Have you ever walked into Home Depot or Lowe’s and been overwhelmed by how many brands of tools there are on the shelves and what all those tools do? It’s hard to know what brand makes the best products, what tools will last a lifetime, and what is crap.
Shopping for AR-15 tools is similar to shopping for any other tool in big department stores or online. There are a lot of brands making AR-15 tools that look like the real deal and are, unfortunately, not. I found Real Avid Tools about a year ago, and I am blown away almost daily by the products they make. Real Avid is one of the brands cheaper look-alikes hope to emulate but come nowhere close.