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How To Make Use Of Improvised Weapons

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In a SHTF scenario where ammo is scarce or you’re forced to leave your supplies behind, improvised weapons may be your only choice.

But don’t worry: there are plenty of improvised weapons that work just as well if not better than traditional weapons. Read on to learn more. (This article was originally published on survivopedia.com and written by Chris Black. To read this article and more like it please click here.)

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We all love our guns and we can’t imagine life without them.

We live by the survivalist’s golden rule, the 3 G’s : guns, gold and a getaway plan.

But, if you’re a realist, you must take into consideration any plausible scenario and one of them (maybe the most disturbing one) is the following:

What are you going to do in a survival situation when you’re out of ammo and the bad guys are still coming?

I don’t know if you saw the movie “Snatch”, but if you didn’t, I highly recommend it.

Don’t expect a survival-movie, but it contains one epic scene where “Boris The Blade”, a Russian weapons dealer, is trying to sell a big bad-ass looking pistol to some guy, and he says (after the customer noticed that the gun is pretty heavy): “Heavy is good, heavy is reliable, if it doesn’t work, you can always hit him with it”.

Basically, this sums it up: when you’re running out of ammo, use blunt force trauma! It always works, if you hit hard enough and are fortunate enough to beat your opponent to the punch.

Improvised Weapons to the Rescue

Now, on a more serious note, in any kind of scenario from societal collapse or zombie apocalypse, you can find yourself in an unpleasant situation where you’re out of ammo for that nice AR-15 of yours and you have to protect your life or your property. Don’t worry, there are ways of surviving without firearms; humanity managed to endure for thousands of years without guns.

I don’t advocate relying on cold weapons as your primary means of self-defense, but here’s a list of “alternatives” that every survivalist should be aware of if SHTF and you’re out of ammo:

Knives

Consider carrying a knife on your person at all times. Knives are tools in the first place and they come handy in a multitude of situations not associated with violence. But, when the moment comes, you have to do what you have to do. Carrying a solid knife presents obvious advantages; blades don’t need reloading.

Aside from cutting rope and opening boxes, a knife may save your life someday. A word of caution though: use it wisely and remember that knife fighting exists only in B-rated movies. In a real life survival situation, a knife must be use stealthily, quickly and decisively.

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Improvised Weapons: Melee Weapons

Besides knives, there are plenty of other “melee” weapons that can be used for self-defense in a survival situation.

Weapons like spears, swords, clubs, hammers, police batons, baseball batshell, even a fire extinguisher, a crowbar or a shovel will do the trick in close combat when absolutely necessary. They aren’t as portable as a knife but they’re still pretty good for home-defense in a pinch.

A high-tech melee weapon would be a Taser, but if you’re out of ammo and you can’t resupply, I seriously doubt that you have power available for charging such a gizmo.

Bows and Arrows

If you enjoyed The Hunger Games (the movie), then bows and arrows are familiar to you. The good thing about bows and arrows is that they can be improvised from scratch, even if you don’t own or can’t afford a high-tech modern bow bought from Sporting Goods. You can easily manufacture one and the same goes for the arrows. The hard part is to train yourself in the fine art of archery, but it can be done.

Aside from protecting yourself, bows are pretty useful for hunting game, so you should take bows and archery seriously if you’re into prepping.

Crossbows are basically high-tech, mechanized bows, just more powerful and more precise and also much easier to master and to aim with.  They are easy to load and some of the high-end models available on the market come with scopes. Using them is childs play compared to aiming and firing a recurve or compound bow; they are reliable and make for a formidable cold weapon.

The biggest advantages when using bows and arrows are that they’re stealthy, silent, deadly and, perhaps most importantly, you can re-use the arrows(unlike bullets) and also you can build new ones from scratch.

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Improvised Weapons: Slingshots

Slingshots

Another old-school cold weapon, used for thousands of years, is the slingshot. If you had a real childhood, like I had, you surely know what I mean when I say that slingshots are awesome! You can build yourself a powerful slingshot or buy one; they’re pretty cheap.

