History ImprovisedWeapon / RealLife

26th Oct '16 5:00:59 PM Idek618
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** Supposedly at some point the famed swordsman came to eschew steel swords in favor of wooden ones after becomed sicked by the number of promising swordsmen he killed in duels, and no matter whether he used a steel or wooden sword, still only suffered the one defeat.

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** Supposedly at some point the famed swordsman came to eschew steel swords in favor of wooden ones after becomed sicked sickened by the number of promising swordsmen he killed in duels, and no matter whether he used a steel or wooden sword, still only suffered the one defeat.
14th Sep '16 2:55:08 PM X1fihas
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* You're likely sitting in a chair, maybe a bar-stool. Pick it up, you now have a weapon with both power and reach. You probably won't need it but just in case, remember this. It could save your life, or at least a hospital trip.
16th Aug '16 5:43:42 AM Taskmaster123
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* Back when cars had antennaes (roughly early 1950's to the late 1980's) gang members and experienced street fighters who needed a weapon in a hurry would simply rip an antennae off the nearest car. It made for a ''vicious'' slashing weapon, especially when used on an attacker's face, and it gave you room because it made people back up from you in a hurry.
29th Jul '16 5:10:14 PM KingLyger
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* [[BatterUp Baseball bats]]. Besides being sold in every sporting goods store (and thus extremely common), a baseball bat just so happens to be a very well-balanced club. An aluminum baseball bat, in particular, is less prone to breaking than its common wooden counterpart, and a few good hits could easily break bones.

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* [[BatterUp Baseball bats]]. Besides being sold in every sporting goods store (and thus extremely common), a baseball bat just so happens to be a very well-balanced wooden club. The same could also be said for cricket bats or oars used in whitewater rafting. An aluminum baseball bat, in particular, bat is even less prone to breaking than its common wooden counterpart, and a few good hits could easily break bones.
29th Jul '16 5:08:13 PM KingLyger
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* [[BatterUp Baseball bats]]. Besides being sold in every sporting goods store (and thus extremely common), a baseball bat just so happens to be a very well-balanced club. An aluminum baseball bat, in particular, is less prone to breaking than its common wooden counterpart, and a few good hits could easily break bones.
18th May '16 2:22:34 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** On ''DeadliestWarrior'', the Green Berets were shown to use entrenchment tools. These were pre-sharpened, and they were trained in their effective use as weapons.

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** On ''DeadliestWarrior'', ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'', the Green Berets were shown to use entrenchment tools. These were pre-sharpened, and they were trained in their effective use as weapons.
5th May '16 7:47:40 PM DoctorCooper
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As shown below, just about ''anything'' can be used as a weapon.

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As shown below, in the trope, just about ''anything'' can be used as a weapon.
29th Mar '16 6:31:29 AM longWriter
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** According to one legend, Musashi's sole defeat was at the hands of Muso Gonnosuke, the founder of Shinto Muso Ryu. One version of the story goes that, Muso, using a [[SimpleStaff bo]], dueled Musashi, and was defeated when the sword master broke his staff. Distraught, Muso carried the broken staff with him and meditated until he recieved a divine inspiration on how to use it to overcome Musashi's two sword technique. They dueled again, this time with Muso as the victor. The shorter stick, the jo, was preserved in Muso's system. If true, this is an oddly recursive case of a seemingly-useless broken weapon being used as an improvised weapon. It was also, of course, just a stick: one of the original improvised weapons in RealLife.

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** According to one legend, Musashi's sole defeat was at the hands of Muso Gonnosuke, the founder of Shinto Muso Ryu. One version of the story goes that, Muso, using a [[SimpleStaff bo]], dueled Musashi, and was defeated when the sword master broke his staff. Distraught, Muso carried the broken staff with him and meditated until he recieved received a divine inspiration on how to use it to overcome Musashi's two sword technique. They dueled again, this time with Muso as the victor. The shorter stick, the jo, was preserved in Muso's system. If true, this is an oddly recursive case of a seemingly-useless broken weapon being used as an improvised weapon. It was also, of course, just a stick: one of the original improvised weapons in RealLife.



* The Pen Gun, a testament to Norwegian ingenuity, is made from standard office supplies and can launch a pencil through a soda can. More than enough to penetrate the tranchea or temple.

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* The Pen Gun, a testament to Norwegian ingenuity, is made from standard office supplies and can launch a pencil through a soda can. More than enough to penetrate the tranchea trachea or temple.



** Somewhere around 2003, a kid built a functional flamethrower out of [=PVC=] pipe (for the tank), hose, copper tube (handle), a gas line tap (valve), able to shoot a 12 yard jet of flame, and a lot of people immitated the design. Subversion: it still needs a (relatively high-tech) tire inflating compressor to load and pressurize it before it fires.

