[SHOT Show 2020] Real Avid’s New Gun Maintenance/Build Products
Russ Chastain 03.01.20
Three years ago at the SHOT Show, I saw a great new product from a small company called Real Avid. That product was the Bore Boss, which I wrote about here and later reviewed here. Real Avid continues to expand its product lineup, and at the 2020 SHOT Show range Day I got to see some of their new products.
Gun Boss Multi-Kits
Despite the “multi” in the name, Gun Boss Multi-Kits are caliber-specific. If you want one small kit for each caliber or gauge you shoot, this is for you.
Each kit contains a Bore Boss bore cleaner, a T-handle for pulling it (in case you don’t want to use the built-in handle of the Bore Boss), a bronze bore brush, nylon bore brush, bore mop, patch jag with slotted tip, 25 cleaning patches, Accu-Grip detailing pick, Smart Brush cleaning brushes (specialized “tooth brushes”), and a coated steel cleaning rod.
For most Multi-Kits, the rod is 4-piece. For 357/38/9mm, it’s a one-piece.
The 223/5.56 kit also includes a star chamber brush & pads.
Master AR15 Armorer’s Mat
If you build ARs, this looks like it could be pretty useful. It’s a special oil-resistant work mat with rubberized backing designed to provide a non-marring work surface that won’t hurt your gun parts — while protecting the dining table, so you don’t get in trouble with the other half.
The end panel of the mat has schematics of an AR’s upper receiver, lower receiver, bolt carrier group, and barrel assembly.
There’s a parts and tool tray attached to the end of the mat, and a small-parts storage box can be snapped onto the top of that tray to act as a lid. The mat and tray can be rolled up and stored “in a convenient storage bag.”
They say it’s “large enough to hold all of the major parts in a teardown or build.” The 22-compartment tray at the end allows you to keep track of all the smaller parts, so they don’t roll away and disappear.
CORE Gun Tool for AR
Instead of calling it a CORE gun tool, Real Avid calls this thing “Gun Tool CORE – AR15.” It’s intended to help with the core maintenance functions to keep your AR running.
The CORE is thoughtfully designed and not at all bulky, so you can take it where you need it. Heck, hang it from a belt loop or your rifle case using the carabiner function. Then reach for it when you need to knock out pins or adjust optics or your front sight, or to scrape off a bunch of crud.
Real Avid is proud of the scraper function:
The heart and soul of CORE are 2 different carbon scrapers that effectively remove burnt carbon from 12 different bolt carrier group surfaces. Each scraper precisely fits every mil-spec dimension of the bolt carrier group surfaces including firing pin, bolt face, bolt waist, bolt lugs, bolt tail, and inside the bolt carrier itself.
- Liner locks to keep tools open
- Bolt scraper
- Carrier and firing pin scrapers
- Cord cutter and bottle opener
- Bolt override and scope turret adjuster
- Takedown punch and A2 front sight adjuster
- Carabiner-like function secures to molle straps
- Remove carbon from all surfaces of bolt carrier group
- Clear jams
- Remove takedown pins
- Adjust sights
Gun Boss Pro Universal Cleaning Kit
Although this one isn’t new for 2020, I felt it was worth a mention here. The Gun Boss Pro Universal Cleaning Kit is actually organized and designed to hold all the goodies, with a folding case that doubles as a stand. Heck, it even has holes so you can screw it down permanently if you wish. This is a welcome departure from most kits, which just toss everything into one jumbled compartment.
If I had to criticize anything about this kit, it would be that the case doesn’t have any extra room for adding your own stuff, such as screwdrivers, oil, solvent, brushes for additional calibers, and such.
- Multi-function handle rotates, taps pins, and works as a detailing handle
- High-performance tool case organizes, displays, and protects cleaning set
- Engineering-grade resin case is impact resistant
- Three brass rod sections combine with rotating handle to form a 32” rod
- Screw holes for permanent mounting
- 12 ga. brush and mop
- Large slotted tip
- 20 ga. brush and mop
- Small slotted tip
- 45 cal. brush and jag
- 40 brush and jag
- 357/38/9mm brush and jag
- 30 cal. brush and jag
- 280/270/7mm brush and jag
- 243 cal. brush and jag
- 22 cal. brush and jag
- 25 – 1.2” X 2.4” synthetic cleaning patches
- 25 – 2” X 2.4” synthetic cleaning patches