Survival Defense When Guns Are Not Allowed

In the time before a major crisis occurs, private ownership or use of firearms, bows and arrows, and crossbows may be illegal and banned. As the situation gets worse, the government will impose martial law and confiscate weapons no matter how well you may think they are hidden.

Here are a few weapons that may be overlooked and that can be used to protect your family and loved ones.

Edged Weapons

Edged weapons are the oldest implements used by man. Then, as now, you can make knives and other edged weapons from flint, obsidian, bronze, arsenic copper-bronze, tin-bronze, iron. Today, there are three kinds of steel that you may be interested in:

  • Damascus steel – originated in India about the 5th century BC. The steel was heated to red hot, hammered, folded, and then quickly cooled in water. This process was repeated at least 500 times. This produced a better weapons grade steel.
  • Carbon steel – will rust if exposed to air and moisture. The rust if heavy will flake off causing the steel to weaken and break.
  • Stainless steel is an alloy with a minimum of 10% chromium by mass. Stainless steel does not rust or stain by water as ordinary steel does. When heated the chromium becomes chromium oxide that acts to form an air and water tight film that seals off the metal. This steel comes in many grades and finishes.

The following edged tools and weapons can be used as a substitute for firearms for protection. All of them can be dipped in poison so that even a single glancing blow can be a lethal one.

  • dreamstime_s_31704591Farm Tools: Any of the metal farming or gardening tools can be used as weapons to protect yourself or the family. The spade, rake, pitchfork, pick, sickle, hand hoe, and garden claw all make excellent choices for either offensive or defensive weapons.
  • Bayonets: Either spike or flat knife designs can be used as is or cut back to make push knives. You can also add a set of brass or other metal knuckles by welding it to the shortened bayonet.
  • Daggers and Boot Knives: These double edged knives have a blade longer than 6 inches and are used to stick or slash. Most have a skull crusher at the back of the hilt.
  • Small Knives: Usually the blades are shorter than 6 inches long and can be a folding or a non-folding version. These knives are good defensive or offensive weapons because they can be “palmed” and used without them being seen.
  • Swords: There are two different edge designs for swords. The first is the single edge the other is the double edge. There are several lengths of swords. The first is the short sword which is 16 to 18 inches long, regular size sword which is 20 to 24 inches long, and the two handed sword that measures over four feet long. The short and the regular size swords can be used for protection and carried inconspicuously, but the long two handed sword is too large to be practical for anything other than staving off an attack on your home.
  • Spears: Have a 4 to 6 foot shaft with a metal spear point at the top. These weapons are designed to be thrown or thrusted into a human target.
  • Throwing Stars: Are metal shaped stars that have sharpened points that were designed to be thrown at a target and stick into it. In the hands of a trained individual they can kill or do great bodily harm.
  • Axes or hatchets: Are used for chopping. Some axes have double or single edges. As a weapon it can be thrown and deliver a bloody crushing wound or blunt trauma if the back blunt end hits first.

Blunt Force Weapons

Blunt force weapons use weight instead of sharp edges to kill or do great bodily harm. Damage to the body is caused by crushing instead of cutting.

  • Canes: originally used to steady and help a person in walking. A cane can be used as a nightstick type weapon and can deliver knockout or death blows to the head, break arms or legs, or cause deep blunt trauma wounds to the central body core. Historically the cane sword was a way to carry a sword concealed and at the ready if needed. This weapon is easy to carry in plain sight.
  • Clubs:  Usually made of heavy wood or metal scrap. These are crushing weapons that break bones or deliver deep trauma to inner organs.
  • Bats: Wood or aluminum bats used to play baseball also make a good weapon. A bat can easily break bones or kill if they hit the right part of the body.
  • Staffs or walking sticks: For thousands of years staffs were a defensive and sometimes offensive weapon for the poor or peasants. An individual who was good with a staff could disarm a person with a sword or a gun.
  • Maces: Maces were a medieval blunt force weapon made of steel or other strong metals. It was designed to crush skulls and brake limbs with blunt force. Today it is still a good defensive weapon in times of major crisis.
  • Chains: Chains made of steel or other heavy metals can be used as weapons in a defensive roll. They can be made to look like every day clothing accessories such as belts. They can deliver deadly crushing blows or break limbs.
  • Slings (2 Cord Type): Is a very old weapon that goes back thousands of years. It is easy to hid or conceal. With a little bit of practice it is possible to hit or kill your target out to 200 feet or better with rocks or scrapes of metal. Slings can be either defensive or offensive weapons.
  • Slingshots for stone, metal projectiles, or arrows: Slingshots are no longer a toy. They can be used to hunt small game by launching a ball bearing, rocks, and even arrows with deadly accuracy. This weapon can also be used defensively to protect your family in the absence of firearms.
  • Hand to Hand Fighting techniques: There are many forms from boxing to martial arts. Choose the fighting technique that best meets your needs and start studying today. Do not wait until the last moment to start the training.

