Survival Weapons & Homemade Weapons enhance your ability to defend yourself when dealing with danger during a home invasion, disaster, or emergency, aside from storing up on bulk food and other survival items of course (like these).
You may find yourself in a situation one day where homemade weapons are necessary to survive a disaster at home or outdoors.
Here are 14 homemade weapons that are not only useful, but simple to make, and can come in handy for a variety of survival situations.
Homemade projects like these can be a fun, sobering survival life hack to add to your next DIY project.
Make it a goal to take one of these on and see what you can make from the items you already have at home.
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Table of Contents
- 1 1. Naginata
- 2 2. War hammer
- 3 Pros of using a homemade war hammer
- 4 3. Medieval Sling
- 5 4. Bola
- 6 5. Spear
- 7 6. Bow & Arrow
- 8 7. Pepper Sprays
- 9 8. Slingshot
- 10 9. Kubaton
- 11 10. Throwing Stars
- 12 11. Taser
- 13 12. Sound Bomb
- 14 13. Rocket launcher
- 15 14. PVC Pipe Gun
- 16 15. Spiked Bat
- 17 Make Your Survival Weapon Today
Have you ever watched a Chinese movie where the Samurai warriors wielded staves with long blades attached at the tips?
A Naginata is an ancient Chinese weapon that’s made by drilling and attaching a blade about one foot in length to a wooden staff. This weapon enables a fighter to inflict serious cuts or stabs from a safe distance compared to using a sword.
How to make a homemade Naginata
For these homemade weapons, you’ll need an old hockey stick, a couple of 6-inch screw bolts, an electric drill, and a machete. Better if you can look up videos on YouTube to see it for yourself.
1. Get an old hockey stick and use a saw to chop off the curved part. You need a straight surface to attach your blade.
2. Dismantle your machete’s plastic handle using a screwdriver. Align your machete at the tip of your hockey stick where you’ll drill the holes for your 6-inch screw bolts.
3. Place the hockey stick on a flat surface, preferably a workbench, because you’ll drill holes to attach your blade. Use a drill and create two small holes that can accommodate your 6-inch screw bolts.
4. Pass the screw bolts through the holes that attached your machete to its original handle. You might need a 6-inch wrench to prevent your machete from wobbling while in use. And there you go, instant homemade weapons!
1. These DIY badass weapons can double up as a spear while hunting deer and wild boars.
2. No special training or maintenance is required to operate a Naginatas as these are self-defense weapons.
3.This survival gear keeps off enemies at a safe distance
2. War hammer
In the Medieval era, soldiers relied on weapons such as war hammers to maim soldiers wearing chest plates and other forms of protective metal armor.
This weapon is easy to use and requires no maintenance.
These are the perfect kind of weapons to add to your next DIY pocket tools and weapons list. Make homemade weapons like these and level up your survival gear using these items:
- Old hockey stick
- Two weight plates weighing 2 pounds each.
1. Use a saw to chop off the curved part of your hockey stick because you need a vertical surface to attach your weight plates.
2. Place the tip of your hockey stick between the two weight plates. Make sure the plates are perfectly aligned to ensure proper weight distribution.
3. Insert the U-bolt through your weight plates then fasten as tight as possible.
4. In case the weights are wobbly, get an extra U-bolt to apply a tighter grip.
Pros of using a homemade war hammer
1. You can use it to break locks and rescue people locked inside rooms. Weapons like these can be a useful part of your survival gear and come in handy to for survival.
2. A War Hammer enables you to fight off machete attacks by using overwhelming force to dislodge the blade from your attacker’s hand. Diy badass weapons like war hammers are weapons you can make easily at home.
3. It is highly portable which is crucial during fight or flight situations. This self-defense weapon sometimes is a handy resource for survival defense.
3. Medieval Sling
Weapons like medieval slings enhance your impact and precision while aiming at targets within a range of 200 feet. You can use weapons like these for hunting or self-defense because they’re highly portable and discreet compared to a Naginata or other war hammer designs.
Level up your homemade and DIY weapons with this convenient and badass weapon by adding it to your upcoming projects. You’ll need the following items to make homemade weapons like a medieval sling at home.
- 3-meters of paracord
- Old canvas or leather shoes
- A pair of sharp scissors
- 0.5 meter of plastic thread
- Masking tape
1. Take the paracord and fold it into half then tie the tips firmly.
2. Straighten out your paracord then mark the center with a strip of masking tape.
3. Take out your pair of scissors and use them to cut a rectangular piece measuring 3X3 inches. Cut the material from the tongue of your canvas or leather shoe.