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** Somewhere around 2003, a kid built a functional flamethrower out of [=PVC=] pipe (for the tank), hose, copper tube (handle), a gas line tap (valve), able to shoot a 12 yard jet of flame, and a lot of people immitated imitated the design. Subversion: it still needs a (relatively high-tech) tire inflating compressor to load and pressurize it before it fires.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technical_%28vehicle%29 Technicals]], which are usually nothing more than civillian pickup trucks with [[ScavengerWorld salvaged guns or rocket tubes]] welded on, have proven to be effective in combat in the Middle East and North Africa whenever proper fighting vehicles are hard to come by. What technicals lack in armor, they make up for with speed and maneuvability, and are much less costly to produce, allowing belligerents to deploy them in large numbers to compensate for their fragility. Although as some such forces have learned from time to time, even a large number of such technicals are no match for proper armored vehicles in a force-on-force battle. Most machine guns will do little more than get the attention of a tank, and many of the rocket launchers will lack the penetration required if fighting armored vehicles head-on[[note]]For most armored combat vehicles, the bulk of the armor is on the front, with the assumption that they will most often be facing their enemy. There is less armor on the sides and back, and the weakest armor is typically on the top and bottom of the vehicle, which is why the most effective way to kill a tank is often to use an airplane or a helicopter with missiles.[[/note]].

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technical_%28vehicle%29 Technicals]], which are usually nothing more than civillian pickup trucks with [[ScavengerWorld salvaged guns or rocket tubes]] welded on, have proven to be effective in combat in the Middle East and North Africa whenever proper fighting vehicles are hard to come by. What technicals lack in armor, they make up for with speed and maneuvability, maneuverability, and are much less costly to produce, allowing belligerents to deploy them in large numbers to compensate for their fragility. Although as some such forces have learned from time to time, even a large number of such technicals are no match for proper armored vehicles in a force-on-force battle. Most machine guns will do little more than get the attention of a tank, and many of the rocket launchers will lack the penetration required if fighting armored vehicles head-on[[note]]For most armored combat vehicles, the bulk of the armor is on the front, with the assumption that they will most often be facing their enemy. There is less armor on the sides and back, and the weakest armor is typically on the top and bottom of the vehicle, which is why the most effective way to kill a tank is often to use an airplane or a helicopter with missiles.[[/note]].



*** When it comes to keys, your best bet is throwing them into the face of your opponent. Try it on soda cans, milk cartons, something similar and you'll see the kind of damage it does. Although, this troper has seen keys used in a fight not to stab, but held between the knuckles and raked across the opponents face like claws.

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*** When it comes to keys, your best bet is throwing them into the face of your opponent. Try it on soda cans, milk cartons, something similar and you'll see the kind of damage it does. Although, this troper has seen keys Keys can also be used in a fight not to stab, but held between the knuckles and raked across the opponents face like claws.



** A very good example might be the polish Kosynierzy (scythe men). Improptu peasant infrantry made up from men armed with scythes with blades pointing striaght, wich turned it into a frightening weapon.

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** A very good example might be the polish Kosynierzy (scythe men). Improptu peasant infrantry infantry made up from men armed with scythes with blades pointing striaght, wich straight, which turned it into a frightening weapon.



* In September of 2010, Sergeant Dipprasad Pun of the Royal Gurkha Rifles apparently [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/uk-12854492?SThisFB beat a Taliban attacker]] off a rooftop with the tripod of a heavy machinegun. The thing weighs about sixteen pounds and is made of solid steel, so smacking somebody with it is probably a lot like whalloping them with a warhammer.

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* In September of 2010, Sergeant Dipprasad Pun of the Royal Gurkha Rifles apparently [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/uk-12854492?SThisFB beat a Taliban attacker]] off a rooftop with the tripod of a heavy machinegun. The thing weighs about sixteen pounds and is made of solid steel, so smacking somebody with it is probably a lot like whalloping walloping them with a warhammer.
16th Mar '16 5:20:25 PM Lopiny
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* Fire extinguishers. Besides being a rather heavy club, the spray is a good way to blind someone if it gets in their eyes. There's a CCTV recording showing a hotel clerk successfully fighting off robbers with a fire extinguisher when they think they have everyone under control.

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* Fire extinguishers. Besides being a rather heavy club, the spray is a good way to blind someone if it gets in their eyes. There's a CCTV recording showing a hotel clerk successfully fighting off robbers with a fire extinguisher when they think they have everyone under control.control, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2ULNXPGiy4 this video]] shows a bus driver putting one to good use on another road-raging, knife-wielding driver.
14th Mar '16 10:11:32 PM Zxczxczbfgman
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maglite Maglites]] (big, heavy metal flashlights) are so well-known for their use as improvised truncheons that the "Maglite stance" ([[http://www.lazerbrite.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/OfficerFlashlight.jpg holding the Maglite overhand at head height]], so that it can easily be used to [[ATapOnTheHead put the thump on somebody]]) has almost become a [[StockPoses Stock Pose]] for security guards and policemen.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maglite Maglites]] (big, heavy metal flashlights) are so well-known for their use as improvised truncheons that the "Maglite stance" ([[http://www.lazerbrite.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/OfficerFlashlight.jpg holding the Maglite overhand at head height]], so that it can easily be used to [[ATapOnTheHead [[TapOnTheHead put the thump on somebody]]) has almost become a [[StockPoses Stock Pose]] for security guards and policemen.
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