Real Avid Gunsmiths Tools
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- Last updated: 20/08/2021
Real Avid are a relatively new name in the UK but their gun cleaning products are already very popular, offering great quality items at very competitive prices. They also produce some high-quality tools aimed specifically at the home-gunsmith, for simple maintenance and repairs.
This is a very comprehensive set that includes nine hardened steel, nickel-plated punches covering the popular sizes. Each punch has a hex-shaped handle with rubber rings for added grip and you also get a pin alignment tool to further aid accuracy. A non-marring, finishing punch is also included, so you can seat pins flush without damaging the finish on your gun.
The hammer has four interchangeable heads (nylon, brass, steel and rubber) so that you can choose a specific one and avoid damaging the finish on anything you are working on. The hammer is small but very well balanced and perfect for removing any seating pins.
The supplied case is also well thought out as it stands up in the open position, giving you easy access to the contents.
Real Avid Smart Bench Block Often the hardest part of knocking out retaining pins is actually holding the gun or particular part securely, while you drive out the pin. This bench block is made out of engineering-grade resin and will not damage the finish on the gun. The non-slip base prevents it from sliding on the bench and a central groove in the top holds gun barrels securely in place, with six different sized holes for pins to be knocked through. The clever design incorporates a magnet embedded in the underside of the block, which grabs pins as they are knocked out and stops them rolling away and getting lost. Smaller pins can be hard to keep hold of and pick up so this feature is really handy.
All of the tools are very well made and finished to a high standard. They work very well and do exactly what they are made to do, allowing you to remove and replace retaining pins quickly and easily without damaging the finish on your gun. The punch set is supplied in a highquality case, so all of the parts stay together in one place and both products should last a lifetime. The quality is reflected in the price and these are two items definitely worth adding to your bench.