Multitasker Tools LLC is known for making innovative tools, and in June I did a review of the Multitasker TUBE, and this month I have the Multitasker Ultralight for review.
The Multitasker Ultralight is like its little brother the "Tube" but it has more capabilities, and in this case it has 10 AR-Specific tools (but works just fine on most other weapons as well). The tool is shipped is a small cardboard box with the features written on it, and when you open the box you are presented with a very well made MOLLE compatible black nylon pouch.
The pouch is well made, and well stitched with a button closure. My pouch had no flaws at all which is a welcome change from a lot of things I see on the shelves today. When you pull the snap and open the pouch and look inside you see the Multitasker Ultralight, and the drive bit carrier in a small pouch next to it.
When you pull out the Multitasker Ultralight you will take note of its small size (4.25" x 1.00" x 0.75") as well as its weight (7 oz), and the tool itself looks like a mat black thick side folder knife.
The sides of the tool are black non-slip G10 with a texture they call Maxgrip scales. G10 is a special fiberglass epoxy laminate that has extremely high strength and is used in marine applications due to its superior strength, moisture resistance, and excellent electrical and fire insulation. This stuff is so tough they use it for non-corrosive backing plates for high load deck hardware or for bonding to engine room bulkheads to hold mounting brackets.
- FR-4 Grade fire resistance
- Low moisture absorption
- Rated to 285 F continuous operating temperature, will not melt at high heat
- Resists chemicals
- High impact strength
- High tensile strength
- High dielectric strength
- High flex strength and dimensional stability
And that's just the grip panels for this tool, so you know they took the design of this tool very seriously, but they had to because this tool was made to be used by our troops, and it's design is based and guided on troop recommendations.
You will notice right away the magnetic bit driver system with 4-prong A2 style front sight adjustment tool in place because it's the tool that's most prominent. now the bit driver tool is the tool you will likely use the most because when you remove by lifting it out the tool is now a 1/4 inch driver, and pull out the bit carrier from the case and you now have 11 tools (10 bits and the 1/4 driver).
The drive bits are the most common you will find not just on the AR, but on AR/M16 Accessories (including Larue products), and using the right drive bit not only do you have screw drivers, but also punches to help push out receiver pins if needed. The end of the tool you will notice that it's threaded on that outside. That is for future expansion, so you can bet they have more tools you can use with this in the future.
I do have to point out that the A2 front sight tool only fits the A2 front sight, and not the A1 front sight. If you have an A1 sight on your rifle (round post) replace it with the better defined A2 square post sight typically found on all rifles since the Vietnam War. (I originally had the A1 rifle in the Army, and even carried one during the first Gulf War, but by that time I had updated the site to the A2 model). But if you have the A1 sight, don't be heartbroken because you can pull the sight tool and stick on one of the smaller drive bits and adjust the site that way.
The next tool is the Spanner wrench which is used to tighten a loose castle nut (a castle nut is the nut that holds on the collapsible stock to the lower receiver, and in technical terms it's used to tighten the nut holding the receiver extension to the lower receiver) it IS NOT used to loosen the nut of a castle nut that's been staked in place. That task requires an armorer's wrench.
If you are in the field and/or battle and for one reason or another your castle nut works loose, you have a tool to tighten it until it can be torqued and staked into place but the armorer. if you do nothing the stock will loosen, and in the worst possible case, fall off (rather hard to do), and if that happened the receiver extension holding the buffer and buffer spring will part ways leaving the weapon no longer operational (a bad thing in combat), and while it's nearly impossible for the receiver extension to fall off, it's very possible that the castle nut will loosen, and it is a pain in the butt and a distraction which is something you typically don't need in a firefight.
The end of the wrench is also has a 5/16 screw driver blade, and the wrench itself also makes a fine bottle opener.
Tool count so far: 14
The next tool you will notice (on the other side) is the brass and steel dental pick attachment. Troops who have been in a while pick up dental picks for getting into tight areas on the weapon to remove carbon, dirt, mud, and everything else, so the troops requested a dental pick on the tool, so it was included as an attachment. I have used the dental picks in the bolt and around the locking lugs, and it also works good to hold a cleaning patch (or digging one out). But remove the pick and you will find an 8-32 male thread for use with Otis cleaning kits. Now you can screw on the cable so the Multitasker Ultralight acts as a handle for the Otis, or you can screw on other Otis cleaning tools (brushes, patch holders etc) so you can have an ultra handy handle with cleaning brush.
Tool count so far: 16
The next tool is the unique bent tip carbon scraper with a radiused edge. This tool is used for cleaning (if you didn't guess), and mostly the bolt and bolt carrier. One the bolt tail you will find powder deposits and carbon. And you can use a bore brush to scrub it away, or you can use a scraper to do it. The scraper is much faster than the brush and it works better too. And don't worry about damaging the steel on the bolt or carrier by scraping on it, the scraper is a softer steel that the bolt and carrier, so you're not going to damage it. It's also effective at pushing a patch around in the lower receiver for cleaning, and on the flash hider/muzzle brake.
I recently used the scraper to clean a 1911, and it worked very well to get into the places I don't normally have easy access to, and I was surprised at the amount of carbon it pulled out. The scraper was well designed, and worked great on all weapons.
Tool count: 17
Each of the fold out tools on the Multitasker Ultralight have individual safety locks (another nice feature), and if have the case mounted to your plate carrier or vest and you are at the range or barracks, you can slip the Multitasker Ultralight onto your belt for easy carry and transport. The spring steel of the belt clip is also well designed and very functional as well as easy to put on your belt. Above the belt clip is the lanyard which is large enough for a 550 cord lanyard so you can be sure you will never lose your Multitasker Ultralight. But one last little surprise is the lanyard acts as a quick access scope adjusting screw driver for scopes that don't have target knobs. It's not for heavy duty work, but for adding a click or two, and it's faster than locating a coin or opening the tool.
Total Tool count: 18 (you can say 19 if you place the tool in your hand and use it to pound the enemy, because the tool will take more abuse than your hand ever will, but we will leave it at 18 )
The Multitasker Ultralight has a durable black oxide finish to go with those G10 grip panels so everything about it is tough.
A few things about the Multitasker company other than the fact they make some extremely high quality tools which even if one of the screws loosens up, they even insured to use a hex size that they included in the bit carrier so you could always tighten and maintain the tool, and the tool has a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
1. Multitasker Tools listens to its customer's, and make the changes the customers request. They tool to the troops and ask them how to improve it, and then they improve it, so it's a true soldiers tool.
2. Multitasker tools sends many tools to the troops on the battlefield free of change.
3. And finally Multitasker Tools LLC is a Proud Supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, donating thousands of dollars to this 501c3 charity which provides unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members.
Multitasker tools builds great tools, supports our troops in the field, and does what it can to support the wounded troops on their return, and that speaks a great deal about the honor and integrity of this company.
The Multitasker Ultralight tool is a good mid level tool you should have to maintain your weapons and not just your AR/M16, but all of them. Super high quality, non slip grip even with sweaty dirty hands, and contains the tools you need most in one small package.
In my opinion this is a great tool worth having, and one you should keep in your range bag, in your B.O.B., as part of your EDC, or mounted to your MOLLE vest. It easily gets the Weaponeer Recommendation
(a quick note about my photos. nearly all my photos here are using the MACRO camera setting and the lense is nearly touching the tool for the best possible detail. The tool looks much nicer in person)
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