Defense Arms

In a time when all private firearm ownership is banned or illegal, the above are a few alternatives for weapons that might be put into service to protect your family and loved ones. Almost anything can be used as a weapon regardless of the situation.

As with prisons and jails, you only need a creative mind and the will to have a weapon in order to get around any law or force used to try and take away your ability to defend yourself.



This article has been written by Fred Tyrell for Survivopedia.

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Fred Tyrrell is an Eagle Scout and retired police officer that loves to hunt, fish, hike, and camp with good friends and family. He is also a champion marksman (rifle, pistol, shotgun) and has direct experience with all of the major gun brands and their clones. Fred refers to himself as a "Southern gentleman" - the last of a dying way. He believes a man's word is his bond, and looks forward to teaching others what he has learned over the years. You can send Fred a message at editor [at]

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  • Ya’ll might also consider one of the wasp/hornet sprays. Shoots a stream 20+ feet. Also, a SuperSoaker with ammonia works wonders. I have never used the wasp spray, but I can assure you that when you shoot someone with ammonia the only thing you hear is them scream. Doesn’t have to be full strength either. And it allows you to either run – or close in.

    • Using wasp or bee spray as an anti-personnel weapon of any sort is a violation of federal law. Look it up. 😉

      • When there is no law, I’m sure the Feds will be kicking in your door as a Marauder i raping your daughter to defend you.

  • Great article about alternatives to the more popular choices but I guess I don’t understand the point. When guns are not allowed? When they are banned or become illegal?

    If that does become reality in a few years or even a decade or two, do you plan on turning yours in? I didn’t think so…

    As such, this is really a moot topic.

    • Unless by some accident you are stuck somewhere your firearms are not.
      Not moot then…..

    • I will keep my guns as long as I’m alive and go down fighting if needed.

  • PJ – try living in Australia. To buy a gun you need a license. To qualify for a license you need a ‘reason’ to own and use the gun, a clean criminal record, clean mental health record, etc etc, yada, yada. Gun must be kept in a locked cabinet at your own premises. If it belongs to you and the cops come around for an inspection and the missus gets the keys and opens the cabinet to show them the contents you are both up shit creek because she should not have access. All came in about 10 years ago when some nutter shot a bunch of people. Mandatory hand in and gun registrations. Of course the bad guys have never co-operated, so it is the honest average joe who is left unarmed.

    • I guess that’s why I don’t live in Australia…

  • I will be dead before I let them take All my guns. Good information though. It never hurts to learn new things. You just never know.

  • I have only two problems with this article. The first being that if and when gun confiscation becomes a reality in the U.S., that is when TSHTF. NEVER give up your guns. Make the bastards “Come and take it”.
    Second is the author’s description/attribution of Damascus steel. Damascus steel comes from Damascus, which is in modern-day Syria. Not India. This type of steel was never made from “folding”. Folding steel hen making blades or other implements was a way to remove impurities, and imparted no special qualities to the steel at all. The whole “folding makes a better blade” myth is pure Hollywood bunk. The secret of Damascus steel is the combination of high-carbon and mild steel in the same ingot. This can be accomplished by pattern welding among other methods.

    • Damascus steel was imported from India and the local blacksmith made the famous blades. It is much easier to ship steel bars and being robbed didn’t give the thieves finished weapons.

  • All these weapons are a great idea…..what’s a better idea is knowing how to use them. Consider something that is completely legal now, like joining a local group like the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism), a medieval recreation group that is currently worldwide. You may even have a lot of fun, learn new skills, and network with some very interesting people. There is a big difference in having a sword, axe, or spear, and actually knowing how to use it.

  • One addition to blunt force weapons that most if not all have access to and which may easily be overlooked by an attacker— hammer of any type.

  • For anyone who thinks their guns cannot be taken away, don’t forget the possibility of thieves or authorities that may show up when you are not around. Don’t ever think we are so smart as to be able to hide or secure something so no one else can find it or get at it.

  • Very good, sir. Thank you for sharing.

  • I never see Bull whip on any non-firearm list. Why?

    • How many people know what a bull whip is? Not many if they are not fans of westerns. Second they are not common in most places today where tractors and trucks have replace animals.