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Propel Downrange Auto

Gerber has a long-running relationship with the U.S. military, providing proven tactical equipment for soldiers deploying overseas. The Propel Downrange Auto knife is a direct result of Gerber’s relationship with military personnel, and there’s more to this automatic knife’s design than its desert tan color. Building on the field-proven performance and fast, one-handed blade deployment of the long-popular 06 Auto knife, the Propel Downrange packs the same level of full-size utility and durability in a slimmer, more pocket-friendly profile. The Propel Downrange is as easy to handle and store as it is to open under pressure.


Like a good friend, a tactical knife needs to rise to any occasion, even difficult or unforeseen ones. The Propel Downrange Auto’s proven quick, one-handed opening action is matched only by its premium-grade S30V steel construction. You can rely on the S30V steel blade for all its intended uses and even some unintended ones—like opening that crate, stat—without worrying about compromising blade integrity. The knife’s reliable plunge lock and safety switch keep the blade locked open while in use and safely locked closed when stowed in your pocket. The partially serrated tanto-style blade adds utility when cutting stubborn materials like nylon cord or webbing, but maintains the precise cuts of a fine edge when necessary. The black oxide blade coating minimizes reflectivity and adds corrosion resistance, while the tan G-10 composite handle matches desert camouflage fatigues.


Like a finely crafted tool, the Propel Downrange Auto feels balanced in your hand and is comfortable to hold. The composite G-10 handle’s textured surface provides all-conditions security and can take the beating that comes with field deployment. You can even customize the belt clip to meet your carrying preference. The three-way adjustable clip can be set for left- or right-hand bias and tip-up or tip-down orientation when stowed in your pocket or on your belt.


A knife is only as useful as it is durable, easy to carry and easy to use. The Propel Downrange Auto knife is designed to be your daily driver. The full-size, automatic blade offers instant deployment in a slim design that fades into your pocket like a smaller knife. Proudly built in Portland, Oregon, the Propel Downrange is designed to last a lifetime.

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Item # 30-000717
  • Overall Length: 8.52" (21.64 cm)
  • Blade Length: 3.5" (8.89 cm)
  • Closed Length: 5" (12.7 cm)
  • Weight: 4.28 oz. (121 g)
  • Steel Type: S30V steel
  • Handle Material: G-10


  • Designed and built in Portland, Oregon
  • Blade uses premium-quality S30V steel for long-term durability and a quality edge
  • Full-size tanto-style blade is partially serrated for slicing and cutting tough surfaces
  • Black oxide coating adds corrosion resistance and low reflectivity
  • Desert tan G-10 handle provides sure grip and durability in a slim design
  • Pommel with lanyard hole adds utility
  • Automatic opening design delivers quick, one-handed blade deployment
  • Plunge lock and safety switch fix the blade in place, open or closed
  • Adjustable, three-position pocket clip allows customizable stowage
  • Backed by Gerber’s Lifetime Warranty


5 Lt. Seriff Deputy - OCT 29, 2015

Bought one in black @ Smokey Mountain Knife Works in Sevierville, TN. No Credentials needed. Sales staff indicated Tennessee & 2 other states do not require credentials.

5 PV2 ILARNG blanchettet - APR 23, 2015

Looking to get a sturdy knife for work. This looks like a great find, I just don't know the credentials or the price needed. Anyone know?

5 Army infantry vet T.j. Gardner - NOV 6, 2014

Looks awesome. I would love one as an EDC, and work. What credentials are needed? I'd like to ask Santa for one this year.

5 Lucky Civilian Tom - AUG 22, 2014

I had the knife for a few months, it saw daily use at my job. Constantly cutting , slicing, and going through everything with ease. From cables and rope, to copper wires and harder plastics, nothing stopped it. Through everything I put it through it never dulled and I never had to sharpen it once, probably do to the S30V steel. The G-10 scales kept in my hands at all times, whether covered in water, mud, oil, or dust, never fell out. The two-system safety made me feel safe, and it entertained me as others tried to figure it out. The belt clip was pretty sturdy too, I'm not the most mindful guy so the knife definitely got caught a few times while sitting down.
I will be ordering a new one, maybe two, as soon as I can. I lost mine at an apartment complex in Ohio, and someone snagged it off the ground before I noticed it was gone. It's an amazing knife beyond anything else I have ever owned.

5 SSGT Retired Jeffrey Schmidt - AUG 16, 2014

What credentials are required? What is the price of this knife? How can I order?

4 Colonel AF - AUG 9, 2014

Great quality, solid, and light. Snaps open...much quicker than my Gerber 06, and handier for daily carry. Love this knife, but subtracted a star because it came dull. Nice bevel, but as if they skipped the final step to sharpen. An easy fix, and will buy again.

4 Fire Captain chad996 - APR 8, 2014

Good quality knife, the Auto opening function is somewhat delayed though I compared it to the Assisted Opening Gerber Propel and the AO is actually faster to open. I am hoping over time it will open faster.

5 Great Knife Travis - OCT 2, 2013

I just recently got this for my birthday, wroth the money, id say go for the tan one, better metal and the black one doesn't say if it was built in the us or not.

5 Infantry Recon dgoodman1725 - AUG 30, 2013

Just got mine today. As the previous review says, the video is a good representation of the color (more khaki than coyote). Good lockup, no blade wiggle. I like that the safety actually locks in place (unlike some of the other assisted open or auto knives), which gives me confidence the thing won't open in my pocket after heavy movement/running. looking forward to taking it into the field and really putting it through its paces.

5 MH-60S Driver mmifsud - AUG 26, 2013

Love the knife! Great size and weight. Solid feel. Smooth operation in a simple design. I like the color (the video is a much better representation of the true color). Well done Gerber!

5 @JSNITH23 OTHRGUY - AUG 13, 2013

It says "Designed and built in Portland, Oregon" in description. Gerber is American all around, bud.

3 security rgr - AUG 10, 2013

Great knife. Gerber should really consider producing a version with a drop point. So far, everyone I've spoke to would consider the Propel with a drop point. Great selling potential...

3 Longbow JSmith23 - AUG 9, 2013

Was this really "built in America" or was actually "designed in America" but built overseas?

4 Your Title ape116.7 - JUN 12, 2013

The knife is very nice. Mechanically, no different from the other Gerber autos. The size is perfect, not to small like the applegate, not as big as the mil issue. The color was much lighter then it looks, but it is growing on me. do over, I'd wait for the black.

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