When you’re in a situation where time is of the essence, you can’t waste time wondering if you have the right tool for the job. No matter what’s on the other side of that door or barrier, you want a tool with the same single-minded determination as the man wielding it. The Gerber Tactical Downrange Tomahawk is a marvel of simplicity and efficiency in service of solving serious problems. No moving parts to break or jam, no extraneous gimmicks to get in the way—just a well thought-out design and three-quarters of a century of Gerber craftsmanship in your hands.
Triple-Purpose Ax Head
There’s no arguing with a tomahawk. This is largely due to the Downrange’s three-tiered approach to tactical breaching. The axe head’s beveled edge is capable of chopping through drywall and turning walls and doors to splinters. The backside of the ax head functions as hammer for getting through hinges, locks, doorknobs and anything else that’s there to slow you down. The third threat is a pry bar at the end of the handle, controlled by a cutaway grip in the ax head.
Serious Pry Bar
Opposite the business end of the Downrange Tomahawk is a hefty pry bar. With a solid marriage of physics and force, you can confidently pry away using the cutaway handle in the ax head for leverage. The 420HC steel body with Cerakote™ will not bend or break, and the desert tan G-10 handle has integrated scales to keep the tool firmly in your hands no matter the conditions.
Packs Like a Pro
Tomahawks don’t exactly fit in your pocket, so it comes with a sheath that’s as practical as the tool itself. No matter what line of duty you serve in, if this tool is going to make it to where the action is, it has to be easy to carry. Which is where the MOLLE-compatible sheath comes into play. It readily attaches to your pack, standard webbing or body armor, so it goes where you do.
- Overall Length: 19.27" (48.9cm)
- Weight: 1.9 lb. (861.8 g) without Sheath, 2.5 lbs. (1133.9 g) with sheath
- Steel Type: 420HC
- Handle Material: G-10
- Unique Gerber design axe head with integrated Prying Handle
- Hammer Head
- Pry Bar
- Desert Tan G-10 Scales on Handle
- 420HC Steel Body With Cerakote™
- MOLLE- compatible Sheath
- Built in Portland, Oregon
- Backed by Gerber’s Lifetime Warranty
BEST BREACHING TOOL I HAVE EVER HAD TO EXPERIENCE OF USING. TOP OF THE LINE....
Awesome tomahawk definitely worth buying. I'm waiting for a longer version
To all the civilian folks that can’t/don’t understand the true use for this tool… then you’re in a trade that requires you to fight for our freedom, search and recuse our brothers’ this is the BREECHING tool I want in my hand!!! It is designed to break through hatches, fiberglass, metal and wooden doors and walls it is a fantastic tool. Lastly, stop complaining about how you misuse this equipment, if you use it as its indented you’ll actually understand the true purpose of this Downrange Tomahawk .
Excellent tool and overall design, however I question the longevity of the "hammer" head. It's welded on and not an integral part of the steel. You never see hammers made like this...too much change for a stress crack on or around the weld. For this price, which is too high either way, they should have had the hammer face machined with the rest of the steel all in one piece. Forge this thing in 1 piece and drop $125 off the price and it's a winner.
i took a look at what kind of steel it is made of and it not that great 420ch is not the best thats for share 440 is the best and cheaper
Awesome tool. Trying to "f" it up but it's taking all the punishment i can give it. Mounting it to my plate carrier is a problem becasue of that sheath. It's impractical and not as secure as the one being built for mine so it's one-handed deployment.
Shop around for a better price, I did and it didn't break the bank.
Bad choice of steel. Why not 1095 or D2 steel ?
This product is great, for all of you complaining about price, shut up and go buy a $25 one, this is a breaching TOOL, we pay much more money for much more useless things in the military, if your never been in a situation where you need this, and in a more convenient package, then you don't need this, its not a zombie apocalypse look at how cool i look tool, this is a Tool.
i was totally set to buy until i saw the price. way over priced. i got a similar tool for demolition ( minus the "axe" blade) from home depot for 30$ and its a beast. sorry Gerber but you're out of line this time.
