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Above, Disney's Rapunzel uses her defensive wit using a cast iron pan as an
improvised weapon.

Remember, the purpose of an improvised weapon is to block,
deflect, deter and distract or directly strike your attacker.
Knowledge weighs nothing, but your creativity is what will save
your life.

Happy endings...
Preppers are a creative bunch and know how to improvise weapons
and make things work when they need to make it happen. Not
everyone is legally allowed to own a gun (the 1968 Gun Control Act
prohibits certain people from possessing firearms), and who knows
what the future will bring on gun ownership! With a little prepping
and planning you now have ideas about tools that could save your

The best thing you can do to prepare is to have mental fortitude
and have a plan. Be headstrong. Even without weapons of any
kind, if you have the mental fortitude, and know and understand
things will be difficult and you have a plan, you can survive! That's
what being a prepper is all about.

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An improvised weapon might save your life.
You're never unarmed when you're a prepper, but that doesn't
mean you always have a firearm handy. There may come a time
when you must defend yourself without a firearm. If you're a
clever prepper you can defend yourself with salad tongs,
hairbrushes, and even a dirty diaper! You can improvise just
about anything to create a weapon on the fly!

Learn how to protect yourself with ordinary items and with
whatever is within easy reach. Some tools require a few minor
modifications to turn them into weapons, but with a little
knowledge you can turn ordinary objects into improvised weapons
to defend yourself. Below are weapons you can improvise..

How to Craft Improvised Weapons
Improvised weapons have different goals, use some to distract or
delay so you can disarm an attacker. Others are defensive or
offensive. Be bold. Be brave. Improvise to save your life.

Knowlege is your best weapon. Here's the knowledge you need to
think out of box and improvise weapons where ever you are...

#1: Improvised weapons on your person.
If you're walking on the street and feel a sense of danger
approaching, you can take off an article of clothing or search your
backpack or purse to improvise a weapon and here's how...

  • Lollypop stick. A tootsie pop with the ball of the candy in
    your palm and the stick pointing outwards can add a
    debilitating blow. Now that's what you call a "sucker" punch!

  • Turn a sock into a weapon! Take off a sock, load it with a
    soda can, heavy coins, rocks or a brick and you have a
    simple improvised weapon to swing at an assailant. Don't
    have time? A handful of coins at the face is an awesome

  • Dog, leash and poop bags. Even an ankle-biter dog will
    offer you protection, but when you unhook the leash you also
    have a whip with painful metal hook at the tip to swing at
    an attacker and your dog is free to help in the attack.  
    Chances are you have a poop bag with you can preload it
    with gravel or coins and swing it at your assailant. Why not
    keep a bag of quarters in your purse in a poop bag? You'll be
    ready to go whether you have a hungry meter that needs
    feeding or you need to swing at someone.

  • Pen. A pen has a sharp point and aimed properly can be a
    defensive weapon. Incidentally you should get yourself a
    tactical pen. It is a pre-planned weapon and because it's
    unassuming only you will know it's in your bag. Use a
    tactical pen for window breaking and escape, but also to
    safeguard against attackers in emergency situations. A
    quality tactical pen costs as little as $8.49 while you can
    spend upwards of $65 on a Gerber tactical pen.

  • Belt. Pull off your belt with the metal in your fist and wrap it
    around your arm for self defense to create a fighting glove.
    This belt fighting glove will help protect against a knife
    attack. Alternatively, wrap the belt around your wrist on the
    soft side with the sharp metal edge that you can whip
    around to attack. Right is a concealed carry gun belt. Here's
    how to use a belt to defend yourself:
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  • Smith & Wesson replica BB pistol. Pictured right, this BB
    gun is a replica pistol based on the S&W Military and Police
    firearm. Preppers uncomfortable with the real deal should
    consider having a replica. It could be the proper persuasion
    for having an intruder leave your property. Oh, yeah, you'll
    poke a zombie eye out, kid.

    It proves the point that preppers may need to use a tool out
    of context to gain defend property, life and limb.

#8: Improvised Weapon: Animal Repellent Sprays.
If Mace or pepper spray is illegal in your locale, then you should
have no problem obtaining bear spray or wasp spray, which each
have a more powerful range. Ordinarily, you wouldn't carry these
items in your person, but they are good alternate items to own.
In an SHTF survival situation, law becomes invalid: it's do or die.
If that doesn't bode well with you, try Halt Dog Repellent.  

