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Review: Multitasker Series 2

The box has many of the features of the Series 2 printed on the sides.

The Series 2 is Multitasker’s version of the traditional folding pliers type multitool. I have reviewed the Multitasker Tools TUBE and Ultralight in the past and I was very impressed with their design, quality, and function. The Multitasker Series 2 tool takes that same design, quality, and function to a whole new level.

Several useful items are included with the Series 2.

In the Box

The Multitasker Series 2 comes with a number of useful items. When you open the box you will find several items: the tool itself, a sheath, 10 assorted 1/4″ screwdriver bits, a bit holder, and an instruction sheet that also spells out information about the limited lifetime warranty.

The 10 included screwdriver bits are as follows:

  1. T10 Torx
  2. T15 Torx
  3. 3/32 Hex
  4. 7/64 Hex
  5. 1/8 Hex
  6. 9/64 Hex
  7. 3/16 Hex
  8. 3/32 slotted
  9. 3/16 slotted
  10. No. 1 Phillips

The sheath is made from heavy duty ballistic nylon and seems to be very durable.

The sheath is MOLLE compatible.

The bit holder is held in place behind the Series 2 with an elastic sleeve.

Sheath

The sheath is designed to accept both the Series 2 itself and the bit holder (with bits). There is an elastic sleeve in the back of the sheath that holds the bit holder in place and keeps it from rattling against the Ultralight. The back of the sheath features a MOLLE strap that allows you to attach the sheath to your chest rig, belt rig, plate carrier, pack, or any other MOLLE webbing. The sheath is very nice but I usually just end up throwing the Series 2 into a pocket on my chest rig or cargo pants.

The 2 piece bit holder holds the bits in place when in the closed position.

Bits and Bit Holder

I’ve said it before and I will say it again. The fact that Multitasker Tools use standard 1/4″ screwdriver bits is one of the best things about the tools. There are other tools on the market that use non-standard or proprietary bits which makes them far less useful to me. With a Multitasker Tool, I can walk into any hardware store and buy a screwdriver bit to customize my kit. It is convenient and inexpensive.

The bit holder that comes with the Series 2 is ingenious. It separates into two pieces to allow access to the bits and connects together for easy storage. The bit holder is made from plastic and maintains a tight friction grip on the bits to prevent loss.

The pliers are precision CNC-machined from D2 tool steel.

A precision roller bearing keeps the pliers moving smoothly.

The Pliers to End All Pliers

I will discuss the entire tool selection below, but the pliers are impressive enough to merit their own section. These pliers will blow you away.

Most users will notice the needle nose pliers first. These are the sturdiest multitool pliers that I have ever seen. The pliers are CNC-machined from D2 tool steel which makes them incredibly durable and very precise in how they fit together. They are finished with QPQ Tufftride, a nitrocarburizing treatment, which is very durable. D2 steel is not considered a stainless steel but is close. The QPQ Tufftride finish will protect the pliers from the elements.

The D2 steel will really pay off in the wire cutters which are integrated into the pliers. D2 is highly wear resistant and should deliver great cutting performance for a long time. The teeth of many multitool pliers are easily gouged and rounded over during use. This is not the case with the Series 2 thanks to the D2 tool steel.

To top it all off, the pliers pivot on a precision roller bearing. This makes the pivot point very strong and very smooth. You really have to feel how these pliers pivot to understand how smooth they feel.

The Series 2 features a wide variety of useful tools.

Other Tools

The tool selection of the Multitasker Series 2 is impressive. It is the most exhaustive tool in the Multitasker Tools line up. You will recognize several of the tools from the Ultralight review but several are unique to the Series 2.

The castle nut wrench is a great idea. The castle nut is the notched round nut that holds the end plate and receiver extension (AKA buffer tube or stock tube) in place. Ideally, the end plate should be staked to prevent the castle nut from coming loose but most manufacturers skip this step. If the castle nut comes loose, it is can lead to malfunctions. Castle nuts seem to have a knack for coming loose at the worst possible time so having a way to tighten the castle nut is a wise course of action. It should also be noted that the castle nut wrench also makes a great bottle opener.

The tanto style blade is made from 440C steel.

The liner lock engages the blade very securely.

