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Gun-Gearheads Rejoice: Smart-Torq For Gun Builds & Optics



Some people just want to buy a gun off the shelf. Then there are the Real Avid gearheads…this is for them.

If you’re a tinkerer, home gunsmith, or just a shooter who likes to DIY, you’ll be excited to know about the Smart-Torq gun tool from Real Avid. It’s the most precise and technically advanced inch-lb. torque driver specifically developed for optics mounting and gun builds. It sells for a garage-gearhead price of $79.99, but don’t let that low price tag fool you. This is professional-grade equipment that will get you through even the knottiest gun builds.

The Smart-Torq’s overall design is modern, highly ergonomic and intuitive. A rubberized grip combined with the Force Assist handle/driver makes tightening screws and fasteners to precise torque settings comfortable and easy. Force Assists provides the ability to securely seat the main driver and bit (with the free spinning cap) into the screw vertically while applying torque leverage from the perpendicular plane. This not only provides an easier way to manipulate the tool but allows the user to keep the bit properly seated to prevent slipping and stripping.

The Smart-Torq gun tool lets you properly mount scope bases and rings for a rock-solid foundation. Precision scope mounting requires single-digit inch-lb. torque. This Master Grade tool features discrete inch-lb. increment settings for spot-on torque adjustments. The Smart-Torq gun tool has a 10 to 70 in-lb. range, allowing users to quickly get to a desired setting. The adjustment knob improves the ease and accuracy of setting torque. An audible and tactile “click” indicates 1 in-lb. of adjustment (10 in-lbs. per full rotation). With finer pitched threads Smart-Torq is easy to adjust through the scale settings range and requires no secondary manipulation.

The Smart-Torq also features a unidirectional toothed clutch which allows the ability to back out screws and fasteners without tripping the torque clutch in reverse. The toothed clutch also extends the life of the tool when compared to ball-bearing mechanisms used in other drivers. Also standard is a premium high-density foam core fabric storage case that holds the Smart-Torq, a Force Assist handle/driver, and 11 bits that fit most optics mounting ring and base brands. The bit set also includes a square drive adapter bit to utilize with ¼” sockets (sockets not included). Included bits: T10, T15, T20, T25, 3mm Hex, 5/32 Hex, 3/16 Hex, 7/64 Hex, 90-6 Flat, 38-4 Flat, 60-5 Flat.

“We paid a lot of attention to the details of this tool design and user interface. You don’t need exceptional hand strength to tighten fasteners. It has rubber grip ridges and a jeweler’s spin top that allows the user to easily apply torque while applying downward pressure. We feel certain it will deliver an upgraded user experience as the first Master Grade tool in this category designed especially and exclusively for optics mounting and Gun DIY”, said Dave Steiner, President of Real Avid.

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The Real Avid Smart-Torq Specifications:

  • Smart-Torque with a 10 to 70 in-lb. range
  • Ergonomic rubberized grip
  • Unidirectional toothed clutch
  • Force Assist handle/driver
  • Premium high-density foam core fabric storage case
  • Included bits: T10, T15, T20, T25, 3mm Hex, 5/32 Hex, 3/16 Hex, 7/64 Hex, 90-6 Flat, 38-4 Flat, 60-5 Flat
  • MSRP: $79.99


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