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Vote -1 Vote +1Vin
October 31, 2010 at 10:13 pm

It’s so great how you talked about puncture and impact. That was the same way I was classifiying all of the improvised weapons in my rooms. Actually, I was doing them in categories with the acronym BPSO (Blunt force, Puncture, Strangle/Suffocate, and Other) so it’s good to see that prepared minds think alike 😉


Vote -1 Vote +1john
November 1, 2010 at 9:36 am

has anyone seen the walking dead on amc? its a good show and it brings outa lot of ideas of prepaidness and having the gear first aid, food, shelter, guns and ammo( lots of ammo) and a solid group to defend against zombies is good and to survive the keys are lots of ammo and a solid group and a solid plan to stay alive. this is a good topic to bring up on the next newsletter? just a thought till the next news letter bye


-1 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
November 3, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I would catagorize this as more entertainment than solid preparedness education. REAL urban survival is as much about interpersonal skills and psychology as it is about weapons. Since TV/Movies have to be entertaining, they skip most of the 24/7 where there is no violence and focus on the few seconds/minutes when people are in violent encounters. Real life just isn’t always that exciting. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.


Vote -1 Vote +1Ron Greene
November 1, 2010 at 10:42 am

This report on improvised weapons is really quite informative. It has me evaluating every room I enter for improvised weapons. With a little imagination, there’s a lot out there. Thanks, Ron Greene


Vote -1 Vote +1CJHames
November 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm

You provided many good points, thanks very much. I had the pleasure of working with a former Navy SEAL, who taught me that whatever you do, whatever weapon or item you have at your disposal, the key is to escalate the violence so quickly and harshly that you take away either the ability or the will of your adversary to fight.

I saw him do this once and it was impressive. After sincerely trying to defuse a problem peacefully with a young man (who was obviously trying to impress his girlfriend), the man ended up leaving with his tail between his legs when my friend simply reached down between his seat and grabbed his Glock. He didn’t even have to point it at the punk, but instead he kept his cool and looked him straight in the eye and said “what you’re going to do is slowly walk back to your truck and leave us alone, or I drop you right here and now. You have two seconds. Are we clear on that?”

He had me thinking he was going to kill him, so I’m sure them man had to clean his underwear when he got home. The man mumbled “uhhh, yes sir” and peacefully left us alone. We quickly left the scene and went and killed a deer (on a hunting trip) instead.


Vote -1 Vote +1Phil
November 1, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Keys held between fingers pointy ends out, very effective in windpipe punch. Lock in a sock a good mase.


Vote -1 Vote +1Kerry A
November 2, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Dave nice article. Keep them coming. As for adapted weapons, a Number 2 pencil or a pen, works well. put the eraser on the palm of the hand run the pencil through the fingers between the middle and ring fingers. It makes a good punching stab. if you hold it like a spike the thumb is the base, a hammer stirke down onto the clavicle/collarbone, shoulder works real nice.

You might get the artery of the main nerve. another stab location is under the arm pit. and of course the side of the neck.

Enjoy life and remember 360 deg all the time.



Vote -1 Vote +1Traveler
November 3, 2010 at 6:55 am

Many people carry laptop locks made with a cylinder end on a steel cable over 3′ long with a loop or rollup handle on the other end. This heavy, hard end makes a powerful flail, moving fast and hitting hard. Also, you can use it as a whip end to help disarm by wrapping around and capturing an extremity. Finally, the cable makes an excellent garrotte.

Similarly, on the side of many major roads or highways where you might end up stranded, you can often find a broken fan belt. These are easily rolled up in a jacket pocket and surprise an attacker as a short whip that will extend your reach, disarm an attacker, and prevent them from reaching you with short weapons. Cost and weighs almost nothing, usually availble when stranded on a strange road.

Getting off a train or subway, buy or take a free newspaper. Roll tightly in your hand. It is denser, stronger, and harder to break than the same size piece of wood. Use as you would a short stick to improve your striking power and reach.

