NRA 2014 Day 2: DSA has an Interesting Survival Axe

Right at the end of the day, I made it over to DS Arms, makers of excellent FAL and RPD firearms. (Alex C. will have an upcoming factory tour and review soon!). Their sales rep, Mike, kept directing my attention to his axe. Thinking it was just one of the numerous “cheap” bladed weapons hocked at the show, I dismissed it.

Mike was persistent…

It really is a bad camera. Ignore it for now and trust me that good pictures are coming!

It really is a bad camera. Ignore it for now and trust me that good pictures are coming!

As he should have been. That is no ordinary axe. Pay close attention to cut-outs on the weapon. It is an AR-15 armorer’s tool.

The axe includes the following:

  1. Castle-nut tool with 3 points of contact.
  2. Spike
  3. Barrel wrench
  4. Flash hider wrench
  5. Fixed stock receiver nut tool
  6. Flat-head screwdriver
  7. “Tactical” bottle opener (Mike required me to report it as “tactical.”)
  8. Weighted flat handle (for use as a hammer)
  9. Lanyard/paracord loop
  10. Slot for a 1/2″ torque wrench or driver.

Plus, it has a gnarly powder-coat finish. Weight is a manageable 3.2 lbs.

Preppers may buy it through DSA “soon”.



Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • BattleshipGrey

    Hmm, it seems very practical, yet too gimmicky at the same time. The DSA rep in the pic even looks like he’s not sure. I guess if you’re attacked while taking your AR apart, you could defend yourself with the tool.


      I’d put it in the same category as Eotech’s zombie sight.
      Sure, you can shoot fine with it, but do you REALLY need that biohazard sight ring?

  • JumpIf NotZero

    … Yea, that’s what I want… Sharp edges while trying to torque a barrel nut down :

    • 101nomad

      Or, while tactically opening a beer bottle, especially after a few beers.

      • Cymond

        Yeah, I don’t think it would be a good primary tool for those jobs, but it does mean that you always have a barrel nut wrench with you.

    • bernardg

      It’s quite useful against zombie, mind you.

  • Karina

    You have my FAL, my RPD… AND MY AXE!

    • ProdigalSon

      You win the internetz.

  • Michael R. Zupcak

    I’d have to take this over the POF version, as it doesn’t have a cross. Not a fan of having other people’s religious symbols on my hardware.

    • Nicks87

      Oooo, aren’t you the progressive.

  • claymore

    Looks like the handle is a tad short to provide the best leverage point.

  • hami

    How cool. I love when weapon manufactures remember that most of us own firearms because they are fun. These are the types of awesome products that show up when people stop taking themselves so seriously all the time. Bravo.

  • Graham2

    Just think of this as a zombie ‘killing’ weapon that also doubles (with care) as an AR15 tool.

  • Cristian

    I wonder how the spike and blade looks like after the brick breaking part,i really hate to have a chipped blade

  • James Kachman

    “(Alex C. will have an upcoming factory tour and review soon!)”

  • Sulaco

    “Hawks” as defined are illegal in TX and other states, believe it or don’t…

  • BryanS

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, as they say on more tactical interwebs than I frequent.

  • Rick

    fun for a conversation piece 🙂