Best Survival Weapons for Self Defence

The Best Survival Weapons for Self Defence

A guest article by: Monica Rivers

Prepping and survival have become hot topics amongst most Westerners during the last few years.
For whatever reason, we have a genuine fascination with what might happen if the Electrical Grid goes down.

Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the essential survival weapons you might need for self-defence.
Living in the wilderness would mean you never know when you’re going to face violent threats from animals or other people.

That is why it’s best to make sure you have some suitable tools for the job.
As you will learn, guns are critical, but sometimes you need to improvise.

Bow and Arrow

55 lb Black Archery Hunting Compound Bow

A good, basic hunting bow, like this ASD 55lb Compound Hunting bow, shown here, will set you back about £100 with spare strings and arrows.
Without a doubt a prepper ‘must have’ and a relatively easy way to procure small game for your food.

There’s no getting away from the fact that you’ll need to eat in a survival situation.
So, it’s wise to take weapons that will enable you to kill animals from a long distance.

That will also help to keep you safe, because no vicious beasts, and that include someone trying to steal your preps, can move too close to your camp.

You can either keep a bow and arrow at home in case something happens or create one when you’re in a survival situation. 

Making your own bow is very doable in a survival situation, so make sure you have some knowledge of this skill  now...


Here in the UK the vast majority do not own a firearm, unless you belong to a gun club or go hunting and shoot regularly, there's no reason to have one. 
Self defence is not a valid reason and you would not be issued a firearms license.

The right to freely own a firearm was taken away many decades ago as government reacted to the Hungerford Massacre in 1987.

You can, of course, legally apply for a firearms or shotgun license and join the two million other UK citizens who also own weapons. Perfectly legal to do, but you must meet certain requirements to be granted a license.

Image the case with companies shipping arms and ammunition around the globe.
They have to have good weapons for self defence and personal protection.

It stands to reason that if you are a licensed UK gun owner that you will want to keep your gun handy.
That is the case, regardless of which type of survival situation you might face.

For instance, in the big wide world you have companies like Firearms Logistics who have to use them when protecting ships from piracy.

You’ll need to follow the same strategy when protecting yourself from dangerous animals or, in SHTF situation, other people who are a threat to you, your family and preps.


You might have to travel through unforgiving terrain to survive in a “grid-down” situation and you might need to protect yourself.

That is why it’s always far better to have a large blade rather than just a standard knife.

This tool will also help you to stop other people from stealing your food or other essential prepping supplies..
It’s excellent for cutting any meat before you prepare dinner, and it could become deadly in a fight.

I know that knives have their place, but faced with this kind of threatening tool most people will back off very quickly..!
As a pure self defence weapon it is very intimidating, it also helps put distance between yourself and an attacker during a confrontation.

Improvised Weapons

The human is a soft skinned object, and as such, just about anything can cause harm and do enough damage to stop any threat.

There are particular types of improvised weapon you might like to consider.

For example, taking a standard baseball bat and adding some nails would make it deadly. Likewise, something as small and straightforward as a ballpoint pen can become a weapon in a self defence survival situations.

 As you might expect, when the power goes down, you’ll have to go back to basics. Considering that, now would be a good time to research simple weapons used hundreds of years ago.
You never know, they could help to keep your family alive that little bit longer.!

Staying Alive

We hope you have gained a bit more of an insight into survival weapons today.
Just remember that we’re talking about a situation where it’s kill or be killed.
So, the usual rules about non-violence and compassion no longer apply. You’ll need to eat, and you’ll need to keep your loved ones secure.
That only happens when you have an arsenal of the right tools and your prepared to use them.....

Thanks to Monica for sending in this very relevant and interesting article.

Happy Prepping Folks.


Steve Hart UK Preppers Guide


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    • DanThePrepperMan on January 2, 2021 at 1:39 pm
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    Hands down, a crossbow. A pistol Crossbow too. A blank Firing gun, could be useful in certain situations but could also be the very thing that causes unwanted situations. Like perhaps alerting people to your location, maybe they would like to get there hands on your firearm etc… I’d also suggest a machete and a fixed blade (KA-BAR) but a decent multitool like the classic Voctorinox Swiss Army Knife, they are so useful. A good old fashioned baseball bat too, can’t beat em.

    I’m a complete novice when it comes to using a bow and arrow and to be quite honest, it was easy to hit a bullseye about 30/40yards out and relatively quickly too, but I’d agree that your arm is gonna be killing you after a while.

    Work smart, not hard.

