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Weapons of Opportunity: How to Use Everyday Objects for Self Defense

When yours or the lives of others are at stake, you need every possible advantage you can get. Not having a weapon when facing an armed opponent is a grim prospect. Learning to use everyday items in these violent confrontations allows you to even the odds, even if just a bit.

If someone attacks you with a knife, would you rather be holding nothing or a monkey wrench? What if they pull a gun? Try and keep steady aim as someone throws a monkey wrench at your head. Being able to effectively use items around your environment, or ‘weapons of opportunity’ as the military calls them, to assist you in defending yourself could mean the difference between life and death.

A Marine should be ready and able to use anything around him to serve as a weapon. This may mean throwing sand or liquid in an aggressor’s eyes to temporarily impair his vision so that damage can be done to his head with a rock, e-tool, helmet, or anything readily available to the Marine. In a confrontation, a Marine must use whatever it takes to win or face the genuine possibility of losing his life.

Marine Corps Martial Arts Program Handbook

Not every weapon of opportunity is going to be as apparent as a wrench or hammer. We will cover how you can begin to recognize and discover these weapons based on function. Then we will go a bit into usage and how some martial arts approach this topic. Afterward, you should be better at thinking about using the items around you in a life-saving manner.

Learn to Recognize Aspects of Weapons

Any port in a storm; any weapon in a fight.

What is the difference between a sharp letter opener and a knife? It depends on the knife and the opener, of course, but I have seen letter openers much scarier than your average everyday carry folder knife. Both items can stab, cut, and lacerate a foe – that much is readily apparent.

Other things lying around may not be as obvious, but can be just as effective. Beer bottles, shovels, a vase, a coffee mug, a fork, a barbell, ANYTHING! If it can stab, cut, bludgeon, defend, or scare, it can be useful.

While it is impossible to describe how every possible weapon in your environment can be utilized, we can categorize weapons of opportunity by primary use. Doing this allows us to think about them based on their end function rather than their specific identity. An example would be that I’d smash a bad guy with a nice overhand strike the same way with a chair leg as I would a hammer or frying pan.

To that end, we have broken up Weapons of Opportunity into the following Categories:


This is an item that can lacerate a foe. These tools will hopefully operate similar to the blade edge of a knife. These items will often not stop a motivated attacker unless a primary area is targeted. Strike at the face, neck, or wrist since most other regions will only do superficial damage.

Examples: Knives, letter openers, Exacto knife, broken glass, broken plate or CD, old-style shaving razor, license plate edge, etc.


These are perhaps the easiest for an untrained person to use effectively. Stabbing the tissue of the opponent’s body can be useful in quickly hampering their ability to operate.

In the movie, The Bourne Supremacy, Jason Bourne uses a pen to stab at the neck and hand of an opponent wielding a knife. This is an excellent example of how even the most basic item can help you survive. These items are useful in attacking an opponent’s eyes, neck, inner arm and hand, torso, groin, and inner thighs.

Examples: Knives, letter openers, Exacto knife, broken glass, corkscrew, screwdriver, fork, pencil/pens, scissors. Even a toothbrush getting jammed in your eye is going to ruin your day.


Channel your inner caveman. These items can be wielded as clubs and are useful for striking your opponents head, collar bone, groin, knee, and especially their weapon hand.

In that same Bourne Supremacy fight scene, the hero uses a rolled-up magazine to hit the opponents knife hand away before he grabs for that pen. Obviously, your first choice will likely be a baseball bat, or golf club (I mean ‘club’ is literally in the name) but nearly anything can be used to add weight to your strikes.

Examples: Coffee mug, brick, frying pan, extinguisher, flashlight, sticks or pieces of wood, baseball bat, golf club, a shoe, a laptop, a beer bottle, fire poker, a chair, etc.


Everything from a baseball to an ax can be thrown as a way to fight back. It starts to sound ridiculous when you list everything, but you can be sure that grown men have been killed by a tire iron being flung into their skull.

Also, don’t forget throwing sand in their eyes, hot coffee, boiling soup, etc.

Examples: Glas bottles, nail gun, brick, rock, coffee mugs, books, phones, frying pan, hammer, a shoe, etc.

