After finding and posting up on the Martin Designs‘ Hammer before Christmas, Mr. Martin contacted TFB himself to say thank you and offered a Hammer for our review. Not one to turn down drinking accoutrements, I happily accepted the offer and relished to opportunity to “test” the Hammer in real-world conditions.
The idea is as wonderful as it is gimmicky. An actual AR-15 hammer is shaved down and modified slightly to act as a bottle opener. From there, it is custom cerakoted (I chose safety orange, as I wanted to ensure my bottle opening was obvious) and laser engraved, (with a skull)!
Normally, we try and create wonderful prose waxing on about the success (or failure) or a particular item to live up to its claims. Rather than waste precious keyboard strokes, we broke out our trusty camera to ensure that Hammer could beat a cold one into submission and reveal the proof the Ben Franklin so revered that men should be happy.
In short, it works. When you purchase it, you support the industry and a solid start-up company. Its made in the USA, and for some reason is offered with a 100% satisfaction guarantee (if anyone sends this back, I will be aghast).
The hammer fulfils that special place in a rifleman’s conckles. For only $19.95, its a great buy for the gun lover in your family or the little kid in your own body.