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.