A while back I was sent a tool to review. This tool was the HammerHead Rifle Tool. While reviewing tools is not nearly as fun as reviewing guns or accessories this was actually something I got to use quite a bit. I’m always tearing down rifles and putting them back together in different configurations for different photos etc. and the HammerHead Rifle Tool came in handy time after time.
I think its safe to say that the HammerHead Rifle Tool was designed around its very unique Castle Nut Wrench. This tool features an opening that slides over a bare buffer tube and engages all 4 notches of the castle nut at the same time which really allows you to tighten the Castle Nut. This is one of my favorite features of this tool. The fit is very precise which helps you to have confidence that when you do give it a good torque its not going to slip off the Castle Nut as I’ve had happen so many times in the past and sometimes really mess up the threads on the tube. Lots of my Castle Nuts look as though they’ve been chewed on by a dog with steel teeth.
The tool also features two very smartly designed Flash Hider wrenches. The angle and position of the cuts made it so getting stubborn old Flash Hiders off and installing new ones a breeze. Included are wrenches for .750″ and .825″ size FH’s. The handle doesn’t have as many cutouts at the edge to hurt your hand but I would love to see them do some type of rubber backstrap for a bit of added comfort. Just my $.02 though and not anything that would deter me from purchasing one.
The HHRT is made of 3/16 thick head treated 1095 steel and is definitely built well. There is a Titanium version available as well. There are so many other little features included with this tool. These include a 1/4, 1/2 and 3/8 torque drive sockets, 5/8 A2 style stock extension tube wrench and a receiver take down / pivot pin punch (or glass breaker in a pinch, LoL) I honestly didn’t get a ton of use out of these but had I needed them, they would have been there and that is what matters. One of the only things I feel like is missing is a barrel nut wrench. I am always swapping out barrels or building a new upper and need a barrel nut wrench quite often. However, there are things that the HammerHead Rifle Tool does better than any other tool I’ve used such as the Castle Nut and Flash Hider wrenches which is why it will always have a place in my range bag and armorers kit.
These are available for purchase at HammerHeadRifleTool.com for just $41.50 which to me seems like an awesome price. Also, don’t forget to stop by the HammerHead Rifle Tool Facebook page and give them a “LIKE”.