Outback pub patrons disarm chainsaw bandit

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A man has allegedly threatened tourists with a chainsaw in an outback Northern Territory pub before being wrestled to the ground.

The allegedly drunk 41-year-old walked into the Daly Waters Pub, about 600km south of Darwin, with the motorised saw on Thursday evening.

"The guy had been in boozing all day," pub owner Tim Carter told AAP on Friday.

"He got cut off about 4pm and came back a few times and was just being a f***ing nuisance."

Mr Carter said the man returned about 11.30pm and told patrons "s**t was about to go down" before starting up his chainsaw.

"There was a bit of a blue and one of our patrons wrestled him to the ground," he said.

"He got a bit of a touch-up. It upset him a bit."

The man is accused of threatening about 200 people in the historic watering hole, which was full of grey nomads.

He was detained by staff and patrons until police arrived from the town Mataranka, about 200km north.

A male patron, 48, was assaulted and suffered minor injuries.

The man was taken into custody and was expected to be assessed by health professionals due to his behaviour, police said.

He also suffered minor injuries during the incident.

The Daly Waters Pub is one of the NT's most famous remote pubs.

Police are continuing to investigate.