How to build your own gun vise

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How to build your own gun vise
A shop vice suitable for conversion into a gun vice. (Old metal vice on a white background image by terex from

Many modifications to guns can be made without the services of a gunsmith. In most cases, a gun vice is essential since the gun must be held securely while torque stresses are applied to the receiver or barrel. An inexpensive gun vice is easy to make and will work for both amateur and professional gunsmiths.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Large shop vice
  • Two 12-inch lengths of pinewood, 2 inches thick
  • Hot glue gun

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  1. 1

    Attach a large shop vice to a secure support such as a bench or table. The support must be able to hold the vice when torque or pressure is applied to the gun as it is held securely within the vice.

  2. 2

    Open the vice jaws completely and glue one piece of pinewood to the inside of the vice jaw, using the hot glue gun. Glue another piece of pinewood to the inside of the other vice jaw, then close the jaws to force the pinewood pieces into alignment (Precise alignment is not critical because the wood is only used to protect the gun from direct contact with the steel surface of the shop vice).

  3. 3

    Allow the hot glue to dry for several seconds. Open the vice jaws, place your gun between the pinewood blocks, adjust the position of your gun based on your desires and close the vice jaws. Ensure that only the pinewood blocks come into contact with your gun since the steel jaws of the shop vice can damage your gun.

Tips and warnings

  • As you close the shop vice jaws, the pinewood will compress and securely hold your gun in place without damaging the gun finish.
  • Do not over-tighten the shop vice jaws, causing the pinewood inserts to splinter and fall away.
  • Replace the pinewood inserts when they become damaged, worn or dirty.
  • Before working on any firearm, check to make sure it is unloaded.

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