Lightning Review: Martin Designs “Hammer”

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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.

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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)!

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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).

IMG_0015The 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. 

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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.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

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


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  • Mouldy Squid

    I got one in the safety orange coat as well. The first one they sent me was from a batch they had not milled correctly and it did not work. Shortly before after I got the opener, I received an email from the company stating that they had a bad batch and offered to send me a replacement immediately had I received a defective opener.

    Great customer service experience all around after I contacted them. My only gripe is that the opener itself is a bit small to get the required grip but it works and looks fantastic.

  • 2wheels

    For the tacticool operator that must accessorize his or her entire life with AR15 components… Only $20!

    • Spam

      This is my up-vote for this comment, ’cause I ain’t signing-in or signing-up just to click a “like” button FFS.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        Ditto.

  • Looks like a fun gift to give a gun crazy relative as a nice stocking stuffer. I like it!

  • Jake Barnes

    Couldn’t you just put a regular AR hammer on your key chain and use it to open beers?

  • retro

    And you didn’t even test if it would work as a hammer in an ar15? I’m dissapointed TFB.

    • flyingburgers

      It’s probably best that it doesn’t. I can imagine flying to another country with this on your keychain then bam, export control violation or worse.

  • Jeff Smith

    The only thing I don’t like about this type of opener is that it tends to bend the cap off instead of simply popping it off. Also, if the opener slips off the lip of the cap, your hand hits a sharp piece of metal. This has happened to me several times, haha.

  • Bill

    Your AR pin pusher doesn’t match: fashion faux pas.

    I opened a bottle of champagne with a pair of handcuffs at a wedding I had been called to when an alarm went off in a closed part of the church. I told the groom that using cuffs was a pretty good sign of how the rest of his life would be.

    The alarm had been set off by a pair of guests who had gotten caught up in a fit of romance.

    Just get a Galil, with a real bottle opener in the foreend

    • Anonymoose

      Or you can just keep a Makarov in a drawer with the other kitchen utensils.

      • Bill

        That’s so Russian: what kind of beer is that?

        I always wanted to learn how to open wine bottles with a saber, but when Boone’s Farm and Annie Green Springs went of the market, I figured why bother? Mad Dog bottles are too small, I’d hack my hand off.

        • Anonymoose

          Nevskoe. It’s made by Baltika, but I’ve never seen it in stores, although my local grocer has regular Baltika.

  • Mystick

    “Product of Maryland”…. not something to advertise in the firearms world.

    • Anonymoose

      There are still manufacturers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and California.

      • Zachary marrs

        Lots of people tend to try to avoid sending money to states with those particular policies

        • Anonymoose

          Can’t say I blame them. I actually prefer to buy as local as I can.

      • Mystick

        I like what Barrett, I think, did with California… they are refusing sales to the governments there because some of their products were banned/heavily restricted.

  • Will

    Think it would safely remove the cork from a fifth of Aberlour single malt????

    • Anonymoose

      brb patent office

  • Falstep

    I originally read the title of this article as ‘Martin Riggs designs “Hammer”‘, and was a little bummed when I realized my mistake 🙂