When I set out to review the Real Avid Gun Tool, I wasn’t initially very excited about the product. From online images, it seemed like it was a small tool that didn’t have the sturdiness I need when gunsmithing. When I opened the package, I was a little stunned by the multi-tool that I held in my hands. Below, I’ll tell you what I liked, what I disliked, and my overall impression of the tool. But first, lets look at the specifications.
Gun Tool Specifications
The Real Avid Gun Tool boasts an entire shooter’s tool box in one frame that fits in the palm of your hand. Here is what’s included:
- steel pin punch with round tip
- scope adjustment blade with a curved contour
- choke tube wrench for the following gauges: 10, 12, 16, 28, and .410
- curved blade
- 2 phillips screw driver bits
- 2 flat blade screw driver bits (3/16″ and 1/8″)
- Torx T10, T15, T20 wrenches
- Hex 3/32″ and 5/32″ wrenches
- magnetic 3/16″ driver
- magnetic storage bay for 4 screwdriver bits
- additional hex and torx bits
- storage pouch
- Weight – 8 ounces
- Length closed – 5 inches
- Width – 1.25 inches
- Height 1.5 inches
- Materials – 420 Stainless steel and aluminum, molded polymer, and black rubber grip
- Price ~ $15 (buy here from Amazon)
These tools will easily replace several in your range or tool bag. Let’s look at what the Gun Tool does right.
Price – For right around $15, you get a very serviceable tool that is not only portable, but very capable of performing several gun maintenance tasks. I mean, come on? $15? I’ve seen scope adjustment tools that cost more than that.
Size – While the tool is bigger than I originally thought it would be from images online, it is still quite small, and is slightly longer and wider than a full-size Leatherman multi-tool. With the added pouch, the entire package easily fits in a pocket, on your belt, or in a range bag.
Craftsmanship – The tool is built very well, and for the several weeks I have been using it, it has held up nicely. It is sturdy enough to perform most gunsmithing tasks. Steel and aluminum parts mixed with rubber and molded polymer is a nice combination.
Ergonomics – The Gun Tool fits surprisingly well in my hand. Molded rubber grips add comfort and it is just as comfortable holding the tool either way.
Ingenuity – This is a creative little tool. Most multi-tools are built around a set of pliers. This tool has a magnetic bit driver at one end, and has the ability to accept 3/16″ hex bits of all kinds. The magnetic bit storage area is slick, and the array of torq and hex wrenches (along with the built in choke wrench) is a fantastic idea all around.
The Not So Good
Weight – I was originally worried that the tool would be small and flimsy. It is actually quite sturdy, but the steel adds a little to the weight. At 8 ounces, it isn’t a brick, but a little heavier than I would like. I realize that trading the steel with other materials reduces durability and strength, and I don’t think I would make that trade-off.
Magnet – While the magnet in the bit driver holds the bits ok, I notice a little give and slip under higher stress. Not a big deal.
The Bottom Line
I would definitely recommend Real Avid’s Gun Tool to any shooter or gunsmith out there. This tool not only combines several maintenance tools into one handy and highly portable multi-tool, but it is sturdy and durable enough to last a long time. And for only $15, you can add this tool to your range bag today. The price is right, and the Gun Tool is a perfect match for the novice or expert gunsmith out there.
What do you think of the Gun Tool? Feel free to add your feedback in the comment section below.