The Best Multi-Tools for Military Use
The use of a multi-tool for common people is great, but it’s even better for those serving in the military. As early as the time of the Roman Empire, isolated soldiers would use a sort of multi-tool with a variety of portable utensils for eating purposes. When World War II hit, the same concept of a multi-tool gained popularity. Today, it’s more commonly known as a Tactical Multi-Tool.
Compared to the average swiss army knife, it was designed to give a tactical advantage for people in the military field, law enforcement, or even a civilian. Aside from the regular tools that come in an ordinary multi-tool, these tactical ones can be used for clearing a weapon jam, crimping blasting caps, opening rations, and even nail grooming. It’s also more sturdy and heavy-duty.
If you think you absolutely need (or want) a tactical multi-tool, for whichever reason, then here are some of my recommendations.
Possibly the most popular one from this category of multi-tools, the Leatherman MUT is a well-loved product by servicemen themselves. There are 2 models available for this, one is the original MUT and the other is the MUT EOD, which has gotten more of a tactical upgrade. Both perform well and includes a variety of efficient tools. The main difference between the two is that the EOD has fuse cutters, a crimper for blasting caps, and a C4 explosives punch tool. With these additions, it also means that the standard pliers, the wire cutters as well as the hard-wire cutters, and the firearm disassembly punch are not available. Either way, the Leatherman MUT and MUT EOD are great multi-tools.
From one of the leading brands in multi-tools, the MP600-ST contains improvements compared to the other multi-pliers from Gerber. The ST stands for Sight Tool which can be used for M4/M16 firearms.
The components included in this unit are:
- Needle-nose pliers
- Regular pliers
- Tungsten carbide insert cutters
- Lanyard ring
- Long reach Phillips screwdriver
- Can opener
- M4/M16 front sight post adjustment tool
- Wire crimper
- Carbon scraper
- Bottle opener
- Small, medium, and large flat-head screwdrivers
- Serrated and fine edge knife
It also has a patented one-hand opening as well as Saf.T.Plus locking system. The MP600-ST certainly offers power, protection, and portability.
SOG PowerAssist B66
The PowerAssist B66 from SOG is a very well thought out tactical tool. It’s packed with essential tools that can carry out any tasks while remaining to be lightweight and portable. It is made of 420 steel with a sleek, black oxide finish. The PowerAssist is equipped with 2 SOG Assisted Technology blades including a full serrated blade and a straight edge blade. It’s got a three-sided file, a blasting cap crimper, a bolt grip channel, a bottle and can opener, a hard wire cutter, a wire crimper, 3 flathead screwdrivers in small, medium, and large sizes, a Phillips screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, a ruler, and a V-cutter. It also comes with a ballistic nylon sheath with a secure clip, hook, and loop closure to keep your tool safe. The SOG PowerAssist is a dependable with an uncompromising style and performance.
There are other great tactical tools out there with other functions and features, so if the ones above didn’t really interest you, feel free to search around. I hope you find your next best tactical buddy!