The Series 2 has a knife with an American tanto profile. It is made from 440C steel. 440C does not get the respect that it deserves as a knife steel. It takes and holds a very good edge without being difficult to sharpen like many more modern cutlery steels. The blade has a thumb stud that allows it to be opened with one hand. It is locked in the open position with a liner lock. The blade has an over-travel stop ground into the tang to prevent the liner lock from slipping off the tang.

The file has a coarse side and a fine side. It also has a tip that is designed to be used as a flat tip screw driver. A small file is a nice thing to have on the range. I have used mine for everything from cleaning up a scarred Glock magazine well to adjusting point of impact on revolvers with fixed sights.

Users of LaRue Tactical products will appreciate the 3/8″ box wrench. It can be used to adjust the tension on LaRue mounts. I have something from LaRue on every one of my carbines so this tool sees a lot of use.

The bit driver is one of the most used tools on my Multitaskers. It comes with a very easy to use front sight adjustment tool installed but it can easily accept any of the included bits. As I said above, many multitools use non-standard sized bits, but Multitasker Tools insist on the extra function, ease of use, and versatility that comes with using standard 1/4″ bits. These bits are available inexpensively in any hardware store which makes it very easy to tailor your Multitasker to your specific carbine. You may want to consider adding an extension to your kit.

The Series 2 features a well designed bolt scraper. It has a thumb stud that allows you to open it one handed. The end of the scraper is bent 90 degrees and is rounded. This allows it to conform to the unique contours of a bolt tail. Many users have also reported success when using this tool to clear brass stuck in the chamber of their AR or correct bolt override malfunctions.

The final tool is a dental pick. The pick is shaped to be helpful in cleaning the very small corners that can be found on an AR-15 bolt. It is also shaped to be a useful for removing the bolt retainer pin from the bolt carrier. The pick can be removed from the tool to reveal a threaded post that will accept an OTIS cleaning cable. This allows you to use your Series 2 as a handle for pulling your cleaning cable through the barrel.

Details, Fit, and Finish

Every tool but the pliers are accessible without having to open the Series 2. This also means that when the Series 2 is opened to be used as pliers you aren’t gripping over all the tools which makes it more comfortable to use.

Individual backsprings and bronze washers are a mark of a well made multitool.

The textured G10 handle slabs and lanyard loop make this tool hard to lose.

Each tool has an individual cut in the backspring. This enables the tool to have consistent tension on multiple tools. Many tools with a single backspring lose tension on the tools next to the one that you are trying to open. This is not the case with the Series 2.

The lanyard loop may seem like an afterthought to some but it is extremely useful. It is a good idea to dummy cord your tool to something if you are working in the dark or near water. It is the kind of thing that you don’t appreciate until you need it.

The handles of the Series 2 are covered with G10. G10 is a laminate material that is very durable. It doesn’t absorb liquid and it is impervious to most solvents. It can be machined with an aggressive texture which makes it the ideal material to cover a tool that works in and around oil and solvents. The use of G10 on this multitool is one of the things that absolutely sets it apart from other tools. It is obvious that some thought went in to where and how this tool would be used.

The construction of this multitool is reminiscent of a high end folding knife. The Series 2 feels substantial and well made in your hand. It has a weight to it that is confidence inspiring. It makes use of D2 tool steel and 440C cutlery steel. It features G10 handle slabs. There is a precision bearing in the pliers. Bronze washers are placed between every tool to allow smooth operation while maintaining a tight fit. These are all qualities and features that you typically see on high end production and custom knives.

Overall

This may be the largest, heaviest, and most expensive Multitasker Tool of all that I have reviewed but it is also the most complete. The tool selection is extensive and functional. The materials are purposefully selected to enhance function. The construction is bomb proof. This tool is made to work hard. I don’t go to the range without it.

You can purchase your own Multitasker Series 2 at Brownells. You can also check out the Multitasker Tools Facebook page for more insight on these awesome tools.

This Multitasker Series 2 was provided to me free of charge for review.

Review: Grip Force Adapter for Glocks

The Grip Force Adapter is a bolt-on grip enhancement for Glock pistols that promises to improve the Glock’s grip. Does it deliver?

The Grip Force Adapter consists of two parts: an extended trigger housing pin and the adapter itself.

What Problem Does it Fix?

