New From DS Arms: The Z Hawk Armorers Tool…and Tomahawk

An AR-15 armorers tool is used for the basic needs of AR assembly, but usually for nothing else. DS Arms apparently figured that was silly, and has fashioned an armorers tool that doubles as a hatchet. Or tomahawk. It’s called the Z Hawk, available with and without paracord wrap, and DS Arms’ press release follows . . .

The DSA Z Hawk: The Ultimate Armorer’s Tool

The DS Arms Z Hawk incorporates the standard AR15 armorers tools into one of the most already versatile tools on the planet, the tomahawk! The DS Arms Z Hawk enables you to perform a variety of gunsmithing actions to your AR15 rifle. AR15 based tools incorporated into the Z Hawk include the castle nut wrench, barrel nut wrench, flash hider wrench and A2 receiver extension wrench. The Z Hawk also accepts a ½ driver, has a bottle opener, base that can be used as a hammer and a lanyard loop. The Z Hawk is made from carbon heat treated steel and finished with an extremely durable powder coat finish includes protector head cover.

Looks like they’re $49.95 without paracord, and $59.95 with. Trips to Urgent Care sold separately.


  1. avatar jwm says:

    There are no words. That’s something that should only be seen on a shop at home channel at 3 in the morning.

    just showing that picture should be cause for a disturbing the peace charge.

    1. avatar strych9 says:

      OK, Rocket, calm down there Trash Panda.

      1. avatar Kroglikepie says:

        “Is that better?”

        “I don’t know.”

        1. avatar strych9 says:

          “It’s so much worse.”

        2. avatar jwm says:

          I haven’t a clue what you two are talking about. But you seem to be enjoying yourselves.

        3. avatar Timmy! says:

          Not MY turd… Drax’s turd!


        4. avatar strych9 says:

          We’re nerding out about the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

  2. avatar MikeyCNY says:

    “In tonight’s news, a gun nut was found dead in his house lying in a pool of blood. He was apparently trying to assemble an evil assault rifle. Various anti-gun groups celebrated on social media.”

    1. avatar YAR0892 says:

      Film at eleven.

  3. avatar Mattb says:

    The 1/2″ drive will be handy when you need a breaker bar to remove the blade from your flesh.

  4. avatar Mr.Savage says:

    I hurt myself with normal tools often enough thanks.

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      LOL, yeah. I can envision slipping off the barrel nut and driving that ice pick into my hip or something haha.

    2. avatar strych9 says:

      “Don’t you hate it when you slip with a wrench and end up with it stuck in your leg?”

      “Ummm… that’s not really a problem…”

      “It is now.”

  5. avatar G says:

    This would handy when someone sneaks up on you while assembling your ARs. Never can be too prepared. Perfect for when you have to swap your uppers and handguards mid shoot out too.

    1. avatar Jbirdo69 says:

      You bet !!

  6. avatar anon says:

    every time i think we’ve come up with all the dumb gun things in the world, i just keep getting surprised

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Never, *ever* underestimate the potential depths of (in)human stupidity…

      (I kinda like it!)

  7. avatar matty 9 says:

    This is as important an investment as a t.v. remote that also slices and dices vegetables.

  8. avatar Jedi Wombat says:

    Buy now and we’ll include a whole set of armorer’s screwdrivers with grips made of rusty fish hooks! You’ll never want to put them down!

    1. avatar ZenGun says:

      I KNEW when I opened this blog topic that the POTG were gonna be of a certain mindset.
      I have not been disappointed.
      But you made me clean beer off my iPad !!

      Thank you!

      Happy holiday everybody. Tell a vet “thanks”.

  9. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    no ttag rifles for testing from ds. will they ship one of these to ttak for review?

  10. avatar Jason says:

    For the gunsmith with difficult customers, this is both shop tool, and tool persuader.

  11. avatar Gary Howell says:

    This was some kind of gag; RIGHT?

  12. avatar Joe R. says:

    Hit the claxxon button before removing this tool from your range bag.

    If an armorer’s tool is $39 and a medievil armorer’s tool is $49…?
    Go medievil.

    Fifty shades of gunsmithing.

  13. avatar General Zod says:

    “A modern rifle is a precision instrument that requires specialized tool to properly assemble and maintain. Now hand me my tomahawk, I’ve gotta adjust the gas system on my AR…”

    1. avatar Jack Crow says:


  14. avatar Hank says:

    I don’t think that screwdriver is long enough to get up inside the pistol grip or even undo the fixed butt stock. If not for that I would surely buy one, cuz I’m a moron.

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      Swing it hard enough and it’ll undo the stock just fine haha

  15. avatar The Rookie says:

    Man, this beats the heck out of the tire iron-lupara combo I invented (patent pending).

    1. avatar Jack Crow says:

      I made a box cutter/pipe wrench; we should start a company!

      Also, we should sell IFAK and first aid gear…

  16. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    I’ve earned and learned a bit of time in the ER/OR.
    This thing makes me want to learn more.
    I want.

  17. avatar Stinkeye says:

    Quite aside from the general lunacy of putting razor sharp blades on a wrench, whoever “designed” this apparently doesn’t have a real strong idea of what a screwdriver is or what is used for.

  18. avatar Kaban says:

    Ah, the horrors of uprotected sex! That steamy one-night stand between VI AX and Leatherman Piranha…

  19. avatar DrewR55 says:

    For when you absolutely positively must meet that cute nurse who works in the ER on second shift. Their tag line should be, “It’s a great conversation starter when you want her phone number…”

  20. avatar Nine says:

    I am all for tools that serve multiple purposes but really?

