Real Avid Gun Tool Pro – AR15 Review
For those looking for a portable, complete tool kit for maintaining your AR, the folks at Real Avid might have the answer. Their Gun Tool Pro – AR15 is another version of their popular Gun Tool Pro, but made specifically for use with AR platform rifles. This compact system has just about every tool you would ever need for field repairs and cleaning, making it the Swiss Army knife of AR tools (eat your heart out MacGyver).
- Bolt Carrier scraper
- Nine function bolt/firing pin/cam pin scraper
- Cotter pin puller
- Bolt override tool
- A1 & A2 front site tool
- Pin punch
- 8/32 female threaded post for use with brushes (none are included)
- 2.5-inch raptor claw point knife blade
- Two 1/4-inch bit drivers
- Nine firearm-specific driver bits (Torx, Allen, Phillips and flat)
- Tap hammer
- Metal file
- Removable, magnetic storage compartment
- Lanyard loop
- Durable black oxide coating
- MOLLE compatible ballistic nylon sheath
Along with multi-platform tools that can be used on various firearms, like nine different 1/4″ bits (Torx, Allen, etc.), a pin punch, the 8/32 threaded post (for brushes, etc.) , the Gun Tool Pro – AR-15 also offers some AR specific tools that will make cleaning your rifle a cinch. These include its nine function BCG scraper, a bolt override tool, cotter pin puller, and the A1/A2 front site tool. They also include a handy magnetic storage compartment, which can be removed from the tool itself, allowing you to keep detents, springs, pins, and other small parts in a safe place while you clean or repair your rifle.
Here we can see most of the available tools on the Gun Tool Pro – AR15, which include (from left to right) the bolt carrier scraper & file, utility knife, Torx bits size 10-20, 8/32 threaded post (for using a chamber brush, etc.), the bolt override tool, and the nine function bolt scraper.
Several of the tools lock securely in place, much like a pocketknife, with a locking mechanism like shown above. The tools that lock in place include the utility knife, carrier scarper/file, bolt scarper, and the bolt override.
The magnetic storage compartment is a very handy feature. Like a magnetic pan used by auto mechanics, this little box allows you to place small, easy to lose parts in it for safe storage while you are servicing your rifle. The built-in magnet is pretty strong too, keeping a good grip on the springs and detents I had inside while shaking it with the door open.
The 8/32 threaded post allows you to attach any cleaning brush or boresnake that uses an 8-32nd male end. Here you can see it with my well-used AR15 chamber brush.
You can choose from two 1/4″ driver sockets, and Real Avid included nine different bits (shown below).
Included in this spring loaded compartment are nine bits, including five Allen heads (ranging from 3/32 up to 3/16), two flat heads, a Philips bit, and a pin punch. The bits are held into their sleeves magnetically, ensuring they don’t accidentally fall out while out in the field.
If you find yourself in need of a hammer for small jobs, you can use the tap hammer. While I wouldn’t use this to drive a nail into something, it could come in hand to tap out a roll pin.
Here we have the A1/A2 front sight adjustment tool. These are very handy to have on your person when zeroing an AR with iron sights.
Everything pictured above tucks away in the included tan/FDE pouch, which is MOLLE compatible so you can easily attach it to your pack, etc.
In use video
Here you can see a short video I recorded while using the Real Avid Gun Tool Pro – AR15 to clean a filthy BCG that hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned for a couple thousand rounds, or so.
The folks at Real Avid have created a very handy little tool with their Gun Tool Pro – AR15. I’ve used it to clean one of the dirtiest BCGs I own, as well as tinker on various other items while at home and at the range. It’s small enough to keep with you out in the field, while durable enough that it should stand up to the test of time. At about $50, it’s totally worth the price, especially considering you get the storage pouch and the front sight tool. My only real complaint is that this unit is made in China. But, what isn’t these days.
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