The best friend in my rangebag
We’ve all been there. You’re at a match or a class, and you need a screwdriver. You forgot to bring your awesome Brownells Ultimate Gunsmithing and Apothecary set which has 331 different bits and will fit the pentagon shaped screw head used by the Siberian pistol fighting monks that make your one of a kind speed belt. Now you’ll never win first C-class!
But the day is saved, because you have a leatherman! An old school leatherman at that, with none of those sissy “ergonomic” handles covered in rubber padding so kids who grew up getting time outs and learning about self-esteem don’t hurt their tender hands should they ever be forced to use an actual tool.
Fearlessly, with leatherman in hand, you attack you pentagon screw head with multiple bits, until you’ve successfully tightened the screw on your rig. Now you’re ready. Now your victory is assured. Of course, the screw head is ruined and totally rounded out, but victory must be had at all costs!
Okay, so I may have gotten a little carried away there, but in all seriousness I do love having a good, old school leatherman in my bag. Between this and my Wilson Combat 1911 tool, I can fix 99% of the issues that come up on the range that aren’t gun related. Usually holster retention issues, to be honest, but sometimes I’ll get something more interesting. The best “I fixed it with a Leatherman” story I have is from last year, actually. I was shooting the Tanfoglio Stock II at the Cup and couldn’t get the holster to seat the gun correctly. The interior dimensions of the holster were off, so using my Leatherman and the hotel room’s blow drier, I painstakingly “re-did” some of the holster’s interior dimensions using a combo of heat, the file, and the knife blade.
If you have any good Leatherman fix-it stories, share them in the comments!