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14 DIY Badass Weapons That Can Save Your Life When SHTF [2nd Edition]

As we live in this ever-changing world, we can never be too sure that we are secured and safe. We can never be complacent even in the comfort of our own home. So some of us carry weapons that can come handy when an emergency or a dangerous circumstance arises. But buying weapons can cost a fortune and some of us might not afford to own one. Well on that note, we’ve come up with a list of badass weapons that you can do DIY style. Read on to find out more about it and protect yourselves from those unexpected attackers.



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Making badass weapons needs to have a certain degree of flair, so here are the best survival homemade weapons you should add to your arsenal!

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Badass Weapons You Can Make at Home

1. PVC Pipe Compound Bow

Bows will always be a staple on the list of most efficient weapons in history. Unlike guns, you can craft one on your own and it won't garner too much attention.

Make one yourself using these step-by-step instructions. You will also only need materials you may have now, such as PVC pipes and strings.

2. Homemade Pepper Spray

Pepper sprays are for everyone. They're easy to carry and are quite useful in protecting you when SHTF.

This pepper spray is also one of my all-time personal favorites. Just spray one in the face of an attacker and make a run for it.

This homemade self-defense weapon is easy to make, so check it out here.

3. Multifunction Pocket Tool

Three Multifunction Pocket Tool | DIY Badass Weapons That Can Save Your Life When SHTF [2nd Edition]

Multifunction Pocket Tool Photo by Instructables

If you're looking for a portable homemade weapon, then get one of these bad boys. This fits in your pocket and could also be a lethal weapon.

Other than being a weapon, it also has a lot of uses to help you with your everyday tasks. It's handy for all kinds of situations as well.

You can also make and customize these DIY pocket tools to fit your specific need.

You might also want to check out some other kickass self-defense tools right here!

4. Pump Action Rocket Gun

Pump Action Definition: It is a mechanism of forward-backward motion on a slider or lever to load the gun, fire it, and eject the empty shell.

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Pump-Action Rocket Gun Photo by Instructables

This inexpensive gun makes a great weapon because it's still a gun when you have nothing else. It is a very useful item to have around when SHTF, indeed.

It's no rocket launcher, but it packs quite a punch and does pretty heavy damage. This DIY is simple and relatively cheap.

In fact, the entire project, including a bunch of ammo, can be fabricated for around $20 only.

5. Homemade Taser Gun

Some people prefer using a taser gun or a stun gun when the going gets tough. Do you know you can make one on your own?

Learn more about these homemade taser guns and their step-by-step instructions here.

6. Primitive Club Tool

This tool is an absolute lifesaver when you find yourself stuck in the wilderness. When you have nothing else to protect yourself with, use this just like our ancestors did in the Stone Age!

You may want to wear some gloves to give you a better grip on it so it doesn't fly off your hands.

7. Homemade Bolt Action 12 Gauge

A homemade bolt action 12 gauge is perhaps the closest you can craft next to a manufactured gun.

This badass shotgun is enough to strike fear in the hearts of many an intruder.

Who would dare make an attempt to antagonize you and your loved ones with these badass weapons?

RELATED: Self-Defense Weapons: 11 Guns You Need For When SHTF

8. War Hammer

Other war hammer designs may be a bit more complicated to make. That's because it requires some welding, drilling, and filing.

This specific design is one of the homemade hand weapons that are easier to make, though. You need nothing more than a black pipe.

It's also a simple design, and the name says it all. Never underestimate the power of the war hammer!

Sure, you may prefer the likes of a two-handed sword or an ax. But, this one is much more versatile.

Should worse come to worst though, why opt for a hand-to-hand encounter when you can make it a lot easier on yourself?

9. Saw Blade Tomahawk

As you can already tell, this is one unique homemade weapon.

The name leaves very little to the imagination when it comes to the destructive nature of this weapon.

This saw blade Tomahawk is inexpensive to make if you have the all the right equipment and materials.

10. Flamethrower

Handmade Flamethrower | DIY Badass Weapons That Can Save Your Life When SHTF [2nd Edition]

How To Make A DIY Flamethrower Photo by Survival Life

This flamethrower will lay waste to anything that crosses its path. It will also fit in a normal backpack.

