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Make Your Own Tactical Tomahawk

What’s a man to do when he can’t afford the current asking prices for a high-quality tactical tomahawks?  Make your own!  No, you don’t have to build a forge or set up an anvil in the living room.  You can start the project with a number of tools that are readily available:

The Estwing Carpenters Hatchet($33.80 Amazon.com)

Total weight: 1.5 lbs.  Overall length: 14.15”

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The Estwing Carpenters Hatchet(Leather Grip)($43.98 Amazon.com)

Total weight: 1.5 lbs.  Overall length: 14.15”

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Estwing Rigbuilder Hatchet ($42.09 Amazon.com)

Total weight: 2.5 lbs.  Overall length: 16.75”

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Stanley Fatmax AntiVibe Carpenters Hatchet($40.65 Amazon.com)

Total weight: 3 lbs.  Overall length: 13”

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I am sure that there are many other tools that would work just as well, but the example we will cover today uses the Estwing Carpenters Hatchet.

The first step was to grind down the lower portion of the blade to create a bit of a curve as opposed to the stock straight edge:

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Next, mark where you want to grind the beard:

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Remove the material using whatever tools you have available(dremel, grinder, cutoff tool, etc.) and give the beard a nice, hollow grind:

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Now it’s time to get started on the spike

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Notice how the spike grind stays right along the top of the upper hammer groove so as not to waste any material:

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Here is a top profile: 

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And the finished product:

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You can also add some artwork to your new tactical tomahawk:

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The poster of these photos warns that “Unfortunately krylon stays sticky on the rubber handles of the Estwings so the recommendation is that you use the McNett camo form tape if you want to do your own like this without having to use duracoat.”

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Be aware that the work in the example posted above was done by Ryan Johnson, who makes high-quality tomahawks for a living.  Your results may vary.  Here are the finished products from other “less professional” sources:

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Get out there and make your own tactical tomahawk!  Let us know how it turned out.

 

Special thanks to those first had this idea and shared it!  Most of this information was collated from the following sources:

http://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=68120&sid=9baf501071569ac2a5475efc3b356ec3

http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/849469-Estwing-carpenter-hatchet-mod

http://www.silencertalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=112&t=57784&start=50

XDm 3.8 9mm Compact

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It’s about time!  Springfield Armory has released the XDm 3.8 Compact and the website says that they are shipping now.  The XDm 3.8 Compact is currently only available in 9mm and comes with a 13 round magazine and a 19 round magazine with a polymer extension.  Looking at the kit photo below, it appears that the gun comes with 2 additional extensions so you can repurpose your original XDm 9mm mags. 

The original XDm 3.8 in 9mm stands 5.6” tall, but the new compact cuts that down to 4.6”.  The new compact only cuts the empty weight(w/mag) by a half an ounce, but the 6 rounds of 9mm also make a difference.  I can’t wait to handle and shoot one, but it looks well executed.

Read more about it here

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