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About the Multitasker Series 2 (MTs2)

Nov. 18, 2010 - 07:45PM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 18, 2010 - 07:45PM  |  
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Carrying

The MTs2's snap-closure, semirigid case has an Uncle Mike's vibe. It has a PALS web on the back and an interior slot for its hex bit holder.

The MTs2 is clipless but does have a dummy cord-compatible lanyard loop.

The MTs2 itself weighs 11 ounces; with the case and bits, it weighs 14¾ ounces.

Jaws

The MTs2's jaws have a couple of unique features. First, they're made from billet-cut and Tufftride-treated D2 tool steel, making them the toughest of any multitool on the market. Second, the main pivot is a roller bearing, which makes for smoother operation than the press-fit union found in its competitors.

There's no jaw cutout for grabbing bolt heads — a calculated decision to retain jaw strength. The only other inclusion is offset wire cutters like you'd find on a set of needle-nose pliers. Thanks to the D2 steel, these cut through nails, barbed wire and c-wire.

Tools

The MTs2's body tool set is focused on weapon-specific tasks. All unique to the MTs2: a castle nut wrench for gas tube work, onboard 3/8-inch wrench for LaRue mounts, Otis-compatible threaded post for the included dental pick, an awesomely shaped carbon scraper and a sight adjustment tool. A small tanto-tipped knife and a file are for more general use.

The 2.5-inch tanto knife blade is Tufftride-treated 440C stainless, and the tools are black oxide-coated 420 stainless.

The inclusion of a magnetic ¼-inch hex driver and 10 bits that swap places with the sight post tool add to the value of the tool right out of the box. Included are two slot-head, one Phillips, and five hex-head bit tips, plus T10 and T15 Torx bits. It's a drag that the bits can't be stored on the tool itself, though. It's only a matter of time before you can't find the one bit you really need.

Handling

G10 scales on the outside help with retention and feel, especially in the cold. Like the MUT, the fold-out tools are all accessed from the outside.

If you manage to drop it, you'll be thankful you used the dummy cord eyelet.

One odd thing with the MTs2 is the liner lock on the knife blade. Most liner locks are manipulated by pushing the locking tab in with the thumb. Here, the design dictates the tab be pulled up to clear the blade, which is awkward.

Performance

The MTs2 is a good range and armory companion and stands its ground as the go-to tool for the gun guy. It's a unique tool that will probably outlast a few of your guns. It's not a cool-looking tool, but its offshore manufacture translates into a good value.

A soldier who used the tool commented that it felt and performed like a champ even though it looked like a $5 knockoff.

We loaned the MTs2 to some SWAT officers stateside who reported that it saved time because they could tear down and clean their carbines with just one tool, which was great — so long as their teammates stopped asking to borrow it. The MTs2 costs about $90.

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