With an air compressor, a diesel nozzle, a fuel tank, hose, and some fittings, you’ll complete a flamethrower!

What I love about this homemade flamethrower is it runs on tiki torch fuel. It feels like living your video games fantasies making this one.

11. Trebuchet

Trebuchet during the First Crusade | DIY Badass Weapons That Can Save Your Life When SHTF [2nd Edition]

The 7 Deadliest Weapons Of The Crusades Photo by We Are The Mighty

This classic weapon will annihilate anything that comes its way. That is because the giant trebuchet packs a lot of punch.

In fact, it's one of the deadliest ancient weapons of war. It will catapult things with immense force.

Follow the step-by-step instructions here to making a homemade trebuchet.

12. Homemade Landmine

Who knew an old lunchbox can become a weapon? You can use airsoft pellets for this.

Since you're making a landmine, practice extreme caution!

You might be making this one for fun but things might go south for you and those around you. So take extra care when handling any kind of weapon.

13. Death Ray

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How To Make A DIY Death Ray Photo by Survival Life

Have an old television around? You can turn it into something way cooler with a few steps.

Read up on how to turn an old TV screen into a giant death ray! Find our step-by-step instructions here.

14. Pipe Gun

Homemade Black Pipe Shotgun | DIY Badass Weapons That Can Save Your Life When SHTF [2nd Edition]

How To Make Your Own Black Pipe Shotgun (Hypothetically) Photo by Gun Carrier

Targets will never know what hit them once they get hit by this black pipe shotgun. It also has this twist, so here's another video to help you create your own.

In today's world, your safety is something you can never be too certain of. Danger lurks in every street corner, every dark alley… even in the comfort of your own home.

Knowing how to make some badass weapons is a plus because you can still defend yourself. You also don't need to spend tons of cash to make one.


Here's a comprehensive guide on how to make an easy homemade gun courtesy of V. Idea:

Weapons, though quite useful, are also plenty of fun, especially when you can make them yourself. When SHTF and your resources are scarce, you'll need a way to protect yourself quick. These badass weapons may not defeat a whole gang of thieves, but they'll for sure come in handy when you need them in a jiffy. With these badass weapons you can make, you'll not only have the protection you need but also a fun project to do.

Which of these badass weapons do you like the most? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!



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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 5, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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  1. Anonymous

    March 26, 2023 at 11:45 AM

    -5) OR 326=(SELECT 326 FROM PG_SLEEP(15))–

  2. Gregory L. Crook

    November 29, 2020 at 3:57 PM

    keep up the good work its given me some info i didn”t have.

  3. Robert Benefield

    December 6, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    They didn’t tell how to make the stun grenade.
    I feel cheated.

  4. John Burnett

    November 15, 2017 at 5:26 AM

    You may be a great office team but you are also a sad lot in your life style if you think weapons are necessary.. Include me out as Sam Goldwyn would say

    • Anonymous

      December 1, 2017 at 2:32 PM

      I’m gonna guess you don’t own a gun.

      • Barry Daniel

        December 3, 2017 at 12:38 AM

        well brother ,when the shtf for real if you dont have a good stout weapon to fend of the boogy man you had better invest in a damn good pair of running shoes!!!

  5. Heidi Wilson

    September 1, 2017 at 8:29 PM

    Is the multi tool a free gift?

    • Anonymous

      September 2, 2017 at 8:23 AM

      I am skeptical on the multi-tool.. didn’t click on it but I figured it was a good way for some company to get your address, email and phone number. It could very well be legit though.. I’m sure they would charge 5-6 bucks for shipping and then you will get non stop calls/emails and junk mail along with it.

      • Anonymous

        October 13, 2017 at 9:26 AM

        have any of yall made these there real easy

      • NOT ME

        January 4, 2018 at 10:14 AM

        Many of these “FREE” tools/items signs you up for some type of “Monthly Subscription” that you did not know you were signing up for until you find your account being charged each month and most of the “Stuff” you get . . .

  6. Ronald Ray

    August 16, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Just signed in give a minute to check things out!

