In an urban survival situation, protection, in most situations is your number 1 priority. In this article I will be explaining how to make weapons designed for urban survival. The easiest and most simple weapons are melee, these are contact weapons such as baseball bats and clubs. If you want the best quality weapon,the best choice would be to modify a pre-existing one. An example of this is, putting nails all over a baseball bat. This would make a more effective club, but it would make it a lot heavier.To compensate this, you should place the nails in better spots, and spread them out evenly.
Other weapons such as knives, spears, and pepper spray, may not be able to be made my modifying a pre-existing weapon. For a knife, you can just buy one, or if your desperate, you can just use a kitchen knife. Spears are a lot simpler, you can take a dowel found in most closets for a spear shaft. A dowel is just a long wooden pole meant for hanging clothes on or some other uses. To make a spear out of that, you can simply tape a large knife onto the end, or if you want it to be more sophisticated, you can take the handle material off and attach the blade in the middle of the dowel.
For urban survival the shaft should be 4-5 feet long so you can use it in close quarters such as a hallway, which is the spear’s most effective environment because you can hold people at bay with the spear’s range. For a club, you can use the baseball bat, a thick dowel, golf clubs, and batons. Wooden baseball bats are better in my opinion, because you can tweak them much more than aluminum ones. Dowels can be modified by shortening it and shaping it to fit your hand and round off the end.
These weapons are problem solvers, but some times its better to avoid contact by using a deterrent such as pepper spray, mace, or tear gas. Pepper spray can be made quite easily if you have some hot peppers and a spray bottle. To make it, you can blend the peppers, or dry them out and crush it into a powder. Once in powder form, you can empty it into a spray bottle, then fill it with water, shake it until its fully dissolved.
To increase the effectiveness, you can add hot sauce like Tabasco sauce, try to avoid thick sauces, as it will not spray as good and will clog your nozzle. Spray it a few times outside to get the nozzle unclogged. Up until now I’ve been talking about melee weapons, so now its time to get into ranged weapons. The most common is either a bow, sling, javelin, and gun. I already have an article covering the bow and arrow.
A sling is not very useful in an urban survival situation. A javelin can be used pretty effectively if used at the right range. To make a javelin, you need a spear shaft that is thinner than 0.8 inches. If you want more damage to be done, you need a longer shaft, if you want it to fly faster, you need a shorter staff. I prefer a longer staff because it can be thrown with more stability. It would be the most effective at 10-20 yards. It would be made just as a spear is made, just thinner and lighter.
Guns can only be bought, unless your an expert gun maker. Some good urban survival weapons can be bought on-line for a good price. A good weapon is a machete. The shorter the machete, the better thrusting power it has. The longer it is, the better slicing power it has. A good machete is the cold steel Barong machete, it is available in 12inch for thrusting and 18 inch for slicing/thrusting. For crowd control, you need a much more powerful weapon such as a gun, grenades, or tear gas.
Some quality shotguns can be purchased for around 100-200 bucks. Ammo is pretty cheap as well. Grenades can be made like pipe bombs, but they are illegal and highly dangerous. To make tear gas, blend hot peppers in a blender, pour pure alcohol into a jug full of the pepper paste, boil the jug in a pot.Filter the concoction through some cloth until you have a reddish oil. put this in a glass bottle, make sure its full so you can smash it. To use it just smash it at the enemies feet.
Another grenade type weapon is the Molotov, which is a bottle full of gas/oil. It is activated by plugging a rag half way in the bottle and half way out. light the rag and smash the bottle. The rag will burn the gas/oil thats not spread all over the ground. Thats it for this chapter, the next chapter will be o booby traps.