The Glock’s grip is much maligned. Two of the more common complaints with the grip are that the pronounced hump on the backstrap (the rear surface of the grip) makes the grip angle feel too swept back and that the “beaver tail” (or grip tang) does not prevent the web of your hand from coming in contact with the slide rails when the slide is in motion.

The backstrap issue hinders the ability of the user to point the gun naturally. I don’t tend to notice issues like that and have always found that aligning the sights and controlling the trigger still results in quality hits. Nevertheless, it is an issue for some shooters. Glock shooters who have this issue would generally spend money to have a “grip reduction” completed on their pistol. A grip reduction reduces or removes the hump on the back of the backstrap. Removing the hump gives the Glock a straight backstrap and a more upright grip angle. Grip reductions work but they are permanent, expensive, time consuming, and may void your warranty. Those who are issued weapons and are unable to permanently modify them in any way can’t even consider having a grip reduction done to their Glock.

If you tend to experience the “slide bite” or “race tracks” which result from the web of your hand coming in contact with the moving slide, you used to only have two  options. You could have the beaver tail extended but this has all the same downsides as the grip reduction or you could live with it.

This picture compares the G17 backstrap with and without the adapter.

How Does It Fix the Problem?

The Grip Force Adapter seeks to mitigate these issues by enhancing the grip 2 ways. It flattens the backstrap and it extends the “beaver tail” area of the grip.

It flattens the backstrap by filling in the curve above the Glock’s grip hump. The deeply curved backstrap is replaced with the flat profile of the Grip Force Adapter. This results in a fairly dramatic change in how the grip feels in your hand and changes the trigger reach surprisingly little since the Grip Force adapter is very thin.

It also covers and extends the beaver tail. This is the biggest selling point for me. I have found that it is very common for me to come home from the range with “race tracks” after working with a Glock. This is a fairly common issue for those who take a very high grip on the Glock. The beaver tail is what stands between the web of your hand and the slide rails. By extending the beaver tail you greatly reduce the chance of getting cut.

Does It Work?

The Grip Force Adapter really does deliver on its promises. The biggest benefit for me was the extended beaver tail. It is extended enough that it is virtually impossible for my hand to come into contact with the slide. I can place my grip as high as I want and not even come close to contacting the slide. This has made my range trips more comfortable.

The grip angle of the Glock has never really been an issue for me so the grip angle improvement, while dramatic, didn’t really have much of an affect on how I shoot. However, I have spoken with several other experienced shooters who are use the Grip Force Adapter and rave about the improvement. If you have always wished that Glock has a straight backstrap, this will be a marked improvement for you.

Details

The Grip Force Adapter is made from cleanly molded plastic. The instructions say that you may want to sand the edges lightly to knock down any sharp spots but I didn’t need to do any sanding.

The trigger housing pin that is provided is extended to allow the Grip Force Adapter to hook onto it on both sides of the frame. This seems to be a very secure set up. Those that want an even more secure installation can apply some RTV silicone under the Grip Force Adapter. This provides an extra measure of security but can still be removed fairly easily to return the Glock to stock configuration.

The Grip Force Adapter's trigger housing pin is longer than the stock pin.

The texture on the Grip Force Adapter is very well executed. It is slightly sharper than the stock texture and provides very good purchase without being irritating. It reminds me of the RTF4 Glock frames (Gen4) but it is still a little sharper. If you found that it was too sharp for your tastes, you could easily sand it down until is more comfortable for you.

The Grip Force adapter is made in both black and FDE colors. There is a version available for the generation 1,2, and 3 frames and a second version that is available for the new generation 4 frames. I had the generation 1,2,3 version and found it to fit easily on several different Glocks including a generation 3 G19, a stippled generation 2 G-17, a generation 3 G35 with grip tape in place, and a generation 3 G17 with the RTF2 frame. It fit everything that I tried it on.

The adapter fits this 3rd generation G19 very well.

It also fits this generation 2 G17, even with the stippling.

Issues

The Grip Force Adapter has somewhat large rounded ridges that run vertically up the beaver tail area. These are intended to make the adapter more rigid since the plastic is quite thin. The ridges are placed side by side across the full width of the adapter. The ridges in the center of the adapter are barely noticeable but the ridges on the sides can press against the first knuckle of my strong hand which is a little irritating. This is a small gripe with an otherwise excellent product and it is a gripe that can easily be fixed with a rotary tool.

