Today’s gift idea for you or your favorite gunnie is the Leatherman Rail tool for AR-15s and lots of other stuff.
The Leatherman Rail is a nearly flat tool that is nowhere near flat when it comes to versatility. Just under 5 inches long, 1 ½ inches wide and ½ inch thick, it packs a lot of uses for space taken in or on your range bag. You can even clip it on the outside of your bag, pack or belt using the built-in carabiner.
Here are just a few things you can do with it:
- Adjust the front sight on an AR-15 or similar rifle.
- Change grips on your 1911.
- Remove the bottom of pistol magazines using the pin removal tool.
- Open taped ammo boxes. The AR-15 front sight adjustment tool is sharp and pointy like that.
- Lovingly and gently encourage stubborn push pins to move.
- Measure group sizes – the center of the tool is *exactly* 1 inch wide; the front sight adjustment prongs are 5/16 inches apart and there are ¼ and ⅜ inch drivers. With all those, you can estimate a lot of measurements.
- Mount Magpul Back Up Sights on your AR-15 using the flathead screwdriver tool.
- Remove the carrying handle on an AR-15 A3 model.
- Check / tighten / loosen your scope rings.
- Dig a bullet out of a log. While not listed on the Leatherman web site, I find this a valuable feature.
- Uncap a bottle. After the shooting is done, you can use the carabiner hook to open a cold one. It’s a little tricky, but if you tackle that, you can also…
- Shotgun a beer. Remember that sharp and pointy front sight tool? It’ll go through an aluminum can like butter.
- Open and close an oxygen tank valve. If you really choked on that last Steel Challenge stage, take a few hits of O2 and compose yourself.
- Tighten or loosen anything you have a ¼” Hex bit for. The hex driver is universal for all sorts of bits.
- Remove staples from a target backer.
- Remove an AR-15 firing pin retaining pin when cleaning the bolt and carrier.
- Pull a nail out of a target stand.
- You can open an AR-15 ejection port cover when the bolt is already open – without tearing off your thumbnail.
- Remove your AR-15 trigger group.
- Peel a banana when the top doesn’t want to separate.
- Easily remove the bottom from a PMag
- Scrape carbon from your AR bolt in the field.
- Use it as an emergency toothpick. Yep, done that. I’m not proud. Just resourceful.
You can buy the Leatherman Rail here for less than 30 bucks.