Last week I wrote about why guns are important for preppers, and this week I am going to go over some alternative weapons for preppers.
While we love to see and hear about all these “Zombie” weapons, not all weapons are solely for self-defense. As we talked about last week, we need to have a wide range of options available, because each job requires a different tool.
Personal Protection: Self-defense is what first comes to mind for most of us because we understand the need to protect ourselves and our family.
Hunting: In a SHTF Scenario, hunting will not be something we do for fun. If we find ourselves without food, we will be doing everything we can to feed the family.
Collecting/Crafting: Some of these primitive skills & weapons can really be a work of art, and learning how to use them can be even more challenging.
It’s important to know what the alternatives are because eventually ammo is going to run out, some people don’t want guns, and some people can’t own guns. Not only do we need to have other options available, we need to have the skill to create some weapons we might need.
SPP163 Alternative Weapons for Preppers
Silent Weapons & Primitive Weapons
Bows: Long bows, cross bows and compound bows all take some practice to become proficient at, and offers both advantages, and disadvantages. While a bow is a stealthy weapon, it’s also hard to conceal.
Sling Shots: There are quite a few options available when it comes to sling shot type weapons like the sling bow, and the Pocket Shot. These do require some practice and skill, but could be used for small game hunting.
Atlatl or Spears: These would be pretty difficult to master, but it can be done. The benefit of these is that they are very simple to make compared to say a long bow.
Blow Guns: While this might seem like a bit of a novelty, it could be used to take down small game quietly. you can either make your own, or buy a new one like this.
Walking Stick: This could be as simple as carving a piece of drift wood you could hiking, or even a trail walking tool like this. Your imagination is your only limit.
Knives: There are so many options when it comes to knives it’s hard to make any suggestions. You have folding knives and fixed blade knives, and it really depends on what you need it for.
Throwing Knives: This might be a hard skill to master, but it will also be fun learning to use throwing knives. You can use these in the back yard, or even out camping. For beginners these are fairly cheap, but the more advances (balanced) knives can get a little pricey.
Swords & Axes: I’m not sure how many people have swords these days, but I’m sure most people have an ax or a hatchet laying around.
DIY Zombie Weapons: As I said earlier, your only limitation is your imagination. I’m sure everyone has a few things laying around the house that could be turned into a good ol’ zombie weapon. Here are a few ideas from Pinterest.
Paint Ball Guns: Paintball guns might be an alternative for people who don’t want, or can’t purchase firearms. You can also use pepper balls, but they are a little expensive. This would fall into the “something is better than nothing” category.
Pellet/Air Guns: Believe it or not, the right pellet gun (or air rifle) can be effective. A quality pellet gun or air rifle might cost about as much as a regular firearm, but can be used for hunting small game.
Muzzle Loaders: I personally have not used a muzzle loader (black powder), but it is on my list. These could be useful in an SHTF scenario because you can cast your own ammo if you have the supplies to do so.
Pipe Shotguns: I have to admit, these are pretty cool! Although I don’t know if I trust myself to make one at home. If you do, make sure and do your research haha.
Here is a video showing one in action…
Personal Defense (Close Range)
Pepper Spray: Having pepper spray is a great idea whether you own guns or not, because not all situations require lethal force. You could even go for the more “nuclear” version and get some bear spray.
Wasp Spray: Lisa loves to talk about wasp spray because it is a little cheaper, and sprays farther. Personally I don’t recommend this, and would just go with prepper spray. You can read why here.
Tasers: Stun guns and Tasers sometime get confused, but are completely different. A stun gun requires you to get up close and personal with an attacker. A Taser shoots out leads giving you a little more range.
Expandable batons: I have never had the pleasure of being hit by one of these, but I hear that they really hurt. If the police carry them, they must be effective right?
Around the House
Garden Tools: All we have to do is take a look in the garage and we are bound to find something that could be used as a weapon. Pitch forks, shovels and even a screw driver can be used in a pinch.
Baseball Bats: Anyone who has children probably has a baseball bat laying around. You might even have a hockey stick or even scrap wood that could be used in the same manner.
Kitchen Utensils: Everyone has an assortment of knives in the kitchen, but in a pinch you could use a meat tenderizer, or even the kitchen knife sharpener. Although if you need to go this route, the situation is probably pretty dire.
Think outside the box
Just about anything around the house can be used as a weapon (depending on the situation) the important part is to think about what your options might be. An attacker might look at you funny if you pull a hack saw on them, but they will think twice none the less.
Do you have any ideas? We would love to hear them in the comments below…