/// Improvised Weapons of Opportunity
A weapon of opportunity is any object within our immediate environment that can be held or moved with the hands to be improvised in function or physical alteration to be used as a force multiplier.
Anything of mass and relative handheld manageability can be used as a weaponized tool as is and on the fly, including any ordinary and seemingly innocuous object around us.
This can be any object that happens to be laying around within reach or in your possession. Such as any object in your home (e.g., chair, frying pan), in a bar (e.g., beer bottle, pool cue), in a vehicle (e.g., seatbelt, headrest), in an airplane (e.g., magazine, wine bottle) or on the street (e.g., rocks, trashcan) and so on.
It’s literally anything you can grab in your environment at or right before the combative event or moment of action; self-defense, ambush, mission etc.
The more accessible the object the better but that should not be the singular or most important factor.
To be able to quickly and efficiently recognize the best “weaponizable” objects in your environment that could be used, you need a way of categorizing them so they can become more clear how you can use them.
• Impact Weapons
glass bottle, rolled magazine, laptop, stones, hardcover book
• Extended Weapons
broomstick, baseball bat, golf club, antenna, trophy
• Garrote Weapons
shoelaces, dog leash, power cord, belt,
• Cannon Weapons
alarm clock, car, motorcycle, printer, cue ball, hot coffee
• Counter Weapons
briefcase, backpack, towel, jacket, keyboard, chair, shopping cart
Determining which objects can be used in what ways by these “weapon” categories can save you time and energy for the most optimal engagement.
If you know what object to use for what as soon as you see it, it can be quickly “armed”, ready to attack. Instead of fumbling with otherwise random objects that lose their weapon factor potential.
The key is noticing the opportunities of using a non-weapon as a weapon in those critical moments and taking advantage of that tactical potential.