Nevertheless, as I like to say, we need to have plans B and C for everything. Besides, you never know when you might be attacked by someone only to realize your gun is out of reach.
Now, if you’ve already read my free self defense report, you know that pretty much any household item can be used as a lethal weapon. Your keys, the dirt on the ground, a mug, and even a pen can inflict enough damage for you to be able to escape an attacker.
But let’s take things even further and talk about items that can prove themselves to be real weapons. When I say “real” I mean they should allow you to actually stay and fight instead of giving you just a few seconds to flee.
What did people use as BEFORE firearms? What are some of the weapons that can inflict damage that Big Gov cannot take away from you?
Let’s keep in mind that not only guns can be taken away but also crossbows. And, if you happen to live in the U.K. or Ontario where the legislation is even tougher, that’s all the more reason to take a good look at the following list.
Bows and Compound Bows
It doesn’t hurt to have one of these because you might be lucky and government raiders might not notice it or could even allow you to keep it.
If you’ve been making your own bows and arrows when you were a kid (like I used to), then you know this is one of the most inexpensive weapons you can have, costs to maintain are next to nothing.
Yeah, there’s a chance they will confiscate such a modern, complex bow…
However, if they don’t, you’ve got yourself a powerful weapon that doesn’t make the loud noise that firearms do which can attract a lot of unwanted attention.
Slingshots can hit a target up to 100 yards and, just like the bow and arrow, they’re easy to manufacture. The best part is that they have an unlimited supply of “ammo” in the form of rocks and other similar objects.
If you want, you can make your own. You will need:
- a Y-shaped branch
- a leather strip (that’s where the ammo placed)
- and some latex surgical tubing
Nothing wrong with having a dartboard and a few darts in your backyard for entertainment, right? And if someone wants to crash your party, they can join you by becoming the dartboard. 🙂
The first thing that comes to mind is fishing, but what if an attacker breaks into your home? A spear may come in handy and cause permanent damage (as long as it’s handy and you know how to use it). Also, you may consider a spear thrower (a.k.a. an atl-atl) to increase the velocity of the spear, though you probably don’t want to use it indoors.
I just had to mention air guns because right now (at least), they’re not regulated by the U.S. Government. Air guns are also legal in some countries in Europe but threatening an attacker may be considered an offense and can earn you a criminal record even if you responded in self-defense.
Keep one in your INCH bag, just in case you get lost and need to signal for help. I wouldn’t worry about them if all you have is an bug out bag (INCH bag’s little sister), because you probably won’t be in the wilderness for too long.
Speaking of which, even a paintball gun might work, though not to stop a burglar.
A boomerang is a wooden tool in the shape of an L that has been used by indigenous Australians for hunting. Once you throw it, if it doesn’t hit anything, it comes right back to you. It’s pretty good for hunting birds. (Caveat: not all boomerangs used by the indigenous people were “returning”, some of them were “non-returning”, yet still very effective weapons.)
You have to be very careful with it, because it’s easy to hurt yourself when you try to catch it. You should never-ever sharpen the edges hoping to cause more damage to the target – that target might be you!
Wasp Spray, Bee or Pepper Spray
Wasp and bee spray may be considered illegal. In fact, I just read a news article last night about a girl in the Netherlands who almost got raped had she not had pepper spray. The police spokesman told the press she’s the one who might get in trouble because pepper spray is illegal. These are some interesting times we live in…
Still, she got away without being raped. By the way, there are mini-pepper sprays you can attach on our key ring such as this one.
No government in its right mind will ever leave you without the ability to slice bread but the real question is: can you carry a knife or at least a folding knife with you on the street? The other problem, is of course, learning to use it effectively.
Here’s a video teaching you the basics though, unless you practice with an instructor, your skill won’t improve much:
The best knife for self defense is one with a fixed blade. You probably have one sitting in your bug-out bag right now (I know I do and I keep it in the top compartment of the backpack so I can get to it quickly. If you have more survival bags, you should consider getting one for each.
Still, folding knives are also great because they’re easier to carry with you, particularly in urban settings.
If you’re thinking about having more, how about a wasp knife for close-combat? Or a dagger? (Keep in mind that you can use the dagger at range by throwing it!)
I’ve seen wasp knives at 500 bucks but this one from amazon is much cheaper and just as good as the more expensive models.
Or how about a throwing knife? Yes, this is a long range weapon but still worth mentioning.
A Survival Credit Card Knife
This seemingly innocent credit card is actually a survival knife that’s only 2 mm thin. The benefit is you can safely conceal it inside your wallet. No one will ever know you have it, unlike a folding knife which might raise some eyebrows. The thing to worry about is to get to it in time.
Axes are great because in an off grid situation, you do need something to cut wood. Kind of an obvious solution but I had to add it since the goal is to have a complete list of all the survival weapons.
Pitchforks as well as other tools you may have lying around your backyard are very effective self-defense weapons. For example, chains, hoes, shovels, wood garden stakes, and even chain saws!
Machetes aren’t just fantastic weapons but they can help you with a bunch of other tasks as well. They are lightweight and have a formidable force. You can’t go wrong with the Ka-Bar 2-1249-9 Kukri found on Amazon for under 50 bucks.
Swords are heavier and a little more difficult to get used to when compared to machetes. It’s a little harder to select the right one because you have to decide on the length, the weight, and whether you want a single edge or a double edge sword.
Baseball bats are easy to use, lightweight, and pose less of a threat to kids because they don’t have any sharp edges.
The way tasers work is they use electric impulses to interfere with the signals that cause our muscles to contract. Don’t rely on them to win a fight, only to temporarily disable an opponent.
Caveat: tasers don’t work very well on large animals so don’t think that you can them as a self-defense weapon in the woods. If we’re talking a bear, for instance, you’ll only make it even more upset when you taser it.
Bayonets are great provided you still have your rifle.
Who’s gonna arrest you for having a walking stick, right? Get the right one and you’ve got yourself a veritable alternative weapon that can do a lot of damage. Recommended: the Steel Irish Blackthorn Walking Stick. See it in action right here:
A very important category of weapons are the ones that aren’t really weapons. If you’ve been reading about survival for some time, then you came across things like “this survival can double as a weapon”, right? Well, let’s see a list of these items, so you don’t have to rely on becoming creative when you’re under attack:
- PVC pipes
- paracord (you can choke someone)
- shovels (and many other gardening tools)
- the inner bark of trees
- …and even dirt!
There’s only one thing you can do once you selected the arsenal of weapons that will protect you both in good times and bad. And that is PRACTICE. Don’t wait for the end of the world to get a chance to use them. Become good before it happens.
Another thing you can do is check out another article I wrote on do-it-yourself survival weapons. The ones presented require some skill, but the good news is you’ve got videos to guide you step by step.