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Now if you look at my ads and read my Facebook likes and posts, you’ll probably agree I’m totally anti-gun control. But in the even our crazy government actually decides to enforce such a ludicrous law as taking our protection from us, we are certainly not helpless.

In this post I’ve decided to list some of the how-tos and demonstrations of making your own weapons. After all, weaponry started long before our modern fire-sticks. Here are a few below.

A Monkey Fist with a pool ball embedded in the knot is a vital component to your hunting and self-defense survival collection.

With it, you give yourself a very solid 6 ounces to fell small game or to use in a close-quarter confrontation.

Below are simple instructions to get you started on constructing your

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Supplies you need:
• pool ball
• 18ft 550 paracord in a color that you want to be the main color
• 10ft 550 Paracord in a color that you want to be the compliment color
• 8ft 550 paracord in a color that you want for your lanyard and handle
• Monkey Fist Jig
• scissors
• lighter or matches

Monkey Fist Instructions

Step 1: How to Connect Paracord

To get started, we will need to connect both pieces of paracord at the ends so we have one 

single strand to make our monkey fist:

Take the ends of both your major and minor paracord. In this case, we are using black 

550 paracord as our major color and grey 550 paracord as our minor color.

Cut the ends.

Step 2: Melting Ends of Paracord

Take both ends, melt them using your lighter and press them together.

Take both ends, melt them using your lighter and press them together.

Step 3: How to Make A Monkey Fist: Starting

Now, let’s get started weaving the monkey fist!
Grab your jig and line up your paracord so the the merged part is lined up in the center on the

 inside of the two pegs closest to you.

You will want your major color on the right and your minor color on the left.

Step 4: How to Weave A Monkey Fist

Start the weave with your minor color. Holding the black strand in you right hand so it’s kept in place, 

use your left hand to wrap the grey strand out and around the four pegs in a counter-clockwise fashion.

This counts as one loop.

You will repeat this 9 more times until you have completed 11 loops.

Wrap the grey strand out and around the four pegs in a counter-clockwise fashion.

This is how it should look once you’ve completed wrapping 11 times.

Make a single loop around the peg in order to keep the grey strand in it’s place.

Step 5: Wrapping Monkey Fist Loops

Keeping those loops in tact, place the pool ball in the center and hold it in place with your hand.

Place the pool ball in the center. Start to wrap the black cord up and over the grey loops.

Step 6: Wrapping Alternate Monkey Fist Loops

Repeat Step 4 with the black strand (your major color). You will wrap it clockwise, 

making sure it goes on the outside of the grey(minor color) cord. Once you’ve wrapped it around

 11 times, your ball should be able to sit in the middle without you holding it.

Helpful Hint: As you wrap your paracord to make your monkey fist knot, do your best to 

keep each loop next to each other and not overlapping any other loops. This will make it easier 

for you when you start to tighten your monkey fist.

Loop the black paracord counter-clockwise around the outside of the grey paracord.

Keep wrapping like this, going around the pool ball in the center.

Wrap until you have gone around 11 times.

Step 7: Complete the Monkey Fist Loops

Now we are going to complete the last set of loops, continuing with the black strand. This time, we will 

weave the strand so it is on the inside of the grey loops but around the black loops we just made.
Be sure to use this series of loops to contain the pool ball. Just like the previous steps, you will wrap

 it around 11 times.

Grab the end of your black paracord.

Thread it up and inside the grey loops.

Thread it over the black loops then back down on the inside of the grey. 

These loops will be hugging the pool ball.

Thread it back under the pool ball.

Bring it behind the pool ball and inside the grey loops.

Repeat until you’ve made 11 loops.

Ideally, you will never find yourself in a situation where you need a Monkey Fist.

In these wild times, however, you never know. Having a Monkey Fist as a weapon is

essential to help you in a survival situation protect yourself or hunt.

Plus, once finished, this Weighted Monkey Fist looks Awesome! To see the entire set

of instructions, head on over to diy ready.


Flesh-burning Maglite Laser2zpl2fl

Myriad YouTube videos show how to make a retina-melting, flesh-burning portable laser from a discarded DVD burner and Maglite flashlight. If you remove the laser diode from the burner, then swap it out for the bulb of the Maglite, you essentially turn the flashlight into a handheld, intensely concentrated laser. It takes some soldering skills, but you wind up with a tool that there are just so many reasons you shouldn’t own.


