Weapons from Everyday Objects
Weapons from Everyday Objects
It’s incredible how many MacGyvers there are in lock-down. If you had to watch your back constantly, and had a whole lot of time, you’d be amazed at what you could come up with too, I suppose. Today, let’s take a look at 7 brutal makeshift weapons confiscated from inmates.
1. A simple eye-gouger.
Starting off slow, this incredibly simple weapon is actually noted in an exhibit at the Sing Sing Prison museum in Ossining, New York. The prison’s museum is devoted to the history of the nearly 200-year-old correction facility, and displays numerous makeshift weapons, but this weapon in particular stands out, and was made of two plastic forks fastened together with the middle tines taken out. No one knows for sure if it was ever used to gouge any eyeballs, but still, it’s a scary thought.
2. Nun-chucks No-fucks
Lorenzo Pollard, a man who gave zero-fucks, fought off a dozen armed guards and facilitated his escape using nun-chucks in the St. Louis Workhouse. He fashioned said nun-chucks out of two chair legs and a bed sheet. After his quarrel, he broke through a window, squeezed through a homemade escape hatch, and scaled two razor-wire walls.
Even so, he was recaptured.
3. Bedpost Shotgun
This devastating device is one of many homemade weapons discovered in German prisons. This shotgun was created from iron bedposts, used gunpowder made of lead from curtain tape and match-heads, and was fired by AA batteries and a broken light bulb. On May 21, 1984, two inmates took a guard hostage, shot through bullet-proof glass, escaped, and stole a car.
MacGyver be damned. These guys weren’t messing around.
4. Toothbrush Crossbow
A Canadian prisoner in solitary used his “alone-time” to make one of the most creative an insanely ingenious makeshift weapons I’ve ever seen. It was a full-fledged crossbow, crafted using “10 toothbrushes, a cigarette lighter, a section of ballpoint pen casing, a piece of wire coat hanger, a section of a pair of aluminum cafeteria tongs, assorted electrical components, pieces of yellow rubber gloves, some Kleenex, a piece of string, and a few screws.” The bolts themselves were made of tightly packed toilet paper and aluminum foil. The bolts could be fired as far as 40 feet, but luckily it was confiscated before it was ever used.
The weapon was put on display afterwards, because, let’s face it, it’s pretty awesome.
This weapon was seized from a New Jersey prison. It’s simplistic in design, but is a very deadly device. It was made from a comb, some razor blades, and some copper wire. The inmate simply cut a slit down the middle of the comb’s tines, inserted a few razor blades, and wrapped the tines in wire.
Simple, but effective.
6. Crafty Crucifix Shiv
For a time, inmates were allowed to make large wooden crucifixes in prison wood-shops. I suppose that an inmate crafting a religious item was viewed as looking to change. Or, perhaps that inmate was just very crafty
This unbelievable homemade shiv was discovered in a German prison in 1994, and soon after, inmates were no longer allowed to craft large crucifixes. Food for thought: maybe not allowing inmates to have any large wooden club-like items in general is also a good idea.
7. Coffee Creamer Flamethrower
As insane as it sounds, this is actually a thing. I saved the best for last.
Apparently, the animal fat in common powdered coffee creamer can be lit on fire and funneled through a tube to create a crude – but very effective – flamethrower. This is about as crafty as it gets, not to mention deadly. Prison commissaries stopped carrying powdered coffee creamer because so many inmates were devising weapons and torching their enemies.
Guess you’re drinking that coffee black from now on, fellas.
While these 7 makeshift weapons are incredible to say the least, I know there are many more where they came from. This list is just a few of my personal favorites, and if you know any tales of inmate ingenuity, feel free to drop a line in the comment section below!
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