Have a friend in Afghanistan that sent me this cool little tool a Gerber 31-000049 Multi-tool, actually I received it a couple months ago and I am just getting around on giving a review.
This tool has been around for a few years and I just stumbled upon the tool about a year ago during training. Wanting one but not wanting to spend the money are two different things.$89 at the PX. Doing a quick check I see that it is down to $64 on some on-line stores.
I have used all the components. Is it worth the money? Depends. I can say that the scraper has really come in handy during my cleaning exercises. And all the other pieces have worked as advertised. But…..
After a recent training event, I was a range safety officer and my company was zeroing their new M4’s (out of the box new). As with any zeroing event almost everyone had to adjust the front site of their rifle. Being the nice guy I handed out my new tool and off it went down the line tweaking the front sight on all the new rifles. I heard a lot of “Very cool tool Sergeant”, beats using a bullet, Thanks Sergeant!
When it came back after the second iteration? the four little prongs on the end where sheared off (Sorry tried to get a pic but my camera won’t get a close enough shot). A soldier was cranking down on their site and kept trying to turn even after the sight was all the way down, or up I don’t know but when I got it back it was hosed.
So in short? the tool is not really soldier proof but has its use in your kit if treated with care. So now I’m off looking for another to stick in my kit.