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Traps have been around since the dawn of man and initially protected a home or camp and were invaluable in hunting and fishing. And apparently, they’re still used by drug dealers in the UK to protect their stash. Talk about do it yourself security systems!
They can be as simple as a game funnel or fish weir or get very complex. But the purpose is always to funnel, trap, or harm through deception. The major benefit of traps is that they’re inexpensive, and they can work while you’re resting or doing something else. Keep reading to see how you could protect your pad with some booby traps like the medieval spike trap that would really make criminals think twice. Speaking of home defense, check out why bolo rounds and rock salt shotgun shells could be among the worst home defense shotgun shells to use to protect your home.
Here’s our top list:
- Viet Cong Rolling Spike Trap
- Russian Crazy Glue
- Punji Stick Pit
- Corn Flour Explosive
- Side-Closing Spike Trap
- Rubber Band Powered Sliding Trap
- Spring Spear Trap (Malay Gate)
- Fireball Device
- Medieval Mace Trap
- Apache Foot Trap
- Cartridge Trap
Don’t Try These Do It Yourself Security Systems at Home
WarningThe idea of using these traps for crime prevention is just for grins, please don’t set them up at your home. They are much more likely to injure you or another innocent than a burglar, and they are most likely illegal where you live. Don’t end up in jail like these guys in Utah who set up some booby traps along a hiking trail.
1. Viet Cong Rolling Spike Trap
2. Russian Crazy Glue
Use your imagination with this improvised glue trap! You could leave some of this on a ladder outside your window.
3. Punji Stick Pit
During the war, stakes were made out of sharpened and hardened bamboo and were often dipped in human or water buffalo feces to promote infection in wounds.
4. Corn Flour Explosive
Corn flour, the primary ingredient in suburban special effects.
Obviously, you’d have to supplement this with an air source and a trigger mechanism to make a viable deterrent. But, unanticipated fire balls are pretty scary.
5. Side-closing Spike Trap
This modified form of a pit trap is particularly vicious. Not only do you impale your foot, but it gets your ankle and lower leg too.
6. Rubber band powered sliding trap
Here’s another one from the Viet Cong. The victim knocks a block (stick) out of the middle of the trap and the sides come closing in.
7. Spring Spear Trap (Malay gate)
You can make a trap like this except mount it horizontally between two trees like the one in Rambo: First Blood. And, I would suggest much thinner stakes for the strength of this trap.
8. Fireball device
This video shows you how to make a nifty air release and combines that with fire. How can that go wrong?
9. Medieval Mace Trap
This trap happens to be one from the story about the guys in Utah who set it up on public land and got sent to jail for it. It relies on a weighted mace with spike shafts and a remote release mechanism. You get the idea.
10. Apache Foot Trap
This type of trap is a form of foot trap like those used by Native Americans (and probably others as well) and is made with wooden stakes driven into the side of an earthen pit. It does its damage as the startled quarry extracts their leg without realizing the consequences.
11. The Grand Finale – Cartridge Trap
The cartridge trap uses a very simple design with an improvised barrel and firing pin made of bamboo and a nail. Of course, you could also make these with metal pipe and plates, but bamboo is pretty strong stuff.
I put together this concept so that you could get an idea of how it works. It would have to be placed on a hard surface that did not yield when stepped on to activate the improvised firing pin. When it’s stepped on, the foot presses the bullet down onto the firing pin, causing the round to go off. I suspect many of these didn’t fire depending on the speed and force of the foot coming down on the trap. Rifle and shotgun primers require different pressures to go off as well, so I would think the shotgun versions would be more reliable.
This shot gives you an idea of how the “mine” might be set up. Of course, it would normally be buried up to the tip. I didn’t have any 5.56 around, so you get .270 soft points instead.
Here’s a mock up the shotgun shell version.
As you can see, there are all kinds of crazy ways to use traps (or even flechette shells) to even the odds between you and the bad guys. Put these in your back pocket if you’re fending for yourself after a societal collapse and there are no laws and little chance of fratricide.
Please don’t actually resort to something this crazy for your home’s security.
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Hi, I’m Jody. I graduated with honors with a Masters of Science in Computer Engineering and have over 15 years of experience working as an engineer with electronics products. I’m a lifelong learner and tinkerer and enjoy automating things around the house so I can solve bigger problems than getting out of bed to check if the garage door is closed . . . like too little sleep!