Finally, grab a handful of sand to have in your weak hand/pocket. Throw in the attackers face with weak hand, attack with strong. If a restaurant is nearby, add pepper to your sand. Prepare your improvised weapons/defenses before they are needed. Be safe, be aware, be decisive.


Vote -1 Vote +1Alan Mullins
November 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Great stuff here. Keep it up……………..


Vote -1 Vote +1Geoff
November 4, 2010 at 2:02 pm

How to reduce the effectivity of an EMP locally: Get an OLD Radarange by Amana. They are big, clunky and spacious enough to protect your watches, cell phones and anyt electronic thing portable that you want to survive an EMP blast.
Cut off the plug and wire. This will reduce the tendency to have your old microwave conduct the EMP into its contents. What you will now have is a Faraday Cage and the pulse will circumvent the contents inside. Neat idea I got from a Prep expo buff years ago.


Vote -1 Vote +1ben mikkelsen
November 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Very good article! I apologise for my spelling, as long as i get my point out. ANYTHING can be used as a weapon. You can shove a peice of paper in someones face (distraction) & then fist-em. RULES: Disarm:Disable:Defeat. If you can do these things (individually, collectivly), your ahead of the “game”. Salt in the face burns. Maybe a fist full of dirt for the initial punch, then throw the dirt in their face for a distraction, then start the whoopin’ process. Don’t be afraid of putting the “boots” to someone.
Attitude is everything. It all boil’s down to one thing–you or ME!!
I did’nt write this to be “someone”, I wrote this for others to have a sense of SELF!
Everything you need is right in front of you!!
God Bless all people who want to be FREE!!


Vote -1 Vote +1Bob
November 4, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I had to defend myself, in my house, against a 40-something year old man when I was 15. I was able to smash a very large ceramic flower pot on his head (the brief moment when his head had a pile of dirt with a flower sticking up out of it still brings a smile to my face); but the coup d’ etat was when I poured a tea kettle of boiling water on him. I tried for the face but only managed to get it on his left arm. After that he had no fight left and I never saw him again (however a friend of mine saw him a few years later and his left forearm was badly scarred.)


Vote -1 Vote +1Vic Ferrari
November 5, 2010 at 2:38 am

I have studied martial arts thru the years. For a while I studied Filipino stick fighting. One thing I learned was that if you take a magazine and roll it up really tight, it becomes just like a short stick. Since it is so short, don’t swing with it unless blocking. Instead, thrust with the end towards soft spots; solar plexus, groin, and throat and face. I especially like the throat area.
Another thing a lot of people don’t always think of; if someone grabs you (especially in a life or death situation), bury your fingers into their eyes or bite very hard. Even a light poke to both eyes will make the eyes water so bad that the attacker will not be able to see for a short time. Then you can hit them with something. If you strike at the knees or feet they won’t be able to chase you down afterwards. I hope this is helpful.


Vote -1 Vote +1Kath
November 5, 2010 at 6:09 am

Keys are good – Toyota key is shaped like a knife. Kept the key when I sold the truck.
Also I use a cane/walking stick made from aircraft aluminum (which easily survived an F150 truck door closing on it). No sharp point (yet) but excellent blunt weapon with wooden ball on top.
Keep a spare hammer behind the front door.


Vote -1 Vote +1Bill M
November 5, 2010 at 6:22 am

If I regulary used public transportation, such as a subway, I would carry a cane, not the aluminum one, but a good hickory cane. It is nonthreatening, legal even on a plane, and leathal in a fight.


Vote -1 Vote +1Richard Weber
November 5, 2010 at 6:27 am

A can of wasp and hornet spray will spray at least 20 feet and temporarily blind any one until they get to a hospital


Vote -1 Vote +1Butch
November 5, 2010 at 6:41 am

For years now (about 35), I’ve carried a little league baseball bat behind the seat of my truck, small enough to be swung with one hand and can be used to jab at the solar plexus. I work as a school custodian and have dry mops with detachable handles that can be used as a 6 foot bow staff


Vote -1 Vote +1gw
November 5, 2010 at 7:26 am

One of the best defensive weapons that I have come across is a self-defense belt from expeditiondepot.com The belts consist of a 5.5 oz. buckle manufactured of solid stainless steel. The belt is made from 8,300 pound test, ribbed ballistic nylon. I have traveled both international and domestic flights with no problems. I have never had anyone in a position of authority question the belt for any reason. I have had only compliments on the “nice” buckle. I wear it every day, so I am always defensively armed and ready. I have never had to use it in a defensive situation, but I have tested it out on a piece of 3/4″ plywood. I was impressed with the over 1/4″ dent it left in the plywood.


