When it comes to making innovative tools for shooters, Real Avid is leading the way. Since I was first introduced to Real Avid back the 2016 SHOT Show, the company has been bringing unique, quality tools to shooters. One of their first tools was the Gun Pro Tool AR-15. This was one Real Avid’s first “pocket tools” and one of the first in the industry dedicated to firearms. It is still one of Real Avid’s top selling tools.
Today, Real Avid has expanded the number of pocket tools with the Gun Tool AMP Series. This series consists of a 1911, an AR15 and Pistol AMP. Each of the Gun Tool AMPs has tools specifically to maintain and keep these firearms functioning.
What sets these tools apart from others is they all have tools that each style firearm needs. The 1911 and Pistol tools have an all in one file/carbon scraper/bottle opener blade; while the AR tool has a bolt override tool, carbon scrapers for the bolt carrier group, firing pin and a firing pin retainer puller. The AR AMP has 7/64”, 9/64”, 1/8” and 3/16” hex tools for tightening optics and sights as well as an A2 front sight tool. These tools plus various flat head and Philip’s driver bits come with the Pistol and 1911 AMPs. In place of the AR AMP’s all inch pattern hex bits; the 1911 and Pistol AMP have .028″, .035″, .050″, 1/16″ hex wrenches to adjust laser sights or red dot sights point of impact. The butt of each tool can also be used as a tapping hammer or in a pinch a window breaker.
As someone who has quietly discussed his own stupidity for leaving those unique tools at home when working with specific firearms, I can tell you an AMP would have been a god send. There is nothing worse than making time to go to zero an optic and not have an appropriate wrench. Without those small hex bits a range trip is wasted.
The bolt override tool makes clearing a double feed caused by poor quality ammunition a snap. Simply insert the tool in the gap between the bolt and upper receiver, push the tool forward like a nail puller and pry the bolt open or can use it to pull the bolt open. Either way it is easier and safer than pulling the charging handle and pounding the butt into the ground.
You will find the built in holster and separate bit driver are features that truly puts the AMPs ahead of the competition. How do I access the knife and fold out tools was my question. It was so simple it should have been obvious, push the big red button. This releases the tool driver and the knife section from the holster. The drive tools are retained by the knife and driver when the driver and knife are locked back in place. The entire AMP attaches to your belt, range bag or other gear by a locking clip. No need to worry about fumbling with a nylon carrier and the fear of losing it and its accessory tools.
Each AMP is identified by its liner color and knife; OD for the AR, grey for the Pistol and red for the 1911. Of course the 1911 AMP has built in bushing wrenches for both Government and Officer’s models. All three AMPs have different knife blades. The AR has a 2.6” Tanto blade; the Pistol AMP has a 2.6” Wharncliffe blade, while the 1911 AMP has a 2.6” Drop Point blade. Coincidentally, each of these blade styles works well to remove stuck safeties, slide stops, or other items on its respective firearm. Yes I know, knives are only for cutting; until you need it for other uses.
Overall Real Avid’s AMP Tools are a refreshing change; a firearm’s tool that has tools that are actually needed with an AR, a Pistol or 1911. Each one is $69.95 and would make a great gift for yourself or any shooter on your gift list this year.