Photo: Scott Smith
These days firearms come with numerous pins and firearms-specific screws. The problem is that many of the popular multi-tools carried by law enforcement don't address this. You don't want to carry around all manner of special tools just so you can make adjustments or tear down a weapon. That's why The Gun Tool from Real Avid is such a find.
As the name implies, The Gun Tool is a tool designed for guns. Its parts include a pin punch, a small hook blade knife, common Torx and hex head wrenches, a shotgun choke/size gauge wrench, and a 3/8-inch drive for Philips head and flat blade screwdrivers (two each included). All of this comes packaged in a palm-sized tool.
I have been using the basic Gun Tool; the size of the handle gives you sufficient torque to tighten down scope rings, sights, etc. The knife works well to remove a 1911 thumb safety or open a box of targets. For most issues at the range The Gun Tool has you covered. If you need more sizes of Allen bits, for an extra $10 you can purchase an upgraded version of The GunTool with an additional five bits and an LED light.
What make this a must-have tool are its reasonable purchase price and the fact that it's purpose built for firearms. The Gun Tool would be a good piece to keep in your agency's range bag or your private range bag.
Real Avid The Gun Tool Specs:
Materials: 420 stainless steel and aluminum, molded polymer and black rubber grip
Length Closed: 5 inches
Width: 1¼ inches
Height: 1½ inches
Weight: 8 ounces
Scott Smith is a former federal police officer for the Department of Veteran's Affairs who currently serves as a reserve officer.
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