Essential AR tools now fit in your pocket.
I know I’m not the only one who has used a pen or a loaded cartridge to push tightly seated receiver pins out of an AR. However, that’s the only egregious misapplication of improvised tools to which I will admit. Some atrocities should never be repeated.
The good news is that Fix It Sticks has a new AR-15 toolkit that is meaningful enough and portable enough to keep in a range bag. The design principle behind Fix It Sticks is a simple two-piece T-handle wrench.
Fix It Sticks is a small company operating out of Chicago. The company began when one of the owners busted his training bike. He looked around for the tools to make the repair and grabbed a three-way wrench before getting to work. Upon completing the repair, he tried to stuff the wrench in his pocket and couldn’t get it to fit. The inconvenience this caused served as the impetus for a more efficient and portable tool.
Fast forward several months (and a handful of prototypes) and Fix It Sticks was born. The sticks are incredibly simple. There are two 3-inch long cylinders that have quarter-inch hex sockets in the middle and on each end. Any quarter-inch bit will fit in the ends. To tighten a fastener, put the appropriate bit in one end of the stick and use it like a screwdriver. When more torque is required, attach the second stick to the bit on the opposite end, creating a T-handled driver.
The latest offering from Fix It Sticks uses the same wrench system but with a number of tool attachments specifically designed for the AR-15. Most of the AR-15 tools are for improved cleaning and simplifying repairs