Improvised Weapons for Home and Self Protection

How many times have you wished that you could have thought of your perfect comeback several minutes too late to use it?  We’ve all hit the rewind button in our mind a few times and mentally changed the outcome to an event that we didn’t like the first time. But there are also times when you get only one chance to make the best choice.  When you’re talking about a physical assault, have you considered adding an arsenal of improvised weapons into your plan to be safe?

What is a Weapon?

A weapon is an object used or designed to inflict bodily harm or damage. It’s been said many times, God made man, but Sam Colt made them equal.  In other words, male or female, large or small, young or old, the old-west pistol evened the field when it came to self-protection. Fighting off a mugger with either your fists, or an improvised weapon, may mean the difference between life or death.  Remember, a weapon doesn’t have to be a firearm.

Types of Weapons

There are many types of weapons according to many different sources.  However, offensive and offensive and defensive weapons are the most common. For example, a rifle may be used during an attack as an offensive weapon, or it may be used to protect you from an assailant as a defensive weapon. Improvised weapons are used in a similar fashion.

What are Improvised Weapons?

Generally, an improvised weapon is something that is usually not considered a weapon, but is used in either an offensive or defensive manner during a physical confrontation. There are improvised weapons all around you. Sometimes you just need to look to be able to see. In nature, weapons can be sticks or rocks. These are what the original weapons looked like as our ancient ancestors learned to hunt or conduct combat.

Types of Improvised Weapons

Look around the room and imagine how you would use nearby items as weapons. Some of the best improvised weapons are everyday household items, desk supplies, and even things that you drink. Here are a few improvised weapons to use when being attacked.

  • Scissors
  • Pens or pencils
  • Desk Lamp
  • Plug cords
  • Umbrella
  • Belt
  • Keys
  • Bug spray
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Hot pot of coffee

Weapon Functionality

Some basic concepts in combat apply to this area.  Sometimes you are forced into a situation but often you have a choice between going on the attack (or fighting back), taking cover, or breaking contact.

If you are going to fight back, grab something to use like a knife, or club or everyday household item. Also consider placing something between you and the attacker and take cover.  Cover can be a desk between you and the threat, a parked car, or even a telephone pole.  Likewise, it can be a pocket book, briefcase, a backpack, or a trashcan lid.  Even a chair cushion can act as a shield and help protect against an attacker.

If your plan is to get away, consider what you can do to stop, or at least slow the attacker. A fire extinguisher can act as a club, or you can discharge it at the attacker to slow or disorient him as you run away. Throwing a cup of coffee into the face of an attacker, or throwing a handful of pens, change, or even paperclips can surprise and slow someone down. All you may want is to be able to get away. Don’t forget to use your voice and yell loudly. Attitude is so important, as is quick thinking and quick action.  Stay safe!