I read most of the reviews. and believe that a harder steel such as O1 or D2 would be better for it. even in breaching you need it to stay sharp enough to make repeated blows to a door, door frame, or wall. some times you will strike a hinge or nail. Longevity is key.
Tool appears to be very well designed to be an all around utility chopping/breeching tool. The price however seems out of line. $300.00 for a 420HC hatchet attached to a pry bar?
If another poster's opinion that it is only an urban breeching tool is valid - all the more reason to skip it and get a pry bar for a fraction of the cost. If it has no utility for cutting down light timber and trail clearing, then it is too delicate to be a breeching tool.
Awesome and very useful but it is so expensive, i actually keep from using it as much as i'd like because i'm afraid i'l wear it down or something, just like you would with a really expensive sweater, hardly wear it so you out of fear that you'll ruin it
Great tool. But the cost is just ridiculous. There is a huge selection of other options for less than a third of the price. Just google tactical ax. I could buy 4 awesome axes, for the price of this thing.
I've had the Downrange Tomahawk close to a year now. It's been with me everywhere both on and off duty. Used hammer to break locks, axe blade goes through everything (wood, brick and metal). The only thing I'd like to see improved is it's mounting design and options.
This product seems awesome and I would love to have one but I have to agree with the other reviews, price point is a bit excessive.
If it were cheaper I would purchase this.If it started the fire for me and also gathered my water I mite buy it
This product is just mazing in every way but it is just not worth 300 dollars, which is a huge drawback, costing more than my phone. Really need to lower the price down because there are other models out there cheaper than a pencil and still do the work just as well.
great design... but 420?... why not d2 so it wont go dull after a few swings?
Would much rather have this in D2 or 154cm steel. Also, excessively high price point. Wouldn't buy.
Do they really expect people to pay that kind of money for this ? Oh wait they use a reality survival star to endorse their products. Somebody needs a "reality" check. Gerber needs a better poster boy and better pricing.
It's a nice tool, but one of my pet peeves is paying up for materials and then some part of the product is completely neglected.
Case in point: the metal and handle are top notch, but the sheath and blade cover are completely useless.
1) Unless you are attaching the sheath to a bag that happens to fit the sheath perfectly, it is completely useless in any other carry system. Even when it fits, it's less than ideal.
2) The plastic blade cover cracked after about only a few 24h tours. It's on borrowed time and will eventually fall apart. BTW this wasn't hard use either. Most of the time it was just waiting to be used or banged around the fire engine getting in an out of the rig.
I can't really recommend unless you plan to carry it in your hand everywhere you go.
Killed me three zombies with it
Great tool and concept but for the price and material (420hc steel??) this is a gimmick. Take notes from Benchmade and please use a better steel for this price range. Love Gerber but this is laughable......
Love this tomahawk with its solid construction it can handle whatever you can throw at it I would gladly carry this into any combat survival or tactical situation you would find yourself in
Best tomahawk I've never handled. Bravo!
hey guys you get what you pay for if you want to cry about the price go and get a cheap axe but Gerber has to make their money and they have to feed their family's' too
To everyone complaining about the blade not being sharp, this is NOT an AXE! It is a BREECHING tool! It is designed to break through doors and walls, NOT chop down trees. It isn't ment to be razer sharp. This is a tool for S.W.A.T., S.A.R., and clearing building during urban warfare. If you're complaining about the price, you DON'T have a legitimate use for it.
Everytime you buy something this pricey, the moment before you commit, you're thinking "is it really worth it?". And then every moment after that, you're thinking to yourself "did I really need it?". Until you get it.
This tool is well worth the money - its hard-use, multi-purpose, light, and easy to grab in a pinch.
Gerber's quality and committment to craftsmanship never ceases to amaze me. Way to go Gerber - so long as they are made in the USA, I will continue to support them.
I agree with everyone's general consensus on the price of it being too much I own alot of Gerber knives and SOG stuff as well an although I do believe Gerber makes a great product so does SOG at half the price not very consumer friendly as far as price otherwise seems like a great product
A great ax. I'm sorry I was not on sale here in Serbia. GERBER BRAVO!
