There are few things more frustrating than being set up on the firing line and discovering you forgot the one screwdriver or drive bit you need to complete the days’ primary objective.
I’ve been there more than once; a bad habit of stuffing all my shop tools into my range bag is the scar I bare. Fortunately, it’s faded a little thanks to Warne Scope Mounts.
Warne’s RT-1 Range Tool is a multi-tool designed to service most any shooter’s typical range needs. Tipping the scales at a mere 5.2-ounces, and with dimensions of 4-inches long by 2-inches wide by 5/8-inch thick, the RT-1 is compact and lightweight, allowing it to easily live in your range bag or travel in your pants pocket.
The RT-1 features twelve chrome-vanadium steel drive bits geared towards scope adjustment and basic firearm maintenance:
• Allen: 0.05″, 1/16″, 5/64″, 3/32″, 1/8″, & 5/32″
• Torx: T10, T15, T20
• Pin remover: 0.10″
• #2 Phillips screwdriver
• Flat blade screwdriver
Each 2-inch long bit is separated by a white plastic disc which helps keep the bits in place and the tool’s width equal on both ends.
A two-piece, cross-pinned, center-bowed aluminum handle encapsulates the bits and dividers. Its bright red finish helps identify it amidst other tools in a dark range bag pocket.
The combination of rounded, bowed center and flattened ends allows for a variety of comfortable control grips and positive contact methods.
The RT-1’s design and grip also allow the user to deploy the bits one-handed. Simply put your finger in the gap above the top of the bits on the opposite side and push the bit of your choice out (above).
After over a month of use the RT-1 Range Tool is now a go-to, replacing several other tools in my range bag. And when I’m not at the range, the multi-tool is most often on my home workbench.
I’ve put the majority of the chrome-vanadium steel bits through the paces and they performed exceptionally well. Lock-up with screw heads and other female ends has been overly adequate and the bits have worn very well thus far.
The bit that saw the most use isn’t even a bit at all – it’s the 0.10-inch pin remover (above). Sure, it’s perfect for removing pins – and it completes that task well. But it’s also a tool I found myself using for a variety of purposes from clearing jammed casings to punching primers.
Warne’s RT-1 Range Tool is a nice, compact, lightweight multi-tool with a great selection of high-quality bits. It is easy and comfortable to use and allows for one-handed operation. Pair it with Warne’s TW1 and TW65 torque wrenches and you’ve got every Warne scope mount and rail covered in less space than many single-purpose range tools, and at the very reasonable price of a penny under twenty-dollars.
Specifications: Warne RT-1 Range Tool
Price as reviewed: $19.99 MSRP
Ratings (out of five stars):
Design: * * * * *
Warne’s RT-1 utilizes a simple, time-tested folding multi-tool design that uses space efficiently and allows for single-bit and multi-bit deployment.
Quality: * * * *
The chrome-vanadium steel bits are high-quality and lock-up well with receiving screw heads. The aluminum handle is not as well finished as the bits, but gets the job done just the same.
Ease of Use: * * * * *
Ergonomically pleasant and easy to operate one-handed.
Overall: * * * * *
Warne’s RT-1 Range Tool delivers solid value through twelve high-quality bits in a compact and lightweight package. If you’re looking to lighten your range bag a bit and reduce the clutter of multiple tools, the RT-1 Range Tool should be at the top of your list of options.
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Inspired by over 20 years of industry leadership with MGM Targets’ extensive product line of premium steel targets, MGM proudly announces the MGM Sportsman Target series.
The Sportsman series integrates MGM’s world renowned reputation for premium steel, innovation and reliability into a budget-minded series of versatile AR500 steel targets designed to appeal to all shooters and skill levels. From novice, to seasoned hunter or competitive shooter, The Sportsman series targets are perfect for family outings of plinking or a day of serious work at the range, the Sportsman series incorporates durability, and simplicity for easy set-up, transport and storage in to affordable products to last for generations.
As with all MGM products, The Sportsman series is entirely made in America. The introductory components of the series include three versatile target systems, The Sportsman Long Range Target, Sportsman T-Post Target and Sportsman Gong Target in various sizes and all suitable for center fire pistol or rifle use up to 7.62 NATO rifle rounds. These designs also allow for use with .22 LR firearms with the anticipated ring from each hit of the smaller .22 round and exceptional target action from larger calibers.
Delivers versatility on a budget. The Sportsman Long Range Target kit is the latest innovative solution for long range shooting which handles it all – Rifle rounds up to .30 cal and all standard defense calibers of center fire pistols as well. The MGM AR-500 hardened steel suspended from its UHMW pendulum gives the target tremendous swinging action when hit. The target’s bracket simply slides over 1/2″ re-bar which is then fitted in to the included Last Stand brackets and 1/2″ rebar stand/legs. The brackets offer a stable system and allow full adjustment for target bar and leg length on uneven ground. Choose target sizes, 4” 6″, 8″ 10″ and 12” diameter. Custom shapes and sizes are available on request – Call for pricing. Set includes one Sportsman Long Range Target assembly, one pair leg brackets.
MSRP $95.95 – $133.95 mgmtargets.com/rifle-targets
Provides certainty in confirmation of longer shots. Improving on the popularity and function of the budget-minded, Sportsman Long Range Target, an optional hit indicator flag kit is also available. The lightweight metal ‘flag’ attaches to the target bracket and ‘flashes’ at the shooter when the target is hit. Kit includes replacement longer bolts and additional nuts for attachment.
MSRP $23.98 mgmtargets.com/hitflagkit.
The AR500 target hanger, slides over your T-Post (available at most home improvement or farm supply stores for less than $5.00). The 3/8″ AR500 target plate hangs from durable fire hose material and swings when hit—Perfect for long range training…There’s no questioning hits on these targets. Available in 4” 6″, 8″ 10″ and 12” diameter targets. Custom shapes and sizes are available on request – Call for pricing. Set includes: Target assembly, brackets, arm, hanger.
MSRP $168.50 – $197.50 mgmtargets.com/rifle-targets
Optional second arm and target assembly turn one The Sportsman T-Post Target in to a Double “T” on a single T-post. Kit includes target assembly, rear bracket, arm hanger, extended length bolts for attachment.
MSRP $142.60 – $171.60 mgmtargets.com/rifle-targets
Simple, and reliable… A 10 inch round, 3/8” thick, laser cut, premium AR500 steel target with ample large radius ‘ears’ to securely suspend it from the shooter’s own frame or other structure. Often suspended from chain or rope, this target is reliable and economical, giving the shooter the best opportunity to maximize their funds with numerous premium MGM targets for the least cost. Easy to store, transport and gives a resounding tone when struck.
MSRP: $53.60 single – includes delivery to US addresses. Additional plates up to 10 total in same order: $33.66 each, delivery included. Custom shapes and sizes are available on request.
Call for pricing. mgmtargets.com/gravity-moving