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

Want to make some awesome badass weapons? When SHTF, you’ll need a way to protect yourself. And no arsenal is complete without these DIY homemade survival weapons. Although these weapons are homemade, they are reliable when emergency circumstances arise. We can never be sure that we are safe or complacent about our security so it’s better to be protected than sorry. We all know that purchasing a weapon can cost a lot of hard-earned money. Fortunately, you can make your own brutal weapons without breaking the bank. Check out the updated list of 14 badass weapons you can make at home.

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14 Badass Weapons You Can Make at Home

Weapons, though very useful, are also a lot of fun – especially when you can make them yourself. These 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 DIY weapons, you’ll not only have some protection but it is also a fun project to do. Below is a list of awesome and badass weapons that you will keep you armed and ready for extreme survival situations. It’s now updated with a total of 14 weapons you can make at home!

1. PVC Pipe Compound Bow

This is a good project for anyone who wants to get into archery with a compound bow but doesn’t want to pay for such an expensive item. Once you’ve made it, you can learn about how these types of bows work and gain experience working with this class of weapon. Anyone can do it if you have some patience and are willing to try. Check out these step by step instructions on how to make a compound bow from inexpensive, readily available materials.

2. Homemade Pepper Spray

Pepper sprays are for everyone: they’re easy to carry, and they can protect you when SHTF. Just spray an attacker in the face and escape the situation instantly. This homemade self-defense weapon is easy to make. Check out the full tutorial here.

This pepper spray is one of my personal favorites, check it out here.

3. Multifunction Pocket Tool

If you’re looking for a more convenient homemade weapon, then you need one of these bad boys. Other than being a weapon, it also has a lot of uses that can help you with your everyday tasks. You can easily make and customize these DIY pocket tools to fit your specific need. Check out the instructions and other options here.

This pen fits in your pocket and is a lethal weapon. Check out some other kickass self-defense tools right here!

4. Pump Action Rocket Gun

This inexpensive gun is a fun project and a useful item to have around. The DIY is very simple and relatively cheap as well.  The entire project, including a bunch of ammo, could easily be made for around $20. Learn how to make this rocket gun here. You can also check this homemade weapon’s performance here.

5. Homemade Taser Gun

When planning for self-defense, some people will purchase a taser gun or a stun gun. But did you know that you can make your own? Learn more about these homemade taser guns and their step by step instructions here.

6. Primitive Club Tool

If stuck in the wilderness with limited resources, knowing how to make this tool could save your life. This simple technique will quickly transform a few simple items into a very useful weapon and tool. Just like our ancestors did in the stone age! Check out the instructions here.

7. Homemade Bolt Action 12 Gauge

This is my favorite weapon on this list: A homemade bolt action 12 gauge. You can just imagine the power that this awesome weapon is packing! Although you can’t take it everywhere (thank you Bir Brother), this weapon is very reliable and can protect you from attackers or home intruders–especially when SHTF. Check out the full tutorial and details on how to make this kickass weapon hereMy air rifle of choice does not need to be registered and never runs out of ammo

8. War Hammer


Other war hammer designs may be a bit more difficult to make because they require you to weld, drill, and file. This is one of the easier homemade weapons, and you need nothing more than a black pipe. It’s a simple design, and the name says it all. Don’t underestimate the power of the war hammer! Click here for the war hammer video instructions.

9. Saw Blade Tomahawk

As you can probably tell already, this is one unique homemade weapon. The name leaves little to the imagination when it comes to what this thing is made to do. This saw blade Tomahawk is inexpensive to make if you have the right equipment. Check out this video to see how it is used.

10. Flamethrower

This particular flamethrower is made to fit in a normal backpack. With an air compressor, a diesel nozzle, a fuel tank, hose, and some fittings, you’ll have a flamethrower! What I love about this homemade flamethrower is it can run on tiki torch fuel. We recommend grabbing this one from Amazon.

11. Trebuchet

This classic weapon is brought to another level with this DIY project. This giant trebuchet has an equally giant amount of power, making it capable of catapulting things with immense force. Click here for the instructions on how to make a homemade trebuchet.

12. Homemade Landmine

Who knew an old lunchbox could become a weapon? You can use airsoft pellets for this. But since you’re making a landmine, be very, very careful. You might be making this one for fun but things can go badly for you and other people if you’re not careful enough. Click here for instructions in making this homemade landmine.

13. Death Ray

Have an old television around? You can turn it into something way cooler with just a few steps. With some simple disassembling, you can have 2000 degrees of heat to use for cooking, water sanitation, or just to burn things. 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

This is another classic homemade weapon–with a twist. Here’s a video to help you create your own pipe gun.

In today’s world, you can never be too sure that you are safe. Danger lurks in every street corner, every dark alley… even the comfort of your own home. Having some badass weapons to protect you is absolutely advantageous. You don’t need to spend tons of cash to get one. All you need is a bit of ingenuity and some DIY skills and you’ll come up with a weapon that can protect both you and your family.

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For unique weapons from around the world you may have never heard of, check out this article. Find out how to use your homemade weapons from our article on How To Use Improvised Weapons!

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