  • Wasp spray. Used in self defense, wasp spray does not
    require a license to purchase or use. Pepper spray in many
    states does require a license. This weird survival tool is an
    option in a world gone mad where the rule of law does not
    apply. The advantage of wasp spray is that you will have a
    longer range of defensible distance between you and an
    attacker. Pepper spray offers a measure of protection for
    civilian use, while Mace is the brand police officers use, and
    may require a license to operate because it has a longer
    range of spray. Always check with local ordinances.

  • Bear Spray. Bear spray is very effective against predators of
    all types (even humans). Consider some unusual and sea-
    legal weapons: a fishing spear and a flare gun, too! Here
    again, when the rule of law does not apply, bear spray can
    be an effective measure of self defense.

  • Halt Dog Repellent. Intended to keep dogs at bay, Halt Dog
    repellent could be just what you need to daze and confuse
    an attacker so you can prepare a stronger defense plan or

  • Croval. Doomsday Prepper Tim Ralston has invented the
    Croval. The Croval is a multi-function tool that takes 13
    different tools that weigh 45 pounds and puts them into one
    tool that weighs only around 5 pounds. Intimidation is the
    idea behind the self-defense weapon aspect of the tool.
    Unfortunately, Tim Ralston is also the guy that lost a digit
    on the episode while demonstrating his firearms.

  • Tactical flashlight. Do you know the real value of a tactical
    flashlight? We'll shine a light on what makes a tactical
    flashlight earn its name:

  • Bezel: Use a tactical flashlight as a club to deliver a smack
    of blow. Thanks to the special design (it should have a sharp
    front edged bezel), you can wham the nose and eyes!

  • Weapon mount: A tactical flashlight can be mounted to
    a weapon for low-light shooting to simultaneously aim
    and illuminate.

  • Blinding light: Finally, a tactical flashlight has an
    intense light, which you can aim directly into the eyes
    to blind your assailant. This blinding light should do the
    trick of disorienting your assailant and thereby giving
    you the advantage to provide a swift kick to the groin
    with your knee.

  • Olight Tactical Flashlight: Olight's Warrior tactical flashlight
    features a crennelated bezel, what you need to fight off an
    attacker. Beware that a tooth bezel on a flashlight may not
    be allowed on airplanes, which means that a TSA
    (Transportation Security Administration) agent may swipe it
    from you. Also, it is not eligible for shipment outside of the
    United States, as it could be illegal to carry such a flashlight
    in certain countries (the UK for example) where it may be
    considered an offensive weapon.
Watch above how a belt is no match for a knife!

#2: Improvised street weapons.
When you're on the street you should maintain a constant state
of situational awareness. When you know your surroundings you
will have a "home field" advantage even if it's not an area for
which you are familiar.

Anything you do to dissuade the aggressor may be discouraging
enough to stop the attack and the assaulter will find someone
more vulnerable or less difficult. This also will buy time so that
someone may notice the altercation and be able to help you.

Find ordinary things to shield block, deflect, deter and distract or
directly strike your attacker.

  • Look for objects you can use to block an attacker ~ even a
    piece of cardboard can help block an attacker.
  • Keep a distance from an marauder with a safety cone ~ even
    though it's relatively soft, it's also pointy and will project
    and command space between the two of you.
  • Find junk left at the curb and use it to distance yourself from
    attack. It could be a broken chair or an old couch ~ even the
    cushions could

Deflect , deter or distract:
  • Throw gravel in the attacker's face to distract.
  • Kick a garbage can in the path of your assailant.

  • Strike an attacker with bricks, stones or blocks of wood.
  • Thrust a small potted plant or garden ornament at the

#3: Improvised weapons in your living room.
Your living room has many objects to help you:

  • Ash tray. The ash is something you can easily throw in an
    attacker's face to help distract, delay or deflect an attacker
    so that you can make your next move.

  • Fireplace poker. Show your attacker the true meaning of
    "poker face" and hammer some blows to the face. Even
    better if you've allowed time to heat it in the fireplace.

  • Lamp. A lamp that's a metal rod could act as a club. A small
    lamp with a cord is something you could swing.

#4: Improvised weapons on the airplane.
Trying to win back control of a hijacked plane? BlackScout Survival
has a host of ideas for
improvised weapons for air travel. He
shows you how to use the cable cord from your computer to get
at the terrorist.

  • A cup of hot coffee or tea. Don't underestimate the power
    of scalding hot water.

#5: Improvised weapons from sporting equipment.
Whether you're in the playroom, the garage or the kid's bedroom,
you'll find toys are a very easy place for improvised weapons.