4. Use the tip of your scissors to drill small holes near the vertical edges of your rectangle. The holes should be just wide enough for the paracord to pass through everything.
5. Place the rectangular strip at the center where you marked with masking tape. Next, cut the paracord on either side of your rectangle and insert the strings through the holes drilled previously using the tip of your scissors.
6. Fasten your paracord around your rectangle by tying the plastic thread on both sides. Make sure the thread is tight to prevent your rock or marbles from slipping.
Pros of using a medieval sling
1. Weapons like these increases the availability of projectiles because it uses small rocks, marbles, and ball bearings.
2. These homemade and badass weapons are easy to repel a group of attackers when you have two or more people on your team using medieval slings.
Cons of using a medieval sling
1. You have to use these weapons while standing which can be inefficient when trying to attack an enemy discreetly.
2. Aiming and swinging at a target can be difficult if you’re dealing with targets approaching at high speeds.
A bola is a modified medieval sling that’s used to trip large animals or opponents rushing towards or away from you. It works by constricting the target’s legs abruptly while in motion.
Fortunately, creating a bola requires very simple items and you can make it in less than five minutes.
Make these homemade weapons and be a diy genius with these materials:
- Three rocks that are evenly shaped
- Two meters or 6.5 ft of paracord
- A separate one and a half meters of paracord
How to make homemade bola
1. Take two rocks and tie each one to the tips of your two-meter paracord.
2. Tie the third rock at the tip of your one and a half meter paracord.
3. Tie the separate paracord at the center of your two-meter paracord. Your Bola should have the center rock hanging lower than the rest.
Pros of using a Bola
1. It’s an effective long-distance homemade weapon for bringing down large prey with strong legs.
2. Badass homemade weapons like the Bola are easy to change the rocks on so you can take down targets of varying physical sizes.
1. This weapons requires lots of hours in training to be precise.
2. Weapons like these only works within short ranges which can be a major shortfall when hunting animals from a distance.
A spear is one of the best survival homemade weapons to have in your home or outdoors because it’s quite versatile. You can use these homemade weapons to fish when standing at river banks or while on boat rides. It also helps you attack your opponents effectively while maintaining a safe distance.
Spears are one of the perfect homemade weapons you can make. Your chances for survival are higher when you are able to defend yourself with some type of homemade weapon. Make one of these survival life hacks or projects and let’s look at the items required to make at home:
- A stiff wooden pole approximately one and a half meters in length
- Sharp survival knife
Optional items for projects like these:
- Scrap metal
How to make a homemade spear
1. Take your survival knife and use it to create a pointed tip by shaving off the edges near the top.
2. Place the sharp point over a fire while rotating it frequently to harden the tip. This will make it highly durable in high-impact situations.
3. If you want to create a spear with a steel blade, you’ll split the top part of your wooden pole horizontally to a depth of 6 inches.
4. Shape the scrap metal into a wide arrow-head shape then insert the bottom part into the wooden pole.
5. Fasten the blade by tying up wood at the horizontal split using a paracord. There you have it, easy homemade weapons!
Homemade and DIY Spear benefits
1. These homemade weapons are effective in hunting big prey.
2. You can use these homemade weapons during combat to fend off attackers coming from multiple directions.
3. You can use these homemade and diy weapons like a Naginata to overpower attackers with swords or machetes.
1. You can only use one spear at a time and this makes it ineffective when faced with a group of attackers.
2. It requires some practice to learn how to balance the spear before launching it towards a target. Better to visit youtube com watch v and watch videos on how to use these really badass weapons.
6. Bow & Arrow
Bow and arrows are weapons that can help you repel a group of attackers by yourself. They’re also discreet weapons that you can use to execute long-range attacks thanks to its silence, unlike firing a gun. Plus, arrows fly at high speeds which makes them effective for taking out big targets by either maiming them or targeting body parts that are next to vital organs.
Homemade weapons like bows and arrows are perfect weapons to add to your next diy weapons to make at home. These are the materials needed to make these homemade weapons:
- A sapling that’s 1-2 inches thick in diameter
- 10-foot paracord
- Survival knife
- A pocket tool
How to make a homemade bow & arrow
1. Carefully chop off the sapling and shave off any branches using your survival knife.
2. Use the survival knife to shave the side facing towards you. Leave the unshaved side facing outwards or towards your target. This ensures that your homemade bow bends continuously without breaking.
