Using homemade self-defense weapons can be the difference between life and death if you can’t afford expensive weapons. Protecting yourself and your family is a primary concern and this article will provide some examples.
What was your first response?
Don’t wait until this happens to begin preparing. Being able to react instantly can be the difference between life and death!
Whether you are walking to your car at work or protecting your family, you need to be able to defend yourself. However, weapons can be expensive.
This article will review basic homemade self-defense weapons you can make – probably with many items you have around your house.
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Also called Yawara or Kubotan, a Pocket Stick is a simple yet effective homemade self-defense weapon to carry anywhere. To get started, gather the following supplies.
- Rod (wood or hard plastic)
- Sharp knife
A Pocket Stick is a simple weapon, but it can be a lethal weapon when striking an attacker.
There are multiple uses for paracord, and you can find more in the article DIY Paracord Grenade.
Pepper sprays are used to incapacitate attackers and give you time to gain the upper hand in a conflict.
If you think pepper spray is a weapon you can only buy, think again. You can make a Homemade Pepper Spray by following these steps.
- Prepare a small or medium-sized pot with a lid, water, a pound of ground chili pepper seeds, 100 milliliters of baby oil, and 16 ounces of 91% isopropyl alcohol.
- It’s important to use protective gear when preparing your pepper spray. Use protective facemasks to keep your face out of the fumes.
- First, pour the chili seeds and alcohol into a pan and heat it. Place the lid on the pan and boil for 30 minutes.
- Once done, strain the liquid and pour it into a smaller pot before adding four cups of water. Get it back into the stove and heat the mixture. Allow it to evaporate until you start noticing a thick liquid.
- Remove it from heat and allow it to cool.
- Once cooled, combine with the baby oil.
- Place your pepper spray into a squirt gun.
Pepper spray is ideal for people who need a convenient, easily concealed homemade weapon. It can be lifesaving for people who are faced with a surprise attack.
A slingshot is probably familiar to you as a toy that you played with when you were young. This “toy” can also possess the power to be a very effective homemade self-defense weapon, and it can be made in a few simple steps.
- Collect a Y-shaped piece of wood, 1 x 2 inches of leather, string, and a piece of rubber/surgical tubing.
- Find or carve a piece of wood into a “Y” shape.
- Attach each end of the rubber into the wood’s tips with your strings.
- String them tightly and then cut the rubber’s center.
- Punch two holes at the end of your leather and string the rubber through the holes.
- Attach the rubber with your string.
Start with small rocks as projectiles. This little weapon can be easily carried anywhere and with some practice, it is great for fighting attackers with minimal supplies.
The fountain pen is one of the most basic weapons, and it’s often used for street survival. Yes, an ordinary fountain pen, can be used to defend yourself against an attacker.
It’s important to get creative with self-defense weapons if you want to carry an inconspicuous weapon.
True weapons, such as guns or missiles, can’t be taken into government buildings, airplanes, and other protected locations. To avoid being blocked from entry, while still being able to protect yourself, take a simple but effective fountain pen.
Pens are good stabbing weapons because they target soft tissue around your attacker’s abdomen or even an attacker’s eyes if the situation is life-threatening.
Fountain pens with metal tips can become powerful lethal weapons if used correctly. If you want to make the pen more effective for self-defense, you can also file the tip to a sharper point, although you won’t be able to write with it.
Canes and Walking Sticks
Canes and walking sticks are multi-purpose tools that can be used for assistance in first-aid situations and as weapons for self-defense.
These are not considered traditional weapons, which is a big plus. This means that, similar to the fountain pen; they can be taken anywhere you go.
Some canes feature a knobby end that works perfectly for cracking the skull of any attacker.
Sock Weapon is a True Homemade Self-Defense Weapon
Creativity and resourcefulness are your main weapons when fighting an attacker. What is more creative than a stuffed sock weapon? It can be made within a couple of minutes, and all you need to do is put a roll of quarters into an old sock. That’s it!