Vote -1 Vote +1Tom M
November 5, 2010 at 7:38 am

A great hotel weapon would be the iron that most hotels have in the closet of each room. Abit heavy as a weight in a pillowcase, but it has a great handle to hold onto while you swing. I usually sleep with it on the nightstand beside the bed.


Vote -1 Vote +1John V
November 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Great information on the improvised weapons. I had read an atricle years back that said Every object falls into at least one, sometimes more than one of the following catagories. 1 an Enforcer (any object that adds mass to the impact of a strike) 2 a Ranger (any object that adds a distance of range to the strike) or 3 a Shield (any object you canuse the deflect or lessen a strike from an attacker). An exmaple of a possible Enforcer, is a very tightly rolled monthly magazine. It almost becomes club like when used in a jabbibg motion. An example of a Ranger could be a softball. You throw it or even if the attacker sees you attempt to throw it and they will usually instinctively evassively manuver. An example of a Shield could be a coffee table book, or any book really. You can use it to lessen or even at a good angle deflect a strike. With that said, the third example is one that actually falls into all 3 catagories depending on its use. Throw the book at someone it becomes a Ranger, crack them in the head (a new way to crack thebooks) and its mass will add to your blow, making the book an Enforcer. With this in the back of my mind, any where I happen to be, I tend to just glance at objects and think, what catagorie(s) could this fall into?

As far as EMPs. Lest we forget that the EMPs can be man made as well. Dont kid yourself into thinking the military doesnt have the capability. And if ours does potentially so do others. A nuclear EMP is always man made, wether by design or mistake. Solar Flare EMPs are from a natural source, meaning no man was needed to initiate the instance in any form.

When I talk to my friends about being prepared, I do talk seriously and always make sure that whoever I am talking to knows that I am also prepared to defend my preparedness. I just dont want someone, even a friend, thinking they can just gravy ttrain onto what I have done for my family. If they can contribute, and can bring something to the table as they say, we can work something out. I do often call myself “one of those guys” when talking to someone I am not so familiar with. Let them think what they will as long as they think I will make sure I can maintain me familys’ preparedness.

Lastly, I will amaze people at times when they ask me about a concealed weapon. Usually I have 2 or more on me that are firearms. Then the 3 to 6 knives (one being a utility tool) and of course a flashlight. After they close there mouth, I tell them “if there was an incident right now….I would be able to get to my family, and then we could secure things from there”.

PS: My wife has almost all those things with her as well, usually just one firearm though…lol

(if you carry a firearm, not for everyone, you should always carry a knife in some form and a flashlight)


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1John V
November 11, 2010 at 4:20 pm

I forgot to mention that I carry 2 lighters in my pocket as well. When fully prepared, the weight comes to about 15 extra pounds, but I dont go to the gym….lol.


Vote -1 Vote +1Ernst
November 12, 2010 at 6:51 am

Very good John, now I feel a little more normal. Not that it mattered. I recently was preparing to attend the Veterans Day ceremonies. My wife looked at me and said are you expecting trouble, I said always at a public gathering. We were taking our grandchildren as well. They are our future. So two guns, Three knives, a walking stick and pepper spray with they wife having her gun and pepper spray. It turned out that it was a peaceful pleasant event caped off with a lesson with the B B guns in the back yard. By being prepared it was easier to enjoy the festivities in the inner-city and return home knowing we were ready to handle most anything that were to come our way. I forgot to mention food, water,and first aid. My grandson wore a field vest so I loaded him up I had my Maxpo jumbo, the ladies had the purses of course. So by sharing the the load it was not hard to carry along with our mandatory small American Flags.