The Grip Force Adapter does slightly increase the trigger reach and for some shooters this may be an issue. I have very average hands. I usually wear a medium or large size glove depending on the brand and I had no issues at all with trigger reach. In fact, I could tell no difference at all in how I was able to place my finger on the trigger. Even my wife had no problem reaching the trigger with the Grip Force Adapter installed and her hands are smaller than mine.

The vertical ridges near the top of the grip in this picture can be a little irritating while shooting. They can easily be removed.

Overall

The Grip Force Adapter is an excellent alternative to expensive and permanent grip work. It flattens the backstrap, extends the beaver tail, and enhances grip. It can be easily modified to suit your needs. I would like to see the outer most vertical ridges removed or at least reduced greatly but that is a small gripe that I can fix myself. Overall, this is a very well designed and executed product that solves a few problems for many Glock shooters.

You can read more about the Grip Force Adapters or purchase one at GripForceProducts.com.

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Multicam Princeton Tec Headlamps Now at Extreme Outfitters

Jerking the Trigger broke the story about Princeton Tec headlamps in Multicam back in October and already reviewed the versatile Remix Pro. Now the new Multicam models are finally available at Extreme Outfitters. The Remix Pro, EOS Tactical, and Quad Tactical (which I reviewed in non-Multicam form) are all available in Multicam. I have had nothing but great experiences with both Princeton Tec and Extreme Outfitters.

Check out the new Multicam line up and other great Princeton Tec lights at Extreme Outfitters.

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Drop Rig Belt Hanger from Down Range Gear

The Safariland 6004 is the standard by which all drop leg holsters are judged. It is an excellent holster but there is still room for improvement. I like my holster to ride a little higher on the leg than most of the 6004 belt hangers allow so I usually purchase an aftermarket belt hanger. One such belt hanger is the Drop Rig Belt Hanger (DRBH) from Down Range Gear.

The DRBH consists of two main segments: the belt interface and the holster interface. These two segments are connected with a buckle that has 120 degrees of articulation. The buckle sits right where the leg meets the hip so having some flexibility there is a good thing. This buckle set up also allows you to move the same holster to different belts by having a the belt interface part mounted on each belt. The connection to the belt is achieved with MALICE clips and is designed to attach to MOLLE webbing or directly to the belt. The holster interface has holes burned to match the Safariland screw pattern.

This would be an ideal belt hanger for use with the newer, more compact, single strap shroud that Safariland is making. It would also work great with a 2 strap shroud that has been modified to be a single strap shroud.

Check out Down Range Gear for more information on this and other innovative custom nylon gear.

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Review: 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide from Impact Weapon Components

The best ideas and the best execution lead to the simplest, most useful gear.

The 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide is a new product from Impact Weapon Components (IWC) that blurs the line between 1 and 2 point slings. It is a simple and inexpensive addition to the sling that you already own that will allow you to quickly and easily transition from a 2 point to a 1 point sling. It is essentially a tri-glide that is designed to accept the most common sling attachment devices like QD swivels, HK Snap Hooks, and Mash Hooks. This is one clever and versatile little widget.

On Slings

In order to understand how this product works and why it exists, you must first understand the strengths and weaknesses of the various types of slings on the market. There are 3 main types of “tactical” slings (slings that keep the rifle in front of the user): single point (1 point), 2 point, and 3 point. We will mostly be discussing 1 point and 2 point slings.

A 1 point sling is so called because it only attaches to the rifle at a single point. They work best if this point is right at the rear of the lower receiver using an end plate like the SLAP or Daniel Defense Burnsed Loop. The sling has a loop that wraps over the strong side shoulder of the shooter, around the back and then under the weak side arm. The 1 point sling has advantage of allowing the rifle to transition quickly and easily to either the strong or weak side shoulder with no adjustments. They also tend to allow the shooter to move to any shooting position without adjustment (like standing to prone). The main weakness of the 1 point sling is that it allows the muzzle to swing like a pendulum if the user has to take their hands off of it.

