in roll pins, like doing a build.
    I'm sure there's guys here that can do a build lightly floating on a layer of bubbles, but I hammer that crap all over the place if not bolted down.
    Then there's Empty who just parks his truck on a board and then does the rest with a pair of pliers and his sandwich clamps.
    My mistake. However you use a proper upper and lower jig for that secured in a vise vs a cleaning/maintenance vise for AR builds.

    For all non AR firearms a properly made and secured work bench and a gun mat is all thatís required. Worked for a shop with a Smith for years and itís what was used.
    Last edited by Hodgie; June 30th, 2020 at 07:53 AM.

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    Default Re: Looking for a decent gun cleaning stand...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hodgie View Post
    My mistake. However you use a proper upper and lower jig for that secured in a vise vs a cleaning/maintenance vise for AR builds.

    For all non AR firearms a properly made and secured work bench and a gun mat is all that*s required. Worked for a shop with a Smith for years and it*s what was used.
    Yeah, I did most of my stuff on several layers of dense rubber exercise mats on the kitchen counter.
    Sometimes I used the dishwasher.
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    Default Re: Looking for a decent gun cleaning stand...

    "Anyone know of a good, solid gun cleaning/maintenance stand/vise out there?"

    For AR's there is no "One size fits all" for doing everything you would want to do with an AR. A cleaning stand is just, as was said, something to make cleaning an AR or other rifles easier (the "third hand").

    When doing maintenance on an AR there are all kinds of specific jigs that will assist in performing maintenance so that you don't harm your firearm. Go to Brownells and you can see the myriad of different jigs and fixtures that are available. The ones I use the most are the lower receiver holder, the upper receiver action block, a Geissele reaction rod, and an AR bench block. Those and a good bench vise (with various materials (leather, aluminum, etc.) for padding what you secure in the vise) will make maintenance easier.

    I have both a Tipton and a MTM cleaning station http://www.mtmcase-gard.com/products...ning-rmc-5.php and they do what they were designed for very well. I even use the Tipton when mounting/boresighting scopes and optics on rifles to take out any human errors that could be introduced.
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