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UK Legal Weapons
 Self Defence Weapons Law for Preppers

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Firstly, as a Prepper and a member of the UK public, you must know the rules and more specifically, self defence weapons  laws that apply during ‘normal times’ regarding buying, owning and using legal weapons in the UK.
Of course in a SHTF situation things would be very different and all those ‘normal times’ laws and rules would go right out the window as we enter a country WROL.

But, for this article and moment in time, I am assuming normal law and order are in place here in the UK..!
Similarly, defending what is rightly yours and ensuring all your efforts to prepare for a Doomsday scenario ARE worth it – it naturally follows that you have to be prepared to defend your family, your home and your survival supplies.

example: UK Legal Folding Pocket Knife

Typical UK Legal Folding Pocket Knife

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When SHTF, the next thing to happen will be a country WROL.

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Almost inevitable for people to take the law into their own hands as looting and unlawful acts increase.
People will become more desperate for the essential items like food, water, medication and any other supplies they can lay their hands on.

As a result, their next move will be to invade your home, moving systematically along your street to find these essentials.
Quite how you decide to defend yourself, your family and supplies will be a very big decision to make.

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Possibly the very best form of UK legal weapon you have in your arsenal is you ability to KEEP QUIET and generally only tell other preppers who are in your prepping network – the more people who know you have good supplies of food and water, the bigger the risk to you and your family.

Legal Weapons in the UK and the laws regarding All weapons are mighty strict 

Well let me put it another way: They are mighty strict for the honest law abiding citizen like you and me, whereas the criminal, of course, doesn’t give monkeys about the law. Meaning they have the weapons, you are left defenceless….

Although UK law is quite specific, it still basically says that just about anything can be deemed as a dangerous, unlawful and offensive weapon in certain situations – so be aware, use that umbrella to attack someone, when all they did was poke their tongue out at you, and you could find yourself getting arrested..!

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With regard to a generally considered ‘offensive weapon’, those situations are primarily, if you are carrying the weapon in a public place AND if you are caught carrying, what can be considered an offensive weapon, you’d better have a pretty dam good, convincing reason.

Otherwise – again, your nicked mate. – Along with CONFISCATION of the weapon and a huge fine, you risk an even bigger chance of imprisonment.

As an example – a prepper would only have a couple of GENUINE reason to be carrying around a razor sharp skinning knife, an axe or maybe a 8″ hunting knife – these are:

  • Carrying it to a bug out location or bushcraft site or survival course
  • Using it for bushcraft skills whilst out practising such skills
  • Carrying it back home
  • Taking it to or from a repair shop [eg. to be resharpened]

Of course, it must go with saying that concealment is the order of the day when taking an “offensive weapon” out into a public area and travelling from A to B.

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Carrying your axe, knife or anything considered as an offensive weapon around, in public, like this photo, is absolute stupidity, especially in our current’ total fear’ society.

By that I mean: When making your way to and from your destination, always keep it out of sight from anyone, do not have knife hanging from your belt or anything else that would cause alarm or concern to the public.

When I go to bushcraft camp, I put any knives or my axe deep inside my rucksack, well out of sight and not easily accessible without pulling everything out first.

It simply makes sense, this is not the wild west. You intend using these tools at camp, so keep them safely and responsibly out of sight.

Remember, we see this as an essential tool for survival, others will see you as a maniac, so just be sensible.. 
See Typical Wood Axe’s Here:

Other than the above reasons, as a prepper, I don’t see any other need for that weapon to leave the confines of your own home and be carried around anywhere in public – it makes plain simple sense really. 

What constitutes an offensive weapon?

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The laws in the United Kingdom are very strict on this and what the law books say about them can be found in the: Prevention of Crime Act 1953. Section 1 (1)

This Act is a law that was passed in 1953 and is currently undergoing changes being made to this law. But remember, just about anything can be deemed an offensive weapon if you try!

However, the law says: “Prohibition of the carrying of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse.”

  • Any person who without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, the proof whereof shall lie on him, has with him in any public place any offensive weapon shall be guilty of an offence

So, first rule of ensuring you comply with the offensive weapons laws in the UK is, whatever type of weapons you decide to add to your survival kit – DO NOT TAKE THEM OUTSIDE IN A PUBLIC PLACE.

Keep them at home and if you wish to practice with them it must be on your own land or land where you have complete permission from the land owner [maybe a farm and you are helping to keep a vermin problem down by shooting rats with your air gun.]

If you do need to take any weapon within a public place then think twice about your reasons and ensure they are genuine and legitimate.

The UK Has Been Indoctrinated With A Fear Of Knives

The massive amounts of scare mongering and genuine fake news that revolves around knife crime, has now reached fever pitch.