2 points slings attach to the rifle at 2 points; one at the front of the rifle and one at the rear. I prefer to place both of these points as close to the receiver as possible. The further that these points are apart the more stable, but less maneuverable the rifle will be. Mounting the sling close to the receiver at the front and back allows for a great range of motion with the rifle which is useful during reloads and malfunction clearance. The strengths of a 2 point sling configured this way is good range of motion and better muzzle control. As dynamic as a properly configured 2 point sling can be, it still can’t match a 1 point for range of motion.

The 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide allows the user to reconfigure their sling as a 1 point or 2 point on the fly to deal with the specific set of problems that they are facing. That simply means that the 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide allows the user to make their sling behave like a 1 point when extra maneuverability is required or a 2 point when they need some extra stability. The user is able to leverage the best of both sling types.

There have been slings that offer this functionality before like the Military Moron designed Emdom Gunslinger and then the Magpul MS-2 sling but the 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide brings this functionality to the sling that you already own and no other sling or device will allow you to use QD swivels.

The IWC 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide works best if the rear sling point is at the rear of the receiver.

The 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide turns an excellent 2 point sling like the VTAC into an equally excellent 1 point sling.

Details

The 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide is machined from 6061-T6 aluminum and is Mil-Spec Hard Anodized black. It is essentially an aluminum tri-glide with the addition of a small loop. This loop is where the magic happens. The loop is machined to accept a push button QD swivel which is perfect because many people are already using these are their front sling attachment point. However, the loop is also purposely machined a little shallower than the full depth of the QD swivel to allow for the use of HK style Snap Hooks and ITW Mash Hooks.

The QD swivel attaches easily.

ITW Mash Hooks work equally well.

Fit and Finish

There isn’t much to discuss in the way of fit and finish. It finely machined with no sharp corners that are going to shred your sling. The hard anodized finish is very durable and should stay intact for a long time. The logo is cleanly etched and very low profile. It is basically every bit as good as I have come to expect from IWC.

The logo is etched in a fairly low profile location.

Set Up

The 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide will work best with 2 point slings that are mounted at the rear of the receiver like I discussed above. The point of the device is to turn a 2 point sling into a 1 point sling so it is best of the rear sling mounting point is in the same position that a 1 point sling would use. This is my preferred location for mounting my slings already so I did not need to change my set up.

The 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide is threaded onto the sling at the rear attachment point. I used a VTAC sling for this evaluation. The VTAC sling comes with 2 plastic tri-glides at the rear of the sling so I placed the 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide in between the two provided plastic tri-glides. Placing it between the tri-glides is not necessary, in fact, you could replace one of the plastic ones with the 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide.

This shows a standard 1" plastic tri-glide for comparison.

Install the 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide at the rear of the sling like you would any other tri-glide. Installation is simple.

In Use

The beauty of the 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide is just how easy it is to transition from 2 point to 1 point, and back again. While controlling the rifle with the strong hand, the user simply grasps the front sling attachment point (a push button QD swivel in my case) with the weak hand, disconnects it from the front attachment point, and then inserts it into the 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide. It is extremely simple and can be done with just one hand.

I was impressed at how quiet the 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide is due to its use of push button QD swivels. Similar slings use metal hardware like d-rings as for the attachment point. These can rattle when moving. The push button QD swivels are basically silent.

I found that the 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide worked very well with the VTAC sling. The VTAC sling makes fine tuning the fit of the sling easy after transitioning to a 1 point configuration. It also makes it easy to use as a shooting aid in 2 point mode by tightening up the sling against your arm for more stability.

I found it to work well with the Gear Sector 2 Point sling which uses tubular webbing. The tubular webbing makes this sling very comfortable but I was concerned that the extra thickness would prevent its use with the 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide but that wasn’t the case. It was a bit tight since the Gear Sector sling has a side release buckle at the rear but I was able to fit everything and function was perfect.

I also used it with the Emdom Gunslinger. The Gunslinger has a steel d-ring that already allows it to transition from 2 point to 1 point with the use of a Mash Hook or Snap Hook. However, I rarely use Mash Hooks or Snap Hooks, so I actually preferred the Gunslinger with the 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide in place so I could use my preferred QD swivels.

