Gerber Downrange Tomahawk | SHOT 2017

Gerber Downrange Tomahawk

Gerber Downrange Tomahawk

The new Downrange Tomahawk from Gerber is definitely more of a utility tool and less of a weapon. Though I would not want to be on the receiving end of a chopping attack made with this tomahawk, it appears more suited for breaching work than close quarters combat.

The Downrange Tomahawk has three primary functions. First, of course, is the axe blade. It’s designed for chopping breaches, not fine cutting, but it is more than capable of hacking its way through barriers like doors and cinder block walls.

The opposite side of the tomahawk head is a hammer head for solid blows on locks, doorknobs, and hinges.

Finally, the end of the tool’s handle is a pry bar with a nail puller. A nice addition that cut’s the Downrange Tomahawk’s weight as well as increasing its capability is the cut-out on the blade head. This allows an operator to get a solid grip for leverage and really bear down when prying.

The Gerber Downrange Tomahawk is 19.27 inches long overall and weighs 1.9 pounds. It’s constructed of 420HC steel and G-10 for the handle. It comes with a MOLLE-compatible carry sheath which brings the total carry weight up to 2.5 pounds. It retails for $328.

Gerber Downrange Tomahawk at 2017 SHOT Show

Gerber Downrange Tomahawk at 2017 SHOT Show

Shelby Murdoc

Murdoc is a freelancer who writes at various publications and web sites including Shooting Sports Retailer and


  • WishfulThinkin’

    Can’t someone make a cool, multi-use, tough, functional T-hawk like this for a blue-collar’s wages? Like under $150… That’s not made in china or using hardened peanut-butter as a steel substitute. Probably not, tool steel ain’t cheap.

    Wish it was though.

    • None

      You can buy it on Amazon for $200.

    • MeaCulpa

      Manufacturing cost can’t be all that high for this thing, a proper traditional ax is probably more expensive to manufacture with more complex shapes. On a related note, a hollow head on something that will be used as an ax seems to defeat the purpose of getting mass i motion to exert force, but I’m old fashioned so what do I know.

      • Mystick

        Just more price gouging under the guise of “tacticool”…

      • Nick

        I have a few lightweight tomahawks that perform better than my heavier hawks/hatchets, it’s all about the edge. Sharp and light can do just as well as heavy and kind of sharp depending on the blade geometry. That being said, I have a Downrange that I got for free and it sucks.

    • Nick

      It’s literally a laser/water jet cut shape with a slight bend and a hammer head welded on with two G10 slabs. 420hc is a relatively inexpensive steel and G10 is relatively inexpensive when you’re dealing with the quantities that Gerber does. The sheath is thin plastic/kydex with a foot of webbing and some snaps. I can’t fathom how they decided that $300 was the right price for this.

  • Don Ward

    OMFG!!! $328 for a tool that isn’t any more useful than a hatchet that I can get at the hardware store for $25?

    Seriously Gerber!

    • Jared A. Faber

      Hey! It’s also a $5 crowbar too, that’s totally useful right!?

      • Nick

        Honestly a sledge, wedge, and crowbar would cost a fraction of the price and be a lot more useful. There’s a lot more to lug around if you go that route but they’ll actually accomplish whatever task you need them to without frustrating and tiring you out.

  • Jeffrey Scott Boyer

    This looks like some of the designs that are marketed to firefighters. In a pinch you can use it as a hydrant wrench,breaching as stated before and a gas shut off tool. But 200 is a little steep. Other personal tools available out there that can do the same job in a smaller package at a cheaper price

    • nick

      yes….but. I’m a part time / on call Fire Rescue guy, and I was drawn to the possible utility, but, it doesn’t do anything more than the tools we have on our Rescue Engine. Most of our needs are in the “pry open” or “ventilate” and this is too short to get a real good lever on a hood, or a door.

      nice shape and well thought out though…just not sure of the application vs. price.


      • Bill

        At that price point, Paratech has nicer tools.

        • Nathan Alred

          PryAx actually has an extendable shaft, so you can get some real leverage.

          • Bill

            My personal favorite, that I still can’t afford, but would buy in a heartbeat over the Gerber.

  • car54

    That would be tactically awesomely cool for about $75. Or you could buy a wrecking bar/hatchet for about $30.

  • Badwolf

    I like it, except for the price. Stanley fubar is only $90, also has hammer & pry bar. Instead of axe, it’s got ice pick like head so it’s not exactly same. And I do prefer an axe head. But for less than half the price i will make do.

  • Bill

    OK, I’m an end user, and this price for a Gerber is just nuts. There are plenty of equally adequate tools for less, and better quality tools for not much more (unless Gerber has a secret custom handmade manufacturing facility, which is pointless for something made to tear down sheet metal and drywall. I REALLY wanted to see this at $150 tops.

    …And my handmade Gransfor Bruks hatchets are less.

  • Dracon1201

    I have one in hand.

    Quick review: It’s nice, the quality seems great, I wish it was sharpened, but I just have to rethink what I’m using it for. The molle belt attachment is nice, sort of awkward in the amount of buttons it needs. It falls out onto your leg if the upper button is undone. Really impressive prybar, and opens doors with the best of them. This now sits at 1 o’clock on my HSG battlebelt. Great as a multipurpose tool that takes forethought to get out, bad as a weapon. Would I pay that much for it again? Maybe. It fulfills a niche in my kit where I used to carry a couple of different breaching tools, and it looks good. I personally enjoy how the whole thing feels. I don’t recommend this if you are looking for a weapon; there are much better ones. But that is why I carry a Gerber MKII.

  • I’ll stick with my cold steel trail hawk. And its 10 oz lighter. and is 10% the cost.

  • Nick

    I have one that I got for free to test and abuse (not from Gerber) and if I had purchased it I would have been extremely unhappy. The grip scales are a weird mix of smooth surfaces and sharp corners so rule out using it without gloves. The balance/weight is pretty weird so even though the blade takes a decent edge it doesn’t cut very well. The heat treat left the whole thing pretty soft so although the blade takes a decent edge it will roll or notch if you hit anything besides wood. The combination of the heat treat and metal thickness means it will flex pretty noticeably if you try to pry with it and there were a few times where I thought I would bend or break it just prying apart a few shipping crates. The handle scales don’t really extend far enough get a good two handed grip when chopping with it but as it is they can affect prying. Overall it’s kind of like a multi tool in that it can sort of do a lot of things but it really isn’t great at any of them. I might try to modify mine a bit more to see if I can address some of the issues.

  • Rick Grimes

    Crap…I really liked this before I saw the price! $100 and I’m in.

  • Jon

    Another sharpened prybar. Not good at any of it’s intended purposes except prying and much more dangerous for the user than any tool it intended to replace.

  • koko

    Drugs have users, but tactical tomahawks have only operators…