REAL AVID’S 1911 SMART WRENCH AND FIELD GUIDE
Some aficionados of the 1911 claim to know this pistol platform so well they don’t need an owner’s manual or any special shooters tools to field strip it. Good for them.
But these would still come in handy for them and for any others they’re introducing to John M. Browning’s 100+-year-old design. In fact, even when I think I’ve mastered a particular product or gun platform, invariably I find a resource helping me understand it better or use it more efficiently.
And here are two from one company. Real Avid’s 1911 Smart Wrench offers a unique twist (get it?) on the age-old slide and barrel bushing removal process.
First, the Smart Wrench is manufactured from an engineered resin, so it’s strong but it won’t scratch your 1911’s finish. Moreover, the outer ring is a non-slip material offering excellent shooters tools purchase.
Second, instead of me trying to catch the spring and plug by hand, a cavity in the Smart Wrench catches it. Brilliant! In addition, the Real Avid 1911 Field Guide offers a handy reference for common 1911 functions, including field stripping, cleaning and lubricating.
It’s 45 pages of color illustrations, clear diagrams and helpful tips (including a “1, 2, 3 Reassembly Checklist”), all printed on oil – and solvent-resistant paper. Pretty smart considering you’ll likely be handling this guide when your fingers are covered in solvent and lube and gun grime.
I attached the Smart Wrench to the Field Guide and toss them in my range bag whenever I’m out shooting a 1911. At home I hang them both on the wall by the gun bench. Both retail for $9.99 each.
1911 Discount Bundle
TIFOSI TALOS TACTICAL
Here’s a piece of gear that’s been in my range bag for a long time: the Tifosi Talos Tactical, one of the most durable sets of eye protection I’ve seen and used.
Fitted with the High Contrast Red protective lenses, they’re perfect for shooting on cloudy days. If it’s super sunny out, I’ll change to a Smoke lens. In low light conditions, Clear.
Changing lenses is a swift operation requiring no tools and the extra lenses store neatly in a protective sleeve in the protective case. Not that you need a case — the frames are made of Grilamid TR 90 NZZ, a homopolyamide nylon that’ll bend (a lot) while resisting damage from chemicals or UV rays.
Talos Tactical’s lenses are ANSI Z87.1 safety rated, so they’re good for many applications. But the shooting range is where they shine. Adjustable ear and nose pieces allow you to fit them just right and, with a 30-gram weight, they stay on, comfortably, all day.
The lenses wrap around my face nicely, extending and protecting the area close to my temples where, for some reason, many hot-shell casings seem to hit on a regular basis. One personal note: I found myself preferring the High Contrast Red lenses more than any other due to their versatility.
They provided enough shading on sunny days but were usable in some low-light conditions, too. That meant less time spent changing lenses and more time spent shooting. And that’s why they’re always in my range bag of shooters tools. Talos Tactical retails for $69.95.
LIGHTFORCE ENFORCER 140 SEARCHLIGHT
Teacher, doctor, police officer. Common childhood career aspirations. If, however, the young guns around you want to grow up to be, say, a lighthouse, just get them a Lightforce Enforcer 140 Searchlight.
Lightweight, waterproof, and powerful, the Enforcer 140’s 6″ 75-Watt halogen light sends a focused beam of light 500 meters or more than the length of five football fields.
Lightforce measures the effectiveness of the light in Candela (120,900) and by Kelvin Rating (3,350 degrees K). Translated: Exceptionally bright; unbelievably clear.
Ships in the sea will pay attention. (So shine it wisely.) Available with a rechargeable battery, the Enforcer can be powered and charged by the included wall cord or 12V car charger.
The cord can be a merit plug or have alligator clip connections. The light has a handy green/yellow/red battery-strength indicator to let you know how the battery is doing.
A single power button located where your trigger finger would naturally rest offers a positive click on and click off. A switch located where a manual thumb safety would be located on a gun offers an easy change from brilliant white beam to low-energy red task light.
Adjust the beam from spot to flood by twisting the plastic housing. Here’s the order of amazement when people try this light. At first, they’re expecting it to be much heavier than it is.
And then they turn it on and are immediately intrigued at how something this light in weight can cast such a bright beam so clear and far. Then come the comments including “search light,” “signaling someone in space” and, of course, “light house.” The Enforcer 140 retails for $112.