Basically, it works perfectly with all three slings that I had on hand to test. All three used different types of 1″ webbing. All three laid very flat and comfortably on the chest when in 1 point configuration. Based on what I’ve seen, this should work with any sling that has 1″ webbing. The 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide is currently made to work with slings that use 1″ webbing at the attachment points. If demand is high enough for this model, IWC will make them in larger sizes to work slings like the Blue Force Gear VCAS. The VCAS is my favorite sling so I hope that IWC is able to make that happen.

The only down side that I could find is that, if your sling is mounted at the rear of the receiver, it can occasionally slip in between your cheek and the stock. I found that by mounting the 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide with the loop part facing away from the rifle that it was less noticeable. I have been running my slings this way for years so I am used to the feeling of an occasional tri-glide or side release buckle getting under my cheek. This will be a non-issue for most users but you may need to take it into consideration when deciding if the 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide is right for you.

The 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide is relatively low profile when mounted.

The beauty of this system is being able to use common push button QD swivels.

The Verdict

Push button QD swivels are ubiquitous at this point. Many hand guards even have integral mounting points for these handy devices. Now IWC has given us a way to use these QD swivels to quickly and easily transform a sling from 2 point to 1 point and back again. Even if you don’t use QD swivels you can still use the 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide with other common attachment points like Snap Hooks and Mash Hooks. That is some serious versatility.

The 2 To 1 Point Tri-Glide will be available soon from Impact Weapon Components.

This product was provided to be by Impact Weapon Components.

Remember to use the coupon code “triggerjerk” at checkout to receive 5% discount at IWC.

AR15 Lamp

Is this the best lamp ever? Probably.

AR15 Lamps are just what they sound like – lamps made from real AR15 parts. I am not an interior designer but I am sure that a lamp that has a base that basically consists of an AR15 from the delta ring forward is going to make any room look great.

There are many options available to you when you order your lamp. There are several choices of base and shade. You can choose a “Tier 2” lamp that has standard hand guards or you can go with the “Tier 1” lamp that features a railed hand guard so it can be outfitted with your favorite accessories.

You can find contact and purchase information for AR15 Lamps on their website.

The Tier 2 lamp is lighter on features but it is still sure to start some conversations.

Why would you have feet made from rubber or felt when you could have once fired .50BMG brass.

No detail is too small - the switch is a cam pin.

The lamp is topped off with a turret from a Leupold scope.

Merry Christmas!

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given…

I hope that you are spending time surrounded by friends and family.

Merry Christmas from Jerking the Trigger!

Review: Multitasker Tools Ultralight

The Ultralight box lists several of the features of the tool.

Multitasker Tools makes a line of compact, multifunctional tools that are designed specifically to service the AR-15. I previously reviewed the TUBE from Multitasker and loved it. After the review, I was very eager to try out more Multitasker Tools. Thankfully, Shane at Multitasker Tools was generous enough to provide one of his excellent Ultralights along for me to try.

The first thing that I noticed about the Ultralight is that is has a form factor similar to a Swiss Army Knife (SAK). This is a great form for a tool like this since it allows the tools to open in such a way that they are basically straight and inline with the handle. The Ultralight is what MacGyver would have carried if he wasn’t such a sissy about guns.

The Ultralight comes with everything shown in the picture.

The Ultralight has a useful lanyard loop and pocket clip.

In the Box

When you purchase an Ultralight you will find several useful items in the box. There is the tool itself, a bit holder with an assortment of 10 useful bits, and a heavy duty MOLLE compatible sheath. There is also a paper that spells out the limited lifetime warranty and has some instructions for usage.

Sheath

The sheath is designed to accept both the Ultralight itself and the bit holder (with bits). There is an elastic sleeve in the back of the sheath that holds the bit holder in place and keeps it from rattling against the Ultralight. The back of the sheath features a MOLLE strap that allows you to attach the Ultralight to your chest rig, belt rig, plate carrier, pack, or any other MOLLE webbing.

The sheath is MOLLE compatible.

The bit driver uses standard 1/4" bits so you can easily tailor your kit to your AR.

Bits and Bit Holder

The bit holder is made from a flexible rubber material. It relies on friction to retain the bits and it retains them very well. The Ultralight comes with an assortment of useful bits that should cover a wide variety of tasks like tightening a scope ring. If the included bits don’t work for you, you can easily add any standard 1/4″ bits to suit the specific fasteners found on your gear.