Non-Rigid Items

Some items are useful in defending against a weapon but are not great at striking. While a good offense may always be the best defense, a defense is better than no defense. If someone is coming at you with a knife, trying to wrap the blade or his hand up in a towel or even your shirt can be better than nothing. Same goes for your belt. There are also other ways to employ these items.

Examples: towels, shirts, belts, thick trash bag, bed sheet, etc.

Remember to Think About Range

If your attacker has a knife, you will want to keep your distance. Items like a baseball bat, fire poker, or shovel work great for that. At close range, items like a pen or pair of scissors will allow you to hold them close and attack their weapon hand and primary areas (like eyes, neck, and groin) more effectively. If you are facing a firearm and you are unable to escape, then you must close the distance.

Using Any and Every Item as a Weapon

As has been made clear, the usage of a weapon will be highly dependent on its function. While it may not be possible to train with every possible item, some martial arts have developed methods for teaching large swathes of tools at once.

Some of the images we used earlier were from the Marine Corps Martial Arts training book sections on weapons of opportunity. In that book, it is stressed to the Marines that certain basic strikes will work the same whether it is a club, a knife, a bottle, etc. They practice striking using their helmets, shovels, and other odd shaped objects. It becomes more about how you universally use your body rather than the specific item.

Marines will have sparring matches with each other using rubber knives, sticks, odd-shaped staffs, rubber rifles and more to help their motor skills adapt to different weights and balances.

Another art that has a storied history in this sort of training is Kali, also known as Escrima. This is a blade and stick art from the Philippines full of concepts that transcend into using many types of weapons of opportunity.

Matt Damon trained quite a bit in Kali when prepping for his role in the Bourne series and it shows heavily in certain scenes. The scene where he uses a rolled-up magazine to fend away from a knife is a perfect example of both Kali techniques and everything we have been talking about in this article.

Kali is a complicated art but uses simple movements – movements that apply to objects as general as a baseball cap. Other martial schools such as Krav Maga and Jeet Kune, as well as many military units, will often spend time cross-training Kali for this reason.

Image via Doug Marcaida / Fighting With a Hat

There is so much more than just the Filipino arts though. Many fighting styles will help your body better understand itself, allowing you much greater overall versatility when wielding items. The trick is to build your own motor skills. Work on your balance, strength, and dexterity to help you better adapt to anything.

Warrior Mindset

Survival requires having the will to fight, especially if you are about to do so at a disadvantage. Remember why you want to live, and remember the brutality of what survival has entailed throughout history.

I recently had a knife pulled on me in Thailand. While I wasn’t the instigator, it was still a dumb situation to have found myself in – alone, unarmed, and facing a drunk man with a knife.

Realizing my situation, I quickly (though much too slowly in retrospect) took off one of my shoes with the intention of striking the knife hand with it should he attack. In the end, we both walked away, but it reminded me that I may really have to save my own life with nothing but a shoe one day, and I re-upped my training.

There are hundreds of scenarios that don’t end peacefully and people end up having to use their shoe (or whatever else) to thwart an attacker. Here are some examples to help put your mind in the right place:

  • A woman used a pair of car keys to defend herself from an attack.
  • In this case, a man defends himself and his son from a knife attacker with a baseball bat. This shows that a bat itself can be intimidating enough to thwart an attack.
  • An 11-year old used a decorative machete on his wall to defend his home from an intruder.
  • Although he was charged for murder, this event shows the effectiveness of items like a pool cue.
  • During a terrorist attack in London, the unarmed police were forced to flee from multiple ISIS sympathizers with long blades attacking a crowd. When armed police finally arrived, they saw bakers throwing bread crates, and men continuing to throw drinks and chairs at the attackers even while being stabbed and cut. The defenders are credited with saving multiple lives of those who chose to flee. While a knife attack may not seem extremely deadly, A similar attack in China that lacked the same active resistance ended with 33 dead and 130 injured.

Remember, a knife may kill you in one blow, or it may take over 50 wounds (and you may yet live like this woman). Don’t give them a chance for a clear and accurate strike.

