Urban Survival Day 34 – Improvise a Weapon

Posted: March 28, 2013 in Survival/Self Defense
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Most of us need only take a second or two and glance around our home to find something we could use to kill another human being.  We’re very resourceful creatures.  We buy all sorts of weapons even though our homes are full of weapons already.

34)  Improvise a Weapon

You may not always have access to your personal defense weapon, be it a gun, knife, bat, or grenade launcher, so being able to find a replacement in a crisis is crucial.  We’ve all seen the movies where someone gets hit in the head with a frying pan or rolling pin.  These are only two of the items specifically mentioned in the book:

  • Rolling pins, pots, and pans
  • Knives and forks
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Broken plates
  • Broom, mop handle, fireplace poker

In addition to the above items they suggest putting a can of soda or a brick into a sock so you can swing it at an attacker from greater distances.

Remember that bug or wasp spray can be used in place of pepper spray so always keep some of that around the house.  Looking around my bedroom I can see a plethora of potentially dangerous items.  Here’s just a small sample of what I can see (excluding firearms) in less than 30 seconds:

  • 30″ tall bowling trophy
  • Pens, pocket knives, keys
  • Electric guitar
  • Metal detector
  • Belt, cables, and wires

While not the most lethal of items, I think I could do some damage to an attacker.  The bowling trophy in particular could be pretty dangerous just because it provides a long reach and a heavy base with sharp, pointed corners.  And as we learned in our tip from day 28 you can always defend yourself with a set of keys.  I keep two sets (home and work) on me most of the time, so that’s always an option.

What other things could be used as weapons?  What do you have in your room that could be used to stop an attacker?  Let me know in the comments below!

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