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 Personally I think the current UK knife laws are sufficient, as are all the UK weapons laws.
The trouble is everyone is being tared with the same brush – and that brush is saying we are all criminals and not capable of being normal responsible human beings, and that we are incapable of common sense.

Meaning our limp wristed, namby pamby, so called leaders and politicians , who have no backbone, simply give in to every whim.

Unfortunately folks, our rights are being eroded at an alarming rate. You’ll soon have to put in a written request to be allowed to fart before long…!

UK Legal Weapons
Public Carry Exceptions

Typical UK Legal Folding Pocket Knife

* It is, however, legal to carry a non lockable folding pocket knife or multi purpose tool provided the blade is below 3″ long and cannot be locked in the open position. BUT… there will still be times when you must have a reasonably good, valid reason to be carrying it. Because there are some situations where a pocket knife [carried legally or not] would not be acceptable to have in your pocket.
** Typically this would be entering a football ground – the ground would have its own rules and regulations regarding quite a few prohibited items.
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This UK Legal Knife is the Gerber Wingtip Folding Knife and as you can see here, it is a nice and compact, well designed steel pocket knife.

Above all this type of quality folding pocket knife is perfectly UK legal – this one comes with a nice belt pouch as well.

I especially like the wood handle scales, that’s a nice touch – not bad for under £25 – a nice lightweight carbon steel knife and belt pouch… bargain.!

Another UK Legal Non-Locking EDC Folding Pocket Knife is the DNA Black and Silver Skeletonized pocket knife
Totally UK legal to buy, own and carry in occurrence with the law.
Being a non-locking knife with a blade that is under 3″ makes this the perfect little pocket knife.

  • Incredible pocket-sized folding knife. Perfect for daily use and carry. Suitable for a massive range of cutting tasks.
  • The knife features a steel handle with black and silver theme. Each tool is lightweight and easily carried in a pocket or thrown into a bag. Skeletonised handle for improved weight reduction.
  • The tool features: 1x Non-locking 2.5″ folding blade with large cutout for opening with a pinch grip.
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    It makes sense you would think twice about the implications of taking a pocket knife to a football match, regardless of the fact that a pocket knife is deemed as a legal weapon in the UK – it’s just common sense – “Oh, I’m sorry officer, I forgot it was in my pocket”, is not a valid reason – if that’s your proposed excuse, expect to get it taken away and probably you as well.!

    Also, a place like a football stadium would have very specific rules regarding what can be brought into the grounds.  Alcohol and knives being a prime example.

    Weapons, cutting tools and hunting equipment are essential to us preppers, and most of us simply think of them as essential survival tools, especially when practising our survival skills, but make sure you carry and use them responsibly and within the law.

    Whether you think of an axe, a knife or a rifle, as a tool or a weapon, it really doesn’t matter – it is you who is getting penalised and expected to conform.
    However, jolly old Mr Criminal, who doesn’t give a monkeys about laws and rights, will just go happily on his way arming himself to the hilt, regardless of the law.

    Below are UK legal tools and weapons you are allowed to own, without needing to acquire any form of license or certificate of ownership.

    This does not mean you can just go wandering around anywhere in public with them..!


    Although anything can be made into a weapon, this list is for what most people will generally accept as commercially available weapons and edged tools.

    Below are all legal to own without requiring any special checks or require you to obtain a legal FAC [ firearms certificate ] or any other special permission.

    Remember, to buy any edged weapon in the UK (that is anything other then a ‘legal’ folding pocket knife) you must be over 18 years old.

    Always remember, prevention is better than cure. In these law abiding times, like now, there are still methods of self defence at your disposal. The Safehaus Criminal identifier (shown below) is one of them:
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    Although this list is not extensive, it does cover most of the various weapons and edged tools you can own and use as a prepper:
    Please use the links below, to our review pages – 

    If you want to know more about the UK Knife Laws that are in place in Britain today, then check out our article showing the exact things you need to know about knives:

    If you are concerned about being stopped on suspicion of carrying a weapon there are also specific Stop and Search laws that you need to know –

    There are also many other firearms that you can legally own here in the UK – from a semi automatic rifle to a shotgun – they are all legal to own.

    What must be obtained first, in order for you to own one legally, is a UK Firearms Certificate – see the UK Gun & FireArms Laws here.

    Finally the list above gives you an idea of the Legal Weapons you can own here in the UK without needing any special permission or licence.

    Of course exactly how you decide to use them is up to you – but use them outside the UK offensive weapons laws and you will find yourself in trouble.

    As I mentioned earlier, anything can be used as a weapon if you so wish, so really it all boils down to how sensible you are during normal peaceful times. Of course, in a SHTF situation all normal rules go out the window..!

