Ever wish you had a toolkit tailored especially for your gun? If you’ve ever done any tinkering with firearms, you know that standard toolkits from the hardware store won’t cut it. There are just some things that need dedicated tools. Well, if that sounds familiar, Fix It Sticks has you covered. They offer a variety of quality firearms toolkits both general and specific in nature. Here’s a look at the Fix It Sticks AR toolkit.
Compact, Convenient, and Versatile
The Fix It Sticks AR toolkit package says, “With so many ways to customize an AR, no wonder it’s America’s #1 rifle.” No argument here. This toolkit has almost everything I want to work on my AR. I’ll address what I think it lacks below, but let’s start with what it does include.
First, the canvas case is simple and compact. The tools all have their own place in the attached organizer, while the case itself has generous storage pockets and extra slots if you choose to add a few tools to the standard package. The case also has MOLLE webbing on one side if you want to attach it to your gear.
The tools themselves are modular, so you can store them easily and quickly assemble the combination you need. So, what comes in the kit?
Included Tools and Accessories
The kit revolves around the “Fix It Stick,” a modular T-handle that employs various accessories to perform the task at hand. The Fix It Stick can also be used as a linear handle, much like a traditional screwdriver. It has four magnetic sockets for accessories or adapters, giving you choices about how to attack your job. The AR toolkit includes:
- Two Fix It Sticks
- Two 6cm brass cleaning rods
- Five hex bits in the following sizes: 3/32”, 7/64”, 1/8”, 9/64”, and 5/32”
- Three screwdriver bits in the following sizes: PH1, 3/16”, and 3/32”
- Four Torx bits in the following sizes: T-10, T-15, T-20, and T-25
- Two bit adapters compatible with 8-32 threaded components
- Metal pin punch
- Non-marring polymer pin punch
- A2 front sight adjustment tool
- Bronze scraper
- Cleaning brush
- Steel pick
- Bolt carrier group scraper
- Castle nut wrench
All bits are chrome plated.
All the accessories and bits are attachable to the T-handles either directly or through the adapters. The adapters may be used separately or together by use of the 8-32 threads. The adapters also allow you to pair the two t-handles to make a long linear handle or a longer t-handle.
The cleaning brush, steel pick, and bronze scraper are threaded for use with the brass cleaning rods, but they also fit directly into the t-handles. The adapter allows you to use the t-handle and the brass rods simultaneously with those accessories.
What do I like about the Fix It Sticks AR Toolkit?
First, the modularity and compactness are great. This is a kit I can keep in my range bag or even take into the woods if I’m hunting. It can do just about anything I might need to do at the range or in the field. I already keep miscellaneous tools in my range bag, and this will replace most of those while saving space.
Second, as you would expect, the Fix It Sticks AR kit has attachments particular to the AR platform, namely the bolt carrier group scraper, castle nut wrench, and the A2 sight tool. The BCG scraper eases cleaning the carbon from your BCG, both inside and out. You can specify whether you want an AR-10 or AR-15 scraper, so it fits right. The large tong fits into the carrier itself, while the smaller tong goes inside the bolt. I’ve also used the smaller tong on the gas key. The BCG scraper is the only difference between the AR-10 and AR-15 toolkits. I got the AR-10 kit and sprang for a .223 scraper for an extra 10 bucks.
The castle nut wrench is a handy tool if you’re changing buffer tubes or whatever. It’s a quality steel part that you can set up however you like with the Fix It Sticks system. The A2 front sight tool is also handy, assuming you have an A2 front sight. It’s a nice inclusion.
I also like the bronze scraper, which allows me to get at stubborn carbon in places like the bolt’s locking lugs without damaging the parts. The non-marring polymer pin punch is also nice, especially since my AR-10’s BCG doesn’t have a cotter pin and requires a punch. A small screwdriver has served in the past, but I like this punch.
A Small Wish List
As good as this kit is, I wish it included a roll pin tool and a detent pin tool. That may seem picky, but those additions would make this thing pretty much complete. It would probably make the kit a little larger, but I think it would be worth it. It would certainly fit with the company saying the kit is designed for folks who like to customize their rifles.
Despite wishing for the roll pin tool and detent pin tool, I think this toolkit is a slam dunk. Working on my AR rifles just got a lot more convenient. The tools and attachments are high quality, they fit right, and they are easy to use. I love that they aren’t one size fits all arrangements. I can put things together or take them apart to make longer or shorter tools to fit what I need to do.
The bits are in commonly used sizes and fit perfectly in the magnetic t-handle sockets. There’s also space to expand within the case if you want to add a few things of your own.
Fix It Sticks offers a wide variety of toolkits, both general and specific. I’m very impressed by my first experience with them and I expect I’ll buy from them again. If you want to buy your own Fix It Sticks AR toolkit, you’re in luck. GunMag Warehouse has you covered with an AR-15 kit and an AR-10 kit available. Give it a try. I bet you’ll probably like it as much as I did.