    Good idea, horrible execution.

  21. avatar Ralph says:

    Okay, it includes a castle nut wrench, barrel nut wrench, flash hider wrench, A2 receiver extension wrench, a bottle opener, a base that can be used as a hammer, a lanyard loop and let’s not forget that handy dandy femoral artery slicing tool.

    Tell me, oh armorer of the future, can it core a apple?

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “can it core a apple?”

      It can damn sure core your Adam’s Apple… 😉

  22. avatar No one of consequence says:

    I thought it was impossible.

    But someone managed it. They managed to invent something dumber than the tac sack.

  23. avatar strych9 says:

    Since it’s a hawk, does it fetch Gemeralds too?

  24. avatar Mark N. says:

    Comments are great! Got a good laugh. Zod’s was hysterical.

    This is what you get when you mix Darwinism and Murphy’s Law. Though I don’t know that Darwin needs any help.

    1. avatar ZenGun says:

      A quick visit to or will confirm that…

  25. avatar JW says:

    Worthless without a rail, so I can mount a bayonet!

    1. avatar Jack Crow says:

      I assume you mean full-length quad rails.

  26. avatar Jason(Possessor of 2.5 TTAG points) says:

    From their website……

    Important safety information. This item is not a toy. This item is a tool. This item is inherently dangerous. This item should only be used as the manufacturer originally intended. This item has an edge and as such can potentially harm the user and others. DS Arms shall not be responsible for any misuse or damages as a result of misuse or the item being use in a way other than the originally intended purposes.

    So let me step out on a limb here and ask….
    When I’m cranking down on my castle nut (while drunk mind you because I’ve used the bottle opener correctly) and cut my left testicle off then who’s responsible? Wasn’t I clearly using it for originally intended purposes? They should hire a better lawyer to come up with their idiot clause.

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      A better lawyer might have offered: “This item is sold as a novelty only. It is not to be used for any purpose whatsoever. The manufacturer assumes no responsibility for damages caused by the use, misuse, disuse, touching, moving, looking at, smelling, tasting, sale, or purchase of the item. Discontinue exposure to the Z Hawk Armorer’s ‘Tool’ if you experience itching, dizziness, vertigo, slurred speech, tingling in extremities, or heart palpitations. Pregnant or nursing women should not handle the Z Hawk Armorer’s ‘Tool’. Do not taunt the Z Hawk Armorer’s ‘Tool’.”

  27. avatar former water walker says:

    Can I just get the TOMAHAWK:)

  28. avatar Jason(Possessor of 2.5 TTAG points) says:

    Look at the 3rd picture. The one that shows the “features” from the rear. I especially like the Castle Nut/Lock Ring Wrench “feature”. I picture some goodun out in the garage with his wife holding the rifle across her lap while she sits indian style on the floor. He’s beating the hell out of the castle nut with the blade telling her that the package says this is the right way to do it. This right here guys is why we can’t have anything anymore. SMFH!!!!

  29. avatar AlanInFL says:

    Can we cue the Black Knight from Monty Python’s Holy Grail?

    “It’s only a flesh wound.”

  30. avatar Defens says:

    Bought one a couple years ago – blade arrives dull, but a few minutes on the grinder took care of that. It’s actually a pretty nice, versatile tool. If I can keep my paws out of the spinning tools or workpieces of my lathe or mill, I figure I’m competent to avoid slicing my thumb off with the sheathed blade of the Z-Hawk.

  31. avatar Sol Alwenski says:

    If it’s made in USA I want one. I like multi tools.

  32. avatar Sian says:

    Hard pass.

    I don’t want my armorer’s tool to have sharp edges. This is silly.

  33. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    I honestly cannot conceive of a use for this item.

    All the actual AR-15 armorer functions of this device require a bench vise to hold the workpiece/rifle upper.

    Are you going to wander around the woods packing an AR-15, a hatchet/armor’s tool, a vise and a bench to mount the vise on? I don’t think so.

    If you’re in a shop with a vise mounted on a bench, would you ever use such a dangerous tool when you have your set of for-real armorer’s tools? No.

  34. avatar IdahoBoy says:

    A tourniquet, Israeli bandage, and tetanus shot included with purchase.

  35. avatar kap says:

    Might be a little tricky in use as an armorer’s tool, lots of sharp place’s to put hands for leverage, hope it comes with a sheath of sorts or it may wreck an assault pack pretty quick, Other wise how’s for chopping, brush removal, throwing and hammering?
    Yea a real tactical Tomahawk! missing wire fence cutter!

  36. avatar Drake_Burrwood says:

    Well…. if.. you absolutely need your fire arm,
    and absolutely need it fixed.
    You may need the tool even more,
    for something other then fixing the firearm.

  37. avatar Fort Cannon says:

    When you are pinned down, or just adventurous at the range why not produce this to prove your sanity? I invented the Entrenching tool that doubles for a brush scythe or ax, it can be folded to double for a mess kit. Just don’t dig latrine trenches. I have enjoyed reading these comments, almost fell out of the chair on a couple and if anyone comes up with a Bozo idea this is the place to test it.

  38. avatar Zach says:

    This is a solution hunting for a problem no one has ever had unless someone really feels they have an over abundance of fingers they need to remove creatively.

    1. avatar Drake_Burrwood says:

      I have an odd feeling that this was less a hunting issue creation.
      Than a SHTF creation, what do you do if when you need the weapon for defence of yourself and others.. and they interrupt the repairs.

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