It is The End of the World As We Know It, there are mobs of starving people rioting outside, and your stockpile of ammo is all gone.
What are you going to do?
In a total SHTF situation, you will be happy to know how to make these absolutely terrifying homemade survival weapons.
1. Pipe Shotgun
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This beauty is in the Cleveland Police Museum and shows what some ingenious criminals thought up. There are plenty of instructional articles and videos online about how to make your own gun (like this one here). But, is it legal to make your own firearm?
In most cases, it is legal to make your own firearms. But, there are some exceptions. At the ATF.gov website, they write this: (Disclaimer: Always check your own states laws before proceeding!)
Q: Does an individual need a license to make a firearm for personal use?
No, a license is not required to make a firearm solely for personal use. However, a license is required to manufacture firearms for sale or distribution. The law prohibits a person from assembling a non–sporting semiautomatic rifle or shotgun from 10 or more imported parts, as well as firearms that cannot be detected by metal detectors or x–ray machines. In addition, the making of an NFA firearm requires a tax payment and advance approval by ATF. (source)
2. Spiked Nail Bat
The bat (or club) is one of the original weapons used by humanity.
Even when people figured out how to work with metals and make weapons like swords, the club never completely went out of style.
It just got some upgrades – like the spikes of a mace.
This bat one is really easy to make and sure to bash out the brains of any zombie which comes near you. Plus, just carrying it around is going to scare away most attackers.
In practice, the only real downside to it is that the nails will bend after hitting something hard – which can also compromise the interior of the bat.
If you don’t have a baseball bat, then take any sturdy piece of wood. A part of a bed post will work well.
Got a can of hairspray and a lighter? You can make it into a scary flamethrower. This isn’t the most reliable of DIY weapons because it depends on the aerosol can working well, and the direction of the wind being in your favor. But, in a pinch, you will definitely scare someone away with this DIY weapon. You could set their clothes or hair on fire, which would give you time to get away.
4. PVC Bow and Arrow
It is easy to make a bow and arrow out of found materials like sticks and string. But if you want one that has killing power, you will need to use a sturdier material. PVC is perfect for this. It is tough but flexible, and easy to work with. If you have them, wear gloves when working with PVC because it splinters. Learn how to make it here.
5. Rebar Tomahawk
The tomahawk has been hailed as one of the best tactical weapons because it can do things like dig a foxhole, open security doors, chopping wood, setting up camp, and self defense. Plus, its shape means you can easily hide it in your jacket or carry it hanging off of your belt. It was the favored tool by the Native Americans, and now is frequently used by Iraqi and Afghan military.
This video shows you how to make your own tomahawk out of a piece of rebar. It will require quite a bit of work to bang the rebar into shape, and you’ll need a blazing hot fire so you can forge it, but you will be rewarded with a really cool homemade weapon.
6. Homemade Grenade from Cheap Cologne
This might not look much like a weapon, but it is actually a high powered grenade. It was made by rebels who are fighting the Syrian army. They really have to get creative with their weapons and you can find all sorts of homemade weapons in their arsenal.
You can turn just about any aerosol can into a grenade, such as air freshener cans, shoe spray cans, household cleaners…
This article tells you how to make the grenades using sparklers. I doubt the Syrian rebels have sparklers, so I’m not sure what they are using 😉
7. Spike Pit Booby Trap
Need to defend your home or survival retreat? You might try putting these ultra scary booby traps around it.
This one comes from the Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and it was designed to injure American soldiers. The door on top of the trap swivels and could cause a person to fall into the spikes.
Please don’t make this – or ANY – booby traps around your home unless it is really a SHTF situation.
First off, you are more likely to injure yourself, your family or a friend than an intruder. And, even if you do get an intruder, it could backfire when you end up having to pay the intruder a big lump sum. You could even get sent to jail for booby traps.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be thinking about how you’d defend your home in a disaster situation.
Make your plans but don’t try them until they are really needed.
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Image credits, from Flickr:
The Exiles by Crysco Photography; CC BY NC ND 2.0
Standard issue flamethrower by Arko Sen CC NC ND 2.0
Pipe shotgun by Snake Oil Magazine CC BY SA 2.0
Grenade by Freedom House CC BY SA 2.0
Door to avoid at all cost by Dennis Jarvis CC BY SA 2.0