URBAN SURVIVAL: Home Defense Without Firearms

Flamethrowers! great for home defense

As a guy who has lived in “no gun” cities like Washington DC and overseas in countries that have outlawed private ownership of firearms, figuring out how to defend my home without using a gun was something I had to work out.

I know it is a pretty unlikely event that I would ever have to defend my home from a burglary or a home invasion. But, like the Boy Scouts say “Be Prepared” so over the years I have come up with a few ideas just in-case ninjas attacked me wile I was at home watching South Park or something.

Chemical Sprays

One of the best ways to defend your home is with chemical sprays like OC (pepper spray) or CN. You must be careful when using them in confined spaces because they will leave sort of a ‘standing mist’ that could incapacitate you also.

For home defense I would suggest one of the foam based OC sprays, this type sprays a foam sort of like whipped cream that is infused with the OC chemical. Because it is not aerosol it will not mist as much.

If you only have access to the aerosol type of chemical sprays it is best to use it as an ‘area denial’ weapon. Basically this means you would stick your arm into the room where the threat exists and give a good long spray, then close the door. The room you sprayed will be like a box full of Mace causing most people to retreat or become incapacitated.

Edged Weapons

Unless you have had some sort of formal training in knife fighting then edged weapons should be a last resort. Using knives is much like using firearms – if you are not formally trained then you are as much a danger to yourself as you are to an attacker.

If you do have some formal training in edged weapons then I would suggest a large bladed knife (12 inch blade, but no longer than 24) used in a striking and jabbing manor (think 300 style).

Impact Weapons

Some good blunt weapons for home defense include children’s softball bats, police style batons (straight and PR-24) or any type of bat style club (a friend of mine uses a shark bat).

Avoid anything excessively long like bow staffs, or anything too thin like escrima sticks. You want your blunt weapon to be heavy enough to cause serious damage with a single hit but not so heavy you can not recover from a swing quickly.

Improvised Weapons

Some great improvised weapons include:

Fire Extinguisher: Spraying a Fire Extinguisher in someone’s face is an old trucker trick, be advised you can permanently blind someone.

Homemade Pepper Spray: Chop a bunch of hot peppers up and place them in a two-liter bottle until it is ¼ full, then fill 3/4th of the bottle up with water. Take a drill or something sharp and make a pencil sized hole on the cap, squeeze to dispense.

In Conclusion…

That’s all I could think of right now, if you guys have some non-firearm weapons for home defense please share in the comments.

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~James G
Founder – Editor in Chief

James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns and writing poorly written articles.

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67 thoughts on “URBAN SURVIVAL: Home Defense Without Firearms”

  1. As I’ve said in other postings on improvised weapons, coffee is a GREAT ‘give me time to get away’ weapon, I always have a cup either in my hand or near me and it’s usually scalding hot. Ash trays, etc. make great thrown weapons. Telephone cords stretched across as you’re trying to get down the hall or down steps are great as far as something to slow down the attacker.

    Pens, pencils, etc can be used as kubaton’s in a last ditch effort, as well as spoons, forks, etc. Also, doors. Think about it, you’re being chased down the hall way, grab a door handle as you’re going past it and pull it open (if they’re close enough) then stop, turn around and slam into it. It may give you the time you need to slip out a window or arm yourself with something more useful.

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    1. Our only failure will be the brain. Like the heart and lungs, the heart must always be in good working order…think about it.
      Knowing what you can do and being willing to get it done is where it all starts.
      You might be amazed at what can be done with a simple ‘Stick Match.’ Start poking one of thos wooden stick matches aroung someone eyes, face and the sides of their head and it will make them step back, and possabily giving you the chance of getting your hands onto a better weapon.
      And how about this one. What better weapon then ones own hands.
      Picture you are in a position in a room or even outside and you are about to be harmed by someone bigger then you. Start striking the attacher in the face with your fingers in a downard striking motion as fast as you can using both hands. And while you are doing this your foot is getting ready to deliver a hell of a kick to the crouch of your attacker.
      He should get the message and remember that message for all times, painfully.

