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Increase your protection and survival with these easy-to-make homemade weapons. Homemade weapons and survival gear are essential in a dangerous world.

Check out our list of 15 badass improvised weapons you can also make!

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Homemade weapons are actually pretty badass. They come in handy when you have no defense left in your arsenal. Improvised ones are great against an intruder or attacker.

If the situation really calls for it, though, these homemade weapons will be handy. Badass weapons you can make at home are great non-firearm tools when you need to improvise. Check out the list below to see the top 15 picks!

1. PVC Pipe Compound Bow

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Get all raw and basic with your skills by making your own compound bow. Bows and arrows are badass weapons, but they can be expensive. This DIY project does not put a strain on your wallet.

You can make it from inexpensive, readily available materials.

2. Homemade Pepper Spray

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You can buy pepper spray or make one of the practical homemade weapons. It is for everyone! It is also convenient to carry in case you need protection when SHTF.

Just spray it on the face of the attacker and escape the situation fast to call for backup or help. This homemade self-defense weapon is easy to make.

3. Multifunction Pocket Tool

If you're looking for very convenient homemade weapons, then you need these bad boys. Other than being defense tools, multifunction pocket tools also help you with your everyday tasks.

They’re the perfect life hacks! You can customize these DIY weapons to fit your specific need.

4. Pump Action Rocket Gun

Are you looking for homemade guns or improvised firearms? This rocket gun is a fun project and a cool item to have around. The DIY is very simple and cheap as well. The entire project, including a bunch of ammo, can be worth only $20.

5. Homemade Taser Gun

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Hand-to-hand combat and pepper spray aren’t the only survival options against an attacker. When talking about self-defense, some people tend to purchase a taser gun or a stun gun.

Why should you buy one of the badass weapons for sale when you can make one?

6. Primitive Club Tool

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If you're stuck in the wilderness with limited resources, knowing how to make this tool can come in handy for your survival.

This simple technique will quickly transform a few items into a very useful weapon and bring out the Ragnar Benson inside you!

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7. Homemade Bolt Action 12 Gauge

This DIY bolt action 12 gauge is one of the best-improvised weapons you’ll come across. You can only imagine the power this awesome weaponry is packing.

Although you can't take it anywhere, it is reliable and can protect you from attackers or home intruders, especially when SHTF. Homemade firearms like this air rifle do not need registration and never run out of ammo.

8. War Hammer

Other war hammer designs may be a bit more difficult to make because they require you to weld, drill, and file. This is one of the easiest homemade weapons. You need nothing more than a black pipe.

It's a simple design, and the name says it all. Don't underestimate the power of the war hammer!

9. Saw Blade Tomahawk

As you can probably tell already, this is one unique homemade saw blade weapon. The name leaves little to the imagination when it comes to what this thing can do.

Almost completely made with a couple of pieces of wood, this saw blade tomahawk is inexpensive to make if you have the right equipment. You can also complement it with your DIY saw blade slinger.

10. Flamethrower

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A flamethrower can fit in a normal backpack. With an air compressor, a diesel nozzle, a fuel tank, a hose, and some fittings, you’ll have one! What's more awesome about this homemade flamethrower is it can run on tiki torch fuel.

11. Trebuchet

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One of the unique medieval weapons, a trebuchet can be yours with this DIY project. This giant catapult-like machine can have an immense amount of power that it can throw anything including people at far distances.

Since this project is big, you can invite your buddies over to help you make an awesome trebuchet.

12. Homemade Landmine

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You can create a landmine by using airsoft pellets. Since you're making a landmine, be very, very careful. You might be making this one for fun, but things can go badly if you don't pay attention.

13. Death Ray

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Do you have an old television around? You can turn it into one of the coolest homemade weapons! With some simple disassembling, you can have 2,000 degrees of heat to use for cooking, water sanitation, or burning.

You can use the screen of an old TV to make a DIY death ray.

14. Pipe Gun

This is another one of the most classic homemade weapons anyone can build. Using a few items from your garage, you can make your own pipe gun. Remember, though, there's a risk in making one, so please be careful.

Don't mindlessly test this by shooting someone or something as it can hurt you and other people.

15. Laser-Guided Blowgun

This improvised weapon is so easy to make yet can be extremely reliable and powerful especially when SHTF. For this project, you'll need a 1/2 inch PVC pipe, glue gun, sticky notes, wire nails, and duct tape.

Adding a dollar-store laser made this DIY project one of the coolest homemade weapons ever created!