  7. Robert William Weatherby

    June 24, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    yes im sure that bb pellet “landmine” will scare away all the bad guys once it goes off

    • Brad W

      September 2, 2017 at 8:17 AM

      I sense a lil sarcasm there.. it would be like getting hit with two 12 gauge shells and would do much damage to the unlucky person(s) that gets too close and steps on it

      • TM

        December 14, 2017 at 8:21 PM

        You can’t be serious. Have you even seen what a 12 gauge can do? This little toy will in no way come close to the lethality of one let alone two 12 gauge blasts. I doubt that the rat traps have enough power to propel the shot with enough force to break skin. Whle it may surprise an intruder that’s the best one could hope for with this.


    June 15, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    How do you close this annoying free weapon pop-up ad? Click no does not work!

    • Barry Daniel

      December 3, 2017 at 12:31 AM

      you have to look at hillarys picture lol

  9. squawneye

    June 14, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    A simple weapon that can be used to induce serious nausea in an attacker is to show a photograph of Hillary Clinton at them. This can be printed out easily on your home computer/printer.

    • survingjerry

      July 6, 2017 at 7:48 AM

      First problem, it only works on conservatives. Liberals will want to sit down and cry, which would, at least stop then from attacking you.
      Second problem, it is an indiscriminate weapon. If you happen to look at it while deploying, you’ll be throwing up, too.

      • squawneye

        July 8, 2017 at 10:02 AM

        Same as pointing a loaded gun at yourself.

  10. Mary Stimek

    June 13, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    You forgot the Super Soaker filled with Muriatic Acid; which is available at any pool supply store. The acid is stored in plastic jugs so it will not harm the plastic toy.

    • Anonymous

      October 10, 2017 at 12:26 PM

      Oooooooooooooo! I really like that idea. When I lived in AZ I found that muratic acid worked in many assorted… situations. Caution had to be used of course but, I’d never thought of using it in a super soaker. Will remember this 1.

  11. Larry Myslinski

    June 13, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    I’m always looking, Molon Labe’.

  12. Bruce Ruttan

    March 18, 2017 at 1:23 PM

    Who can’t simply buy a bow or 12 ga. pump. If the SHTF and you are without all your stuff you might consider stealing it from your oppressors. Such liberated stuff is much cooler that this.

    • dman51

      May 30, 2017 at 7:06 PM

      That this??? Your finger couldn’t be that far off to hit the “T” instead of the “N”,there is like 2″ between those letters. If the keys were next to each other……

      • Polo Loko

        June 6, 2017 at 12:04 AM

        Get a life pleb. Go lose your virginity instead of correcting people online ass hat.

  13. Dale Maher

    February 2, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    yo dale lisen ye are u sat down ye

  14. TIM

    December 6, 2014 at 11:05 PM


  15. TIM

    December 6, 2014 at 11:04 PM


  16. Greg

    September 19, 2014 at 5:23 AM

    yes take two wooden drumsticks, and nylon packing tape and tape both sticks together, begin around then bottom (make sure they’re even) keep the tips of the sticks exposed, but tape the opposite end, begin with a 10″ strip of tape and start two inches from one side, then lap over the bottom of the sticks and continue until one inch below the tip, then do the same but on the opposite side. then take a 6″ strip and tape around the middle, then tape another about one inch below the tip.
    After that’s done file the ends of the tip to a point. There you have it!

    Very useful for wielding in a fight, and using the ends to jab.

  17. Omega Tactical and Survival

    August 30, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Seriously??? LMAO!!!!


    March 25, 2014 at 2:40 AM


  19. matt

    March 24, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    I love these weapons. They’re awesome. I live in Az. MAYBE THE SUN GOT TO ME BUT i’M GONNA BUILD A FEW. I don’t really need them. But the knowledge to do so is preferable.