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      1. Give me two things and I can get a jet.
        1, Give me a man or woman who is afraid of pain.
        2. Give me a straight pin and a oppertunity and that Jet will be mine,

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    2. I don\’t know how good these ideas are but……, in times of crisis, attack, home breach, anarchy, what about using electricity in combination with metal and/or water in a booby trap? What about nets to entangle intruders. Then eliminate like bugs! What about using sprays like bug sprays, acids, etc.? What about using pongee sticks on boards on the floor or boards to spring out at an intruder in the upper leg, ribs, chest or higher in the head or neck. I like the flame thrower idea. Maybe toss out some liquor with baaaad stuff in it via needle? What I want is a monitor system to warn me of potential invasion as an early warning so as to be ready. Anyone aware of the White X-ray vans? Can we block the images? Bows, crossbows, reinforcing doors/windows with 4 x4s, metal, alarms? I would like to get feedback on ANY situation and solution, please. Did I forget anything? Thanks folks!

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  2. Great article by the way, I’m seeing a trend of non-weapon or non-firearm improvisational items. So far, this seems to be the most common sense one.

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  3. Great article! Useful for us in anti-gun countries.

    I know this will probably mean nothing for most of you, but if this scenario ever happened to me at my place, I think I’d use an airsoft gun and a thick bamboo like stick (it’s not actually bamboo since it’s not hollowed though).

    A long sustained burst from the average airsoft gun can do serious damage at close distances like 15 feet if you aim to the face, temporarily incapacitating an assailant or even blinding him if you’re lucky. By that time you should be able to ditch your less-than-lethal-plastic-shooting-toy and proceed to hit the assailant with whatever heavy object you have at hand.

    That’s still the best case scenario though and depends too much on the surprise factor which I think is key on no-gun/no-knife home defense. And of course.. it all works in theory whilst in practice I might freeze on the spot, throwing my airsoft-saves-the-day fantasies right out the window.

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    1. In Asia I tried to weaponize an Airsoft rifle loaded with steel BB’s and rigged to fire harder but it kept jamming on the steel BB’s

      ~James G

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  4. In Asia I tried to weaponize an Airsoft rifle loaded with steel BB’s and rigged to fire harder but it kept jamming on the steel BB’s
    ~James G

    Not trying to get into airsoft talk, but I think upgrading the gun to 450-500fps or so and using heavier weight bb’s like 0.35g should have enough hurting power to be used at very close distances and be more efective than steel bb’s which are just too heavy for the gun to handle.

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    1. Its cool dude, like I said I tried without success – I actually tried several different ideas to weaponize an Airsoft gun, all were FAIL or not reliable enough to use in a life or death situation.

      Just hurting someone is not good enough, a weapon for home defense needs to hit hard enough to disable quickly

      ~James G

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  5. Great article. I always try to “home alone” wherever I live. The first thing I do is figure the fastest way out of the house. And that can be either through a door or window if you are on the first floor. If you live higher up it can be more difficult, but manageable with either a rope ladder or something similar. When I was in the UK I had a flat on the fifth floor. So I took an egress kit with me and was prepared to use that. (Only do something like this if you are experienced in rappelling)

    Secondly I do small simple things to secure doors. A door stop wedged under the door or a chair under the handle can give you a few minutes to get your crap together. Also a make shift alarm can do the trick. The best one I have ever used that never fails and is virtually unbeatable is a glass coke bottle (or any glass bottle) balanced ever so delicately on the door handle. If someone picks the lock or tries the handle and if it is a hard floor. Glass falls, breaks and wakes you out of a dead sleep.

    As for weapons, james pretty much hit the ones I have used. And anything can be used really. Screwdrivers, bats, sawed off pool cues, ax handles. While I was in the UK I used a cricket bat. But hit a hardware store and take your pick and be inventive. Channel your inner Home Alone and have at them.

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  6. Its cool dude, like I said I tried without success – I actually tried several different ideas to weaponize an Airsoft gun, all were FAIL or not reliable enough to use in a life or death situation.
    Just hurting someone is not good enough, a weapon for home defense needs to hit hard enough to disable quickly~James G  

    Hey, have you received your leather slappers? How are you liking them?

