What’s worse than needing a specific tool and not having it? When you have the tool but it is… elsewhere. As in, not physically available to you where you need it when you need it.
Sometimes you need your gun tools when you’re out in the field or at the range. Heck, maybe you just want to make them part of your EDC because your work (or preference) demands it. That’s where Real Avid comes in with its Gun Tool AMP line. Instead of trying to come up with a solution using whatever materials may be close at hand, the Gun Tool AMP has your tools packed into a portable multi-tool configuration.
Cool, eh? The available models cover three popular platforms: the AR 15, 1911, and pistol.
We recently obtained the model for pistols, so we’ll take a closer look at it. Before we get into the review, though, check out the video demonstration so you can see how the system works.
The two-part system maximizes storage, function, and portability.
You wouldn’t think a multitool and holster combo with this much capability would be small enough to fit comfortably in your hand, but it does. And though it’ll add a little bulk to your belt if you decide to wear it, it isn’t enough to be cumbersome.
The multitool portion has stainless steel tools including:
- 2.6″ Wharncliffe knife blade
- Laser/sight trigger adjustment Hex keys (.028″, .035″, .050″, and 1/6″)
- 2.5mm (3/32″) pin punch
- Tap hammer
- Flat carbon scraper for deeper cleaning
- Metal file
- Bottle opener
- Angled pick to help access those hard-to-reach places in the pistol slide and frame
- Nut wrenches (4mm, 5mm, 1/4″, and 5/16″)
The tools either have a black oxide finish or are made of titanium.
Real Avid incorporated so much into this holster, I find it to be quite impressive. The belt clip is big enough to be used on wider belts and it’s also MOLLE compatible. And then, there’s the magnetic bit storage, multiple bit options, and the lever system to keep it all secure until you’re ready to use it.
The bit set includes common bits and screwdriver heads:
- 5/64″ Hex
- 3/32″ Hex
- 7/64″ Hex
- #1 Phillips
- 1/8″ Flat
- 3/16″ Flat
- 1/4″ Flat
- 9mm Flat
As I mentioned earlier, I used the Real Avid Gun Tool AMP to install a Tyrant Designs Magazine Extension and Extended Slide Release on my Glock 43. It was easy to install both of them, though I did learn a new trick when installing the slide release.
At first, it seemed like I need to pound the slide release pin with the punch to get it out, but I really didn’t want to use too much force for fear I might damage the gun, the pin, or even my fingers. I asked a buddy about it and he sent me this video showing how to remove it without using too much force.
Basically, if you press down on the spring that is pushing up on the slide release while pushing on the spring, you can use a punch and push it out. No hammer (or roll of tape as a platform) is required!
So after I made these modifications to my Glock, I took it to the range to try it out. Of course, I was glad to have the mag extension in place, because…more rounds is more better, right? But I was especially eager to see how the extended slide release would be, since I’ve only used the Glock with the one from the factory.
I was very pleasantly surprised. With the factory slide release, it was a little difficult (for me) to press it in when I wanted to field strip the gun. The extended slide release stands out and adds just enough surface area and texture to give my thumb a little more leverage, thus making the process easier to do since my thumb is way less likely to slip during the process. And that’s the whole point, right?
I’ve only touched the surface of what the Real Avid Gun Tool AMP can do, I realize. But as the needs arise, we’re glad we have this tool handy.