I first encountered Fix It Sticks when my brother-in-law gave me a set for Christmas. Those first sets were aimed at bicyclists, but now the company has come to the aid of shooters. The cleverly designed, yet simple, devices are palm-size 1/4" hex-bit drivers—with magnetic sockets on each end and a hexagonal hole through a flat-sided center section—that can be assembled into a T configuration. That format allows me to securely tighten all sorts of firearm fasteners, and I’ve found them indispensible for scope-mounting duties, action tightening and much more. The nicest thing about the new Replaceable Edition Hunting/Shooting kits is that they minimize the possibility of over-torquing fasteners, which can result in broken screws or stripped threads and, possibly, costly gunsmithing repairs. The key is a range of included color-coded drivers that feature built-in torque limiters calibrated in values of 15, 25, 45, 49, 65 or 70 in.-lbs. Also available is a selection of heat-treated bits: 2.5, 3, 4 and 5 mm hex; T-10, -15, -20, -25 and -30 Torx; 1/20", 1/16", 1/8", 3/32", 5/32", 5/64" hex; and No. 5 straight blade. Each kit’s contents fit in a nylon pouch that securely attaches to MOLLE webbing—not something I wear while cycling, but practical nonetheless. Price: $100 to $165. Contact: Fix It Sticks ( (872) 802-3110; fixitsticks.com.
Editor's Choice: Fix It Sticks
Leupold’s DeltaPoint Micro doesn’t look like any other slide-mounted optic. Rather than using a flat-bottomed design, the DP Micro features an L-shaped mounting surface that covers the top-rear portion of its host’s slide, with a small 9 mm lens sitting atop the gun and the battery compartment overhanging the aft of the slide.
For the past 13 years, Streamlight has donated proceeds from sales of the pink lights to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
This week on American Rifleman Television, we go behind-the-scenes to see how Colt makes its revolvers, test the Key-Tec P17 pistol and examine the history of the German Gewehr 33/40 rifle.