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  7. In addition to pepperspray, I have a few hay hooks (Old School Man Weapon) hanging around in the shop. They act as fantastic decor and are surprisingly non threatening when not in hand.

    With a hay hook in the weak hand and a nice bowie in the dominate hand, I don’t think that there is anyone sane who would not run like hell. Of course these are secondary to the Smith & Wesson .357, but that’s not the topic.

    Dogs are quite effective, but since I have Golden Retrievers, they are really nothing more than a large bark…Which is probably enough in most cases.

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  8. Dogs are quite effective, but since I have Golden Retrievers, they are really nothing more than a large bark…Which is probably enough in most cases

    Dogs are good, the only reason I didn’t include animals is because not everyone is in a situation where they can own a pet. Also animals for home defense is a whole different article.

    Personally I am not a ‘pet’ person outside of owning a bird feeder

    ~James G

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  9. Hey, have you received your leather slappers? How are you liking them?

    Yep, got em and sent them ahead – I like em, not the highest quality but they will do

    ~James G

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  10. A friend sorted me with a MS2000 strobe which I use for home defence (not owning a torch with strobe function). I actually had to tape over the lens, leaving only a small slot for light to pass through. Otherwise it would reflect of the white walls and blind myself! For the rest knowing the house, having secure front door double locks and chain and being able to lock the windows serve as my defense.
    The real challenge is having a clear mind when returning out of stage IV sleep and not having to sort your action on drills out in your mind first before responding to whatever woke you up in the first place.

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  11. You forgot to mention axes/tomahawks under bladed weapons…while a little bit of practice goes into learning how to swing one, where to hit and recover quickly, it’s pretty straightforward; nothing like learning knife or sword fighting.

    Of course unlike pepper spray or even baseball bats, if you hit a home invader in the face with an axe there’s a 99% chance that they aren’t getting up, ever. That may be a problem in some areas where the law expects you to hide under the bed and wait for them to finish taking your stuff, but if your life is in danger…

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  12. A friend sorted me with a MS2000 strobe which I use for home defence (not owning a torch with strobe function). I actually had to tape over the lens, leaving only a small slot for light to pass through. Otherwise it would reflect of the white walls and blind myself!

    Ahhh… shit, I forgot about lights

    You forgot to mention axes/tomahawks under bladed weapons…while a little bit of practice goes into learning how to swing one, where to hit and recover quickly, it’s pretty straightforward; nothing like learning knife or sword fighting.

    Yep, tomahawks are also great for home defense – I have one in my house in Asia

    I am writing an entire just on bladed weapons for home defence – not really useful to those folks in places where you can own guns, but great info for guys overseas or in no-gun cities.

    if you hit a home invader in the face with an axe there’s a 99% chance that they aren’t getting up, ever.

    I would not want to go up against the 1% that can take an axe in the face and get up – lol

    ~James G

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  13. BTW, just listened to your first podcast James. Great to put a face… err, voice to the name!

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  14. Just a heads up. I understand why you would say foam chemical irritant for a confined space, but I’ve been trained to NEVER use it. I worked as a bouncer before, in a very confined club, and even there we all used regular mist style irritant.

    The problem that you run into is that if the person breaking in is sufficiently drunk or high (and statistically, home invasions have a high rate of this) chemical spray either won’t work, or will work slowly. With the foam, the attacker is sometimes able to scoop the foam off of him, and throw it back at you. I had several coworkers who had this happen to them, before the foam was banned at the club.

    If it isn’t going to work, it’s better to have something that can not be used against you. Just my $.02.

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  15. in the uk we are better of useing something around the house rather than say an axe or airsoft gun [even my dragunov !] or any kind of bat or weapon as you will end up being nicked for assualt ! at least if you brain someone with a rolling pin or a chair leg your more likely to get away with self deffence.
    as unlike the u.s in the uk the home owner is more likely to be prosecuted than the intruder ! so knives / bats/axes/picks/cs gas etc will have you keeping an eye out for large blokes in the prison shower lol.
    same with airsoft guns in the eyes of the law it will be a fire arms offence.
    so much for living in the free west. at least i got my own rifle in africa when i was 5 ..