I have not tested this product, but a version I tested (not mentioning name) it was a great product but it was not Gerber first of all or the quality and the price was a heck of a lot cheaper 3/4 of the price. I got to keep the test product and if I had the money, I would purchase the Gerber only if it was around 125.00. I love Gerbers' lifetime warranty but it still priced way to high. So 4 out of 5 due to price. Great usability and extra for the blade guard and the molle sheath to attach to back packs, and the multiple versatility of the things you can use it for. I have back problems and I use it as a walking stick and its great for self protection if it is light as the one I tested.
You can buy this on amazon for $209 plus free shipping
The quality of this thing is top notch.
I know for a fact that the Gerber guys made every effort to make this affordable and the price was a huge issue.
These are not mass produced. There is a limited quantity available. They are manufactured in Portland Oregon by people like you and me that need to make a living too.
The price is where it's at because of the cost to produce it. If you don't like that, go buy the junk made in China.
Worth about 1/2 this. Sad.
Can you really put a price on Bad Ass?
Never leave home without it!
I like it. I want to own one but find the price a bit high. I like my sog hatchet and always will for the approachable pricing. Ah Gerber. We are all not rich!
Way too expensive!
I'd pay $2850 for this amazing piece of kit.
This is the most amazing thing I've ever spent $285 on. They should charge even more for what you get.
I would consider buying, but paying 285 bucks for 420HC is ridiculous! If they were to change the steel type it would be a definite buy for me.
for those complaining about the price must be comparing this to a hatchet from Home Depot, or Cold Steel south Africa imported steel. Quality gear has a price tag attached.
As to this my biggest concern will be the balance upon a strike with the narrowness of the handle, many strike tools develop a twist because of soft/flexible steel.
Otherwise this looks likes a solid piece of kit that I can't wait to get my hands on.
I love this tomahawk. I ordered it and it has everything you can ask for. Zombies better be afraid. When ammunition runs out i'm glad i got this. One this i didn't like about it is that when i got it, it wasn't given a real sharp edge, but i ran over it with my wet stone and it's now great.
I was hoping to purchase one of these fine tomahawks because I thought that it would be neat to have for a "just in case" situation (i.e. zombie apocalypse). Until I saw the price. Really Gerber?! Really?!
Looks like a solid product but for the price I would not even think about buying it. For $60 more I would rather get the apocalypse kit which you get 7 tools.
i'd love to own one, but gerber needs to bring the price down before i'd ever consider buying it, i bought the whole damned apocalypse kit from gerber for less than a hundred dollars more and there are 7 items in it!!
I love the design, but not for 1/2 that price.
amazing tool for war and home! Gerber IS quality.
I really like the design and what test I have seen of this, BUT, 285.00?!?!?!?!?!? You have got to be kidding, I'll stick with the SOG axes and but 5 of them and keep one in every vehicle corner, etc. Really wish this would have been in the right value of 100-150.00 which is a fair price considering materials and manufacturing costs.
Looks like a solid product. Molle attachment is a plus. I look forward to purchasing one for my duty pack and testing it out. Keep up the good work Gerber.
I cant say I've used it.. and if I'm to compare it to other tools and equipment from Gerber.. ( have a brand new machete from them Im supposed to use for a week camping in the woods) and so many other lil things cant say its beyond expectations nor that its worth $285... It looks nice, Is it useful??? Stanley makes something similar, without the axe.. it costs $25 and a 1/2 lb axe from Fiskars $50 lifetime warrantee,( I know I used it as a splitter wood, destroyed the poor thing 3 years later, got a new no questions asked ).So when you get a 2 in one.. you gotta compare it to other things.. NOW i was in the waiting list for that Tomahawk) i don't see it as the promised one... it looks frail, for more than hacking goats.... :( and I put my tools to work I don't just collect em.
If It been max $100.. $120 cause its made in North America, Id give it a try...