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Real Vietnam War-era napalm was made by mixing of benzene, gasoline, and polystyrene. The stuff was a hellish mixture that clung to surfaces while it burned, and it was practically inextinguishable.

It’s possible to come up with something pretty darn close to the vintage napalm by simply dunking Styrofoam in a bucket of gasoline, mixing it around for a while and reserving the leftover goo. Once that goo is lit, good luck trying to put it out.


Build your own AK-47 (Legal and Untraceable)AK_630_A

Since this is quite a LONG post, I’m just going to direct you to the original link. Here.


Build Your Own 9mm (Legally and Untracable)bsp-1

Here’s another long post with pictures. Enjoy.



Disguised as a wooden crucifix;found in an inmate’s cell in Wolfenbüttel prison, Germany, sometime around 1994; intended for use in an escape or as a general weapon. At that time a lot of crucifixes were fashioned in prison woodshops until jailers finally figured out their true purpose.



This instrument was found in 1997 in the metal workshop of ‘Santa Fu’ prison in Hamburg, Germany, where an unknown inmate manufactured and hid it. It is either a weapon, or, attached to a pole, might have been designed to push away barbed wire from the top of a wall during an escape.


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It’s from the Dartmoor Prison in the UK, a 200 year old facility, and is stored in their museum. That’s right, they have their own museum. Just from looking at it, you can tell it’s a wooden shaft with four metal nails pounded through it, and a string grip. Held with the spikes between the fingers, it would make your punches considerably more deadly.


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This thing looks pretty plain, right? What makes it so special? Because it’s made out of paper. Wait, what? This is only a demonstration shiv, and wasn’t as sharp as the real things, but what it is is 25 pages of National Geographic rolled extremely, extremely tightly. It was then soaped and salted, making it excruciatingly hard, and able to punch through skin like metal. The main advantage to having a weapon like this is that it could be unrolled and destroyed very easily, simply by flushing it down the john.



A chainlock (also known as “smiley”) is as simple as an improvised weapon can get. It has precisely two parts: One heavy piece of metal (usually a large padlock) and a length of cloth or chain it is tied to. The weapon is operated by swinging it at the enemy like a medieval morning star (a club with a spiked ball attached on a chain). Although it is technically classified as a non-lethal weapon, a properly constructed chainlock can easily break bones and crack skulls. Because it’s very cheap and easy to assemble, the chainlock has been adopted by gang members and, sadly, even some school kids.


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Video Tutorial.


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Zip Gun & 12 gauge Shot Gun0

A $2 Zip gun.

What you need?

  • Rubber dishwashing gloves
  • A 3/8ths inch female to female coupling
  • A 2″ 3/8ths inch pipe
  • A 3/8ths to 1/4-inch adapter
  • A drill bit wrapped in duct tape (a 10- to 16-penny nail or similar will suffice in lieu of the drill bit)
  • A round of 9mm ammo, with the case wrapped in duct tape.

Want to know the best part?

If you make this for your personal use only, it’s completely legal.  You can’t sell it or give it away, because that would be “manufacturing” according to ATF rules and regs.

You shouldn’t even “turn it in” at the next gun buyback, wink wink.

Having said that, we would STRONGLY recommend not carrying one around with the cartridge loaded in the ZIP gun as it may go off unexpectedly if you bump the nail/drill bit at the wrong time.

Here’s the how-to video for the $7.00 Shotgun.  Printable PDF Here: ZipGun.


    Here are some free printables for various explosives and chemicals. Very easy to make!





DISCLAIMER: I take NO responsibility for anyone who makes or uses a weapon, manufactured or home-made improperly or illegally, be it a gun, a knife or other homemade device. To cover my butt, this blog post is intended for education and information purposes only.


Ok, the title is not meant to be offensive in any way… some ghettos are very nice. But if you are like me, having extra funds to put into prepping just IS NOT in the budget! Here are a few ideas I’ve found from around the web that will literally cost you NOTHING!

1.) Making your long term food storage last longer!
 2 (and 3 where you can get them) liter soda bottles. Okay, this is genius! Storing rice, beans and even various types of flour or sugars in the bottles gives you an air tight seal and gives you a very easy way to label them!cleaned-soda-bottle






2.) Fishing on a TIGHT budget

There are two types of fish hooks that are easy to make and use, the first one, a gorge hook,Gorge_Hook1 can be made from virtually any material (metal, stone, even wood) and is a fast simple and highly useful tool that needs no pole… just a bit of string or fishing wire. Apparently it’s designed to lodge in the fish’s belly once bait is swallowed.

