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Old June 12th, 2004, 01:40 PM   #1
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Did the U.S. actually issue a tomahawk?

Did the Army ever really issue a tomahawk? I used to have a platoon sergeant years ago who was a Vietnam vet, and he was a little cool about carrying a knife as an edged weapon. He like to pack a machete and a tomahawk, and he once told me that the Army used to issue them during Vietnam.

True or not?

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Old June 12th, 2004, 03:48 PM   #2
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Old June 12th, 2004, 05:45 PM   #3
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Sure did
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/Wo...wk_030818.html

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http://www.americantomahawk.com/index.htm
Click products. There are some videos on the site under Lagana Tactical showing how to use this tool. I don't know about the last video where he rolls over on his back.

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Old June 13th, 2004, 09:46 AM   #4
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Want to guess where my lil avatar on the left came from? Individual purchase on my part. Tomahawk-like hatchets were common but not universal in LRRP units in RVN. Poor quality local purchase, but cheap.

The "issue" tomahawk's handle is a short compromise length and could be a bit longer depending on the mission.

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Old July 7th, 2004, 07:08 PM   #5
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Yes, sort of. They come in our breach kits now. They work really well for smashing out windows and lots of other oddball tasks. Some guys are buying there own now.

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Old July 8th, 2004, 03:55 AM   #6
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Odd ball tasks? Try the spike end vs. a steel helmet as still worn by many potential enemies. I wish the handle was another 6" long for more leverage, but it's otherwise a good device.

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Old July 8th, 2004, 07:10 AM   #7
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It's an excellent tool. And yes, it could easily penetrate a steel pot. Even with a kevlar helmet, you could do some serious damage to someone by hitting them in the back of the neck, or just about anywhere for that matter. I wasn't trying to insiuate that it wasn't a great tool, but it's used a lot more for breaking stuff than it is for movie-type "sentry neutralization". That's why it's in our breech kits.

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Old July 9th, 2004, 01:26 AM   #8
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Issued to 101s't late in 68 on in the RVN. Great tool for night fighting and taking out senteries.

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Old July 9th, 2004, 08:22 AM   #9
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I also heard or read somewhere that they were used on occasion by "tunnel rats" in VN for CQC or something like that, do you know if this is true?

I wasn't saying that it can't be or isn't used for killing people, just that in my experience in SWA, we used them more for smashing out windows, opening ammo crates, and generally breaking stuff and making holes in things.

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Old February 22nd, 2017, 03:21 PM   #10
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Issued or not.
Always carry a hawk on patrol, as a 1st responder, or on a hike.
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Old February 23rd, 2017, 10:48 AM   #11
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CL hats off to you sir! Resurrecting a 13 year old thread - that is awesome!

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Old February 23rd, 2017, 12:02 PM   #12
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CL hats off to you sir! Resurrecting a 13 year old thread - that is awesome!
I think every one of "Rogers Rangers" was issued one but I am not sure!
I can't remember that far back.

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Old February 23rd, 2017, 12:15 PM   #13
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An H&B hand-forged hawk has been part of my gear since the early 80's. All three of my kids carry an H&B hawk in their gear, including my daughter. Great tools and weapons.
In San Soo we train with and have forms using two hawks.

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Kind of.

A Tomahawk missile was "issued", er deployed.

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Old February 23rd, 2017, 06:14 PM   #15
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Several years ago I did a Nam era SF display. One of the heads of our living history group was SF in Nam. I asked him about the tomahawks and he told me they were not an issue item, but were available private purchase. I asked if he used one, he said he tried it but found the entrenching tool (old style shovel, not the trifold) was better, and could be used for more things and as a tomahawk too..

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