Doesn’t it give you the “irrits” when some minor function on your firearm needs fixing when you’re in the field or at the range and you don’t have quite the right tool to fix it. Scope ring screws coming undone, action screws loosening or fouling buildup on a part of your action can really take the gloss off your shoot by impairing function or worse, making it impossible. So what can a rifleman carry that will cater for those quick field fixes when they are most needed?
The answer is the all new Leatherman MUT (or Military Utility Tool), a rugged, purpose-built multi-tool with the practical shooter, who does not carry a full tool kit everywhere, in mind. It comes in three models, the MUT (subject of this review), the MUT EOD (meaning Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and the MUT 300 EOD, each carrying slightly different specifications depending on anticipated tasks. As hunters and range-based shooters are unlikely to be defusing bombs on a daily basis, the plain MUT is more than adequate for their purposes. Standard Features Before explaining the gun-specific features of the MUT, I’ll outline the inclusions that any practical person may require. They are:
• Neddlenose and regular pliers
• Replaceable hard wire cutters
• Stranded wire cutters
• Drop-point knife with serrated rear section
• Large Bit Screwdriver
• Phillips-head screwdriver
• Karabiner/bottle opener
As is the fashion with Leatherman, all the tools are strong, high-grade steel being forged from either 154CM or 420HC steels depending upon intended use. In fact, Leatherman are so confident in the durability of this tool that they offer a 25 year limited liability warranty.