5 DIY Killer Weapons That Can Save Your Life

Doomsday! Nuclear war has started, it’s chaos out there, somebody knocked you unconscious and stole your guns. How will you now survive?

Creativity and resourcefulness is your key to survival, here are some weapons that you can put together from house scrap.

1. Pipe Shotgun

How To Build Your Own Firearm

This beauty is in the Cleveland Police Museum and shows what some ingenious criminals thought up.   There are plenty of instructional articles and videos online about how to make your own gun (like this one here).

homemade shotgun

But, is it legal to make your own firearm? In most cases, it is legal to make your own firearms. But, there are some exceptions. At the ATF.gov website, they write this: (Disclaimer: Always check your own states laws before proceeding!)

Q: Does an individual need a license to make a firearm for personal use?

No, a license is not required to make a firearm solely for personal use. However, a license is required to manufacture firearms for sale or distribution. The law prohibits a person from assembling a non–sporting semiautomatic rifle or shotgun from 10 or more imported parts, as well as firearms that cannot be detected by metal detectors or x–ray machines. In addition, the making of an NFA firearm requires a tax payment and advance approval by ATF. (source)


2. Spiked Nail Bat

The bat (or club) is one of the original weapons used by humanity. Even when people figured out how to work with metals and make weapons like swords, the club never completely went out of style.It just got some upgrades – like the medieval times  spikes of a mace.

spiked batThis bat one is really easy to make and sure to bash out the brains of any North Korean which comes near you. Plus, just carrying it around is going to scare away most attackers. In practice, the only real downside to it is that the nails will bend after hitting something hard – which can also compromise the interior of the bat.

If you don’t have a baseball bat, then take any sturdy piece of wood. A part of a bed post will work well.

3. Flamethrower

Got a can of hairspray and a lighter? You can make it into a scary flamethrower. This isn’t the most reliable of DIY weapons because it depends on the aerosol can working well, and the direction of the wind being in your favor. But, in a pinch, you will definitely scare someone away with this DIY weapon. You could set their clothes or hair on fire, which would give you time to get away.

homemade flamethrower

Handle with much responsibility and precaution if you intend to try they one out. For outdoors specially, make sure that the wind is going away from you to to avoid aerosol from blowing back to you!


4. PVC Bow and Arrow

It is easy to make a bow and arrow out of found materials like sticks and string. But if you want one that has killing power, you will need to use a sturdier material. PVC is perfect for this. It is tough but flexible, and easy to work with. If you have them, wear gloves when working with PVC because it splinters. Learn how to make it here.


5. Rebar Tomahawk

The tomahawk has been hailed as one of the best tactical weapons because it can do things like dig a foxhole, open security doors, chopping wood, setting up camp, and self defense. Plus, its shape means you can easily hide it in your jacket or carry it hanging off of your belt. It was the favored tool by the Native Americans, and now is frequently used by Iraqi and Afghan military.

This video shows you how to make your own tomahawk out of a piece of rebar. It will require quite a bit of work to bang the rebar into shape, and you’ll need a blazing hot fire so you can forge it, but you will be rewarded with a really cool homemade weapon.

diy tomahawk

6. Homemade Grenade from Cheap Cologne

This might not look much like a weapon, but it is actually a high powered grenade. It was made by rebels who are fighting the Syrian army. They really have to get creative with their weapons and you can find all sorts of homemade weapons in their arsenal, I tell you.

You can turn just about any aerosol can into a grenade, such as air freshener cans, shoe spray cans, household cleaners…

This article tells you how to make the grenades using sparklers. I highly doubt the Syrian rebels have sparklers, so I’m not sure what they are using.

homemade grenade


Humankind has survived and come out superior because we think. Our ingenuity is our best tool. What ingenious device have you come up with? Tell us about your invention below.


In Pride, Freedom, and Liberty,

Big Bill MacGraw

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