3. Sharpen the tips on both sides because it’s where you’ll tie the bowstring or paracord.
4. Use the saw in your pocket tool to carve notches at both tips of your bow. The notches should be one-inch deep.
5. Tie the paracord tightly on both sides then lay your bow on the ground. Grab the center of your bowstring then pull upwards to see whether both ends rise together uniformly.
6. As for the arrows, it’s easier to purchase them online because it’s easy to distort streamlining when making arrows for the first time.
Cons of using bow and arrows
1. This popular ‘zombie weapon’ requires rigorous practice to master precision
2. Making arrows can be a time-consuming process, especially if they’re homemade weapons.
3. Bows and arrows are conspicuous and this makes it hard to carry these homemade weapons discreetly.
7. Pepper Sprays
This is a compact survival weapon that an individual can use to disarm one or two attackers simultaneously. The fact that one can hide it up their sleeves makes it possible to use the element of surprise when cornered or while in confined spaces such as public transport. It’s best to keep 2 homemade pepper spray to be sure.
Make these homemade weapons at home for a perfect weapon fitted to add to your arsenal, here’s a brief list of the items that you’ll need for these homemade weapons:
- A 100ml spray bottle
- Rubbing alcohol
- Two clean bowls
- 4 tablespoons of chili powders or black pepper
- A plastic/metal kitchen strainer
- Two tablespoons of coconut/olive oil
How to make a homemade pepper spray
1. Put the chili powder into a clean bowl then pour in your rubbing alcohol gradually. Your chili powder should remain partially afloat in the mixture. Cover with a clean napkin and let it soak for eight hours for the chili powder to saturate.
2. Add the two tablespoons of coconut or olive oil to increase your pepper spray’s density. This ensures that the mixture shoots directly towards your target even when it’s windy.
3. Carefully sieve the mixture into a clean bowl using your kitchen strainer to trap the solid particles.
4. Pour the homemade chili solution into a dry 100ml spray bottle then test it on your leg.
5. Store your homemade chili peppers weapons in a cool and dry place to enhance its longevity. These homemade weapons are essential especially when leaving the house late at night.
Cons of using pepper spray
1. This homemade black paper spray ineffective when dealing with attackers wearing face shields
2. Homemade weapons such as these only work effectively when the enemy is within a six-foot range
A slingshot is a compact DIY weapon that enhances one’s ability to hit targets situated within a range of up to 250 feet. Just like the medieval sling, it has a variety of “ammunition” such as ball bearings, marbles, and pebbles. It also requires little training and easy to use for both children and adults. Better to visit www youtube com watch videos on how to make it.
How to make a homemade slingshot
This famous bachete zombie weapon is best to add to your arsenal firearms collection. Get these five items to make a slingshot at home.
- A thick fork of branches that has a 2-3 inch diameter
- An old leather shoe
- Rubber band
- A pair of scissors
- 1 meter of plastic thread
1. Cut the rubber band into two equal strips that are eight inches in length and three inches wide.
2. Grab the tongue of your old leather shoe then cut off a rectangular strip measuring 3X3 inches. Use the tip of your scissors to drill two small holes near the vertical sides of the rectangle.
3. Fasten the rubber band strips on both holes of the leather strip. Use bits of plastic thread to firmly tighten the ends so that your rocks don’t slip while pulling the slingshot.
4. Tie the loose ends of the rubber strips to the prongs of your fork using plastic thread. Hold the slingshot and stretch it out to test whether the rubber strips are fastened tightly.
Cons of using a slingshot
1. It fires only one shot at a time, making it hard to hit a fast-moving target.
2. It cannot deliver a strong impact when hitting targets within a range of 10 feet, especially when they’re just diy weapons.
A kubaton, or pen guns, is a 6-inch pen that’s attached to a keychain and used to deliver sharp strikes in close combat. It resembles a survival tactical pen and you rarely have to declare it as a weapon when passing through airport security. Kubatons also catch attackers by surprise because they mistake it for harmless Sharpies.
Steps in making homemade Kubaton
You can make these homemade weapons using a metal pen, pair of scissors, and some Gorilla Black Duct Tape. The next step is going on Google then download an image of a survival pen. This will help you pattern grip contours that fit perfectly into your hands because it’s important to maintain a firm grip while striking attackers. Perfect homemade weapons to add to your arsenal to keep you safe from all walks of life.
Cut different sizes of grip material from the Gorilla Black Duct tape. Next, drill a small hole at the top that’s just wide enough for your keychain to fit. YouTube has plenty of useful tutorials on how you can use a Kubaton in different situations.