I can say I just received mine and have been very pleased with the quality. The G10 on the handles have some edges, so I wrapped mine with some paracord. It is very well designed and is easy to cary on a molle backpack. The Kydex blade cover is nice. The molle sheath could have been better, the snaps are attached with rubber/vinyl straps that IMO should have been nylon web. When you hold it and compare say a Sog, this feels much better made. If the mille sheath was beefier this would be definitely 5 stars!
So uhh, Gerbies...?
$285 for this thing? Honestly? Dont you think that your pricing yourself out of your own game here?
Knock it ohn back down to say $100'ish, and Im sure youll sell lots more... ;)
Im in the middle with this whole idea. For 285??? A bit steep in my mind. I would also like to say facetiously that I like how you guys gave this a lifetime warranty but, not the LMF....SMH
Looks great and I'm sure it functions well, but quite pricey. I expect to see knockoffs of this soon that will be just as good but at 1/4 the cost.
Nice job Gerber at making a quality product that's overpriced.
too pricey for me but id love to own it.theres no doubt its worth it.gerber only makes the best.but ill be saving for years at that cost:(
GOOD ZOMBIE AXE ONLY 4 STARS BECAUSE OF PRICE LOWER THE PLICE AND IT GETS 5 STARS
You need to make one with a natural gas shut off key hole and a carabiner with a quick release of fire use.
Overpriced by about $200. To bad looks like a great tool for many occassions.
Looks like a great piece of tool. Simple straight forward design. Would be quite useful as a secondary tool when you run out of bullets while trying to chop some woods using a hand gun... X)
Its an awesome product but it's way overpriced. Maybe if it was somewhere around the $200 range. $300 is just overdoing things..
$285!!! LOL Thats $250 profit for Gerber!!
Ok I'm tired of seeing reviews of"looks good, can't wait to get one"
ONLY POST A REVIEW (key word) IF YOU HAVE USED THIS ITEM!!! I don't care if it looks good to you or you would buy a hand gun instead. Post reviews of the quality of the item! I actually bought one (seeing as no one else has) and think its a big tool that really has limited use, blade and quality are good, but can only see this used in a "doomsday prepers" kit. Like the simplicity, but can't see using this in combat over a bayonet
need this for zombie survival...
Just received this and I love the design. Appears durable but the axe had no edge at all. It's as dull as the edge of a book.
just got it yesterday, it's all solid. only complaint is the blade was basically blunt. all it takes is some sharpening but i was really surprised with how dull it was out of the box. still can't wait to take this out in to the wilderness and put it through some use.
I got mine the other day I like the size and cant wait to try it out
I haven't bought this but I'd like to put in my 2c since noone else has bought it either and is only commenting on the price. If you're an urban breacher you can already see the beauty in this tool. If you're not just know it's not for camping, its not designed for 'survival' it's designed for breaking into buildings.
I have always been satisfied with gerber products. This would be a good tool for backpacking but would need to be a little smaller to fit inside.
Are they only available through the Gerber website or can you pick them up at a retailer?
Kinda pricey, but I really like this!
Can see many uses for it in a survival situation but like mykel hawks shovel axe hammer tool for 89 dollars you get the same aspects with his tool I could see if the price was around 150 but 300 dollars in this economy is outrageous good luck selling them
This is completely overpriced! I would purchase this if it were 50-100 dollars but certainly not for 285
Buy it on eBay for 159
Is this designed to have a blunt edge cause i just got one and theirs no edge.
For $70 you can get the SOG one and it's almost the same. Great idea but too exspensive. I would pay $100-$150 but not $300
Have mine on the way for a more manageable $159, as an axe fan this is the top end of what I am willing to invest. (By the by, love the fiskars/gerber line of choppers) My last full retail priced Gerber was purchased in the 80's and is still going strong. I better get 30+ years out of this one too, even if I am saving $120 off suggested retail. Probably should have bought three.
This is the coolest tomahawk I have ever seen, but a little too expensive. Otherwise it's perfect and what I'm looking for, but again, to expensive.
Already out of stock!?!