You can roll up a sock and put it in your pocket or purse. When you face an attacker, all you have to do is to take it out and start swinging!
For best results, use a long sock. This allows you to hit your attacker from a further distance.
Alternatively, you can fashion a similar weapon using an old dog leash. All you have to do is attach a heavy object, like an old padlock, to the end. Either of these ideas will make an attacker step back and think twice about attacking.
This is one of the more simple and effective DIY self-defense weapons. To get started, follow these simple steps.
- Gather your materials – regular tape, sheets of printer paper, Popsicle sticks, strong twine, a pencil, an X-Acto knife, duct tape, a ruler, and scissors.
- Make the arms with four sheets of printer paper. Cut the papers into halves, making sure to cut along them evenly. Roll each of the four printer papers into a tube with a pencil in the middle. Ensure you roll each of the printer papers starting at the short side.
- Get your tape and work on the tube, which should be closed at three points along the barrel. Once done, you can remove the pencil you put in the center.
- Use five printer paper sheets for the barrel. Begin collating them before wrapping them into a tube shape using a pencil in the middle once more. Then, tape the tube in several points before taking out the pencil.
- Begin inserting the arm supports. Start by cutting two pieces in one and a half-inch sections, and insert them into the tube’s end found on the outer portion of the barrel. Then, insert a Popsicle stick in the end, turning the outside portion of the barrel 90 degrees.
- Begin attaching the arms before pinching the barrel’s end. Then, put the short sections of the arms on either side of the pinched end. When done, start duct taping them tightly in place. Make sure the connection you made is strong and tight.
- String your crossbow by using a bowline knot attached to each far end. Connect it on one side before securing with tape, and then pull the string out about an inch before connecting and securing that side as well.
- When done, start adding your trigger. Pull the bow back until it makes a square with the arms. Using a marking pen, mark the point on your barrel where your string reaches the center. Put the trigger in that spot.
- With your knife, start cutting the hole straight through your barrel. Get a Popsicle stick, split it into two equal portions, and put it through the hole in the barrel to make a trigger. Ensure that it can wiggle back and forth and that it is long enough to reach out the barrel on either side of the hole.
- Build the guides by cutting a sheet of paper into two sheets. Roll the sheets into two tubes. Begin flattening and taping along the trigger’s side. Cut another strip of paper into quarters. Start rolling a tube to put in between the crossbow’s arm. Get a pencil and make sure it fits into the tube easily.
*Warning: As with every article on this site, this is for educational purposes. If you decide to build this, it should be done with someone that has experience.
Although simple and effective, this is also not as easy to build or use as some other tools and techniques. I also know it is not easily hidden and would get crushed in my purse or backpack.
Using Self-Defense Skills As a Weapon
When the weapons above are not accessible, or you forget to take them with you, the best weapon left is YOURSELF. Your self-defense skills cannot be stolen or left at home. In fact, they may be one of the most useful of all weapons because no law prohibits their use when needed.
You can take classes in karate, judo, and jiu-jitsu, among others, to ensure that you always have a weapon to use anytime. If you want to start learning these self-defense techniques, you can buy DVD tutorials online and learn the basics of martial arts to use on-demand.
The rule of thumb is to hit first and strike fast and hard! You will be able to escape quickly and get help before it is too late. Your main objective is to minimize your attacker’s capacity to harm or injure you.
Purchasing Self-Defense Weapons
If you choose not to make your own weapon, consider supporting small businesses. I like to include Etsy items since 60%-70% of these businesses are small businesses located here in the US.
Final Thoughts on Homemade Self-Defense Weapons
No place is safe, even our homes. Each of us should learn how to improvise and create homemade weapons, which can protect and secure everyone we love and ourselves.
You can save some money by creating DIY self-defense weapons and using materials that you already have in your home. By learning to make homemade weapons, you’ll always have what you need.
If you think we missed your favorite homemade weapon, let us know in the comments. Please bookmark this page for reference and share it with friends who might also find it useful. See our piece on best martial arts for self-defense so you can be prepared for anything.