Cons of using a Kubaton
1. Firearms like these require several hours of training for one to master quick and effective strikes.
2. It only works best when the enemy is within arms reach, according to firearms experts.
10. Throwing Stars
Throwing stars or Shurikens are ideal for hunting as well as self-defense because they’re discreet and sharp. They’re also lightweight and this makes it possible to carry tens of them at once.
Steps in making homemade Shurikens
Level up your badass homemade weapons building with these really badass 2nd edition survival weapons. This homemade project requires the following items.
1. A printer
2. A4 paper
3. Axle grinder
4. A pair of scissors
5. Spray paint
9. A pair of safety gloves
10. A file
11. Old shovel or block of metal that’s one inch thick.
1. Go online or on www youtube com watch a video and search for a shuriken image then print it on an A4 paper. Cut the image out using a pair of scissors.
2. Clean and dry your shovel or block of metal then use some adhesive to stick your image.
3. Spray some paint all over the image to form a stencil. Position the metal on a vice grip and use an axle grinder to cut metal around your stencil. Make sure you wear welding goggles to avoid eye damage from intense light and flying sparks.
4. Wait for the metal to cool down then wear safety gloves before switching on the bench grinder. This machine helps you to smoothen out rough edges.
5. Use a Sharpie pen to mark out holes prior to drilling. Make sure you use a workbench for the best stability.
6. Take your file and use it to sharpen the edges. You can test the sharpness of your shuriken by aiming at watermelons.
Limitations when it comes to using shurikens
1. One needs safety gloves because the sharp edges from the saw blade inflict nasty cuts on the hand when throwing them.
A taser produces high-voltage electricity that’s sufficient to overwhelm an attacker instantly. Its small size gives the owner an edge in attacking by surprise because it can disappear under the sleeves.
How to make your own homemade taser at home
Have homemade weapons like taser guns can also act as a pump-action rocket gun that can save you from danger. Go to youtube com watch videos and here’s a list of requirements to make a homemade taser gun:
- Two popsicle sticks
- A couple of 4-inch nails
- Red LED light
- Rocking switch
- Hot glue
- High-voltage transformer
- 2 laptop charger shells
- Button switch
1.Add wires on your positive and negative battery terminals to extend the terminals. Then, connect the negative terminal of your battery to the transformer. The wire should connect to your transformer’s negative terminal.
2. Use a soldering iron to attach the wire running from your battery’s positive terminal to the switch. You’ll need some wire to connect a button that activates and switches your taser. This wire connects the button to your battery’s positive terminal.
3. Take your red LED light and a couple of wires measuring 2-3 inches. Use your soldering iron and a piece of the wire to connect your LED light to the switch. Then, take the other wire and use it to connect the battery’s negative terminal with your LED light. This light helps you to tell whether the taser is on or off.
4. Take the red and black wires and connect them to your battery’s terminals to ensure the flow of current takes place while recharging. Make sure you connect the red wire with the other red wire connected to your battery to avoid short circuits.
5. You might need some extra wire to extend the terminals on your transformer. Add about two inches of wire on each terminal then coil up a nail on each end. Next, get a piece of tough plastic then drill two small holes that will keep the nails separate at a distance of five millimeters.
6. Get one of the old laptop charger shells and dismantle it carefully using a screwdriver as a wedge. You’ll need to draw a schematic to help you identify where to position each part inside the laptop charger shell. Chop up the popsicles to create reinforcements for buttons and spacings for wires.
7. Use Loctite super glue to seal your housing then smoothen out the rough edges with sandpaper.
12. Sound Bomb
Weapons such as sound bombs help in diverting an enemy’s attention temporarily to create a window of opportunity for either fleeing or deploying an offensive strategy. It’s easy to create this weapon at home by gathering the following items.
- An ounce of baking soda
- A cup of vinegar
- Clean plastic bottle
- A few napkins
How to make a homemade weapon like a sound bomb
1. Take the plastic bottle and pour in vinegar until it’s quarter-way full.
2. Spread out the napkin then scoop four tablespoons of baking soda and pour it vertically. Next, roll up the baking soda tightly while tucking the top and bottom.
3. Carefully put the rolled napkin with baking soda inside your plastic bottle and ensure the lid is tight. Shake the bottle vigorously until it begins expanding rapidly then toss it towards your target.
4. The bottle will explode loudly and pieces of flying plastic can cause serious facial injuries.
13. Rocket launcher
A rocket launcher is effective homemade weapons in neutralizing or scaring off a group of attackers. It’s also easy to blow up obstacles blocking your path using a rocket launcher.
