SHTF Improvised Weaponry

by Erich

When society collapses and small towns, neighborhoods and families are forced to band together to protect themselves against looters and roving gangs, there’s a lot that we can learn from studying modern guerrilla warfare fighters.

In the current conflict in Syria, rebel fighters have been building a wide array of improvised weaponry ranging from homemade grenades, mortar shells and armored vehicles to anti-aircraft weaponry and remote-controlled machine guns.

Here is a gallery of some very creative improvised weaponry being used in the conflict in Syria:


Here’s an example of taking the slingshot idea just a bit further. These large slingshots are easily made from bundles of surgical tubing braided together. Perhaps now’s the time to start stocking up on this tubing, eh? (Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images)

These Syrian rebels are preparing homemade missiles for launch near the Abu Baker brigade. (Edouard Elias/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s what the launch looks like from the previous image. (Edouard Elias/AFP/Getty Images)

This former steel and iron factory is now being appropriated for the manufacturing of improvised mortar shells. Having machining skills when the SHTF will be a valuable asset.(Reuters/Hamid Khatib)

Here’s the finished mortar shell next to the guy smoking a cigarette (not sure if that’s the best idea). (Reuters/Hamid Khatib)

Another image of the mortar shell.(Reuters/Hamid Khatib)

I don’t think Toyota ever envisioned their pickup truck would become the war chariot of the Third World, but it is by far THE go-to unarmored personnel carrier for everyone from third world warriors and tribesmen to even American Special Forces. In this picture, this heavy machine gun is being used to dislodge a sniper from his over-watch position.(Javier Manzano/AFP/Getty Images)

Homemade grenades are simple to make and are very effective anti-personnel devices.(AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)

Even modern versions of the ancient catapult still find their uses in guerrilla styled warfare as you can see in this example being used to launch improvised grenades. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

This Free Syrian Army fighter is firing an anti-aircraft machine gun against a Syrian Army jet in the Saif al-Dula district.(AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

Even homemade armored vehicles can be improvised like this “Sham 1” example.(Reuters/Zain Karam)

With proper machining skills, even homemade missiles like this one above can be made. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)

Here’s those same missiles now beginning assembly.(Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)

Missiles are now attached to their payloads.(Reuters/Youssef Boudlal)

This young man is recycling the components of unexploded bombs from government shelling for use in those improvised missiles above. (Edouard Elias/AFP/Getty Images)

The effectiveness of IEDs cannot be understated. These Syrian rebels are preparing homemade explosives. (Reuters/Ghaith Taha)

Even retrofitted helicopter rocket pods can be modified for use on the back of pickups.(Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images)

Another slingshot image.(Reuters/Asmaa Waguih)

Another “Sham 2” improvised armored vehicle. (Reuters/Zain Karam)

Inside the “Sham 2”, a Syrian rebel uses a video-game controller to activate the machine gun mounted outside the vehicle.(Herve Bar/AFP/Getty Images)

Another look at the outside of that same “Sham 2” showing a good look at the camera and gun being controlled from the inside.(Herve Bar/AFP/Getty Images)

This homemade missile is being prepared for launch.(Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)

Another view of some homemade missiles. (Reuters/Zain Karam)

Another truck-mounted heavy machine gun being used.(AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)

This improvised shotgun has been modified to launch improvised grenades.(Reuters/Mohammed Abdullah)

Preparing the improvised grenade launcher from the previous pic.(Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

These are some serious pipe bombs…(Frederic Lafargue/AFP/Getty Images)

In this pic, a Free Syrian fighter is using a mannequin head to help attract and locate snipers.(Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

This is a homemade anti-aircraft weapon mounted on a pickup truck…(Reuters/Mahmoud Hassano)

They use the electric compass of a smartphone to help them aim their anti-aircraft weapon. (Reuters/Mahmoud Hassano)

Rebel fighters prepare homemade napalm fire bombs (likely with a mixture of soap and gasoline). (Pierre Torres/AFP/Getty Images)

Another example of a repurposed piece of military equipment (anti-aircraft artillary).(Reuters/Raed Al-Fares/Shaam News Network)

A battery powered homemade mortar launcher.(Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images)
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2014-05-31 12:03:17

When it comes time to play this game here in America, we can surely outdo these guys with improvised ordinance!

 
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2014-06-01 09:28:19

Trouble is- our tax dollars won’t be paying for it then.

 
Comment by Larry
2014-06-02 00:48:00

I guess I really ought to learn more about metal machining and milling; especially since I own one of these.

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Yup – it works.

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Yup. Me too. It’s definitely on the short list for next skills to learn.

 
 
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