Getting ammo for a slingshot presents no significant problem, and if your aim is good, a slingshot can be as deadly as a firearm from close distance. If you aim for the head; remember the story of David and Goliath. You can use anything from rocks to scraps of metal for ammo and you can even hunt small game if you have the skill..

Last but not least, you must deal with the fact that sometimes you’ll have to improvise, in the heat of the moment. There are no definitive solutions (nor answers) to all life’s problems.

Training makes perfect and a positive attitude may save your life someday. Being able to think on your feet is perhaps your greatest weapon. When practicing, make a habit of thinking outside the box when you consider running out of ammo.

That way, your brain will already be in that mode if you actually find yourself in that situation.

One final word of advice: when using cold-weapons (or any other weapons for that matter), keep in mind that you’re not a ninja or a vigilante and don’t use them against fellow human beings unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Use your best judgment at all times and be prepared for the worst!

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john
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2 years 3 months ago
0 I’ve seen a few major riots where there was major looting.But most of the looting was not due to hunger but just to loot unless you consider TVs and other electronic equipment as very tasty.Just about every riot in the U.S.was under the excuse of racial inequality.I don’t think it would take much for riots here again especially if you take away the free cell phones and food stamps.I would advise everyone to stock up on ammo and food and forget about hand to hand combat and also stock up on barbed wire if you own a home.When the… Read more »
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Meathead
2 years 3 months ago
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Using a knife or a club or ??? to hold off a crowd of a dozen so starving individuals probably won’t be very successful. If you’re not well stocked on ammo (like DHS, IRS and the Postal Service, etc.) when the SHTF moment arrives, it WILL be too late to get any. Besides, ammo can be used for barter, especially when it is not available.

andy
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andy
2 years 3 months ago
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Homemade claymore primers.

andy
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andy
2 years 3 months ago
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They will have to get past my boobytraps first. If they make it that far then I would resort to cold weapons.

Dallas
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Dallas
2 years 3 months ago
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I am pretty sure I could hold off close to a dozen men with a bat/club with nail spikes coming out the end. Yeah, pretty sure. Most could not do that but I am a combat guy, so in a pinch, you do what you gotta do. It does not hurt if you are a raging fearless SOB.

SmokeHillFarm
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SmokeHillFarm
1 year 7 months ago
0 That’s what my dogs are for — not only an Early Warning System, but something to keep the intruders busy while I take careful aim. Since I’ll eventually run out of the ton of dog food, these neighborly “volunteers” will be a handy addition of protein to the dogs’ diet. Improvised or alternative weapons, especially the silent types, definitelyy have their place in defense, though most take a lot of practice, and some — like bows — are expensive to feed unless you spend a LOT of time making your own arrows (not easy work). Probably the best is… Read more »
SmokeHillFarm
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SmokeHillFarm
1 year 7 months ago
0 This is why it is VITALLY important to have at least one, preferably at least three primary weapons available (depending on how many in your household of group), with LOTS of ammo. Preferably a revolver of at least .38, though .357 is obviously better … a rifle, even if it’s bolt-action, in a caliber you can afford to stockpile ammo for … and/or a 12-gauge shotgun, pref. pump action. But if a single-shot .410 from H&R, or a .22 rifle, or a .22 revolver is all you’ve got — that’s still OK. Just buy lots of ammo. The key… Read more »
WarzoneB52
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WarzoneB52
2 years 3 months ago
0 One Quick note about all the above mentioned weapons. NEVER pull out a weapon unless you are doing one of two things; a. Hunting and out of sight of other people or b. Your Life is in immediate peril! Also, if you have a simple ball point pen you have a weapon. Simply take the cap off and keep it hidden until you have to use it, then go for vulnerable areas such as the eys, temple, throat, etc… Thanks for the tips. Good Stuff! P.S. Slingshots have evolved quite a bit from the time we were kids in… Read more »
John
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John
1 year 7 months ago
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, a wrist rocket can become a formidable weapon indeed! Just on a lark 3 years ago I use my sons high powered wrist rocket to take down a doe at 20 yards!.50 Ball from my muzzle loading kit will do an amazing amount of damage when launched from one of these things.

