In a legitimate survival situation, you will have to protect yourself and your family. All of the food, water and gear in the world is great, but every bit of it goes to the scruffy guy with fewer scruples if you don’t have the tools and will to defend it. Fortunately, the flower of modern engineering prowess has conspired to produce some fascinating tools to help you out in that regard. Whether you gravitate towards guns, blades, crossbows or the truly weird, this survival and self defense gear offers a veritable cornucopia of weaponry.

For more information about the self defense gear featured in the gallery above, check out the following sites.

Hawke Knives Peregrine

Benjamin Pioneer Airbow

Ontario SP-16 SPAX

Century Arms .410 Side-By-Side

Outdoor Edge Harpoon

TenPoint Venom Xtra

WK II Rescue Axe

Kershaw Fatback

TenPoint Carbon Nitro RDX

Outdoor Edge Brush Demon

Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman

Henry Lever Actions

Chiappa X-Caliber Adaptor Sets

Carbon Express Crossbows

SOG Quake

Kel-Tec SUB-2000

Spyderco SzaboHawk

Buck 738 Bow TRX

Century Arms TP9SF

Steel Will Chieftain

This article was originally published in ‘Survivor’s Edge’ Summer 2016. To subscribe to this magazine, visit

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