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  16. I too am a big tomahawk fan, but saying there’s no access or you want something more “normal” — get an Estwing framing hammer. I got mine at Home Depot. The big long steel handled (made in US) one. I got one with a polished face instead of serrated so I can actually choke up on the handle and use it as a regular hammer around the house.
    I can’t imagine taking a blow from that hammer, with either the face or the claw.

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  17. I’ve always been a fan of the steak nailed to the end of a bat. One minute they see a big happy steak, well seasoned just floating in the darkness, next minute, wham! Steak bat to the head, bitch!

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  18. One other thing about chemical irritants. Stay the fuck away from those little keychain ones. A fully “stress inoculated” Navy SEAL who has been in so many firefights he can curl up and fall asleep during one may be able to work those little caps under an adrenaline spike, but most average people (including your family members) can’t. Most of those keychain ones have a little tab that you have to rotate, before you can press the button. Fuck that. Get something you can do with gross motor skills.

    Personally I use the First Defense MK-6C. It’s small, and has a spring loaded flap that covers the nozzle when it’s in your pocket, but your thumb easily slips under when it is in your hand. I use this model, and everyone I’ve bought one for uses this one as well. It also has a nice pocket clip built in.

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  19. One other thing about chemical irritants. Stay the fuck away from those little keychain ones. A fully “stress inoculated” Navy SEAL who has been in so many firefights he can curl up and fall asleep during one may be able to work those little caps under an adrenaline spike, but most average people (including your family members) can’t. Most of those keychain ones have a little tab that you have to rotate, before you can press the button. Fuck that. Get something you can do with gross motor skills.

    Yep – I sprayed myself in the face with one of those

    ~James G

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  20. door stoppers (the one you slip under the door) are also nice to have.

    you forgot about dogs btw. pitbulls, dobermans, german shepherds etc…

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  21. aw ok nevermind about the dogs. you’ve stated it already but i failed to read it. dang, i need a kick in the nuts.

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  22. Your killin’ me dude

    ~James G

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  23. Our III Bro up there made mention of one of my faves – framing hammer. Long enough handle for one hand or two hand grip, light enough to use with speed, instinctive – no training necessary.

    Legal even where our poor ‘law emasculated’ brethren live in the UK, easy to carry in car or place near bed, no explanations necessary. It can also be abandoned if used in a seriously unhappy event, in case local authorities are not victim-friendly.

    Same goes for my old standby, the grocery-store purchased can of wasp / hornet spray, giving you a directed stream of ten to twenty feet. Depending on how ball-less and PC the local laws are, you may want to dispose of the item later, in a compactor, incinerator, etc. The pluses of this item are:

    Cheap; available almost anywhere; silent operation; engage enemy at distance;will stop attacker / invader almost instantly, even if drugged up, as it does not rely on pain response… rather, immediately, and often permanently, blinds recipient, as well as causing chemical burns in mouth, nasal passages and airways.

    Only negative is, again,entanglement with local law. But remember, if you are forced to use certain weapons, it is NOT because you picked a fight, challenged someone to a mano a mano, or behaved criminally or aggressively.

    You would use such measures only because some scumsucking bastard engaged you for the sole and specific purpose of hurting, robbing, raping or killing you, and when you are engaged you must emulate the badger or the wolverine – total berserker response, all out, no mercy, no quarter, just balls-to-the-wall survival.

    One final thought and I’ll shut up. A solid oak bokken, used in training for martial disciplines, is cheap, widely available and shaped for the purpose of striking at speed. Sufficient to break bones, including skulls, or for causing immense and painful damage to soft tissue / muscle groups, etc.

    Moves with far more speed than ball bat, In fact, Musashi – considered by many to have been the greatest swordsman ever – actually stopped using his katana and wakizashi and fought the last 30 or so duels of his life, using a stout wooden bokken, against opponents with steel blades. Killed them all.

    OK – I’m through now.

