Here’s a neat item to add to your shooting box, glove compartment or pack. Named appropriately, the Gun Tool, it consists of 18 firearm associated tools and tool bits packed into a large pocketknife body. Think of it as a Swiss Army knife or Leatherman tool designed specifically for disassembling or assembling, tightening or loosening, unscrewing or screwing or adjusting guns and gun parts. Versatility is its name.
Here’s what the Gun Tool contains. Swinging out from one end of the handle are the following drivers: a Torx T15, Torx T10, Allen 5/32″ and an Allen 3/32″. Swinging out from the opposite end of the handle are a Torx T20, a stainless universal choke tube wrench, knife blade and a pin punch. Stored under a spring-loaded hatch on the back of the handle are four bits that fit into a 3/16″ bit socket recessed into the end of the tool handle. Those bits include two Phillips—numbers P00 and a P1—and two conventional, flat screwdriver bits, a 1/8″ and 3/16″.
How handy is it? Well, for example, I’ve been working with a Kimber Model 84L Classic chambered for the .280 Ackley Improved and fitted with a Redfield Revolution 4-12x40mm scope mounted in conventional Leupold rings and bases. Fitting the Leupold bases and tightening the rings around the Redfield requires the use of a Torx T15 driver. The Gun Tool has it. Checking the tightness of the stock screws before taking the first shot with the Kimber requires the use of a 5/32″ Allen wrench. The Gun Tool has it.
Have you ever had to drop a pinned, shotgun or rifle trigger assembly in the field because of a misfeed and jam? I have, on several occasions, and I wish I had with me the Gun Tool with its integral pin punch to have gotten the job done expeditiously.
The universal choke tube wrench of the Gun Tool pretty much describes what it is. I tried it with Browning 12-gauge tubes, Remington 20-gauge tubes, Briley 28-gauge tubes and Remington .410 tubes with complete success.
None of the tools is locked into battery other than the four bits under the hatch which slip into the 3/16″ driving socket; however, when extended, the pin punch, knife blade and universal choke tube wrench are held in place by very stout springs—so stout, in fact, you can break a fingernail just getting them out of the handle for the first time. I ended up lubricating the springs and cams with DuPont’s Teflon Multi-Use, Dry, Wax Lubricant and rotating the tools repeatedly in-and-out of battery to domesticate them.
The Gun Tool is a well thought out, well designed, well built, firearm accessory. Not surprisingly, the same company, Real Avid, which makes the general Gun Tool, also makes a Gun Tool specifically designed for Ruger firearms, a big game dressing knife in which the blade is illuminated by two LED lights, a 28-in-1 archery multitool, a turkey hunting multitool. You get the idea. Real Avid makes a variety of interesting and useful multitools for the outdoorsman. With a suggested retail price of $24.99, the Gun Tool is an excellent value.
By Holt Bodinson
10700 Highway 55, Ste. 150
Plymouth, MN 55441
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