What I knew about my father’s Leatherman was learned when I was gifted one as a hand-me-down just in time for the Boy Scouts. It has a standard pocket knife style set up. Each of the tools were carefully tucked away inside an arm of the multi-tool, flatly flushed side by side with a pair of pliers taking up the center. This is not the case with the Mut as it takes a more creative and elegant approach to its design.
While closed, it is approximately five inches in length, weighing eleven ounces and can slide into a pocket with a clip on one side to hold it in place. It has a retractable lock to hold the tool properly closed. Personally, I prefer this over the pouch on my belt when off duty. It does, however, come with a sand-colored pouch that will not appear out of place on a standard multi-cam plate carrier.
The Mut maintains its compact attribute with creative compartmentalization. Within this multi-tool are a pair of pliers that hold traditional functions such as hardwire, standard wire cutting, and electrical crimping. This specific plier set also holds a cleaning rod/brush adapter housed on the outer side. Misplaced the T-bar handle for your cleaning rod? The pliers, as well as one side of the multi-tool, can hold the one end of a rifle cleaning rod. The entire tool can be used as an impromptu handle.
One leg of the multi-tool holds a stainless steel 420HC Combo Knife and saw, not unlike the standard Wave. Though with a Wave or otherwise similar multi-tool, there are a series of screwdriver heads that fit alongside the knives. There are a total of three attachments, each holding a head on either end. One of them is housed between the blades. The measurements for this are Torx #15 and Hex 7/64”. This and the others (which are Phillips #1-2 & 3/16” Screwdriver on one and Phillips #2 & 1/4” Screwdriver on the other) can be inserted into an opening on the tip of this leg to act as a screwdriver.
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GEAR ON TEST
If you’re training, on the range, or indeed in need of a fine partner to carry all your EDC items, then sometimes a small pack can be the answer! We’ve been trying out the latest version of one of our favourite designs, and find that it still meets our needs as well as ever.
FIVE YEARS STRONG!
AT PMCI WE PREFER TO CONCENTRATE ON BRINGING YOU THE MOST INSIGHTFUL AND VALUABLE INFORMATION WE CAN IN EACH AND EVERY ISSUE, CONCENTRATING ON PRODUCTS AND PROVIDERS THAT WILL GIVE YOU THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO TRAIN AND PLAN EFFECTIVELY RATHER THAN BLOWING OUR OWN TRUMPETS! HOWEVER, WE’VE JUST REACHED A MILESTONE THAT WE FEEL IT’S RIGHT TO SHOUT ABOUT, AS THE EDITORIAL TEAM HITS THE FIVE YEAR MARK! BILL AND TRAMPAS GIVE THEIR THOUGHTS ON THOSE FIVE YEARS, AND WHERE THEY’RE HEADING NEXT…
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Over the course of the past twenty years, trampas has worked in and around law enforcement on the local, state, and federal levels through various task forces before transitioning to the firearms and training industries. His travels have led him around the usa to meet some amazing people and learn many valuable lifesaving skills. Of these skills, one of the most important to learn and pass along to family, friends and students is that of situational awareness. So important in fact, pmci decided to invite a special subject matter expert to join us and discuss his new book on the topic! - ts.
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In the knife community, there is perhaps nothing more captivating than the “SWWWICK” sound of an automatic knife. Whether it’s the classic linage of the stiletto switchblade from our favorite gangster movies or if it’s the mystique of being banned in several states, the automatic knife remains on the top of every blade fan’s “must have list”. -TS
ATTACKSENSE UPDATE – PEER TO PEER TRAINING
If you’re a regular reader of PMCI then you’ll know that some of the contributors, especially those in the UK where access to live fire training is limited, have been making good use of their “6mm” tools to keep their skills and drills up to date with the AttackSense Smart target System, and now it looks like things are getting even more interesting with live peer to peer “ranking data” available! -BT
AS AN AVID PRACTITIONER OF LEGALLY CARRYING A CONCEALED FIREARM EVERY DAY AND TEACHING OTHERS TO DO THE SAME THROUGH THE TRAINING COURSES OUR COMPANY OFFERS, TRAMPAS IS CONSTANTLY AWARE OF AREAS IN WHICH HE CANNOT POSSESS A FIREARM, AND LOOKS TO FIND A SOLUTION FOR THOSE MOMENTS WHEN HE NEEDS TO SECURE HIS “TOOLS” WHEN MOBILE. - TS
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