A recycled soda can tab can also be fashioned into a more modern looking life-saving-life-hacks871147862-jan-30-2014-1-600x450hook, using some clippers or even by sharpening it on a rough stone or other similar surface. Again, no pole required, but I’d suggest having bait unless you’re willing to wait all day for your dinner to just mosey on by…


3) Lighting the way
I’ve seen some pretty cool items that are for sale out there in the way of lighting for emergencies, but if I know myself, that’s probably the area I’ll be caught unprepared! Luckily, if I have one or more of the following items with me, and a lighter, I should be alright for a little while!

Lard lights – yeah this is news to me, but once you think about it, duh! Of course! If you have string, olive oil, butter or lard/crisco/vegetable oil you have light! Apparently even an old can of saved bacon grease or beef drippings will do the trick! (If you are not from the south, those of us who are can explain bacon grease…it’s a beautiful flavoring!)  
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30 minute crayon candles acd946faa3ba7d53b8cf9fe30e4a3d74Well now this would likely make your kids cry, but if they are scared of the dark it’s kind of a win-lose… sorry. No wick needed! Just set the crayon on a non-flammable surface (I’d light the end a bit to get it nice and sticky first) and light-er-up! Each crayon will burn about 30 minutes! If you have one of those deluxe packs you could go for days!


4.) Refrigerate without electricity
This is cool, literally, and while here in the south it’s not as great as a Kenmore or Whirlpool during the dog days of summer, it’s still a viable option and it’s older than electricity itself!  All you need is a shovel, a large enough container (or containers) to store some semi-perishables in (terracotta pots, steel drums, heck even an old, non-working deep freeze) and a little muscle. Just pick a nice preferably shady (if you’re in the south) spot and start digging! Bury your container(s) of choice and for best and coolest results, spread some dirt over the top of the fridge, just be sure to mark your spot if you can no longer see it! There you go, meat locker or root vegges, I’ve even seen that you can put peppers and tomatoes inside, but no guarantee on the shelf life of those soft foods down there!      
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5.) Firestarters
Sodiyfirestarter_sourcedme of this I learned being my son’s Assistant Cub Scout Den Leader, others are just ideas compounded on the basic concept. As we all know, dryer lint is EXTREMELY flammable. And who doesn’t have some dryer lint lying around? (Even if you use a Launrdo-Mat, you can collect tons of the stuff) another thing America has a surplus of is empty toilet and paper-towel rolls…. put the two together and voila! Instant fire starter! Slightly more portable, are the wax or petroleum gel covered cotton balls or pads. The cotton balls are an easy (and kinda fun) activity the entire family can do together! Those things that look kinda like cookies? Those are these things covered in wax!

Store in a 139470919680526373ubfgkOyAc92naa51eeede4ed3aaZiploc baggie and you’ve got an instant, lightweight way to start a fire!





6.) DIY Emergency Blanket

Not long ago my (then) 9 year old daughter experienced a revelation; “Mom! I figured out how blankets work! I warm it up for it to keep me warm!” she cried! Yup… I guess it made her wonder why blankets were never already warm when she picked them up, but grew warmer the longer she used it… any how, even extremely warm days can lead to chilly nights and hypothermia is no joke! This is so easy and simple it floored me! All you need are several empty (clean) potato chip bags and a roll of duct-tape! Carefully cut the bags down the back seam, opening them flat and duct-tape (both sides) edges together… instant emergency blanket! 6 regular size chip bags makes a 3×5 foot blanket. Mylar balloons would take a bit more work, but would produce the same result (and for a kid, would be totally cooler on one side!)





7.) Emergency Shelter

There are several ways you can do this and anyone who has watched Bear Grylls or Survivor man can tell you all the different things in nature you can use to make a quick and efficient lean to. However not all of us are gifted with MacGyver genes, so we use what we know. I don’t know one redneck anywhere that doesn’t have at least one tarp and a length of rope. If you have those things you have a home. Now the pictures I have posted below are obviously a one man dwelling, but in the event you have a larger party to shelter, just use some of that duct-tape and create yourself a family size dwelling using several large tarps, some sticks, a tree and some rope.(Tree optional)

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As you can see here, this concept was used to create an entire neighborhood during the reparations of the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. 






That’s all i have for the moment, but there are so many other DIY cheap or free survival hacks out there! I’ll post more in the future! If you have a survival hack that I’ve missed, you’re welcome to post it in the comments! Stay Safe!