By Chris Ruiz – The Bug Out Bag Guide
Even the most diligent prepping can be for naught should your tools and supplies be taken off you by force or your bug out plan thrown into disarray by a wild animal attack. Learning ways to defend yourself and your family is as essential as ensuring you have the supplies you’ll need to survive. This article covers the various survival weapons you can use for self-defense in a disaster scenario, including those you can:
- Make yourself
- Buy now and practice with
- Easily scavenge for after a disaster.
Why Should I Think About Survival Weapons?
Sometimes all it takes is showing your opponent you are armed to deter them from attacking, but in case you are forced into combat you’ll want to be armed with a weapon you’re comfortable with and skilled at using.
When considering the options below, choose those that are best suited to your particular situation and that you will have time to practice with to develop your skill level. We’ve also included a section on arming members of your crew that are of small stature or lacking in upper body strength to make sure EVERYONE can defend themselves.
Survival Weapons You Can Make
There are myriad items at your disposal that can instantly become a weapon if need be – most of which are easy to make and relatively inexpensive. Recent civil uprisings in the Ukraine provide a great case study in how deadly homemade weapons can truly be.
To see how sticks, bats and sledgehammers were able to topple a Presidency, take a look through these pictures at Wired.
The three types of DIY weapons we’ll be discussing in this article are:
- Bludgeoning weapons
- Edged Weapons
- Projectile Weapons
Each can be deadly in their own right, so make sure to choose the type of weapon that you feel most comfortable with.
Bludgeoning Survival Weapons
To effectively wield a bludgeoning weapon, you must be in close contact with your attacker and have a significant amount of upper body strength – delivering a disabling blow requires a tremendous amount of force. If this sounds like the type of weapon you’d do well with, we recommend using a club, war hammer, tomahawk, or flail.