I've been watching for the release of this tomahawk for over 6 months and when it's finally released, I'm disappointed to find I will never throw $300 into a tomahawk......
This looks to be an amazing piece of equipment, but a an axe is an axe is an axe and I would never pay $300 for an axe.... $100, maybe $130, but not triple that.
Looks great , but not worth the price compared with whats already on the market . It needs to shed at least 150
Ha! On one hand ,you send your kids to collage on the other you buy and axe....hmm I would buy ten if it was not my life's saving to buy one .... Do you won't my first born to? Other than that it was great!
I think for the price it's not worth it but if they lower it I would buy it and tell all my buddy's
It's a great product just needs to lower and they would sell a lot better
Just played with one at the Marine South Expo, LOVE IT!!!
I love this design, but the suggested price is too much. $150 is the max I would pay for something like this.
Love my Condor. Solid steel, will rip a car door off and 60 bucks. Sorry Gerber but I would rather save the money for an RMJ then this.
Eagerly waiting release on this!!!!
Fantastic! ... but way over priced!
Good is not cheap and cheap is not good. This is a great workhorse.
Looks like a good product but seems over priced. I'll spend 100 dollars less and buy one of those Chinese military survival shovels. Thanks anyway.
gerber why u no make it 100 bucks
It's a tool, the purpose of a hatchet is low cost and useful. If its too expensive you don't want to use it for utilitarian means. Let SOG sell their over priced thing. I have your hatchet saw combo and love it, so lets get this thing down to $120 or less so real people can afford it.
I carried one of these on my tours in Iraq and i used it for tether wire cutting and stuff. Very nice piece.
How much does this tamahawk cost?$? I would like to own it, but I would much rather spend an extra $50 or $100 o buy a hand gun. Thanks but no thanks!
only 285 bucks!?!!?!?! your practically givin em away Gerber!. haha i was expecting anywhere from 4- 500$ for such a fine piece of equipment im only happy to pay 300 for it i practically live in the woods so i'll be using her almost everyday, you really know how to get people fired up! lovin it cant wait!!
I run and RMJ so the idea of spending $275 doesnt really bother me so Police Zombie Hunter if you are looking for cheap stuff to buy over and over instead of buying one good thing more power to you. But down to the nuts and bolts of this I can say this is the first time in years I have been excited for a Gerber item to come available and look forward to writing a review on it.
WAAAY TOO OVERPRICED, IT PROBABLY COSTS $5 TO MAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I like the look and the listed favorable functions of this Breaching tool. i would recomend this to anyone that that is a lover and colector of military weapons/survivle and or out door expaditions tools. on the other hand i dont think that a price matters if the object that is being bought is somthing that the buyer would get their moneys worth by using it frequently. never the less im sure there are plenty of people that would spen 300+ on this, as much as i like it not 100% that i would spend that amount on it. still a beautiful "instrument of destruction"
I have been looking for a tactical tomahawk with all 3 features for a long time. Looking forward to when this one becomes available.
Looks great but not for $275
Humm for 275$ is it worth it
As a fireman, this is a great tool to have. We carry a tool similar to this and it has numerous uses. I will be ordering 1 or 2 of these as soon as they are available.
I need to get one (or 5) of these!
Just seen a video from this months SHOT SHOW, says retail will be in the region of $280!
Sweet, for the guy who didn't like this product, go fly a kite.
This tool should be in everyone's home as an Emergency tool. I want one perhaps 2 for my family and home.
Would make the perfect backpacking tool! Sturdy, solid, and lightweight! Please, Please, PLEASE make this available to the civilian market!
420HC for a heavy duty AXE? Plain dumb.
AAA for the design anyways.
This looks awesome wonder if you could use it as a throwing tomahawk though?
Awesome, but when is it coming soon?!!!
I can't wait for this to come out, it needs to come out sooner!!!
I wish it came out so I could have had it before I left on deployment.
This looks awesome ! I want one - Made in the USA makes it even better. Need to see one of these in the next episode of Walking Dead - What a Zombie slayer ..... : )
Remove one of the two machetes and add this to next year's apocalypse kit. Seriously.
