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GUNS Magazine November 2012 Digital Edition - Page 76
Featuring: gunS aLL-StarS! The Gun Tool holT Bodinson ere’s a neat item to add to your H shooting box, glove compartment or pack. Named appropri- ately, 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". The Gun Tool consists of 18 firearm associated tools and tool bits packed into a large pocketknife body designed specifically for tightening or loosening gun parts. 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. real aVid 10700 HiGHway 55, STe. 150 PlyMoUTH, MN 55441 (800) 286-0567 www.GUNSMaGaziNe.CoM/ realaVid colt’s new service Revolver hamilTon s. BoWEn ew things stir the soul of a deF vout bibliophile more than a thoroughly authoritative book that is at once handsome, well-written and lavishly illustrated. For gun junkies, such a book is every bit as rewarding as a new gun. Timothy Mullin’s Colt’s New Service Revolver is a delight to read and savor slowly, drawing out the experience as long as possible. This is more than merely a book. It is first a tribute to the late Bill Powell, perhaps the planet’s foremost authority on these great revolvers and second a scholarly but eminently readable study of “A Particularly Strong, Heavy Weapon,” replete with exquisite photos of rare and exotic examples of the New Service, vintage ad copy, documents, schematics and patent drawings. Indeed, it is really a museum masquerading as a book. What must impress most is the scope of the work. Powell’s extensive collection included serial number 0, a pre-production example which embodied the final iteration of the gun before real production commenced. Serial number 1, in the hands of a 76 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 2