You don’t always need firearms to feel safe. These homemade weapons will suffice for home protection and outdoor survival trips. But don't forget to be extra careful in making these, especially when you are testing them.

These are still weapons, and there's always a possibility of getting hurt while making them. Take extra measures to keep yourself safe and injury-free.

Have you tried making your own homemade weapons before? Share your experience with us in the comments section below!

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  2. Stone

    March 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    I wouldn’t make the pipe gun. Because it could blow up on you.

  3. JJM

    March 24, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Pipe Gun – Did it work? Why no video of test fire? I would be somewhat concerned of standard galvanized pipe surviving more than a couple shots, stock and barrel remaining firmly attached and mostly with where the firing pin/nail ends up – off-the-shelf tapered pipe threads do not allow you to union the pipe and plug close together!!

    • Anonymous

      February 13, 2019 at 11:37 AM

      Hey check out the YouTube channel:
      Royal nonesuch… He makes alot of homeade weapons (guns). Awesome channel.

  4. Steven

    March 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    H questions about used plastic milk cartons, can you store sugar, flour, cornmeal yeast, and other bulk items in them? Several ?s, where can one get answers to specific, not generalizes, questons?

    • Raychel

      March 27, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      I actually use 2 liter soda bottles to store bulk food items in, once I have rinsed them out of course. I just drop in an oxygen absorbent packet before closing it up if I plan on storing it for a while. Milk jugs are very hard to get completely clean, and the milk proteins that you may not be able to completely remove will spoil your food items. Better safe than sorry; especially when storing food for emergency situations and the price of food these days.

      • B

        April 8, 2018 at 8:03 AM

        put a bay leaf in with the bulk dry items to keep bugs out

      • Eric Pierce

        September 13, 2018 at 8:11 AM

        Instead of gallon milk jugs, you could use Gallon water jugs. Same size and shape, no enzymes to cause food going bad. Just my 2 pennies worth.

        Good luck.

    • No bushcraft

      December 19, 2017 at 7:45 AM

      I use thicker walled gallon water jugs, or Chick-fil-A tea jugs, after I’ve drank The contents, of course. To ensure I’ve gotten everything out, Ifill them half-way with tap water as hot as I can get it, shake vigorously and empty, then refill to the absolute top with water just cold enough not to melt the jug, and let it sit until cool. Empty and repeat, now you have an absolutely clean jug, I always dry upside down for a couple of days, just to be doublely sure. Then you have storage with a handle, that you can tie 550 cord through to carry multiple, hang, lift up a cliff, etc…

    • J. Marks

      April 14, 2018 at 10:34 PM

      I don’t know… but 2 liter pop bottle work fine and you can store staples such as rice and beans and much more..

  5. dale sparks

    March 24, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    so far I enjoy this site I`ve told four of my friends and my son about , keep up the good work

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  7. Smoke Hill Farm

    April 13, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    If you use iron pipe for any of these projects, keep in mind that this material rusts faster than anything else on earth, so you should clean it with some degreaser and PAINT it immediately. A few bucks worth of Rustoleum or some of that plastic-based paint will go a long way to keep it usable. On the un-paintable parts, like the inside of that gun barrel, be generous with a coat of oil that you replenish occasionally (unless you shoot it regularly).

    As far as using black pipe as a gun barrel … it has been done and used before, but it would probably be a good idea to reinforce that barrel with something else, especially if you plan on using it a lot during the zombie apocalypse. You can wrap it with a later or two of steel wire, and then wrap it with heavy duct tape, to keep it from doing serious damage if that barrel turns into a banana, which could happen if you are shooting heavy shotgun slugs or buckshot, esp. from the longer shot shells, and even more especially if you use a rather long barrel, where the energy of the explosion inside has more time and room to build up.

    • Smoke Hill Farm

      April 13, 2014 at 3:03 AM

      I just noticed that the one improvised weapon seemed to use regular gray iron pipe instead of black iron pipe (the kind usually used for gas connections instead of water connections).

      I have heard MANY times that the black pipe is the only acceptable one for improvised weapons since it is a different category of pipe and MUCH MUCH stronger than the regular water-pipe stuff.

      The difference in cost is small. Be sure to get the BLACK iron pipe, unless you want to risk it blowing up in your face !!!!!!!

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  11. Bob

    June 27, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    a trebuchet would be the most impractical weapon. I couldn’t see any situation one would need to use this, let alone transport it to be used.