    Steve Hart  –  UK Preppers Guide

    Just as a final note here:

    Hunting Knife – Buying requirements: Name, address, age, proof of identity and address. Not legal to carry in public.

    Ikea 10″ Cooks Knife – Buying requirements – pop into Ikea, pay, walk out.

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    Martial Arts Systems For Devastating Self-Defense



    Self-defense is always a hot topic in the survivalist and prepper community and with good reason – you don’t have to be in an “end of the world” type scenario for self-defense techniques to pay off. 

    It can happen to anyone: walking alone or even with your family and you take the wrong turn. Or maybe it’s the right turn, just at the wrong time. In any event, the point is that even the most gentle, well-meaning people have found themselves on the wrong end of a raging psychopath, a deranged crack addict or someone just looking for trouble. 

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    When that happens, you might not be able to get to your everyday carry weapon. Even if you can eventually get to a concealed firearm or other weapon, you might have to fight your way to get it – what are you going to do if your attacker pins your strong arm (or even both of them) against your body in a bear hug?

    This is why it’s so important to know something in the way of hand-to-hand self-defense combat. Your life and your family’s might just depend on it. 

    What Works And What’s Bullshido?

    You can go to a self-defense course on just about every street corner these days. The issue is that all of these are not created equally. 

    Take for example, kung fu. It’s a fascinating art and a beautiful one with a long, rich history and exotic traditions. However, in a real-life street fight it’s probably going to have you counting the street lamps from your back and your teeth after you manage to get up.

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    Brazilian ju-jitsu and mixed martial arts gyms are incredibly popular these days, but as much as their proponents like to boast about how “combat tested” they are, this is simply not the case. Federal agencies have increasingly ceased relying upon them to train their undercover agents, because they’re just not up to snuff for a real-life street fight, mostly because they’re far too complicated for people to remember when push comes to shove – literally. 

    So what can you count on in a real-life street fight?

    The Deadly Art Of Kicking Butt

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    If you’re already taking a martial art it’s not absolutely necessary that you switch from whatever you’re doing to something else more “battle tested.” In fact, what you know is certainly better than nothing, especially if you’re an experienced hand at the art. 

    However, you might want to consider dropping into a seminar or three for the purpose of learning some very direct, effective and brutal tactics that you can deploy in a real-life street fight. 

    There are three martial arts that are very good places to begin your hunt for these battle hardened tactics. We’re certainly not endorsing every martial arts school that teaches these, but, as a rule, these are the kinds of places that are going to be more oriented toward what works on the street than what works in the ring.

    • American Kenpo: This is what Elvis took and it’s a really interesting art that flies under the radar. American kenpo has always been about devastating strikes, crippling joint locks and fight ending chokes. “Kenpo 5.0,” an offshoot of American kenpo integrates the techniques from modern grappling arts that work on the streets, while ditching the rest. 
    • Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee fashioned his own martial art on the principle that students should do what works for them and not waste their time learning anything else. It’s specifically designed for street combat with a hard stance against sport competition, which practitioners see as watering down the art. JKD studios vary widely from one place to another. 
    • Krav Maga: This was developed by the Israeli Defense Forces to train recruits in brutally effective fighting tactics as quickly as possible. It’s primarily based on striking techniques, but it also involves a heavy dose of learning how to take deadly weapons away from people. To get a black belt you have to fly to Israel and disarm a soldier of his bayoneted combat rifle. Fun!

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    Before you sign up, make sure to at least watch a class, though it’s very common for martial arts schools to allow people to take a single class for free. If you don’t feel that you’re welcome or the instruction simply isn’t your style, keep looking. Like we said at the very beginning, there are tons and tons of martial arts schools around for you to choose from. 

    Remember that what works in the ring isn’t necessarily (and probably won’t) work in the street. So if you’re committed to learning self-defense, make sure that you pick something that’s designed for combat. If you’re already learning something that’s designed for sport, consider augmenting your studies. Because you never know when violence is going to come knocking on your doorstep. 

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    Surviving the Unthinkable: 5 Lifesaving Items for When SHTF



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    In the world of survival and preparedness, planning for the worst is a must. When SHTF, having these critical items will prepare you to survive and defend yourself when societal norms collapse. It will be you against the world in the wilderness. Check out this quick video from Calculated Survival that gives you 5 items to help you survive when shit gets real.

    Calculated Survival – 5 Items to Survive

    Think power grid failures, catastrophic natural disasters, or even finding yourself stranded in the wilderness with nothing but the clothes on your back. At these moments, having the right tools can mean the difference between life and death. Here are five such items that every serious survivalist must-have.

