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Improvised Weapons are ordinary objects that aren't normally associated with violence or self defense turned lethal. There are two basic types of Improvised Weapons - found, and engineered. Found improvised weapons are used in their normal state, with little to no alterations required, such as a thick candlestick holder. Engineered improvised weapons require at least minor modification or planning. Traps comprised of unorthodox objects (such as the Falling Piano Trap in Zombieland) are always engineered improvised weapons.
This article will only include improvised weapons of substantial effectiveness. When evaluating a weapon's effectiveness, the most important factor is if it could be used to quickly penetrate a human skull, or decapitate a zombie. If it cannot, it is best to use it only as a way to slow a zombie down (or keep their mouth full/immobilized to prevent biting) to buy oneself more time to escape, or find a weapon that actually can penetrate the skull or mostly remove an intact human head.
Melee Weapons Edit
The majority of seemingly good improvised melee weapons are actually poor for killing zombies. The human skull is very strong, and many substances that will fracture it with sufficient force are not made for such a thing. They may break after a few uses, be difficult to wield, or impractical to carry. It is wiser, and easier to find improvised weapons to use to keep distance and create obstacles between yourself and zombies. In an emergency, first find something to act as a liontamer's chair, or as a riot shield, before testing if a tennis racket or guitar will destroy the zombie's brain, which it will most likely not.
Many sturdy tools in a hardware store can double as a weapon capable of killing a zombie. Large hammers, axes, crowbars, machetes etc. Generally use something that crushes bone. A good rule of thumb is if you think it might break your toe if you dropped it on it from eye level, then it is a good solid weight, which is very important. However you should not risk injury to test this, so don't actually drop it on your toe. Things like broomsticks, power saws, knives, and smaller/conventional hammers should not be depended on. Some sporting goods will also be sufficient.
Sports equipment is sometimes, but not always, useful against the undead. The material of the weapon is very important, as many modern items are lightweight and will not be effective. This category includes baseball bats, golf clubs, hockey sticks, cricket bats, etc. Even ice skates can be used for swinging\throwing weapons because of the sharp blades on the bottoms. Sports attire such as (American) football helmets can be used for extra protection against zombies.) However, the thin handles of golf clubs and hockey sticks may break easily after repeated use.
Many weapons can be constructed at home using common items as well. If a suitable wooden, metal, or other handle is found, duct-taping nails and spikes, each at least two inches in length, to the tip individually, followed by using clear tape or some other additional binding on the finished product, will create an astonishingly sturdy mace, easily capable of penetrating a skull and killing either a zombie or a human with an impaling blow. A metal broomstick handle, with the brush and top removed, can have the socket fitted with a long knife, and with additional binding, such as glue, tape, or cord/rope, it can be an extremely efficient spear or glaive. Finally, a couple of razor blades can be attached to both or one of the sides of a plank or similar broad item (a cricket bat if one is available), given some effort and a glue or epoxy, creating a makeshift macuahuitl, able to sever heads in single swings.
Using video game controllers, handhelds, and their accessories can also be used as weapons, although their power is ultimately weak. They should only be used when there are no other weapons in sight. The Nintendo DS stylus should be sharpened for more power against a zombie. If you have a controller, should you use it's grips or Wiimote against the zombie. Note that they may break after a lot of uses.
If you have a broken or inoperable rifle, you can take off the barrel and use the stock as a club. Additionally, you can follow the style of the Native Americans and attach a blade (from a machete, a thick-bladed saw or a circular saw) to the side to make a deadly weapon.
Ranged Weapons Edit
Homemade Projectile-Based WeaponsEdit
Using a thick, forked, but small piece of wood of good integrity, about one and a half feet of either vulcanized rubber, nylon, or some other stretchy material, and a small patch of leather, cloth, or any other relatively tough material, one can easily construct a slingshot. A hole puncher and knowledge of knot-tying will come in handy. When drawn back, it should not go very far beyond the neck after the main arm is extended. If it does, shorten the length of the cord. Make sure the knots are tight, and you are left with an extremely powerful and accurate weapon, depending on how well constructed it is. Using steel balls, maximum damage is ensured, but in any case, rocks provide an endless supply of ammunition.
Without much knowledge of fletching, it is possible to construct a very crude bow. Using a good height of either PVC pipe or suitable wood (about 4.5 feet long for a short bow), a strong, stretchy material of reasonable length (rubber works well, although bowstring materials are preferred, such as flax or tendon), and a little reshaping in the case of wood, a shortbow can be made with a draw weight of about 20 lbs, if constructed well. Given a plentiful supply of straight sticks, rods, shafts, and the like of any material that is not too fragile or heavy, one can construct arrows using tape/cord/glue and shards of glass, screws and nails, pieces of metal, flint or other shaped rocks for the arrowheads, or simply by sharpening the original shaft to a point, creating a good stock of ammo. Zombie headshots should be little trouble, as long as the distance is not too spacious (effective up to about 30 yards).
