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Smith and Wesson Tactical Pen Review

I recently bought an S&W TacPen:


This is a tactical pen (yeah, I know, I make fun of tactical stuff a lot). In true tactical form, it is both black and more expensive than a regular pen. They can be had at Amazon for about $26, substantially lower in price than similar products. As to what it really is, well, it’s a writing instrument and also a weapon. And it looks cool. It’s just over 5.5 inches long and takes Hauser Parker refills. Also, it is CNC machined from 6061 Airorated Aluminum and Type III hard anodized. I don’t know what that means but since this is a gun blog, I gotta use technical gun type words. It is solid, heavy and, in my limited testing, will go clean through a cantaloupe. Here it is compared to my EeePC for scale:

Here it is with the cap off:

And here it is field stripped:

In addition to slaying melons, it also writes really nice.

Quite happy with it.

ETA: Higher quality pics can be seen here.

19 Responses to “Smith and Wesson Tactical Pen Review”

  1. Jay G. Says:


    LMAO here boss…

  2. Caleb Says:

    Mrs. Ahab carries one of those in her purse now.

  3. Mad Man Says:

    I’ll stick with my space pen

    It writes upside down, is fairly tough, and it won’t get confiscated when I go to work. 🙂

  4. SayUncle Says:

    mine appears to write upside down too. and if i really need to write upside down, I’d use a pencil

  5. BobG Says:

    If it’s tactical, where’s the rail?

  6. sam Says:

    Needs a mini red-dot

  7. Peter Says:

    What Bob G said.

    If you can’t mount a laser on it, how do you know where to stab the cantaloupe? And a magazine for extra ink cartridges. And a barrel thingie that goes up.

  8. D2k Says:

    Stab it through a gatorade bottle and I’ll be sold on it as a stabbing weapon.

  9. USCitizen Says:


    What about aftermarket rails and a sling?

    Can you reload a .50 BMG casing with it? That could take out a whole row of melons! Looks more like 20mm, though.

  10. nk Says:

    Heh. My tactical pen is tougher than your tactical pen. And it can also diagnose restless leg syndrome. Not to mention that it came free from a drug company.

  11. nk Says:

    Don’t know what the problem with the links is.

  12. G-SHock Says:

    I dig you, man. I have one of this and it is very nice. It will take any parker refills which is a plus.

    The pointy tip is also cool for PDAs.

  13. Knotthead Says:

    Looks a little pricey at Amazon, but only 24.99 at Smokey Mountain Knife Works. I want one, especially since it uses Parker refills.

  14. Fz Says:

    Will TSA let it pass airport screening?

  15. nk Says:

    Lane Tech High School, Chicago, Illinois, 1973. I already had a Walther PPK in .22LR. (Still have it.) My classmates machined penguns, in .22LR, from brass, in machine shop. Our machine shop teacher was a WWII veteran and former professional lightweight boxer. We all pretended that he looked the other way.

    (I gave him a bottle of Remy Martin brandy at the end of the school year. I bought it myself at a liquor store at age sixteen. What a different, wonderful time that was.)

  16. SayUncle Says:

    haven’t tried the airport. but since they missed a knife i’d left in my carry on once, i doubt they’d notice a pen.

  17. Jeanette K. Says:

    We made fun of tactical pens recently, too. This one looks like a good one though.

  18. Fz Says:

    I think I’ll stick with the Fisher Bullet Space Pen.

    If I can keep from losing them . . .

  19. Dustin Says:

    Cool pen, I just ordered one myself. 🙂

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