C.D. Lamberth
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C.D. Lamberth
2 years 3 months ago
0 Good article and grest advice! I’m afraid many people have a very dangerous perspective on survival fighting and defense. In scenarios where not only YOUR survival is at stake, but your family’s as well, then the old military style combat mindset can get you killed. Ammunition DOES run out, firearms DO malfunction, and in most survivalist situations, the logistics corps AIN’T COMING to make an emergency air drop. Plus, in situations where you are facing opponents who do have near limitless logistic and support capabilities, such as government agencies, any and all weapons should and must be utilized. What… Read more »
john
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john
2 years 3 months ago
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I did some re-loading of 9mm bullets & have a lot of primers left over. There must be some other use for these as either low yield support weapons or warning trip wire devices. Maybe some other readers have already accomplished this or can lend suggestions to pursue for future patriots.

codie
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codie
2 years 3 months ago
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The primers can be used as blasting caps for dynamite bombs and traps.

Ed
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Ed
2 years 3 months ago
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Primers will be quite valuable as barter items, given they are the hardest reloading component to make yourself…I would keep them.

tom
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tom
2 years 3 months ago
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you should use them as explosive arrow tips

Nate
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2 years 3 months ago
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I have a machete. I’ve read articles that it makes a good survival weapon. Another person said that there are better bladed weapons than the machete. I don’t own any of those. Even if he’s right, I don’t have one. Like the age old question of “which is the best gun in the world?” And the classic answer: The one I have on me.

Keith Rayeski
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Keith Rayeski
2 years 3 months ago
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I like the Indian Gurkha….but it really comes down to preference…..

Amren
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Amren
2 years 3 months ago
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Exactly what I was going to say, Keith. What you lose in length, you gain in cutting power. Cold Steel has the best IMHO.

SmokeHillFarm
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SmokeHillFarm
1 year 7 months ago
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Firearms seldom malfunction if you are careful to pick the right ones. I have some semi-autos but my primary reliance, and largest ammo stockpile, is on revolvers. I have single-shot shotguns and pump guns, mostly, and though I do have an SKS with a 1000-round pack (remember when that ammo was only $80/1000?), most of my rifles are bolt-action — except for my old M-1 carbines. Love that sloppy action that very seldom jams.

When we may be relying on old or scrounged ammo someday, I have little use for the finely-machined, precision semi-autos everyone lusts after.

Ken
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2 years 3 months ago
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Another good cold weapon is a machete. Great for chopping plants and chopping heads, arms, chest, ect. A double edged one like a Cold Steel Gladius Machete is a great tool. In a life saving situation you start swinging until the threat goes down.

Smith
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Smith
2 years 3 months ago
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OK THE 3 G’s ARE
GOD
GOLD
GUNS

Without God we have nothing!!!!

Mike
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Mike
2 years 3 months ago
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good answer

celticwaryor
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celticwaryor
1 year 7 months ago
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Thumbs up answer!

Buck Crosby
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Buck Crosby
2 years 3 months ago
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Ingenuity is the greatest weapon at your disposal . I once had a military laundry bag with a red brick in it do yeomens duty as a defensive weapon and save my neck . Another real good azz saver was a craftsman half inch drive breaker bar . Also NEVER forget your feet , always wear hard shoes ( not sneakers ) and remember how much more power you have in your legs than your arms , just be aware of maintaining your balance .

codie
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codie
2 years 3 months ago
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I made a machete out of a lawnmower blade with my forge. Very very durable unlike the flimsy cheap ones.

Dan Colley
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Dan Colley
2 years 3 months ago
0 I have found that a simple automobile ignition or house door key makes a terrific ad lib weapon. If you hold your key ring in your hand and “pinch” one key between your index finger and thumb and “point” it like an extension of your thumb, it makes a great tool for “playing the xylophone” on a close-in attacker’s ribs. I have used it once to great effect. Just rub it down a person’s rib cage with about 5 pounds of force and the first thing they will want to do is get away from you. It does not… Read more »
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