10 weapons i carried in Prison
trouble with prison is it’s a bloody dangerous place
featuring some bloody dangerous people
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but they really don’t issue, sell, (or even allow) weapons
so, of course, we had subtle ways of making due.
the following is a list of weapons i carried while in prison. not necessarily all at once, but at least one at all times.
in all the time i was down i only ever used one of them
made of braided boot laces with a loop at one end and a wooden peg at the other and a small wooden cross from the chaplain hanging in the middle. simple religious icons were allowed, so i wore it as a necklace.
3 sharpened pencils ::
full length, never used for writing/drawing. just kept them in my pocket.
half a bar of irish spring ::
split lengthwise to fit in one’s fist to make a punch land harder, more solidly.
a combination padlock ::
we were allowed to have 2 on most camps. i used one on my box and kept one in my pocket. you can either stick your finger through the loop and knock folk about that way or run something flexible through the loop, like a sock, to use as a handle, increasing the padlock’s range and flexibility.
shoe/flip flop ::
yeah, it sounds ridiculous, i know. but let someone beat you with one and you’ll find them quite effective.
doubles as a garotte or a longer handle for your lock or simply extends your range
soap in a sock ::
simple weapon. like the name implies, you drop a bar of soap down in a sock to make a sap. i was actually hit with one of these by a crazy old man. his sock was rotten so the soap blew out the end after the first hit.
i recommend using new socks or doubling (using two socks, one inside the other).
lots of guys washed their own clothes by hand, so the guards didn’t question a bar of soap stuffed into a sock.
a more vicious version of this weapon is *lock in a sock* but the guards would give you a weapons charge for that little combo.
jack mackerel ::
about the size of a can of dog food, you could buy cans of mackerel at the commisary. makes a hefty little weapon when held by its end and pounded into someone’s head
broken comb ::
this one you had to make just right to avoid getting a weapon charge. they actually stopped selling handle combs in prison behind this weapon. now they sell the little ones with teeth all the way down that you hold by the spine.
i saw a lot of guys buy handle combs and melt the end tine (the really thick one) and then snip off all the smaller tines as well.
you end up with something that looks like a homemade ice pick.
i spent three days making mine, turning the thick end tine back and forth until it finally broke off at an angle. the break looked fairly normal for a very old comb that had seen alot of years.
i left the small bendy tines in place.
it is a stabbing weapon. those little bristles aren’t going to slow it down much if you ever have to use it.
in the meanwhile it still looks like a legitimate comb, so you can carry it around without risking a weapons charge
a rock of any size, if the guards find it on you, is considered a weapon.
a rock with a cute little face colored on the front is an eccentricity and often isn’t even confiscated in a search.
mine had google eyes that i had ordered in with my art supplies.
other weapons i have seen but didn’t carry ::
the pin to the wringer on a mop bucket, sharpened at the tip on the concrete floor (9″ long)
glass or plastic shard, taped at one end to grip
razor blades melted into the side of a comb or toothbrush
broken broom handle (broken to form a point)
pork chop bone (they no longer serve pork chops because of these). the bone is naturally sharp and makes a t-shape that fits nicely in the fist
5″ hard plastic spike made by melting pen casings together and sharpening on concrete
a sharpened metal spoon from the kitchen
flexible club made from strips of sheet with a monkey’s fist knot tied around a rock at the end
hard club made from a national geographic magazine. the magazine is soaked and rolled tight and tied together. it dries hard like a stick.
nunchukai made from national geographic magazines in the same manner but with a braided bit of sheet run through the middles and tied at the ends.
glass embedded gloves made from a pair of old work gloves with broken bits of glass encrusted on the knuckles with glue and camoflaged with various splotches of paint. this guy ended up doing a bunch of extra time for punching a guard whilst wearing said gloves.
sword made from a broken lawnmower blade (this was on one of the work farms and was kept in the barn. it was machine tooled, polished, and pretty, intended (i believe) more as a project, a work of art, than a weapon. that said, i wouldn’t have wanted to get hit with it.
can you guess which one of my ten weapons i actually used on another inmate?
which weapons do you think you might have made use of?