Every person caught off guard in the wake of a zombie apocalypse will likely be devoured, as well as lose their brains by force. That still doesn't mean that you are automatically on the menu, so it is best to improvise a ranged weapon even if it is not the most stunning. Be aware though, improvised weapons are not always completely safe. They cannot be expected to be long-lasting or of great quality, but they will serve as a surrogate for an under-prepared survivor until they are able to scavenge a better weapon.
A "zip gun" is most commonly familiar as an improvised weapon, the essentials are a barrel and chamber. The barrel can consist of a smooth thin walled tube( be warned poorly fitted tubing can result in a backfire, poor accuracy, and bursting) that is best strapped to any material that can act as a handle (wood blocks, clay molds, etc.). The firng pin can consist of a rubber band to a sophisticated tubed spring with a pin that is pulled back, and with enough force will strike the primer of any bullet that can fit properly into the barrel of chamber (preferably low pressure cartridges such as .22 rimfire and 12-guage shotgun shells). "Zip guns" can range from improvised rifles to handguns to shotguns.
If making one is too complicated, it is best to go out and just buy a nail-gun instead. Nail guns are effective up to 50 yards but at such range the nails will have no penetrating power nor accuracy, so some slight modifications will need to be applied such as an improvised stock and stabilizer and sights. Nails and compressed gas will be needed as well.
Tape It Or Die.com showcases many, many different weapons you can make at home, with certain items and good ol' Duct Tape.
Ropes and Chains Edit
Effective if used correctly, a rope or a chain can slow a group of zombies dramatically. Simply fasten both ends of a rope to a doorframe below knee level, and the zombies will be tripped up, giving time to escape, or to finish off the downed zombie. Likewise, chains can be tied, or even thrown at a zombies legs, tripping them up. Ropes and chains are inherently not deadly, but are to be used only to slow zombies down.
All you need is a piano, a few pulleys, and a steel cable. Use the pulleys and cable to hoist the piano aloft, then tie the cable to something. When zombies show up, untie the knot and drop the piano on them. Instant head trauma. Other things like broken refrigerators or washing machines can serve equally well, and are less expensive to obtain than a piano.
Shield were widely used in the old ages to block attacks, but in modern days they are useless. On the contrary, in a zombie apocalypse, one not fast enough to dodge or counter may create a homemade shield to protect themselves.
To make a homemade shield, get a wooden board that is 2 inches thick, 45-55 centimetres long and 40-45 centimeters wide (you can make a round shield if you have a cutting machine, it will be lighter but smaller in size). Then take a 1.5 or 2 inches wide tube and cut it into a small pipe about 8 inches long. After that, bend each end of the tube to form a grip and the link to attach the shield, and drive holes at each end of the tube and secure it to the shield with screws/bolts ( bolts will work the best ) at the left/right side of the shield ( depends on which hand do you use )finally, your homemade shield is ready for duty.
Although it's a little heavy, but it will save yourself from those ghouls. Since you must use one hand to carry the shield, you should use a single-handed weapon that is light and swift like a hunting knife or a machete.Blunt weapons like a warrington/nail hammer, metal pipe or a light tire iron will do the job too.
Do not use weapons like axes (not including hatchets), baseball/cricket bats or anything that is too heavy. Even if you have the strength to carry them, they will slow you down and make you more tired or even cause injuries.
Ways to use the homemade shield effectively :
1. Avoid causing arm injuries : Although it can block attacks, but your arm maybe have a small chance to get an impact from the zombie that can injure your arm.Wear an arm protector or wrap some thick cloths around your arm ( if you don't have the arm protector ) to lower the chance of causing arm injury.
2. Shielding : Put your shield between you like about 6 inches or 8 inches wide, also don't block your sight while shielding.
3.Bash and kill : Bash or hit the zombie in the head with the shield to make the zombie stagger, and then do a heavy blow to the head.
4. Shove and run : Sometimes you probably will get swarmed by zombies, if you try to escape, there is still a little chance to.First, charge to the path where you want to escape , then shove the zombies around you with the shield, shove from the front to the side .If the zombie is still infront of you, just incapicitate their legs with your weapon (if it has a long enough reach) or crush their knees to continue your escape. (this method does not work that well, so don't rely on this method too much)