    A Good Solid Knife

    Bushcraft Knife and campfire in the evening

    The heart of any survival kit, a reliable knife is multifaceted. Beyond its obvious use for cutting, a knife can be crucial for hunting, food preparation, and even defense. The blade should be sharp, sturdy, and capable of maintaining its edge through the rigors of survival situations. Your life might very well depend on its strength and reliability.

    Ferro Rod

    The ability to start a fire is fundamental. From boiling water and cooking food to keeping warm and signaling for help, fire is paramount. In a world where lighters can fail and matches can get wet, the Ferro Rod emerges as a dependable fire-starting tool. With its long lifespan and ability to produce sparks even in wet conditions, it’s a lifeline you can trust.

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    Paracord, Particularly Survivor Cord

    When you’re thinking of survival, paracord should be at the forefront of your mind. This versatile rope is a staple for a multitude of tasks. But not just any paracord will do. Survivor cord takes it up a notch by incorporating fishing line for catching food, tinder for fire-starting, and wire suitable for setting up animal traps. With this, you can craft shelters, snares, or even makeshift fishing gear.

    Shelter Tools, like Tarps and Heat Reflectors

    Exposure is a silent and deadly threat in survival situations. A tarp provides a quick and efficient shelter against rain, wind, and even the sun’s scorching heat. Pair this with a heat reflector, and you’ve got a system to keep you warm, amplifying the heat from your fire and directing it towards you, a true boon in cold environments.


    Water Filtration System

    Clean water is the elixir of life. While you might endure weeks without food, mere days without water can prove fatal. In many scenarios, available water sources are teeming with harmful pathogens.

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    Modern Need’s Ready Filter

    Having a reliable water filtration system ensures that you can safely hydrate, safeguarding against deadly waterborne diseases. Check out Modern Need’s Ready Filter to always have a reliable water source here!

    In conclusion, the stark reality of survival situations necessitates robust preparation. While the above items are invaluable, remember that the real survival tool is your mind. With the right knowledge, these tools, and the will to survive, you can weather even the gravest of situations. So gear up, stay informed, and always be ready for when SHTF.

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    The Art of Concealment: Best Places to Hide a Knife on Your Body 



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    The Hidden Edge in Tough Times

    All throughout history, concealed knives have swayed the tide of battles, saved lives, and borne witness to raw, unyielding human spirit. As survivalists, we recognize the tactical advantage and peace of mind a discreetly hidden blade can provide. Here’s a deep dive into choosing the best places to conceal a knife on your body.

    Why Hide a Knife?

    Tactical Advantage: In sticky situations, surprise is your ally. A concealed blade can provide that edge, literally and figuratively. Discreet Utility Beyond defense, a hidden knife is an invaluable tool for mundane tasks, ensuring you’re always equipped without drawing unnecessary attention.

    Choosing the Right Knife for Concealment

    Before we dive into the “where,” we must address the “what.” Not all knives are suitable for hidden carry. Opt for:

    Compact Size: A blade that’s too long can be cumbersome and conspicuous.

    Secure Sheath: You want it to stay hidden and avoid accidents.

    Quick Release: In a crisis, you need to draw it swiftly.

    Best Places to Conceal a Knife on Your Body

    Ankle Holster: Tucked away in an ankle strap, it’s both discrete and easily accessible. Especially useful if you’re seated or downed.

    Behind the Back: In a horizontal sheath, a knife can be comfortably nestled at the small of your back. However, ensure it doesn’t poke you when you sit.

    Underarm Holster: Much like a shoulder holster for a firearm, there are harnesses that hold a knife snugly under your arm. Ideal for quick, intuitive access.

    Pocket Clip: While not entirely hidden, a good folding knife with a low-profile clip can be inconspicuous in your pocket.

    Inside the Waistband: This provides quick access while being hidden by your shirt. Make sure the grip is positioned for a smooth draw.

    Boot Top: Slipping a knife inside your boot, especially with a dedicated sheath, can be both concealed and quickly accessible.

    The Balance of Comfort and Access

    Finding the right spot is a blend of comfort and functionality. You want to:

    Ensure Mobility: Your concealed knife shouldn’t impede your movement.

    Practice Draws: Regularly practice drawing the knife to ensure smooth, swift access when needed.

    Always be mindful of local laws regarding concealed weapons. While a hidden knife is a survivalist’s tool, it’s essential to stay on the right side of the law. For the experienced survivalist, a concealed knife is more than just a tool or weapon; it’s a silent protector. As with all things survival, preparation and practice are key. Equip yourself, train regularly, and always be ready for whatever the wilderness—or life—throws your way.

    How do you conceal your knife and why?

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