The list could really go on for pages and pages, but you get the idea. This is not a rare occurrence. Weapons of opportunity save lives all the time, and with a little bit of forethought and mental preparation, you could be ready to do the same should the SHTF at the worst possible moment.

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4 No Cook Meals For Surviving The Pandemic And Food Supply Shortages

prosciutto avocado sandwich

When it comes to your food supply, you just can’t risk not having enough. These no cook meals will be a great addition to your food supply planning. Check out the recipes below!

No Cook Meals to Help You Through the Pandemic

As of the writing of this article, there are 20 meat processing plants that have been shut down due to COVID-19 infections. We have been worrying about these types of effects on our food supply for months now, and this is the first real sign of how infections can affect the food supply.

When you walk into a supermarket, you might not see all the choices you had in the past. An empty meat case is a humbling thing for your eyes to fall upon. It’s the shocking realization that the seemingly infinite supply of chickens, pigs, and cows that are butchered for us has begun to run dry!

To deal with this issue, we are going to present four no cook meals that will help you create dinners at home that will feed your family without worrying so much about what’s available, or unavailable, in the meat case.

1. Smashed White Bean, Avocado and Salted Pork Sandwiches

Smashed White Bean, Avocado and Salted Pork Sandwiches | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

As preppers we get beans. There are a bunch of ways to use beans and this a great example of how you can pack a sandwich with great nutrition and protein.

Serving: Makes 4 sandwiches


  • Can of White Beans
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Avocado
  • 8 Slices of Whole Grain Bread
  • 8 Slices of Salted Pork (Prosciutto, Ham, Virginia Ham)


  • Begin by draining your beans in a colander then smashing them up in a bowl add a few glugs of olive oil, salt, pepper. This little mix is delicious. If you add some minced rosemary, you can even turn this into a delicious dip.
  • Pit your avocado and cut it in half and then quarters lengthwise. Leave the skin on.
  • Lay the bread out on a clean work surface for assembling the sandwiches.
  • Spread your mashed bean mix onto one side of the bread.
  • Peel your avocados and slice 1 quarter for each sandwich. Spread slices over the bean spread.
  • Add a few slices of your pork to over the top of the avocado.
  • You can finish this sandwich with some lettuces, fresh sprouts, or just eat it as is.

2. Delicious Crab Salad

Canned crab is a protein option that will likely be around through much of this meat crisis. It does have to be kept in refrigeration, but it’s delicious and this chipotle mayo salad is great in the spring and summer.


  • 1 Can of Crab Meat
  • 1 Bunch of Asparagus
  • Chipotle Mayo
  • 1 Bunch of Green Onions
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro


  • Drain your crab in a colander and set it in the sink.
  • Slice your asparagus into 1-inch pieces. Throw them into a bowl.
  • Thinly slice your onions and your cilantro and throw that into the bowl, as well.
  • Gently toss in the crab meat.
  • Squirt on enough Chipotle mayo to coat everything and toss gently not to break up the crab meat.
  • Chill in the fridge and serve.

3. Simple Greek Salad

Simple Greek Salad | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

The combination of simple summer ingredients makes for an incredible quick salad that you could add other proteins, too, if you wanted. These could be canned meats.


  • 2 Large Tomatoes
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Red Onion
  • ¼ Cup of Feta Cheese
  • A Few Sprigs of Fresh Mint
  • ½ Cup of Kalamata Olives
  • Balsamic Dressing


  • I like to cut the tomatoes in large chunks and have them kind of be the main course in this salad. Peel and slice your cucumber in half. Remove the seeds and either dice or slice in half-moons.
  • Peel and slice your red onion in half. Julienne your, or thinly slice, your half onion.
  • Add all these ingredients to a bowl. Finely slice your mint.
  • Add your olives, crumbled feta, and mint to the bowl and add enough dressing to coat everything.
  • Stir it up and allow this to chill for at least an hour for the flavors to really blend.

4. Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

Using some similar ingredients and adding a protein like tuna, you can create some delicious lettuce wraps. The key to a good lettuce wrap is to have most of the items around the same size. So, consider that when you are preparing this dish.


