So I was at 702’s house a couple of weeks back. We were just doing the basic dinner thing, (best Chinese ever) and talking about the state of the shooting industry. All of a sudden he blurts out, “Dude, I have to show you this new Multitool I got!” He rummaged around in a few of the many boxes in his office, and pulled out this rather plain looking cardboard box with your average black lettering on the sides and presented me with the Multitasker Series 2. He then proceeded to tell me that he’s been looking for somebody since SHOT Show who could offer a decent review on what he considered a pretty good product, but that none of the people he asked had followed through. He then asked me if I would be so inclined, and being the heck of the guy I am, I of course volunteered my services.
I got home later, and the box along with a bunch of other items, wound up on the lower right corner of my bed, and there they stayed for the better part of a week and a half. Finally on the following Saturday, I roused myself from a fantastic night’s sleep at about the crack of noon. I stretched, walked to the foot of the bed and began rummaging through my to do list. Low and behold this brown box slides out of the pile and lands on my toe. As I hopped around like a mongoloid rabbit on one foot, I resisted the urge to hurl said offender out of my window. “Hey, Glass isn’t cheap stupid,” I muttered to myself.
I pulled the box open, and boy am I glad I did. First, let me describe the pouch this thing comes in. It’s not any cheap run of the mill nylon, its 1000D Nylon. That may not seem very significant but consider the fact that most of us would like to mount this on the Molle loops of a Vest or Rucksack, and then what will you probably be doing with said Vest or Ruck? Well let’s just say that the pack is more likely to rip than this tool coming off. The pouch is double stitched and bar tacked, really well done. The Actual tool itself is just solid. The pliers and body are machined from Billet, NOT stamped or molded like some of the others out there. The sides are also lined with G10 Micarta. If you have ever done work in the rain or with gloves on, you know how slick some Multitools can be. Even though initially, the tool was somewhat stiff to open, I know with time it will loosen up to where one handed operation will be a snap. This is a solid, no BS tool designed for every AR-15 /AR-10 / M4 owner. You don’t need to be Joe commando to justify having this thing in your kit.
I don’t know who designed this, but a whole lot of thought and knowledge went into it. I would like to meet the crew responsible and have them out to dinner. By well thought out, how does this grab you? It has an 8/32” male thread bit which makes it compatible with just about all of the Otis brand cleaning kit accessories. I rather gleefully broke out my Otis kit and began test fitting pieces, and yup, they work! This will give a user a lot more leverage when scrubbing internals. It even has a removable HD dental pick attachment for getting at those hard to reach places.
Other serious considerations are a 3/8“ box wrench for tightening of all your Larue tension nut accessories, and (this is what sold me) a 2 pronged spanner wrench for tightening the castle nut on your AR. Believe you me, this is something you never think you will have to mess with in the field, until you do. Having the castle nut work itself loose will just ruin your day!
Another great feature is this crazy little bent tip carbon scraper. This will ensure that you can get to those hard to reach areas and actually be able to get your stuff clean when you do. Especially around areas like the bolt assembly. Even the plain Jane utility blade is anything but. For one, it has a Tanto style chisel tip, machined from 440C, and the blade locks solidly in the open position. No filleting of your knuckles with this bad boy!
One of the “failures” or shortcomings of most multitools is that they typically seem to do only one thing really well. You either have a decent armorer’s tool with so-so accessories, or a good tool with non functionality of the hardware. It always seems that the pliers are kind of gimpy, or don’t grip on something you want to tighten. Or the first time you use the hex wrench attachment, you round it off and strip it! This is the first one I’ve seen, conceived and built from the ground up, to be a solid, no nonsense, get out of jail free tool that simply works as advertised!
They have even included a magnetic bit set which can be used by pulling out the tip of the front sight adjustment tool and inserting the individual bits.
In summary, I guess the best argument I can give is this: If you own any kind of M4/AR15 clone, regardless of make or model, you cannot be without this tool. It is your one stop repair shop for anything but the most major of repairs. Don’t let a day on the range or a competition come undone because of some small mechanical mishap that the Multitasker Series 2 could easily help you fix! Or fix your buddy’s gimpy rifle that always seems to have problems (operator head space and timing, perhaps) and issues.