I want to buy 3 if these right now. I mean c'mon.... It says its an "indestructible instrument of destruction" what more could you ask for?
This has got to be the most sexiest versatile tool I've seen, I'll take 2 please.
can I pre order?
Just checked over on Gerber's Facebook page - and someone asked when this will be released - Gerber came back and said we should expect it April of 2013.
Just figured I'd pass that on for anyone (like me) who is waiting to hear when this thing is going to be released.
A release date or something would be nice I mean Christmas is around the corner!
whem is the bad boy coming out?
Is going to be awesome but its not going to be out till February 1st
Define - "Coming Soon"!...
how much is this thing? when is it coming out?!!!!
I need one!
Looks good would like to try fielding it. Any one know when?
Make it available to everyone..I want one
When am I getting my new Tomahawk? Better be before I go into the bucket this spring.
this better not be credentials only that whole concept is ridiculous and foolish you are a bunch of idiots for making any of your products credentials only! I have lost so much respect for gerber just browsing your site seeing all the things you refuse to sell me and others like me until you change this I will not be purchasing anything gerber! No matter how much I want this tomahawk
please dont require credentials i really like this !!!!!!!!!!!!!
i want it now
A lot of people waiting for an answer! When will this be AVAILABLE?
I think this item would make a great tool to carry on duty for the times when you may need to gain access to an area that requires a sturdy piece of equipment to do so. Although I have not had the opportunity to use it yet it looks like a very handy piece of gear.
Buy a Gransfors Burks axe, it is already out.
I also agree with Travis this would be a great tool to have!
SHUT UP....WANT !!!!!!
when will this be available ????
Perfect design for tomahawk that I can see and give us a time frame. Make it open to everybody and oh yea . . .TAKE MY MONEY TOO ! ! !
Just came back for my weekly check for a release date. Still "Coming Soon". Come on Gerber, how about a release date!
Please don't make this a credentials required item it is a nice looking tool that i would like to add to my collection of tools
Been checking up on this and would like a release date from Gerber. I'm guessing I'm not the only one. Thanks
So when is this coming out?
Could really have used this on my current deployment
I love it! I'll be deploying soon and would love to be able to bring that with me. When is the release date?
I know my husband would love this for Christmas.... Hurry up and release it please!!!! Thank you
I own a tomahawk, and I can tell you it's gotten me out of more than one scrape. But this one looks lighter and easier to handle, and I'd be happy to add it to my Explorer bag. Please don't require credentials, as I am not a military man and you do not want to lose a customer.
Make it quick! I need this soon!
when the efff is this coming out? been waiting too long
WHEN will this be out?!?
should add some optinal g10 handles. Do or dont I'll still by one or two.
Hurry up and come out with it!
Shut up and take my money!
love the grip on the head
i will take this to Afghanistan if its available before i leave.
Excited for this!
Hey Sean - I couldn't agree more. This will go great mounted in my Wrangler for those days out in the wilderness.
Hey Gerber - I am sure I speek for Sean when I offer us both up for a nice discount to be the first ones to buy this tool.
I want one. Cant wait till it comes out. Hoping before christmas. I will be buying one to complete my gerber self built kit.
I want one.
Even though it's not available yet, I'm actually excited about getting this Downrange Tomahawk. This would complete my bug out bag. For an old Army veteran, this looks good to me!
This looks awesome andilove how light it is and has multiple uses
This looks awesome hopefully you don't need credentials
I will soon be travling downrange and have been looking for a real do it all rescue tool and Gerber I think you have finaly outdone your selfs. I hope it will be out soon !
Gerber make a tactical version with black scales please!
AWESOME!!! Can't wait to get a few of these...
I am about to deploy for the 4th time to a combat zone and just found my new best friend. Thank you Gerber for all your great products. I will surely be getting one of you downrange tomahawk.
Im buying it the first day it comes out.
Looking forward to this product.
I want this.
Had one in my hands today at the Gerber booth at AUSA... an exceptional design executed in rugged materials. I'd love the opportunity to test this to its limits!