  • Iceberg or Butter Lettuce
  • Canned Artichokes
  • Canned roasted Red peppers
  • Fresh Cucumber
  • Feta Cheese
  • Minced Olives ¼ Cup
  • 2 Cans of Tuna
  • Green Onions
  • Basil


  • Start by peeling all the full leaves from your lettuce. Set them on a plate either cover them with a wet paper towel or put them back into the fridge.
  • Dice the peppers, artichokes, and cucumbers into cubes. Go no larger than ½ an inch.
  • Thinly slice your green onions and basil and add them to a bowl with your diced vegetables. Add your loves to this bowl and mix them thoroughly.
  • Crumble your feta cheese over the mixture.
  • Drain your tuna thoroughly and then add that to the bowl, as well.
  • Gently toss this mixture. Try not to break up the tuna and the cheese too much but incorporate it thoroughly.
  • If you want, you can add some olive oil to the mix or a few glugs of balsamic vinegar. It’s also delicious just how it is.
  • Scoop a few tablespoons into a lettuce leaf, wrap it up and eat up!

These no cook meals should help lessen the stress you feel when thinking of what to feed your family. If you don’t have the specific ingredients, use your creativity, and use what you have. You might discover a new recipe while you’re at it!

What’s your favorite no cook meal recipe? Please share it with us in the comments section!

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Billionaire Whistle Blower: Wuhan Coronavirus Death Toll Is Over 50,000

  1. Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000.

A Chinese billionaire and whistleblower who lives in U.S. exile says Wuhan crematoriums have burned 50,000 coronavirus victims. | Credit: Chinatopix via AP

  • The official coronavirus death toll in China is a little over 800. But an exiled Chinese businessman says crematoriums are leaking the real figure.
  • A billionaire whistleblower alleges Wuhan has crematoriums working 24/7. He claims they’ve cremated some 50,000 coronavirus victims.
  • Guo Wengui is a Chinese billionaire living in exile in the United States.

The official coronavirus death toll is some 800 people in China. The current official death toll worldwide, outside of China, is 774. But a Chinese billionaire with a history of blowing the whistle on his former government says the real figure is much higher.

Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000. Wengui made the bombshell allegations in an interview with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.


Whistleblower: 1.5 Million Coronavirus Cases In China, 50,000 Coronavirus Deaths In Wuhan


He also claims to have inside information that there are 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases in China. Wengui is emphatic that these are not merely quarantined or “under observation” but confirmed cases of coronavirus infection:


China has struggled to contain the coronavirus. But it has also struggled to contain public outcry against censorship and tight control of information. Dr. Li Wenliang, who sounded the alarm about the disease, succumbed to an infection and died this week. The Chinese government arrested him for blowing the whistle.

Then officials tried to suppress news of his death. Afterwards, millions of Chinese citizens saw the hashtag #IWantFreedomOfSpeech on Mandarin language social media. But the Chinese government censored that too.

Are Wengui’s Crematorium Claims Credible?

Watch VICE’s 2017 profile on Guo Wengui. At the time, he published bombshell documents alleging corruption in the Chinese government. He got the attention of the media and reportedly the U.S. State Department.


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5 Types Of Ammunition To Stockpile For A Collapse


Every prepper knows it’s a great idea to stockpile ammunition when preparing for a major disaster.

You can use it for hunting, self-defense, or barter.

But which types of ammo should you stockpile?

If you plan on bartering, then you don’t want a bunch of calibers that nobody wants. And that’s just one consideration.

In this video, Reality Survival & Prepping talks about what he thinks are the 5 best types of ammunition to stockpile for a collapse.

Here are his picks:

  1. .22 LR – Very common, good for hunting small game, very light and small.
  2. 9mm Luger – Great for self-defense, fits in a wide variety of handguns.
  3. 5.56×45mm or .223 Remington – Also very common, cheap and effective.
  4. .308 Winchester – Widely used, works in AR10 and bolt-action platforms.
  5. 12 Gauge – You can do a lot with it — hunt, defend yourself, etc.

In the video below he makes a much more detailed case for each caliber. What do you think of this list?

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