- 1911 Government and Officer Bushing Wrench
- 4 x Bondhus Protanium Hex Keys for Laser Sights
- Non-Hardened Stainless Steel Pick/Scraper
- 3/32″ Pin Punch Interchangeable with 8-32 Threaded Implements
- 3″ Tanto Knife, 2.5″ Long Bit Driver, 6 Bits, Fine Tooth Metal File, and Tap Hammer Surface
This tool won't turn anyone into a gunsmith overnight, and it would be a stretch to refer to it as an all-purpose gunsmithing tool. But what it is designed for, it does perfectly: you want one of these babies in your gear back when you're out shooting and something's not quite right.
It’s no secret I’m a “gun guy,” and that I’m a “tool guy,” so when the opportunity to review a gun tool came along, how could I pass that up?
Knowing I’m a pistol junkie, the fine folks at “outdoor life” gear makers Real Avid recently provided one of their new for 2015 tools named, quite simply, The Pistol Tool:
With an MSRP of $39.99 and a street price of a bit less at places like Amazon, the Pistol Tool packs maximum value into a compact package. So compact, in fact, that it’s designed to fit completely inside a standard magazine pouch (it fit fine in all of my various 9mm pouches). The idea behind the Pistol Tool is to have all the tools handy that one might need for in-the-field adjustments and repairs for revolvers, striker-fired semi-autos, and even the classic 1911. In fact, the first tool that popped out at me was the 1911 barrel bushing wrench, which is actually two different wrenches: one for full sized Government 1911s, and the other for Officer versions.
In all, the Pistol Tool boasts 18 individual tools, including a set of four high-strength Allen keys and driver bits. Watch my video review above for an overview of all 18 tools.
The Pistol Tool is made of durable stainless-steel and features a titanium coating to inhibit corrosion in outdoor environments. The Tanto-style blade in the on-board knife was surprisingly sharp, and as you’ll see from the video, deploys so quickly with the flick of a thumb that you might think it’s spring-assisted (it’s not). After lubrication and some break-in, I bet it gets even faster… not that it needs to.
I tested the Pistol Tool on my 1911, my Glocks, my Sig Classic P-Series, my Walthers, and my S&W Revolvers. Simple tasks like sight adjustment, grip replacement, pin removal, and general tinkering were easily accomplished. This tool won’t turn anyone into a gunsmith overnight, and it would be a stretch to refer to it as an all-purpose gunsmithing tool. But what it is designed for, it does perfectly: you want one of these babies in your gear back when you’re out shooting and something’s not quite right. Having your gun out of commission because you didn’t have a small enough screwdriver or Allen wrench handy would be a shame… and when your buddy at the range argues that the only reason you’re out-gunning him is because his “sights are off,” hand him your Pistol Tool and give him a chance to fix them. 🙂
With the holiday season right around the corner (no matter when you’re reading this… there’s always some sort of holiday right around the corner), the Pistol Tool is the perfect stocking-stuffer to put on Santa’s list. But rather than hope Santa gets it right, add it to your Amazon Wish list, or just pick one up for yourself.