    • Chris on February 8, 2018 at 1:43 pm
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    Compound bow 100 % folks its my best friend. Using it 2 times a week for 3 years
    Will greatly improve your odds whatever the target. 🙂

    • Steve on August 24, 2017 at 5:36 pm
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    Done archery myself for a few years. Laterally (side to Side) I am very accurate the issue is elevation. Depends in range arrow speed weight etc. At 90 yds I can be right on target laterally bare bow (no sights) but often miss due to the elevation. Traditional game often is 4 legged and the elevation is really difficult to pull off as you only have about a 9 inch margin of error. An upright human target would be much easier as you have a 36 inch margin of error. Small game, easy to about 20 yds then the elevation thing kicks in again. There is one thing you have not mentioned a sling bow. I tested one and it is about 70% as powerful as a 50lb hunting bow. Very accurate small and easy to use

    • Beattie on September 11, 2016 at 10:40 am
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    It’s likely that ammo for a firearm will run low quickly as you can only keep and buy a certain amount at any one time and finding more is almost impossible in the UK as other firearms users will keep their own particularly safe.

    Top weapons for self defence in the UK are

    Shotgun (if you have one and are willing to kill someone to protect yourself also factor in storing ammo )

    Machete (very little training required to be very lethal try to get one with a stabbing point and a false edge on top side)

    Knife (fixed blade like glock 81 or 78 bit of training and these are a very effective weapon. Training is a must and taking your enemy by surprise is a great advantage as an ex security officer I’ve had to go kubaton against a blunt knife that a smack head was carrying and my wrists got cut badly disarming him. Ive trained in kickboxing and krav maga for 18 years

    Self defence is bloody, violent and you will get cut/hurt there’s nothing romantic about knife fighting. Used properly a knife can drop someone as fast as a firearm but must be done with stealth engaging in a knife fight is deadly even for an experienced martial artist

    I would discount the bow for most people as unless your at Olympic level you just aren’t going to be able to shoot well enough to bet your life on it

    • Simon on August 2, 2016 at 5:32 pm
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    Been a traditional archery for eight years now, the peice about archery procuring small game is close to nonsense, small game would better caught using
    1. An air rifle
    2. Snares and traps
    3. A ferret or a lurcher.
    I would rather use a bow for self defence.
    Making a bow in a survival situation!!!’
    Yes it is doable it also easier to F it up
    Make the bow now or buy one and take up archery as your new hobby.

      • PrepperPro on August 2, 2016 at 6:47 pm
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      ha ha, did you forget to read the title..?!

      The Best Survival Weapons for Self Defence….

      He is saying a bow IS good for self defence.

      I also agree that you can procure food, (rabbits etc) by using a bow.

      You seem of missed the point compleately.

    • A guy on June 5, 2016 at 11:32 pm
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    Do you actually have any idea how cringy most of this is
    Yeah, there’s some good information
    But everytime I see ‘bow and arrow’ on this site I just die a little inside

    It is incredibly hard to use a bow and arrow, especially on a mobile target. Even with compound bows and modern sights, only experienced archers have a good chance of hitting anything. The general, untrained public are more suited to hunting rifles as these are easy to operate. Manufacturers make them this way because a firearm that is too complex (looking at you, the M16A1) will never sell. Bows are effective but ONLY IF YOU KNOW HOW TO USE THEM.

      • Nugget on June 6, 2016 at 3:55 am
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      Ha Ha, listen to you Mr Robin Hood..!
      Using a bow must be about the simplest of weapons to use for just about anyone, even a child.
      Like any weapon, its takes practice to be consistent over a set distance, but geez, a bow is really very simple to hold, aim, fire and be consistent every time, without needing a collage degree like you seem to think!!!
      As to the M16…! This is the UK, not Iraq.
      With a little practice ANYONE CAN USE THEM.

        • E on August 26, 2020 at 11:57 pm
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        Some people do have wrists, hands and shoulder challenges not including neck or neurology challenges etc. Being to physically hold and manage the weight even with a compound bow is too much for some.

        It’s good to see other suggestions on how to defend yourself overall.

        What would be interesting to see are ideas/suggestions in how to defend/protect if a person is injured, disabled, unwell, pregnant and assuming solo or in a solo situation.

      • Jake on June 6, 2016 at 9:00 am
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      Its a general article and a guest post.
      I guess UK Prepper allows people to add there thoughts to the site.
      Its a general post and informative for initial information only.
      Youll find there’s much more specific info elsewhere on this site.

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