  • Baseball bat. A swing to the head with an ordinary baseball
    bat will do damage enough, but one young Doomsday
    Prepper had a more sinister idea. He cleverly converted his
    baseball bat into a medieval mace with nail heads.

  • Bows and Arrows. Archery is a prepper skill to hone and
    National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers has featured bows
    and arrows as part of the prepper lifestyle. Bows and arrows
    may help you hunt small game in apocalyptic times, and it
    may well help boost your security as it is a silent weapon.

  • Paintball tactical set. With an 11-inch barrel, integrated
    carry handle, and removable magazine that doubles as a tool
    kit, the paintball tactical set can add to the overall military
    appearance of your preparedness. (This item is not for sale
    in some specific zip codes.) Paintball can easily welt and
    bruise an unarmed attacker providing just enough
    discouragement and time for you to retreat and defend with
    lethal forces if necessary.

    Watercraft can provide you with some unusual and sea-
    legal weapons:

  • Flare gun. A flare gun is often fired as signal for rescue,
    but it could put some serious hurt on someone if
    pressed into defensive service.

  • Spear gun (harpoon). A fishing spear has a nasty tip
    for harpooning large fish. When fired, it lodges easily
    into flesh whether a sea creature or a human one.

#6 Improvised Weapon: Office.
If there's a mob forming outside on the streets, then you may
have time to forge some weapons with what you have laying
around the office.

  • Broomstick Spear. Duct tape a knife to a broom stick and
    you have spear.  

  • Duck tape Scissor spear. Duct tape itself is a survival tool,
    but it alone can't do much to thwart an attack, though you
    can subdue someone you hold captive (handcuffs or a
    mouthpiece). When you pair duct tape with a sharp object
    and handle, then you have a contender! Duct tape scissors to
    a rolled up a magazine. Open up the scissors and tape it

#7: Improvised Weapon: hobby.
Airguns are a good option for preppers not comfortable with fire
arms (and there are a few out there who just aren't "happy" with
guns). We're talking realistic looking BB guns or paint ball. Right,
a Smith & Wesson Replica is BB Pistol and could serve as a

  • Blank firing Pistol. Preppers who don't want to handle a real
    gun, may consider the very realistic blank firing pistol. This
    one fires 5 blanks with all the sound and fury of a real
    firearm. It may be just the convincing that someone needs
    to vacate the premises, providing you with valuable time to
    bugout. Blanks firing pistols, like this one, pictured
    immediate right, a Smith & Wesson, is used in dog training,
    on sets as movie props, or for re-enactments. Fire away and
    send them running!

  • Daisy Red Ryder BB: You'll shoot your eye out kid! Well, at
    least you'll shoot a Zombie's eye out. While the Daisy Red
    Ryder BB is a classic from A Christmas Story, this classic
    design, reminiscent of the airguns you grew up with, could
    provide sufficient realistic reason to run. Intended for
    developing shooting and marksmanship skills, the Red Ryder
    is recommended for shooters aged 10 and up with adult
    supervision. Pictured directly below.
#9: The United States Constitution as a weapon.
The United States Constitution could save your civil liberties! We
hope you never need to improvise weapons in self defense. In no
uncertain terms, as of this writing, you have the constitutional
right to bear arms in the United States. Learn more about your
Second Amendment rights:

  • Second Amendment: "A well regulated militia, being
    necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the
    people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

#10: Improvised weapons in the kitchen.
The obvious place to head in your kitchen is for the knives. Grab
the best and hide the rest. If you're put in a bad situation of a
home intrusion and you're in the kitchen, consider these other
improvised weapons:

  • Fire extinguisher. A fire extinguisher can easily help in
    distracting an intruder to disarm or subdue him or her.
    Owning a fire extinguisher is important for many reasons. Do
    you know how to operate a fire extinguisher?

  • Rolling pin. If in the kitchen during an attack, grab the
    knives, but in case all the good knives are in the dishwasher,
    grab the rolling pin to work like a baseball bat! With a rolling
    pin in hand you can club your attacker to fight back.

  • Broken ceramics and glass. The clever prepper in you will
    find use in the sharp edges of a broken plate, ceramic coffee
    cup, drinking glass, beer or wine bottle to ward off a human

  • Anything hot. If you have a pot of hot coffee or boiling
    water on the stove at the time of the intrusion you can scald
    your intruder in self defense.

  • Frying pan. Rapunzel knew how to use a frying pan and now
    you can too.
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