Tactical Tailor

5.11 Tactical – Operator Axe

Created in conjunction with Viking Tactics’ Kyle Lamb (SGM, USA Ret), the Operator Axe incorporates 24 features.

SCM 435 Stainless Steel
Subdued black oxide finish
Overall length: 15″/38.1cm
Weight: Without sheath: 1 lb,10oz/.74kg; With sheath: 1lb, 15oz/.88kg



20 Responses to “5.11 Tactical – Operator Axe”

  1. Grump says:

    Have it. It’s awesome. In BOB.

  2. Dellis says:

    For me…horrible grip area for using as axe. I suggest wrapping with some sport wrap or having some real good gloves on. Edges on handle area can really be a literal pain! Slippery when wet and if cold outside…forget about it!

    • Jim says:

      Ever heard of paracord wrap bro? LOL

      • Dellis says:

        Sure thing, but a wrap then makes some of the tool useless and extended use bare hands and paracord sucks!

        All in all this tool is just useless, in my opinion, which is not much I know

  3. LawDog says:

    Gimmicky, lack of a serviceable grip as mentioned, but most of all stainless steel is a no go for this type of tool.

  4. Joe says:

    Two pounds of crap.

  5. orlando Gomez says:

    No way your going to open a car door with that. I can see the utility in it but limited for forcible entry or car extrication.

  6. Boxorox says:

    What Kyle found and carried is a simple crate axe. They’re simple, light, useful, and generally forged from carbon steel. The abomination that 5.11 came up with is long, heavy, and manufactured from Japanese steel.

  7. Thulsa Doom says:

    Bridgeport Box Hatchet reborn under the 5.11 label.

    • Ando says:

      Farm tool re-reborn, we had one 40 years ago on the farm. It was part of a fencing wire straining kit.

      • Sydeburn says:

        We had one on the farm, I thought my dad called it his Scout axe.
        Handle was covered 1/2″ thick with duct tape to make it round.
        Sure lookes like a Bridgeport head

  8. Garrett says:

    He said it best at the start, “I wouldn’t care if I lost it”.

    Has anyone ever said “I really need to tighten this bolt and measure this thing over here, here’s my big shitty axe to the rescue!”

    Winkler makes the WK II Rescue Axe. Most practical tool I’ve used and it’s not just TactiCool, it’s built for a purpose.

  9. Mandingo says:

    We know we are living in a post-5.11 going full-retard world. And things like this confirm it.

  10. Bill says:

    And 5.11’s spiral downward into becoming the Walmart/Big Lots/KMart of cop/mil stuff continues…

    Now if Gransfors Bruks made pants, I’d buy some.

  11. Vince says:

    There is a reason it’s called the “Operator Axe.” It’s for a telephone operator to get their pogie bait out of the desk when they forget the key!

  12. BravoMike says:

    But when can I get one with a battle worn finish?!