7 Kick-Ass DIY Weapons for Your Survival

When it comes to self-defense and survival, there are 4 categories of weapons that I’ve identified. Layers of self-defense, if you will.

Layer one is having firearms. handguns, shotguns, and rifles. These are a prepper’s best friend and almost never fail you.

Layer two is alternative survival weapons. Bows, slings, darts, and many more can save your life when you have no guns at your disposal, regardless of whether they are confiscated by the Government, stolen from you, or even wrestled from you by angry mobs and thugs. At the very least, it’s always good to have a good folding pocket knife as part of your everyday carry kit as a back-up weapon.

Layer three is the focus of this article. We’re gonna talk about making veritable weapons out of seemingly innocent items, some of which are probably lying around your house or backyard as we speak.

Lastly, layer four is all about the “part-time weapons” you can use as a last resort to defend yourself or escape an attacker. These aren’t really weapons, they’re just used that way in context.

My Simple Self-Defense report will let you in on what those are (think keys, mugs, high-heeled shoes, and even lollipops!) and on how to properly use them.

I bet you’re really anxious to find out about these DIY weapons so I’m not gonna waste anymore of your time. Here’s a list of homemade weapons you can make right now with tools and very little work.

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photo: Wikimedia Commons

#1. Paper Bricks

Paper bricks are also known as Milwall bricks, after the English soccer club, Milwall F.C., whose supporters… needed a way to express themselves.

Contrary to what you might think, it doesn’t involve any bricks. The entire thing is made out of rolled sheets of newspaper

How To Do It

Take a few sheets of newspaper and stack them on top of each-other.

(Optional: Soak them in liquid so the resulting weapon is sturdier.)

(Optional: Add coins in the middle of the sheets so the weapon is heavier.)

Fold or roll all of the sheets inward to form a cylinder.

Bend the resulting fold in half and glue the loose ends together. You can use duct tape to do that.

Optionally, you can add a handle to the end that is secured with DT for a better grip.

#2. DIY Tasers

I came across this great video that shows how to build them, take a look:

#3. DIY Spears

This one is easy to do. All you need are a good knife (not your primary one, of course, as you’ll reserve that for more important tasks) and a piece of wood to attach it to using duct tape or paracord.

What kind of wood should you use? Pine, maple, and oak are all good options however, don’t use branches that are already on the ground, those will have already rotted and will break easier.

#4. DIY Blowguns

You will need: a PVC pipe and a hacksaw (to cut the pipe), tape, paper, and nails.

First, use a hacksaw or even construction string to cut a piece of PVC pipe that’s half an inch in diameter and 30 inches long.

The paper is folded and then cut and rolled in the shape of a cone around each nail. To make the two stay together, use some of that tape.

One end of an “arrow”, opposite the tip of the nail, is going to be too big to fit into the pipe. Simply place it inside as much as you can, make a mark on it and cut the end off using a pair of scissors.

Here’s the full video on how to make a PVC blowgun:

#5. DIY Pepper Spray

You will need a way to make the pepper spray solution as well as a container to spray it in the bad guy’s face.

Now, making the spray is not that hard as there are various “recipes” you can follow.

For example, you could mix chili powder and rubbing alcohol. You can add black pepper to give your attacker a nice coughing fit too, even ammonia or bleach (fair warning: they could go blind if you use this on them).

Mix them up really well, use a spoon or something to crush the chili really well, then leave the mixture overnight (some people prefer boiling it instead). Before you put in into the spray container, you need to strain out the actual chili powder, else it’s going to clog the bottle when you use it.

#6. Primitive Club Tools

First, cut a relatively thick piece of wood 15-20 inches in length. Cut it right from a tree as the dead branches you will find on the ground are already rotten. Once you have your piece of wood, scrape the bark away. Next, find an oval stone that’s also relatively flat.

There are two ways to do this. Either you make a hole on one side of the branch or you can split the branch in half at one end and stick the stone in-between. In both cases, the final step is to tie rope around the rock to secure it tightly in place.

Baloon Slingshot Assembled

#7. Balloon Slingshots

You will need:

  • a standard baloon
  • a plastic bottle
  • tape
  • a small dart, such as one made of rolled paper and a nail

Baloon Slingshot Disassembled

Cut the balloon in half and cut the bottle around its neck area so you’re left with no more than 1-3 inches. Put the balloon inside through the cap and stretch its end (the one you’d normally use to blow it) over the cap, then secure it with duct tape or an elastic band of some sort.

And you’re pretty much done, except for the dart. I already told you how to make them earlier on when we talked about blowguns, so I’m not going to repeat those instructions.

To use it, simply put the DIY dart through the cap and, with your other hand, stretch it towards you as much as you can and then let go.

Here’s a video showing you how to do it:

Final Word

Well, those were it. I hope I’ve really given you the motivation to actually go ahead and make some of these, especially since most of them won’t cost you a penny.

If you’ve made or used any of the survival weapons on this list, I’d very much appreciate it if you leave a comment below. It would also be nice to describe the steps, the tools, and any tips, tricks, and mistakes you may have.

About Dan F. Sullivan

My dad was military. My grandfather was a cop. They served their country well. But I don't like taking orders. I'm taking matters into my own hands so I'm not just preparing, I'm going to a friggin' war to provide you the best of the best survival and preparedness content out there.

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    Weapons improvised from home and yard! How about these. In tool shed: any broken handle from yard tools. As a club to swing, or maybe to throw. Before the boomerang there was a weapon called a bunny club. They were easy to just find, or maybe manufacture in the woods. They work just like a boomerang, so size should be to your liking. You need to be able to throw it with force to a distant target. But it should be heavy enough to knock down that duck or goose that’s trying to get away. Can be curved like a boomerang, or straight. It won’t come back on it’s own either way. (Unless your target is human and you didn’t knock him out) small piece of rebar or axle from your old tricycle. A shovel handle, or mop handle works well and can be cut to size. I make old world slings out of shoe laces and boot laces(I have to cut these in half or they are too long to control effectively). Any weight like a couple golf balls, or D batteries, or shot glasses in a sock make a good hand to hand combat weapon. Toolbox weapons are often quick and effective as well. A screwdriver can put an attacker on his heels pretty quickly, as well as pliers. Grab a hold of any loose skin in reach with pliers and squeeze like there’s no tomorrow…

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