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    1. I must say all of these, or most, are great ideas. I just moved into my first appartment in a city and have been taking some extra time planning for the worst. The one thing i havn’t seen yet is a paintball gun. Idk how available “pepper balls” are to the public but standard paintballs would make a douch rethink his career as a home invader. then you have a steel tank to drop on his head while he’s trying to find his eye balls over by that end table the wife bought from home goods.

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  24. I used to travel alot so I didn’t want to check luggage leaving me without a knife or firearm. My personal favorite blunt weapon is the top of the toilet. Anytime I check into a hotel I remove the top of the back of the toilet and leave it within reach of the bed. It is heavy reasonably short and light so you can swing it fast and absolutely devastating if you get hit with it. In a pinch I have been known to through a table lamp or swing a floor lamp as well.

    But if you always keep a sturdy pen (or your keys) around you have yourself a nice little poker that targeted to the right areas can be extremely effective.

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  25. I still like the flame thrower idea. :)

    I think the most important weapon, that has been overlooked, is a fully charged cell phone on the bedside table! Some one tries to break in, call the local constabulary and hide while yelling that you’ve already “made the call”. Seriously, this is something that a lot of folks forget, let the professionals deal with the bad guys. Fight or egress only as a last resort. The only time I’m going to try and escape from my abode is if it’s on fire!

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  26. Why didn’t you mention tasers? Are they considered firearms in anti-gun countries? My friends wife carries a 2-shot taser that she can set down and it will shock every few seconds so she can run.

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  27. Same goes for my old standby, the grocery-store purchased can of wasp / hornet spray, giving you a directed stream of ten to twenty feet.

    Thats a good one

    balls” are to the public but standard paintballs would make a douch rethink his career as a home invader. then you have a steel tank to drop on his head while he’s trying to find his eye balls over by that end table the wife bought from home goods.

    Why didn’t you mention tasers?

    I didn’t mention Tazers or Paintball guns because I figured if firearms were not legal than those would also be. In DC you can not own ether – I don’t know about the UK

    I used to travel alot so I didn’t want to check luggage leaving me without a knife or firearm. My personal favorite blunt weapon is the top of the toilet. Anytime I check into a hotel I remove the top of the back of the toilet and leave it within reach of the bed. It is heavy reasonably short and light so you can swing it fast and absolutely devastating if you get hit with it.

    Shitter lid, never thought about that one – intresting idea dude, that would shurely fuck someone up

    think the most important weapon, that has been overlooked, is a fully charged cell phone on the bedside table! Some one tries to break in, call the local constabulary and hide while yelling that you’ve already “made the call”. Seriously, this is something that a lot of folks forget, let the professionals deal with the bad guys. Fight or egress only as a last resort. The only time I’m going to try and escape from my abode is if it’s on fire!

    Yep a charged cordless or cell phone is a must for Home Defense

    ~James G

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    1. Trouble with local fuzz is that they are much too busy eating doughnuts at that time of your call, best move is to reconnect the cordless into a cord-full and swing it round like a propeller in hope it might clip the bandit’s earlobe so he falls down pretending to be dead; giving you a chance to rush to the toilet and grab that shitter lid.
      Seriously this is something a lot of folk remember that there is no better professional than a mouse with his shit-house on fire.

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  28. I still like the flame thrower idea. I think the most important weapon, that has been overlooked, is a fully charged cell phone on the bedside table! Some one tries to break in, call the local constabulary and hide while yelling that you’ve already “made the call”. Seriously, this is something that a lot of folks forget, let the professionals deal with the bad guys. Fight or egress only as a last resort. The only time I’m going to try and escape from my abode is if it’s on fire!  (Quote This Comment)

    Just a thought from my experience – always check that there is a cell signal. Dumb ass me got so used to there always being a tower that when I was on vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota, you guessed it. The cell phone went on an extreme search mode looking for a tower and ran the battery down in no time. So, when I later just happened to look I had no battery and no signal. Even some spots in coverage areas can have none. Just west of the Missouri river in central Missouri is a valley with all dead air.

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  29. Phones are nice for AA reports, but no use at all when three crackheads armed with whatever, are kicking in the door at 1:00 a.m..
    It’s like the saying that is so true that the great Oleg Volk made it into a poster -
    “Dial 911 – When Seconds Count, The Police Are Minutes Away!”

