Gerber Downrange Tomahawk Review
The Gerber Downrange Tomahawk is an interesting offering from Gerber. Rather than being a tomahawk first, it is a breaching tool first and a tomahawk second.
Its unique design gives it a great look and makes it perfect for anyone that may need to pry, break or smash their way into a blocked or barricaded structure.
Gerber Downrange Tomahawk
- Specifically designed for breaching.
- Has many hand holds to allow for better leverage when breaching.
- Solid full tang construction.
- Acts as a hammer, axe and pry-bar all in one.
- Not really a good option for processing wood.
- Expensive compared to some other full tang tomahawks.
If you’re in the market for a tactical tomahawk or a purpose-built breaching tool, the is for you. It would be great in an urban bug out bag or as an emergency tool in the trunk of a car!
Triple purpose axe head – It functions as a hammer, axe and handle. The special purpose sheath covers all of the sharp edges so you can pry without worrying about injuring yourself.
The base of the handle functions as a pry-bar. The axe head functions as handle while the G10 material on the handle is scaled to add extra grip.
The sheath is MOLLE-compatible and easily attaches to packs, standard webbing or body armor.
Overall Length: 19.27″
Weight: 1.9 lb. without Sheath, 2.5 lbs. with sheath
Handle Cover Material: G-10
The Gerber Downrange Tomahawk is made of one piece of solid 420HC steel so it won’t break or bend when prying.
As a breaching tool, this is actually one of the better compact ones out there. The hammer easily smashes cinder blocks and windows, the axe blade is perfectly capable of smashing and cutting what you need as well.
The main body of the tomahawk is Cerakoted so it will resist weather, corrosion and a quite a bit of a beating.
Carrying this one tool allows you to cut down on the number of tools in your pack or bug out bag by not needing to have a hammer, hatchet and pry-bar.
If you’re used to cheap Walmart tools, then you may suffer from a little sticker shock when you first see the price. However, it’s often true that you get what you pay for and that’s the case here as well.
Chopping wood is possible with the Gerber Downrange Tomahawk but it isn’t as effective as I’d like. The head is too light to make chopping effective since most of the material has been removed to make it usable as a handle.
As a multi-purpose tool, it isn’t as effective as any single hatchet, hammer or pry-bar. This is to be expected but it still needs to be said.
The Gerber Downrange Tomahawk is a great tool overall. It shines as a breaching tool and can hold its own in a variety of other uses.
This tomahawk would be at home in almost any bug out bag but it would be especially useful if you were going to bug out in an urban or suburban environment. I also think this would be a good addition to your pack if you’re going to be patrolling in an urban environment.
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