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Gerber 31-001880 Impromptu Tactical Pen, Black

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  • Rugged, machined steel body and stainless steel pocket clip keeps this pen handy
  • "Rite in the Rain" ink cartridge works in all conditions, inside and outdoors
  • Reliable push-button mechanism deploys ball point mechanism
  • Integrated glass-breaker tip features tempered steel and is designed to get you out of trouble
  • Made in the USA
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 31-001880
Item Weight4 ounces
Product Dimensions0.5 x 5.5 x 9.5 inches
OriginMade in USA
Item model number31-001880
Item Package Quantity1
Number of Handles1
Batteries Required?No
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #4,304 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJanuary 12, 2013

Product Description

Danger has a way of presenting itself when you least expect it. That’s why Gerber, in collaboration with law enforcement professionals, developed the Impromptu Tactical Pen. Sure, it’s a pen and it’ll serve to take notes like a good pen should, but it’s not your average writing implement. Made from machined steel with a tempered window-shattering tip design, the Impromptu Tactical Pen can be used to break a windshield or defend yourself from an unexpected attack.

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Customer Reviews

The clicking mechanism is very smooth.
I like the fact I can write upside down with this pen, it feels very sturdy and well built.
Useful both as a pen as a means of defense, similar to a Kubotan.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By PugsNecro on October 29, 2013
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I am an RN in a maximum security prison, working in the CSU (Critical Stabilization Unit) where the most mentally unstable inmates are cared for. Most of the time they are handcuffed when we have to come into contact with them but sometimes they are not, and it is always going through your mind “What if he…?” Having this pen in my pocket gives me a lot of peace of mind now, knowing I have something that would give me a distinct advantage if the worse case scenario occurs. This pen is beautifully engineered, hefty (I weighed it myself since every weight you see published about it is incorrect); it weighs in at 2.25 oz (64 Grams), and it writes great! I am extremely pleased with all aspects of this pen; its rugged good looks, its heft in my hand, its writing smoothness and its potential to get its owner out of a jam should one arise.

Be mindful of one thing. This is not a critique…I just did not notice this before I purchased the pen. This tactical pen has the ability to break glass, be it on a house or car. In order to do this, there is a stainless steel ‘tip’ that sticks out of the writing end of this pen. It does not interfere with writing but under very close scrutiny (say airport security) it may create some concern. It may, or it may not. Just be aware of it. You can see it in the picture above, in this ad, using the magnifier.

It passed through the security at the prison (much more thorough than TSA) with no problem because they know me there and now, every officer there wants one of these pens for themselves. :-)

If you are looking for a Tactical Pen, I personally do not think you could do any better than this Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen and at this price? It’s 22% less than it is on the Gerber site. Their site also says they are currently out of stock, so if you want one of these I would not wait too much longer!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Kreidler on October 28, 2013
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I wanna start out by saying I do in fact like this pen. It's really cool looking, it's way heavier than I thought it would be (which I personally like), I really enjoy the way the pen insert writes, and the glass breaker tip does not interfere with the writing unless you're writing at some crazy angle.
The clicking mechanism on top feels awful. It feels as though the metal on metal action is just grinding against itself and there's something vaguely crunchy making the whole thing work poorly.
Now, this might just be the specific piece I received, as none of the other reviewers have brought it up.

All in all, I do like this pen but I feel like for the $50 I spent on it, they'd have made a better clicky-top.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Papa G on May 26, 2013
Got one of these from a friend so I didn't know about the sticker shock until now! I also have the S&W Tactical pen, and they're quite different. The S&W is aluminum, which is lightweight yet super strong, and has just a pointed edge and a cap that you take off for the pen. The downside is that the plastic inside the cap that secures it to the body starts to crack over awhile and then the cap gets loose. The integrity is basically unchanged though, just a mental thing.

However, this guy is stainless steel, making for a much heavier pen, although it is slightly shorter. A plus it that it is a clicker, which is quite nice. Grips solid in the hand, and the tip is quite strong and sharp. Either way, both are quite underrated for they can cause a lot more damage than some expect. But this is a super solid product, if you have the money, go for it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tvjournalist on October 22, 2013
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I love this pen. It's beefy and heavy if you're used to plastic pens. But it's standard pen size and girth, and feels firm and weighty in your fingers. In other words, all good. The quality of the ink is top notch, and apparently will write upside down and in wet conditions, which is not the case with the Fisher refills, which don't work as well in wet places. The tip moves smoothly across any type of paper. The girth of the pen is one of the reasons I bought it, as it's normal, not as wide in circumference as the Uzi tactical. In other words, it will fit into any pen holder in a canvas bag or pouch, shoulder, pocket or MOLLE slot.

The glass breaker is a nice touch and doesn't get in the way of the pen tip, which I find very convenient. The other reason I bought this pen is because of the clicker top. If you want that tactical advantage and are going to fracture someone's skull with the pen, then a cap that comes off isn't an issue. But for the 99 percent of the time that you will use this for writing, how often do you want to be pulling off and putting on the cap? Not very, and for me, this pen will get tough use in the field and I want to click and unclick it easily.

And if you want to perforate someone's head, this will certainly do it, so for you police officers and military men, it will be fantastic last resort, not to mention the macho guys who just want to look tough. It will make you look tough, there is no doubt. But you can still look tough with a pen that you can hold easily, write with very well, and deploy and withdraw the tip fast and easy without a cap that will eventually fall off and get lost in the field.

I'm a photographer and can't tell you how many times I've had to record someone's name or a location in the rain. And have plastic pens crushed to death under the wheels of a 4x4. Hallelujah, no more of that.
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