Everyone knows that almost anybody can design a weapon. Of course, it goes without saying that most designs would suck. When designing weapons, a lot of things can go wrong. While it’s not really that big a deal if you’re going to scrap the designs, it can cause a lot of troubles and hassles if you plan to push through using a design that doesn’t make sense.
Functionality over design
A lot of people go crazy over aesthetics while forgetting why they’re making a weapon in the first place. Unless you’re entering a weapon-design contest, you have to make sure that you choose functionality over design. A good-looking crossbow that doesn’t shoot properly won’t do you any good. What are you planning to do? Use the weapon to impress your attacker?
Ask yourself why you want to make one in the first place. If it’s only a hobby, then you can make it as cool-looking as possible with no consideration for the functionality whatsoever. But if you’re like most people, you’re designing weapons so you’ll have something to defend yourself with.
Here are some mistakes that people usually make when designing weaponry:
- Adding too much “bling”
- Making a “swiss knife” type of weapon
- Making weapons that are hard to master
A lot of people are guilty of putting too much “bling” on their weapons. These are usually unnecessary and would only impede the weapon’s effectiveness. For example, do you really need to put all that chrome on your homemade gun? You’re just going to make it heavier and that can change a lot of things when you have to use it.
You all know what swiss knives are. It’s the MacGyver of knives. While a swiss knife is helpful for survivalists and all-around handymen, designing a weapon to incorporate a lot of weapons in one just doesn’t make sense.
At best, it’s just going to confuse you during the split second that you have to make your move or be killed. If you can incorporate 2 or 3 weapons without affecting functionality, well then good. But sometimes, it’s best to stick to one that’s very effective.
You should also stay away from those that would need months or years to master for obvious reasons.
Keep it simple, Stupid!
Ah, the K.I.S.S. principle. Unless you have to design a weapon for the military, it’s best to keep things simple. There are a lot of weapons that you can make in 5 to 10 simple steps. Unless it’s a hobby and you enjoy taking the time making them, go for designs that you can turn into reality in a few simple steps unless you want your project to be a statistic of half-finished projects. In most cases, simpler is better. For example, check out this potato Gatling cannon:
While it’s a great project that you can do every weekend, it doesn’t really compare with a simple potato cannon that can launch projectiles for hundreds of yards.
Keep costs in mind
You’re better off buying the weapon if it’s going to cost an arm and a leg to turn your design into reality. When making the design, take into consideration how much each component is going to cost. Better yet, look around the house for things that you can use. If inmates can make weapons inside prison cells where they typically don’t have access to potentially dangerous things, then you can be sure that there are loads of things in your home that you can use to keep costs down.
For example, did you know that you can make a powerful crossbow using 4 pencils, pen, rubber bands and tape?
You can see how simple the design is but it’s very effective. Best of all, you can make it for free since it’s made from stuff found inside your home.
You also have to take into consideration the tools that you’re going to need. It would be pretty hard to make complex wood weapons without a workshop. So check out your available tools and build a design around them. But if you have the basic tools like a drill, hammer, screwdriver and the likes, you’re good to go.
Source of power
How do you plan on arming your weapon? There are weapons that you can make that only need your arm power like bows and crossbows. There are also a lot of free or cheap power sources that you can consider:
- Hair spray
Legality and danger
Of course, you have to consider the legality of the weapon. Check local laws just to be sure. You should also consider the dangers involved. After all, you want to use it to protect, and not harm yourself or others.