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  30. yeah tazers are illegal in the uk. and you can own paintball guns but it will still count as a firearms offence if you use it on a fucktard in your own home. i know a chap who managed to chase off intruders buy shooting a flare at them from a window when they were trying to break in to his garrage ! almost burnt down his shed !

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  31. The fire extinguisher is a great idea. It makes a great defensive weapon, both with the dry chem and as an impact weapon. It’s also a great E&E tool in the event of a fire. I’ve got a .45 next to my bed, but I also keep a fire extinguisher next to the bedroom door.

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  32. I like the idea of the home made pepper spray, but how about using one of those super-soaker squirt guns instead of a bottle? Should do the trick.

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    1. That’s a great idea! As long as the kids (if you have any) don’t wand to play with YOU… lol.

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  33. On a less searous note, I saw by brother and sister get in a fight one time, and my sister went after my brother with, not a broom, a damn vacume cleaner over her head! Diden’t work verry well…. My sister is like 5′ 4″. lmao! It was great!

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  34. My personal weapon of choice is a dead blow hammer (a rubber mallet filled with sand) attach a home made lanyard so you don’t drop it. I think a 5 pounder should knock out just about anything.

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  35. Ill second the wasp spray, that shit is nasty!

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  36. You people cannot be serious.

    If you live in an area that you are not ‘allowed’ to own at least a pump-action shotgun for close-in work, a lever-action rifle for mid-range, and at absolute minimum a .38 special revolver to give you time to get to the aforementioned long guns, then what the heck are you doing living there???

    I would not live in a jurisdiction in which I could not have immediate (at home, in my closet) access to a Colt AR-15 and several dozen boxes of ammo. I would not live in a jurisdiction that would not allow me to carry a handgun whenever I desire to do so (OK, not to the local school) openly or concealed.

    Do not tell me that you cannot move because your extended family lives nearby, or that the economic opportunities are better in that area, or that the cultural scene is excellent. The right to life (your life, the lives of your loved ones) on occasion needs to be backed up by the threat of force. Not force by the police, not force by private security, but force delivered by an otherwise peaceful family man. That’s you, pal.

    In most places in the United States, purchasing a firearm (long gun or sidearm) is about as complicated as running your credit card through twice. (One momentary delay for the credit card to go through, one momentary delay for the instant criminal check to go through.)

    In some jurisdictions, purchasing a handgun requires a background check in advance, which may take a month or two. These are the more restrictive jurisdictions.

    Other nations do not have a Second Amendment, but then again other nations do not have a U.S. Constitution. To paraphrase Daniel Webster;
    “If it were not for the U.S. Constitution, the entire world would eventually descend into total anarchy.”

    Or to paraphrase a late night comedian; “If it were not for the U.S. the Eiffel Tower would be a fast food restaurant selling McNazi burgers.”

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  37. As a white person living in South Africa, I can only say to the above post…..if I could live in the “States, my friend, I would…. but hey, when the USA dropped us in it in the late 80′s, we knew things were going to get tough…..

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  38. I still like the flame thrower idea.
    I think the most important weapon, that has been overlooked, is a fully charged cell phone on the bedside table! Some one tries to break in, call the local constabulary and hide while yelling that you’ve already “made the call”. Seriously, this is something that a lot of folks forget, let the professionals deal with the bad guys. Fight or egress only as a last resort. The only time I’m going to try and escape from my abode is if it’s on fire!  

    The police wont come round fast enough, tell them you think you have killed an intruder and they will be there before you hand up the phone.

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  39. Might I suggest using one of those car antenna’s that are collapsable. They fit in the shirt pocket and most people do not really notice them when they are in the pocket. But remove them and pull them so that they expand and then use them as a striking weapon. Anyone here reading thes would know what I mean when I say this idea would cause much pain if you have ever felt a switch across the back of the legs. Plus you leave proof that the purp was in your home or place of business by the marks left on their legs.