How to make a homemade rocket launcher
Below are the requirements for this homemade weapon
- A pair of scissors
- Hot glue
- 4 pieces of A4 paper
- Two paper towel cardboard rolls
- Fireworks shell
1. Get an A4 size paper and shape it into a cone. Use your hot glue to seal the edges then use a pair of scissors to chop off the apex or tip of the cone
2. Take the cardboard tube and apply hot glue on one end. Turn the tip apex of your cone upside down and carefully stick it inside the cardboard. This design enhances stability when launching the rocket.
3. Chop off half of the second cardboard roll then use hot glue to attach it firmly below the rocket launcher. Place the chopped cardboard at the center because it serves as the weapon’s handle.
4. Repeat step 1 by taking another A4 and rolling it into a cone then chopping off the apex. Take your fireworks shell then fit it inside your apex to form the arrowhead of the rocket.
5. Next, take another A4 paper and roll it into a cylinder that will fit on the fireworks shell’s base. Your rocket should resemble a spear.
6. Take the rocket and place it inside the launcher. The arrowhead should stick out with a small rope dangling below. This is the fuse that you’ll light when launching the rocket at an attacker or obstacle.
14. PVC Pipe Gun
These homemade weapons, known as zip gun, stun gun, or submachine gun, is useful in mounting an attack against an attacker within a range of 12 feet. It fires off metal bits that can cause serious facial and neck injuries.
How to make a PVC pipe gun at home
Here’s a list of items required for this project for this PVC pipe compound bow for your next homemade weapons.
- 1 PVC pipe compound that’s 0.5 meters in length and a diameter of 2-3 inches
- Two rubber bands
- A set of six 1-inch screws
- Old metal hanger
1. Use a tape measure to cut a four-inch section from the 1 PVC pipe compound bow and repeat it. Next, use a hot knife to cut out rectangular shapes measuring 2X2 inches on these PVC pipes. Cut each pipe vertically from the top because this is where you’ll attach the larger PVC.
2. Take a lighter and heat up your screwdriver to create holes for extra reinforcement. Place the larger PVC pipe compound bow get between the rectangular shapes on the 4-inch pipes. Reinforce the handle using your one-inch screws and the screwdriver.
3. Take the old metal hanger and measure about six inches then cut using a pair of pliers. Bend the six-inch section into a U-shape then use your pliers to form loops on both vertical sides of your wire. This is your trigger for launching projectiles.
4. Take the wire and a couple of screws to reinforce the trigger on your zip guns. You’ll need a hot screwdriver to create holes for your one-inch screws. Reinforce the trigger on both sides using the screws but leave enough space for the trigger to move back and forth.
5. Drill a small hole four inches away from the trigger and put in a screw. Take a rubber band and fasten it on this screw as well as those supporting your trigger. The rubber band provides tension for the trigger to launch projectiles at long distances.
6. Take a couple of screws then secure them on opposite sides an inch below the muzzle of your pipe gun. Take a rubber band and fasten it around the screws then pull it all the way to your trigger. Make sure it’s tense but not overly tight to prevent it from snapping while in use.
7. You can create projectiles by cutting bits of wire from the metal hanger. Cut about two inches then bend them to a 90 degrees angle. Load the projectile on the rubber band close to your muzzle then pull and secure it behind the trigger.
8. Aim at targets then pull the trigger to shoot. Exercise caution by shooting your PVC pipe compound bow get gun away from humans and pets. And there you have it, a stun gun or submachine gun that’s homemade and easy and can be of use as homemade firearms.
15. Spiked Bat
A spiked bat inflicts high-impact damage because the pointed edges stab and tear victims. There are various types of bats — viking looking rebar axe, saw blade, or the ones made of PVC pipe. If you’d like, you can search up online for rebar axe tutorial and viking looking rebar axe.
It’s really easy to make a homemade one at home using an old baseball bat, a hammer, and a set of six-inch nails.
How to make a homemade spiked bat
1. Take the nails and hammer them through the barrel of your baseball bat to make one.
Make Your Survival Weapon Today
Owning a DIY weapon can enable you to neutralize attackers and protect your loved ones before the police arrive in the rescue. Make sure to prevent harming yourself — better to prepare 12 gauge, or other first aid items, and visit Youtube com watch videos for additional information, such as Douglas computing, weapons made of pipe, collection chain store, or even rebar axe tutorial. When you look at these homemade and DIY weapons, you’ll realize that most of the items are available in your home or at Walmart.
Pick any of these 14 badass homemade weapons and tackle the project with your friends or family and you won’t regret it. Leave a reply to know more about these 14 homemade weapons for the 2nd edition survival life ideas.