Glocksmith in My Pocket: The Real Avid 4-in-1 Tool

Is that a Real Avid 4-in-1 Tool in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? Sorry, not sorry, I had to take the easy shot first. This innovative pocket-size tool is about the size of a decent tactical EDC flashlight and is truly designed to be a Glocksmith in your pocket, capable of handling most basic functions you’ll need for field maintenance or working on your Glock basics in the basement. If this tool can’t do it, you probably need a real gunsmith.

As a Glock owner, I’m all about practicality and ease of use. It’s why I got the darn gun in the first place. Whatever gun I use needs to be reliable and ready, and that extends to maintaining it. Fumbling with a hodgepodge of tools during cleaning or customization has never appealed to me. Enter the Real Avid 4-in-1 Tool for Glock – a pocket-sized powerhouse that’s become my go-to for all things Glock tinkering. It’s so handy that it lives in my range bag when I’m not using it at home.

The Real Avid 4-in-1 Glock tool is the perfect pocket or range bag companion for quick and dirty fixes, sight alignments, backstrap replacements, and more. [Photo: David Workman]

Built to Last

The first impression? Solid. Thanks to its glass-filled nylon construction, this tool feels substantial in your hand. It’s lightweight but reassuringly strong, a quality accentuated by the smooth, matte finish. There is no flimsy plastic here – it feels like something that can handle years of range trips and workbench duty.

The Goods Inside

The magic of the 4-in-1 tool lies in its ingenious design. The ergonomic handle houses four dedicated Glock-specific tools, each cleverly concealed and deployed with a satisfying push-button mechanism. No more rummaging through a toolbox. Each tool snaps out securely and locks in place for precision use.

All four tools pop out with the touch of a button and lock open like a multi-tool. [Photo: David Workman]
Let’s delve into the functionalities of this quartet:

  1. 3mm Armorers Punch: This sturdy little punch is the workhorse for pin removal during disassembly. It fits all Glock pin sizes perfectly, eliminating the risk of slipping or damaging the frame.
  2. Flat-Blade Screwdriver: This one might seem like a no-brainer since flat-blade screwdrivers come in handy for all sorts of fixes, but its design is well-suited for Glock-specific tasks. The thin profile allows for easy prying of the slide lock spring and locking block, two components you wouldn’t want to tackle with a bulky screwdriver.
  3. .050” Allen Wrench: This gem is for those who like to personalize their Glocks with aftermarket rear sights or need to replace the factories if they break. The wrench size is perfect for adjusting windage and elevation on most common sights, giving you precise control over your sight picture.
  4. 3/16” Hex Driver: This magnetic marvel is a lifesaver when it comes to front sight installation or removal. The magnet securely holds the tiny sight screw, preventing it from becoming a projectile across the room (we’ve all been there). It also works flawlessly with both stock and aftermarket front sights.

In Action: Disassembly and Customization Made Easy

Putting the 4-in-1 tool to the test was a breeze. The punch easily tackles the takedown pins, and the flat-blade screwdriver makes quick work of the slide lock spring.

Swapping out my stock sights for some night sights was equally painless. The magnetic hex driver held the front sight screw like a champ, and the Allen wrench allowed for precise adjustment of the rear sight. The entire process took just a few minutes, and I felt confident and in control throughout.

Small tasks like replacing a backstrap are easy with the included punch. [Photo: David Workman]

Beyond the Basics

The 4-in-1 tool isn’t just about disassembly and customization. Its compact size makes it ideal for range use. A loose sight screw? No problem, the Allen wrench is right there. Need to clear a jammed case? The punch can come to the rescue. It’s a true problem-solver for any Glock owner who values preparedness.

A Caveat: Know Your Limits

While the 4-in-1 tool is fantastic for basic maintenance and modifications, it’s important to remember it’s not a substitute for a complete gunsmithing kit. Consulting a qualified gunsmith is always the safest option for major repairs or modifications.

Got a Glock knockoff? The Real Avid 4-in-1 Tool for Glock even performs some limited tasks on guns that look and act like Glocks, such as this Arex Delta M. [Photo: David Workman]

The Bottom Line: Worth Every Penny

The Real Avid 4-in-1 Tool for Glock carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $29.99. In my opinion, that’s a steal. This tool saves you time and frustration while empowering you to take better care of your Glock. It’s a small investment that pays off in convenience, confidence, and the satisfaction of maintaining your firearm yourself.

Parting Shot

For any Glock owner who wants an effective, no-nonsense tool for keeping their sidearm in top shape, the Real Avid 4-in-1 Tool is a must-have. It’s built to last, easy to use, and covers all the essential tasks you might encounter. It’s transformed my Glock maintenance routine from a chore to a simple and even enjoyable experience. If you’re looking for a way to take ownership of your Glock care, this little powerhouse is definitely worth adding to your range bag.

David Workman is an avid gun guy, a contributing writer to several major gun publications, and the author of Absolute Authority. A logophile since way back, Workman is a quickdraw punslinger and NRA RSO and Certified Pistol Instructor. He helps train new shooters on basic handgun skills and CCW requirements and is a strong advocate for training as much as practicable. "Real-world shootouts don't happen at a box range."

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