5 Improvised Weapons You Can Use Until You Can Get A Gun

During the initial chaos of the collapse of society most of the population will be caught off guard and unarmed. In the panic people will turn on each other to get the supplies they need to stay alive. If you don’t have access beforehand to a firearm, getting one may be tough. Being unarmed may prove fatal, so what do you do? You need to find something you can use in a punch as a temporary weapon until you can get you’re hands on a firearm or other suitable weapon such as an axe or crossbow.

1. Bic Pen

Anyone who has seen the Bourne identity will know about the fight seen near the end where Matt Damon’s character stabs his enemy repeatedly with a ballpoint pen. Sure in the movie the bad guy didn’t go down, remember its Hollywood after all. Using a pen as a temporary knife will work in the short term. You may not be able to kill you’re opponent but you will certainly make them think twice. Every house should have dozens of these lying around in desk drawers.

2. Frying Pan

A cast iron frying pan not only helps you cook bacon it makes a decent blunt object to strike down a would be attacker. It also offers some protection with its wide surface against attacks (Except guns of course). Cast iron pans may be a little hard to find but in a hurry even the lighter versions will work, though only for one or two uses before needing to be replaced.

3. Hockey Stick

He shoots, he scores, on your face. A hockey stick offers you a ranged attack as well as being lightweight and sturdy enough to withstand several blows (Depending on condition of course) The disadvantage to this choice of weapon is that apart from Canada and Europe hockey sticks will be hard to come by.

4. Rolling Pin

Weather it’s wood or stone a rolling pin is an excellent choice for a temporary weapon. They are generally heavy enough for a killer blow. And in between bashing heads you can make some cookies.

5. The Home-Made Spear

Got a broom handle? Perhaps a sharp kitchen knife and some duct tape? If yes you can combine the three to make a crude yet effective spear. When selecting a knife use the strongest sharpest one available. If you have two or three good knives, use them as well. The broomstick handle should be made of wood or metal not plastic; it’ll just be too weak to handle the strain.

These are just a few simple ideas of things you can do in a pinch. You’re only limited by your imagination. Don’t be afraid to use things like cleaning supplies, or even take apart some of the plumbing to make a weapon. After the apocalypse you’re going to need every advantage you can get, and thinking on your feet and being creative will help keep you and your loved ones safe and alive at the end of the day.


  1. Those are all good ideas for weapons. Might I add one of my favorites? The baseball bat.

  2. Ah yes that is always a good choice