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  40. Here is an old stand by weapon. Wasp Spray. It has a distance of about 25′, or so I have been told and it hurts. Plus if you happen to be in an area that is open and if you happen to have a match on your person, Point the Wask Spray towards the one you hope to get to leave and light the spray. As a last resort at any rate. He or she gets the hell out of Dodge or they stick around while attempting to put out the flames.

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  41. Framing hammer good. Riggers axe or Shingling Hammer best!

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  42. As a white person living in South Africa, I can only say to the above post…..if I could live in the “States, my friend, I would…. but hey, when the USA dropped us in it in the late 80′s, we knew things were going to get tough…..  

    Hey another South African I know how it feels having been attacked several times not that they got anything off me. A great idea for homemade pepper spray is a water pistol filled with ammonia and aimed at the face you can then proceed to beat the living daylights out of the idiot who attacked you and in South Africa unlike the democratic peoples republic of britain your niehbours aren’t likely to report for that they are more likely to help you

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  43. When it comes to your love ones everything should be used as a weapon for their defense. Picture someone coming at you and you have just inserted your fingers into some Red Hot Peper dust. Finger into the eyes of your enemy should stop all forward movement. That is if you have nothing better to use as a weapon.
    You simply do whatever it takes to live.

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  44. I have learned that an HID flashlight is a great way to temporarily disorient or blind someone in the darkness to make it easier for you to strike the intruder with a weapon.

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  45. I would not live in a jurisdiction in which I could not have immediate (at home, in my closet) access to a Colt AR-15 and several dozen boxes of ammo.I would not live in a jurisdiction that would not allow me to carry a handgun whenever I desire to do so (OK, not to the local school) openly or concealed.

    Really Dude? While I carry every day and can get behind the “gun thing” for sure, your perspective is really narrow and “tool focused”. Outside of our little 2nd Amendment Box is a real world where this is not a practical reality. Any trip where a leg includes airline travel, any trip that includes a campus or Government buildings, leaves you looking for other options. Self defense is not an item hung in a Mitch Rosen Holster, it is a creative mind set that knows no jurisdictional boundaries. Be the weapon, everything else, including your above described armory, are tools.

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  46. Oh, and hell yeah am I getting me some WASP Spray!

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  47. ED. Wasp Spray. You could do better and you could do far worse. But you sill make to target feel a lot worse once he is hit in the eyes or in his crouch area. I mean really get him soaked between the legs, up close.
    Maybe even spray his hands. You can hear his sudden cries everytime he rubs his eyes.

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  48. Amazing stuff. God bless this web page, each comment left was enlightening. Just great stuff, the wasp spray suggestions are very clever.
    Available anywhere, and great/effective for home defense. I have a feeling this page, and others like it will become more popular by the day…
    You know, with 2012 around the corner, etc.

    Well, a million thanks to the creator of this site. I believe I’ll be signing up…

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  49. I don’t think anyone mentioned the dresser barricade. The idea is that the safest bet is never to make contact. Basically you set an alarm on the windows and doors, and when an alarm goes off you push the dresser in front of the door, then call the police. If they for some reason are not deterred by the alarm, manage to find the room your in, and also somehow manage to get through your barricade, use the area denial spray and a strobe light for the bedroom and then go to your prepared “hiding” place in the closet. If they are gas masked super burglars who just wont quit, and they walk into the closet amongst the chaotic lighting and the alarm and the gas and the police sirens which should by now be outside, than at this point you can hit them in the head with a hammer if you don’t have a long fishing spear.

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  50. how about hairspray and a ligther? or bug spray? you know homemade flame throwers :)

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  51. Great article! Useful for us in anti-gun countries.

    I know this will probably mean nothing for most of you, but if this scenario ever happened to me at my place, I think I’d use an airsoft gun and a thick bamboo like stick (it’s not actually bamboo since it’s not hollowed though).

    A long sustained burst from the average airsoft gun can do serious damage at close distances like 15 feet if you aim to the face, temporarily incapacitating an assailant or even blinding him if you’re lucky. By that time you should be able to ditch your less-than-lethal-plastic-shooting-toy and proceed to hit the assailant with whatever heavy object you have at hand.

