On the subject of accurate shooting, have you ever been working on one of your firearms, when you discovered tightening the screws or bolts required specific torque? Consistent tightening of firearm or scope mount screws is critical to making accurate shots. I had no way of determining what torque was being applied, or even if the torque was even between screws; until the first time I ran into this problem I thought torque wrenches were just for automobile work!
Recently the good folks at Aimpoint sent a solution to the problem. At an MSRP of $59.99, Wheeler Engineering, a part of Battenfield Technologies, has their Firearms Accurizing Torque (F.A.T.) Wrench priced where any firearm owner can afford one. The F.A.T. looks a lot like a cordless screwdriver, with a large body and a ¼ inch drive.
The F.A.T. Wrench is easily adjustable from 10-65 inch pounds, with an accuracy of two inch pounds. The large body makes using the wrench more comfortable.
There are 10 interchangeable bits included in the plastic box with the F.A.T., including flat blades, Allen bits, Torx bits, and a square drive adapter. There are two compartments I found perfect for holding screws and such. Thoughtfully, manufacturer’s suggested torque settings are included for a number of common items.
The F.A.T. Wrench is perfect for those who realize their hand has no idea what 37 inch pounds feels like!
Story & Photos by D.K. Pridgen