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6 Intimidating (And Quiet) Alternatives To Guns

6 Intimidating (And Quiet) Alternatives To Guns

A firearm is a critical defensive tool to have in your survival kit, but there are a wide variety of non-firearm alternatives available on the market.

While a gun might be your first and best defensive option, it has some drawbacks, too. One of the biggest is noise – guns are loud, and even suppressed firearms are fairly noisy. Shooting an unsuppressed firearm can cause severe hearing damage, give away your location to an imminent threat, or scare away wild game that you are trying to hunt.

Another downside is that firearms need ammunition to function – without it, your expensive new gun is just a menacing-looking paperweight. Your supply of ammunition is limited by its cost, the amount of space you have to store it, and (in survival situations that require you to leave your home) the weight you can carry. Consequently, you may only have a limited amount of ammunition on hand when your survival plan needs to be put into play. You should consider purchasing one or more non-firearm defensive tools if:

  1. You want a backup to your firearm in case you run out of ammunition.
  2. You want a quiet defensive tool.
  3. You cannot carry a gun in some locations.
  4. You have moral, philosophical or ideological objections to the use of firearms.

This article will discuss your options for purchasing alternative defensive tools to add to your bug-out bag or emergency stash. Remember: You will need to practice and become proficient with any defensive tool to ensure that you can operate it effectively when a disaster strikes.

Projectile Weapons

1. A crossbow or compound bow.

While crossbows and compound bows are traditionally used for hunting, they also can be used as a defensive tool. While not as effective as a firearm, a good crossbow or compound bow will provide lethal accuracy out to 60 yards without the loud report of a gunshot. A well-constructed entry level crossbow (firing at 300fps or greater) will typically cost around $500, though lower-powered variants can be purchased for much less. Entry level compound bows firing at 300fps or greater will typically start at $200, and go up from there. You will want to purchase a case, spare bolts or arrows, replacement arrowheads, spare bow strings, and bow wax.

2. A survival bow.

As with the crossbow or compound bow, a survival bow is a hunting tool that can double as a defensive weapon. Unlike compound bows, a survival bow can be disassembled easily, and stored in a small pouch or carrying case. Aside from its ability to be disassembled for compact storage, the main benefit of the survival bow is its simple design when compared to a compound bow. However, survival bows are not as easy to shoot as compound bows because they have a much heavier draw. Your bow should have a minimum of a 40-pound draw – if the manufacturer doesn’t provide you with draw information, it is likely under the 40-pound mark. A decent survival bow can be purchased for as little as $90.

3. A slingshot.

They can use virtually any small object as ammunition, are compact enough to store virtually anywhere, and are very quiet. Steel ball bearings are the best ammunition for this type of weapon, but marbles, rocks and even steel nuts from a hardware store will function adequately.

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While a slingshot may not kill an attacker, it can certainly break bones and cause substantial bodily trauma. The best part is the price – a decent slingshot can be purchased for under $100.

Handheld Weapons

4. A machete.

A machete is a great tool to have in your prep kit, regardless of whether or not you are looking for an alternative to firearms for defending yourself. You can find a high-quality machete for less than $50 at any hardware or sporting goods store. Just remember that machetes are designed to slash, not stab.

5. An expandable baton.

6 Intimidating (And Quiet) Alternatives To Guns This compact, concealable defensive tool is an excellent choice for close-range defense. The expandable baton is composed of a handle that contains telescoping metal shafts, and a weighted tip.

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With the flick of your wrist, the baton expands to its full size, and makes a formidable impact weapon. An entry-level expandable baton can be purchased for around $25, and high-end versions for under $100.

6. A knife.

A fixed-blade knife is an ideal defensive tool because it is designed to withstand a lot of abuse. However, they are harder to store because of their length. Folding knives may not be as durable or reliable as fixed blades, but are good to have because they are easy to store or carry unobtrusively. When looking for a high-quality knife, expect to spend at least $50, maybe more. Some can be purchased for under $20, but their quality and durability may be questionable.

What weapons would you add to our list? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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  1. Tomahawks are also pretty useful as a weapon and a tool. plus they are relatively inexpensive.

    • Other handheld weapons – the Assengi, a short spear with blade attached to one end. In a crowd, a fearsome weapon, African warriers made some True Believers out of it. Cold Steel makes a pretty good one here.

      The walking cane – some training with it can keep attackers at a distinct disadvantage. A weapon which can be carried in plain sight.

  2. David to your Goliath

    Forget a slingshot. Most require some type of rubber tubing which weathers and breaks. Buy, or make, a Sling. has a lot of invaluable info. Slings can be made for little to no $$. With a bit of practice they are deadly.

  3. David to Goliath

    Slingshots depend on rubber tubing,which has a tendency to weather and snap. Slings are much more effective and, with a bit of practice, accurate and deadly. In addition, ammunition for a sling iis always plentiful. has a trove of information on making your own sling for little-to-none in cost.

  4. A cheap can of oven cleaner makes a very effective close range weapon if the hole in the nozzle (the button you press down) is reamed out a little with a pointed knife. A shot of oven cleaner to the eyes and face leaves the offender blinded (sometimes for life) and unable to harm you. He/she will stop in their tracks screaming for help. A second prolonged shot of oven cleaner to the groin leaves the offender very uncomfortable and will put you in his memory forever when he goes to the bathroom.
    When I was a police officer, I saw the results of this weapon used by a college girl who was about to be attacked by a serial rapist in her apartment. It is very effective at close range if you can’t afford any thing more effective. The girl was not raped and was safe and the offender spent a week in the hospital and lost the sight in one eye and only has partial sight in the other but he will never rape again or beat another woman again.

  5. Bobby Christian

    A slungshot is a fairly good, quickly made, weapon that was used by the old time Irish women. One type of slungshot can be made quickly by taking off one of your socks and putting something hard and heavy into the sock and swinging the sock at the head of the offender. A glass salt shaker or any thing about that size that is heavy and hard can be placed in the sock. You should practice with it a few times to be able to swing it quickly and accurately. The Irish women put heavy roundish stone about the size of a egg in a long cloth sack (like a sock) and was very good at fighting with it. Most men were afraid of a Irish woman with a slung shot.
    When I was a police officer I once took a slung shot off of a thug that had taken a big heavy nut off of a bolt and put a length of rawhide shoestring on it. He told me it was a very effective weapon in a gang fight. He didn’t have a gun so he used his homemade slungshot and a knife.

  6. The Cold Steel two handed machete (extended handle) really gives you some good options. More control and power. With practice, a really scary weapon that can be easily explained to LEOs as a tool.

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