    That’s still the best case scenario though and depends too much on the surprise factor which I think is key on no-gun/no-knife home defense. And of course.. it all works in theory whilst in practice I might freeze on the spot, throwing my airsoft-saves-the-day fantasies right out the window.

    …This is why even you Macho Men :D might want to take some Martial Arts training…or even a self-defense class. It’s good to set some patterns into “muscle memory”–so that you don’t have to =think= about what you’re going to do.

    I haven’t practcied actively in some years but a week or so ago I was looking at “sneaker spikes” and trying to figure out how they would work–I still possess a fairly wicked front kick!

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  52. Not trying to get into airsoft talk, but I think upgrading the gun to 450-500fps or so and using heavier weight bb’s like 0.35g should have enough hurting power to be used at very close distances and be more efective than steel bb’s which are just too heavy for the gun to handle.

    Sure.. Unless they have their hand on a weapon an swing/shoot uncontrollably. If you can purchase a gun DO SO! I have never seen a Marine fail the CS test which is to get sprayed in the face with military grade CS solution and fight their way out. Fight or flight takes over and it is muscle reflex after that. Train well, know your enemy, and NEVER underestimate them.

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  53. After reading your thread, I am finding some practical ideas. In my home, my biggest concern is my kids. One, them finding my “home defense weapon” and hurting themselves. Two, in the event of a home invasion, my children not being safe. Fortunately, I have a Cane Corso who may be the most impressive guard dog I have ever seen. She has amazing instincts for protecting the home and our children. If the need ever arose, she would definitely buy me some time while I got my wits about me. The homemade pepper spray is very practical. I grow Ghost Peppers and and handful of those in a concoction of your choice would make a pretty potent pepper spray. The question would be delivery. They sell some bad-ass squirt guns that get that pepper spray into an assailant’s pee-hole, let alone his eyes. I think I would follow that up with a machete. Gerber makes a few sizes. I keep it sheathed between my mattress. If my kids ever got ahold of the pepper spray, they would just cry a lot. If they found the machete, I couldn’t see them using it lethally on themselves or others. I also toyed with the idea of outfitting my GBB airsoft pistol with a light on the rail to temporarily blind the intruder, but I don’t think it would be practical to tie up a hand with a non-lethal toy. Then again, you could always fall back on the old reliable Brinkmann Police Flashlight. It’s like having a Strobe light and Baton in one. Don’t forget you can always flash your hall lights to temporarily blind. Just remember to close your own eyes when you flash them. For me, a deterrent is the best protection. Even though I am allergic to dogs, I own one. If you have never heard of the Cane Corso, they are definitely worth a google.

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  54. I forgot to add. In the event you need cops in a hurry, call 911 and report an “officer down.” My dad told me that one. You can deal with the cops after your family is safe.

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  55. what about a battery/gas operated framing nail gun.just have nose of gun in depressed position,pull trigger when needed,and it will shoot full clip of nails.a serious piece of kit for home defence.

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  56. improvised weapon, ahhhh.such a thing closew to my heart. NEVER underestimate the good old ball peen hammer. Or, the super soaker filled with chlorox and ammonia (or household pest sprayer ) Limitless possibilities!

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  57. Getting the upperhand in any situation is key, any person who has worked as a prison guard will tell you that the first thing an inmate does to keep guards off guard is to soak the floor with shampoo and water. Anyone stepping in this mix will be flat on their back in a heart beat, you now have the upper hand to beat them senseless with any item you choose. As they flounder around getting soap in their eyes (we all know how this feels) they are at your mercy, if you have any.

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  58. Please do not ever over look these two age old weapons.
    The Elbow popping back your enemies head will give you all sorts of time to use what ever is around you.
    Then there is the Knee’s. Put into the crotch or down onto the instep or toes of your enemy will bring pain and Howles from your enemy. A good old thumb to the eye sockets or even a finger will get them away from you.
    And if your weapon happens to be something laying around, do not ever drop it after you have made contact with your enemy. Keep it handy as you stand by or as you Bug Out of the area. If your enemy is armed, continue to use your weapon(s) as long as your enemy still holds onto his or her weapon(s), even if they are on the ground (floor). And be ready to continue using your weapon if needed.

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