    • Left CoastChuck

      July 31, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      For neighborhood defense, a trebuchet is a most practical weapon. You have barricades up at the entrance to your neighborhood. You want heavy artillery zeroed in on your barricades. The trebuchet can throw short pieces of log, it can throw heavy rocks, most importantly, it an throw bundles of burning material. Consider the effect on bad guys trying to breach your entrance barricade when bundles of burning, dried out weeds start raining down on them. Because of its high arc, a trebuchet can drop loads behind a barricade that flat trajectory weapons cannot penetrate. Loaded on a trailer, the trebuchet can also be made into a mobile launcher. If you study pictures of medieval sieges, the trebuchets were wheeled in order to be mobile. They were used to throw objects over the walls of fortified positions, much like a mortar or howitzer does today. As another bulletin said, in a desperate situation, your mind is your best weapon. Think, plan, adjust.

      • Anonymous

        October 28, 2017 at 11:11 AM

        The wheels on a trebuchet help with stabity of the device when using a fixed counter weight they allow the machine to roll slightly back and forth but not flip or tear itself apart (so don’t chalk the wheels). If your using a bucket type counter weight, the wheels would be strictly for mobility. The bucket drops, and won’t flip your siege engine.

  12. butterflyer

    June 30, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    If you use pipe liik for schedule 60 or 80 it has thicker walls and is thus stronger than common schedule 40 commonly sold in big box stores

  13. Zach

    July 26, 2014 at 4:01 AM

    Be careful with the pipe gun. That is a textbook example of a “zip gun” and is restricted in a lot of states (including pro gun states like Texas). Other places restrict catapults and trebuchets just the same as they ban stuff like slingshots. And flamethrowers are illegal in ten states (it’s only a misdemeanor). Check your local laws before making stuff like this.

    • Nunya

      April 8, 2018 at 1:47 PM

      Laws don’t mean anything all a Law is is for sheeple for 1 for 2 a law is nothing more than one human and a bunch of his anus sucking sheeple who don’t like something so they go out to try and control everyone with their power happy control freak B.S.. Anyways if your having to use this stuff for survival then that means your on your own and laws don’t mean a Fing thing anymore. In which they shouldn’t anyways. As long as you are not hurting someone else or someone elses property nobody has a right to tell anyone what they may or may not own, have, or make PERIOD.

      • Marcus Audens

        April 23, 2018 at 2:43 PM

        Nunya: That may well be your opinion of laws in general, however, when you violate one, and the men in the blue suit come to take you away, your opinions will not matter much. Your expression of your views does not rank you with the top class of citizens either, or one with whom I would care to deal with! However, you are correct, when anyone is put to survival because of the lack of any further public administration, then laws from that previous administration don’t mean much either. I guess it depends on what situation you find yourself in! All the best luck with your views and how you carry them out! Respectfully; Marcus Audens

        • J Weston

          May 23, 2018 at 10:48 PM

          Climb off your soap box and realize this site is “Survival “ life.
          Not suburban life. When SHTF the laws and regulations you speak of
          Are non existent.

  14. John R. Sabey

    October 12, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Geat site. I do flintknapping and weapon recreation work, and you have some great ideas.

  15. Spylock

    January 21, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    The guns made from galv. pipe do work well in a pinch,but the person making them can make it a better,safer gun with a little effort.We used to call them “Zip Guns”You can make just about any cal. you can find pipe for,we made 22 cal. out of trans. line,you just have to offset your firing pin for rim fire,but this should be a weapon of last resort,of course yall know that.

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  20. Shane

    November 26, 2017 at 6:24 AM

    I wouldn’t make any of these idiotic single-purpose contraptions. I realize this website needs clicks and traffic to make money but whoever authorized this article must be a complete idiot if they think any of this crap would be feasible if shtf.

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  22. Dave

    April 6, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    I have only recently and have found it very informative, the way things are explained well and the projects are quite away to follow. I have bought things form the store too and the things that I have bought are of a very high quality and could well be buying more, if I can’t make it myself.
    I love this site as questions are mostly answered and some of the solutions are amazing, tyres work people and kind regards from me on the U.K.

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  37. Rick

    June 26, 2019 at 8:55 AM

    While Pipe is ok, stainless steel tubing is a better option for a homemade firearm. It is available with heavy wall thicknesses that allows it a much higher PSI rating than the same OD size pipe. While tubing is measured in OD (outside diameter) Pipe is measured in ID (inside diameter) so the same OD size tubing can have a larger wall thickness than the same OD size pipe thus affording it higher PSI ratings. I don’t know much about making homemade firearms but I do know tubing and piping.

  38. Tony

    February 14, 2021 at 12:29 AM

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