  20. curtis berns

    March 24, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    always learn something every time i am here thanks

  21. Retired Engineer

    March 24, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Meh! You want useful weapons? Here you go: #1. Get a cheap 8″ to 12″ chef’s knife and a length of PVC pipe that the handle of the knife will fit into. Inset the handle into the pipe. Secure by drilling a hole through both and fix with a bolt, 2 washers & a nut.
    To make a tiger spear (prevents large animals from running up the shaft), use a 4 way coupler and insert the knife in the end and two 6″ pieces of PVC in the 90 degree openings. Glue with PVC glue.

    #2. Blowgun. Find narrow diameter PVC or other stiff plastic pipe, cut to between 4′ and 8′ depending on stiffness. Darts: Buy bamboo skewers (usually in 50 or 100 pack). Sharpen the points with fine sandpaper and then make the “fletching” from cotton balls. Secure with a dab of white glue. Better darts: purchase large sewing needles, about 4″ or longer. Break the eye with a needle nose pliers and create the fletching as above; the broken eye will hold the fletching better than an unbroken one.

    Both darts will take small birds and vermin, almost silently.

    • Retired Engineer

      March 24, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      Roll the fletching on so it looks like the end of a Q-tip. Not too hard and not too soft. Only have a little glue at the end that goes toward the point of the dart.

    • matt

      March 24, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Hell I’ll do that to. I’ve got time on my hands…lol

    • Keith Hammond

      December 20, 2017 at 8:36 AM

      That sounds much better than my blow gun!

  22. Al Digaetano

    March 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Always very helpfull

  23. Tom Thomasson

    March 17, 2014 at 5:51 AM

    Old camper and Camp counsellor.

  24. Lori Linde

    March 14, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Wish you guys would put up written instructions as well as videos. May need these instructions when TSHTF.

    • Lee

      March 15, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      These look like fun projects!

    • Lee

      March 15, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      I agree with Lori L.

    • Anonymous

      November 18, 2017 at 8:20 PM

      Agreed! Especially that I’m deaf.

  25. tom soper

    March 13, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    aaaaaaawwwwwwwwweeeeesum and cool

  26. Phil

    March 13, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    The only three things on this list that were actually weapons were the bow, the stun gun and the club. The rocket gun was cool, and I certainly wouldn’t want to get shot by it, but I highly doubt that it would make an effective anti-personnel weapon unless you gave the rockets some kinda warhead. And even then they don’t look big enough to carry a substantial load and still remain accurate over any real distance.
    The others were more like science projects. Maybe I’ll help my niece make the mini-cannon for her science fair.

    • John G

      March 24, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      I agree with you. I liked the bow, the rocket gun is cool, if the rockets were made better and a sharp point or maybe and arrowhead.

  27. Richard W. Gibson

    March 13, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    I always receive some of the best info. Thank you survival life.

    • Stephanie

      March 16, 2014 at 12:16 AM


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    March 13, 2014 at 1:05 PM


  29. TripodXL

    March 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Well, All I can say is that if you have to make these things to have weapons; one, you live in the northeast or the left coast, and two you’re screwed. Now, having said that, everyone SHOULD have the knowledge of how to build these things. So from that POV, I see the point, but otherwise, you should live somewhere you can have these weapons to begin with. IMO, be well.

    • Dallas Burnworth

      March 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      True, but the Left Coast will be the first to revolt over the northeast. Lots of libtards over here, but we all need our space. We can’t go any further West! The Northwest especially is a distillation of polar opposites where there are high amounts of extreme socialists living among an almost equal number of fearless conservatives. Who will win?

      • Anonymous

        November 25, 2017 at 10:03 AM

        Oh, I’ve got a pretty good idea who’ll win…. right now. But given enough time the ‘tards will regulate their balls off and they won’t stand a chance against the “state”.

        • Keith Hammond

          December 20, 2017 at 8:22 AM

          We have the most guns and the never to be under-estimated power of Redneck destruction prowess. We like blowin’ stuff up down In my neck of the woods. I would just as soon blow stuff in Lib-tard land.

          • Keith Hammond

            December 20, 2017 at 8:34 AM

            Plus, you can make a pretty bad-ass flamethrower with a can of Raid and a lighter. Also, a blow gun that shoots poison darts with pipe, nails and some masking tape. And you can’t beat an old lawnmower blade and duct tape for a bludgeoning weapon.

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