Vote -1 Vote +1John V
November 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm

glad my response helped make you feel normal. we are large in numbers, its just that the media places a stigma on us of being a “nut job”. in actuality, we are merely the eyes open crowd. today i had lengthy conversations with at least 3 people about being prepared. made another gentleman feel welcome too.we agreed that if we see each other on the street when the stuff hits the fan,we will at least wave, even help each other if needed. just felt good making this guy feel “normal”. know what this site and the people here make Me feel normal. Thanks for the post Ernst. Have a great day and be prepared.


Vote -1 Vote +1David H
November 12, 2010 at 10:49 am

Multi-function remote controls: Carry with you when answering the door. Non-threatening, but a shot to the throat, bridge of the nose, temple can be quick and effective.
Kubotan on a keyring: Six inch aluminum rod, pointed or blunt, makes an excellent weapon for striking or slashing. Not allowed in some states.
Flashlight: Use for jabbing or clubbing.
Rolling pin: Use for jabbing or clubbing.
Umbrella (non-collapsing): Stabbing, hooking, blocking opponent’s vision.
Walking cane: Multiple uses, jabbing, chopping, hooking (arms, legs, groin, neck), early boarding on airplanes (with a convincing shuffle/limp). Some canes are designed as weapons.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Robert
November 13, 2010 at 1:55 am

Improvised weapons that are not really weapons: MagLite or Mini MagLite flashlight (2AA for your pocket or 4D or 6D for a truley impressive club). You mentioned knitting needles — Try this one: If you have access to a lathe then make your own out of 440 stainless (Who would really want wimpy and fragile aluminum thin walled tubing in a survival situation.). With 14 inch needles you will need about 3 feet of 3/8 inch round bar stock so that you can mill a nice litle knob on one end and an even nicer little point on the other. If you plan to carry in secured areas then be sure to have a partially compleated project on the needles! If metal would be a problem then you could always mill some wooden ones from ash. BTW if you are carrying these make sure that you really do know how to knit in case you are challenged.


Vote -1 Vote +1Jeff
November 20, 2010 at 6:14 am

Here’s a thought for walking down a street in a less than good area. If you happen to smoke, be holding a lite smoke in one hand. If attacked, flip the smoke at their face. That will make anyone step back or turn away, giving you a few secs. to follow through with a strike of your own. It worked for me once and I’ll never forget hir reaction to it.


Vote -1 Vote +1Gary
November 26, 2010 at 9:54 am

Great comments! I’m not a fighter but I try to be prepared at all times. I like to keep in mind EENT- just like the Doctor. Eyes,Ears,Nose &Throat. Poke the eyes with whatever is available Fingers, pencil, etc. Whap the ears with your palms- break the eardrums. Fist or forearm to the nose -break the nose- pain & bleeding. Crush the throat with whatever is handy-side of the hand, forearm, foot etc. Deprive the attacker of sight, sound and the ability to retaliate. Don’t stop until you have dominated the situation.


Vote -1 Vote +1Tomasco
November 26, 2010 at 11:26 am

This one is based off using keys sticking out between your fingers. Usually most people carry at least one pen with them. If you put a ballpoint or pencil in between your second and third fingers and make a fist keeping the business end pointing out you can bury that pen several inches in your attackers face. Any 6″-10″ solid rod like item will do the trick. I have no idea if the collapsible batons like the ones cops carry are legal to carry but they are awesome. You can break bones with that sucker. I usually open carry either my Glock 19 or my High Standard 1911 compact .45 and at least two knives and a flashlight that will blind an assailant in the middle of the day. Very bright. As far as improvised weapons go….. Well, just look all around you wherever you are as you read this and you find all kinds of things that could be used for protection. Almost all pressurized cans can be used. Richard Weber mentioned the wasp and hornet spray a good twenty feet. Insecticide, Pam, WD-40, 409, Pledge. Almost any spray will blind a person. See how they respond to an eyeful of ammonia or bleach!


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