Navy Seal Survival Guide Part 3-Improvised Weapons

This next blog is all about improvised weapons. Improvised weapons are using your imagination to create a weapon out of anything available. If you are in a situation where you could get injured or killed, you better find the most effective item. Whatever you have in your environment are the choices you have to create a weapon. If you look around you right now you might see a few things you could use. A car key or a small table could be potential weapons. Here are a few suggestions of possible weapons:



  • Belts-especially with heavy buckles
  • Coats-a defensive tool against sharp objects
  • High heels-they can be used like a hammer.
  • Socks-fill them with coins or a can of soda.



  • Any aerosol canister- sprayed in the eyes will sting.
  • Nail file
  • Straight Razor
  • Foot powder-can also be used in the eyes.


Office Supplies:

  • Laptop-can be used as a shield, or a shot to the throat
  • Stapler-used a striking tool
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Computer power cords, prier cables, Ethernet cables are good for whipping and strangling


On a Plane:

  • Book-to throw or strike the throat
  • Rolled-up magazine
  • Ball-point pen- for stabbing
  • Vodka-to the eyes
  • Blanket-throw over the face of an attacker to disorient and blind.



  • Knifes, forks, spoons, rolling pin, pots, pans, lids
  • Corkscrew
  • Fire extinguisher (we’ve all seen this used as a weapon in movies)



  • Anything from a toolbox
  • Any sports equipment (for a weapon or protection)
  • Lumber
  • Plumbing Supplies
  • Chain Saw


As you can see you can use just about anything as a weapon you might need in an emergency situation. If you are ever in a situation where someone is trying to harm you, you should use anything you can find for self-defense to get out of the situation alive. 

Courtley, C. (2012). SEAL survival guide: A Navy SEAL’s secrets to surviving any disaster. New York: Gallery Books.


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