Mayan Calendar Got You Down? Try A Mayan Weapon.
Preparing for the end of the world is constructive and all, but being realistic when preparing is key. You might have some super cool firearms with match grade barrels and such, but ammunition is a finite resource that will be scarce in the post apocalyptic world. At some point (if you live long enough), you’re gonna have to go back to the Stone Age to procure food and to protect yourself. Snares for small game? Check. Pitfalls for larger game? Check. Bigass Mayan stick of doom? Check. The Mayans may or may not have correctly predicted the end of the world as we know it but I know one thing is for certain: on top of being a highly intelligent people, they also made some pretty spectacular weapons.
What you see in the picture is a hul-che/hul’che, an ancient stick weapon. Only it serves a dual purpose. Not only can you use the hul-che to bludgeon zombies with, but its primary use is to hurl arrows or darts super long distances. Here’s a quick video rundown of the Aztec variation of the hul-che called the atlatl:
Amazing. That bootleg arrow flew pretty damn far with pretty much less than $15 worth of material from your local hardware store. For the DIY types, this sounds like a dope project to partake in your spare time. Just make sure you read our disclaimer and check all of your laws before building. Don’t be an idiot, or the Mayan gods may smite you and have you misfire into your foot if you piss them off.
Hul-che designs, plans, and more at: Thuds Cave
Tutorial on dart construction from scratch at: Ray’s Atlatls