8 Homemade Self-Defense Weapons for When SHTF [2023 Guide]

Feeling vulnerable and unprepared in the face of a potential attacker? In this article, we will show you how to transform everyday household items into effective homemade self defense weapons. From a battery to a rubberband, we will teach you how to use what you have on hand to defend yourself and your loved ones.

Learning how to make homemade self defense weapons to defend yourself will allow you to prepare yourself even further and give you even greater flexibility when it comes to self-defense.

Although these devices aren’t the go-to objects you should be used for self-defense, they are good to keep in handy as a backup option.

Without further ado, let’s dive right in.

The Kubotan is a Japanese survival weapon made of hardwood or metal that has the capability to break glass and metal doors. It can be used as an impact tool to hit pressure points and has the capability to pierce through soft tissues and muscles

Pros: Relatively easy to make, can be used to pierce through flesh and bone.

Cons: Very small, so the device is only able to be used in short-range situations.

2. Homemade Stun Gun

A stun gun is a self-defense tool that delivers an electric shock on contact. You can easily make  homemade guns by using a 9-volt battery and some wires and if you have the capability to weld. 

All in all, it’s a great self-defense tool that allows you to disarm the attacker with electricity without causing any lethal damage. If you’re in the city, a keychain stun gun is a great self-defense option.

Pros: High voltage, can be used to stun the attacker.

Cons: Less lethal than a conventional stun gun, requires more time to charge the device, and isa a close-ranged weapon.

3. Homemade Blow Dart Gun

Blow dart guns are small and easy to use for hunting wild animals, but it also has the capability to be used for self-defense purposes and can even pierce into hard objects. This makes the blow dart gun perfect for short-range attacks.

Pros: Good for short or medium-ranged attacks. Can pierce through hard materials easily.

Cons: Not good for long-range attacks and requires a relatively long time to reload between shots.

4. Homemade Pepper Spray

Pepper spray is a substance used for personal protection and may also be used for self-defense purposes. It contains the natural defense agent of capsaicin and can cause severe pain, burning, itching, burning eyes, and a runny nose when inhaled. 

You can easily make your own pepper spray by using a can of window cleaner, some vinegar, and some vegetable oil. The amount you add to the mixture will determine the potency of the spray which can range from mild to severely potent depending on how much you add. 

Pros: Can be used to cause severe burning pain and discomfort.

Cons: Needs two-three shots to become effective. Usually only able to be used in short and medium ranged scenarios.

5. Slingshot

The slingshot is a weapon that has been used since ancient times and can be made with simple materials. All you need to make a slingshot are some everyday objects and raw materials.

This includes a piece of leather, rubber bands, and some long twigs. The leather can be tied around the top of the twigs while they are tightly tied at the bottom. Then you can use rubber bands to pull back the twigs and launch stones at your target.

Pros: Simple to make, relatively long-range

Cons: Can only be used in close ranges as it doesn’t have great range capabilities. Takes a while to reload between shots.

6. Booby Traps

Homemade booby traps are dangerous and can cause great harm to intruders and attackers. You should only make these if you’re very confident that you can handle setting up the traps. All you need is a tripwire connected to a hidden object that will launch an object at the invader.

Pros: Set it up once and leave it there for protection. Doesn’t require a lot of self-defense skills as long as you’re able to set up the trap properly. You have full control over the device since it’s completely mechanical.

Cons: You might set the trap off on yourself which can be dangerous.

7. Homemade Taser

A taser is a handheld device that allows you to make a jolt of electricity to shock your attacker.  The jolt of electricity is enough to make the attacker faint, giving you time to escape or find a more effective weapon. 

You can make a homemade taser by using a 9V battery, some wires, and a small light bulb. All you have to do is attach one end of the wire to the battery and the other end to the light bulb. 

Pros: Simple design; inexpensive

Cons: Takes time to reload and is less effective than a real taser since it doesn’t deliver as strong jolts

8. Homemade Tomahawk

The tomahawk was a deadly weapon originally used by Native Americans in battle. It can be used as a DIY weapon as well and can be used to damage your attacker. You just need to make sure that you’re skilled before using this weapon in a self-defense situation.

Pros: Highly effective, can cause great damage.

Cons: High risk of causing severe injuries on yourself; requires great skill level to use properly; close ranged weapon.

Final Words:

Homemade self defense weapons are very effective if they are made with care by a skilled person. 

However, they should be used when necessary and not as a regular routine. You should only make homemade weapons if you know how to use it and can cause major harm; otherwise, keep using the conventional ones.

Don’t overdo it with these homemade weapons, just use them when necessary. We hope you enjoyed reading this article. 

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5 thoughts on “8 Homemade Self-Defense Weapons for When SHTF [2023 Guide]”

  1. I prefer a metal Kubotan, if I must use one. You can make a whole box of them with scrap rebar. I would bet an old, worn-out drill bit with the right diameter would be a good base as well (1/2″ or larger, depending on your needs).

  2. Anything can be used in a self defence situation. As I write this in my study library are over 2,000 volumes of literature, several would be ideal to bonk someone with. Apart from other items within the study which have sharp pointy things on the ends. In the kitchen there are a notably any number of knives or forks and cooking implements, not to mention a large sized bottle of Tabasco sauce and other cans and bottles of indiscriminate nature.
    Then there is the dog.

  3. I wouldn’t personally want to use DIY weapons of any kind. But I also don’t want to be in a situation where it’s needed, and I don’t know how to do some DIY weapons. These days with everything that’s been happening globally, we can all give ourselves a favor and educate on some useful DIY weapons for articles like this. We’ll never know when SHTF situation is gonna happen!


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