The Ultralight has 4 main tools with many intended and improvises uses. They are (from left to right): castle nut wrench, bit driver/front sight tool, dental pick, and bolt scraper.

Even if you generally don't scrape your bolts, you will find other uses for this versatile tool.

Tool Selection

The Ultralight has 4 tools, many with multiple uses. The first tool is the castle nut wrench (AKA stock wrench). The castle nut is the notched round nut that holds the end plate and receiver extension (AKA buffer tube or stock tube) in place. The castle nut is notorious for coming loose at inopportune times and causing malfunctions. This is why many people stake it in place and why it is extremely wise to have a tool in the field that is capable of tightening it in a pinch. The castle nut wrench also has a flat blade screw driver tip and is capable of being used as a bottle opener.

The second tool is the bit driver. This comes with a very easy to use front sight adjustment tool installed but it can easily accept any of the included bits. Many multitools use non-standard sized bits but Multitasker Tools insist on the extra function, ease of use, and versatility that comes with using standard 1/4″ bits that are available in any hardware store. Thanks to the way the tools opens and locks inline with the handle, the bit driver is very easy to use. It feels much like a standard screwdriver in the hand. You may want to consider adding an extension to your kit.

The bolt scraper is the third tool. It has a thumb stud that allows you to open it one handed. The end of the scraper is bent 90 degrees and is rounded. This allows it to conform to the unique contours of a bolt tail. Many users have also reported success when using this tool to clear brass stuck in the chamber of their AR or correct bolt override malfunctions.

The fourth tool is a dental pick. The pick is shaped to be helpful in cleaning the very small corners that can be found on an AR-15 bolt. It is also shaped to be a useful for removing the bolt retainer pin from the bolt carrier. The pick can be removed from the tool to reveal a threaded post that will accept an OTIS cleaning cable. This allows you to use your Ultralight as a handle for pulling your cleaning cable through the barrel.

Every tool on the Ultralight locks open.

The liner locks are very well executed. You can also see the bronze washers used to keep the tools moving freely.

Details, Fit, and Finish

Many of the construction methods and materials used in the Ultralight are similar to those used in quality folding knives – like G10, locking mechanisms, and bronze washers.

Sometimes a single detail will stand out as a glimpse into just how much experience and thought went into the design and manufacture of this tool. The Ultralight features handle scales made from G10. G10 has some incredible properties that make it ingenious for this application. It is extremely hard and durable so its surface can be machined to provide a lot of grip and it is resistant to solvents. So it is basically exactly what you would want on a tool that is made to work in and around mechanical devices that require the heavy use of lubricants and solvents in order to maintain operation.

Each individual tool locks in place when fully opened. The castle nut wrench and bit driver use a sort of short lock back mechanism. The dental pick and bolt scraper both use liner locks. The liner locking tools both have stops ground into the tang of the tool that prevents the liner lock from over traveling. This is a very functional safety feature that I have never seen before.

There are bronze washers sandwiched between the tools and the liners. Those of you who are familiar with folding knives will recognize this as a desirable feature. The bronze washer allows the tools to pivot smoothly even though they are sandwiched in the tool very tightly. They also serve to shim the tools a bit to reduce side-to-side play. These are the kind of touches that go unnoticed by most but reflect the quality of a Multitasker Tool.

All the metal parts of the tool are finished in an attractive black oxide finish that seems to be very durable. Even after a fair amount of use the tools show little to no finish wear on the tangs where the locks engage which is generally a very high wear area.

The Ultralight also features a lanyard loop and pocket clip. The lanyard loop is very useful for dummy cording the Ultralight to your gear so it can not be dropped or lost. I found the pocket clip useful for keeping the Ultralight clipped in a pocket during tasks where I knew I would need it frequently like zeroing a new optic.

Even with gloved or oily hands, the G10 scales provide excellent grip.

Overall

There are so many uses for the Ultralight both intended and improvised. The quality is great, the design is ingenious, the materials used in its manufacture add to the functionality, and its functions are many. What more can you ask from a tool? The Multitasker Tools Ultralight would make a very worthy addition to your range gear.

You can purchase your own Ar-15/M16 Multitasker Tools Ultralight Multitasker Tool at Brownells.

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