A sledgehammer. A battering ram. A pry bar. All three are
essential breaching tools for operators who need to get through doors quickly.
The Gerber Gear
Ding Dong™ combines these three entry tools into one tool. (Gerber
Gear is the new name for Gerber Legendary Blades.)
The Gerber Ding Dong has the feel of a short-handled
sledgehammer. In fact, think of the Ding Dong as a broad head sledge with a
Fire/Rescue claw on the handle end. This is the same claw as used on the typical
Halligan Tool, and at 27 inches long, the Ding Dong is the same length of some
Halligan Tools. At just a little over 12 pounds, the Ding Dong is the same
weight as some Halligan Tools.
The hammer end uses an enlarged, forged and machined head
for hammering and ramming. The impact surface has been machined with aggressive
cross-hatching. This texture effectively bites into doors and other surfaces as
you impact them, minimizing slip and maximizing impact.
The enlarged claw on the pry bar end is an excellent
addition to the modified sledgehammer. This end can be used to pry locks and
hinges. It can also be used as a wedge in the gap between the door and the jam
to either force the door inward or pry the door outward.
On inward opening doors, the hammer end can be used to open
up the gap enough to get the claw inserted. On outward opening doors, a tap from
any other tool on the hammer end can force the claw into the gap.
The Ding Dong handle has a fiberglass-reinforced plastic
(FRP) core, with a polypropylene overmold. The handle has two molded rings
equally spaced to create mechanical stops for the operator’s hands, ensuring a
solid grip when swinging at or ramming objects.
The Ding Dong may be able to break a chain or lock depending
on the chain, lock and what it is wrapped around. The hammer end can be used to
simply impact the lock. Or the Ding Dong handle can be inserted in the chain up
to the hammer head and then used as a twist bar or breaker bar. The chain may
or may not break, but what the chain is looped through may break, i.e., a crash
bar or push bar.
The Ding Dong comes with a unique mounting system—a
fiberglass plate that mounts to MOLLE gear. The Ding Dong mechanically snaps
into the carrying plate and is held by a quick-detach heavy rubber strap. The
mounting bracket can also be used to mount the tool in the squad car or SWAT
truck. Most patrol officers will just toss it in the trunk. Unlike a Halligan
Tool, the Ding Dong does not have a spike to impale anything else in the trunk,
not a wedge end to cut into anything else in the trunk.
For SWAT use, individual, specialized tools like a heavy ram,
a break & rake, bolt-cutters and Halligan Tool may make the most sense for
the initial entry. However, for most callouts, once the initial entry is made,
once the primary breach is made, the Ding Dong should be able to handle all of
the rest of the residential structure and most of the rest of commercial and
public buildings. Exceptions exist, of course; however, these exceptions just
serve to prove the rule. The Ding Dong is that good.
The time we spent with the Ding Dong proved to us that if
patrol officers cannot make entry into the building with the Ding Dong, the
specialized tools used by SWAT may be required. The Ding Dong and a pair of
bolt-cutters should do it all. The Gerber Ding Dong is yet another step closer
to that elusive goal of one entry tool for patrol.
The Ding Dong is one of the Gerber Gear tools for which they
require public safety credentials to purchase. Through their PRO Program and shipping
, Gerber only ships these restricted items to