The Advanced Force Gauge (AFG) is a rugged, hand-held digital force gauge for tension and compression testing with ten models with internal loadcells for measurements from 0.005 N to 2500 N, all with an accuracy of 0.1% of full scale. To further increase the versatility, external force or torque smart sensors can be plugged in to use all the powerful features of the AFG, including automatic first and second peak capture and comprehensive settable "Pass" and "Fail" criteria.