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Get Over a Barbed Wire Fence

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Step 4: Climb over it (with protection)

The best method of quickly making your way over the fence without leaving a trace of your presence is by using a barrier between yourself and the barbs. This will minimize your chances contracting fence-AIDS.



There are many materials which can be used to protect yourself from the barbs. Some of the more popular ones include thick cardboard, anything made of leather (jackets, pants, etc.), sleeping bags, carpet, and the bodies of comrades.

The following movie clip (I would name the source, but the first two rules prohibit me) shows an example of using old carpet to quickly bypass a barbed wire fence while leaving no trace of their presence.



The old carpet / rug method is perhaps one of the best ways of getting over a barbed wire fence. The weaving on the bottom of the fabric is extremely thick and does not allow the barbs to pass through, protecting the user from any harm. To be extra safe the carpet should be folded over itself at least once to ensure no barb penetration. The pictures below show the process of cutting up an old rug and using it to protect me from the barbs while I climb over the fence. The process and all the pictures are pretty self-explanatory.



There are only two interesting things to note about the pictures. The first is that I somewhat cheated by going with the angle of the barbed wire fence instead of against it. The second is that the rug/carpet will be a much sturdier climbing surface if it is placed over an angle bracket.
 
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One additional little detail, which may help set your mind at ease, if crossing a razor wire fence still seems hazardous, even with a carpet......get on youtube, and watch bears fight. Consider that super dense fur they've got....one would think they also have such amazing strength, and terrifying claws, and should cleaver right through each other, sending chunks of flesh flying everywhere....but you mostly see little cuts emerge (little, all things considered) and some bits of fur getting ripped off. Summary; against knives and claws, fur is great armor !
NOW, HOW TO CROSS RAZOR WIRE ? I'd think it's not a whole lot different. I'm not sure just how sharp the stuff is, but I do own a handful of knives. In my humble experience, knives almost never cut anything until the object placed against the blade is moved, allowing the micro serrations to do their work....those serrations are exactly like saw teeth....you've gotta move a saw to cut with it. The exception is a razor blade....however, with using a carpet, the thick material on underside is usually just like hemp rope or twine. Raise your hand if you've ever tried cutting a thick rope with a razor blade...it can be done, right ?.....still, works much better when the blade is moved. Now imaging placing a blade against two layers of carpet.....you've got that tough underside layer, then a thick dense stack of fibers (the carpet fibers). Yeah sure, the razor wire will probably end up having cut a little of it once your done and loooking over it to see, but cutting through it while climbing over.....not real likely.
davidemil555 years ago
first is do not talk about fight club second rule is you DO NOT TALK about fight club Love that movie
110100101105 years ago
Big A shape ladder thats it !
EXCELLENT!!
Although I would never want to try Constantine Wire, which is nothing but razor blade material, which is what all prisons use now. Also, in prisons they have these other easier to climb over wires before the Constantine that sets off alarms, probably a row of 3, that have to be climbed over.
The only way is like in 'Prison Break' with Michael Scofield, who tattooed the Prison Blueprints on his back. Or do what the majority of prison idiots do, and hop out of a laundry truck in the laundry.
Everyone calls it Constantine, and I will always know and love it as Constantine.
concertina wire is sometimes mistakenly called, sometimes by soldiers and marines constantino wire. "Constantino" probably came from a corruption/misunderstanding of "Concertina" and led to confusion with the Roman Emperor Constantine. thats from the wikipedia article so sorry man but your wrong anyway you should be mistakenly calling it "constantino" wire not "constantine" wire
don't listen to wikipedia about everything
0.0 you take that back
wikisucks
Check out Rangerfan's post with the wikipedia article. There is no such thing as constantine wire. It's concertina wire.
mrpages6 years ago
I'd like to see examples of the things you left out, like climbing the angled barbed wire fence. You describe using your upper body, but then don't say anything about how. You also don't demonstrate climbing the wire against the angles, which will likely be the most common way. Demonstrate the difficult ones, not the easy ones. That's what people want to learn.
ferdilouw6 years ago
I've just erected razor wire around my house and our small community to keep the unwanted nightly visitors (a.k.a. robbers/murderers/rapists) out. In South Africa palisade fencing topped by devils fork is not effective anymore. Now we are adding electrical and razor wire on top of the existing fences. All of us erecting the razor wire shed some blood in the process, but we can still see ways to breach our security. The big question is to identify the weakest links and decide how much money and effort to throw at it.
if you want to find weak links, look yourself in and release 10 or so wild dogs. trust me, you'll find the breaks very quickly.
xylo06 years ago
Hey, dude. I just escaped from prison. Now I can go burninating the country side.
ill vote for this when you add the section on razor ribbon
If you were gonna juz use the old carpet technique, what was the use of the ones before it??? Anyways, the old carpets the best, leaves no trace, but id suggest making something to conceal it... say sew the old carpet to an oversized jacket or something. Your tutorial only shows how to get over the fence, not what happens next. Good one though, but we all, even in Malaysia, knew how to do that since we were 7. From my experience, getting through the fence is much easier than getting over it
kamathln6 years ago
Excellent article.. Unless the fence builders thought some electrifying experience will make your life more thrilling. ;-)
Gneekman6 years ago
Nice use of humor; I appreciated it!
Zero_FactiX6 years ago
Yes i agree with the it's not so bright to break into a naval base comment maybe somewhere a little less Goverment regulated might have been a better idea haha.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but you posted both photographs and videos of you trespassing into a naval base, didn't you? You might want to cover your face for these sorts of things, or at least blur it in the photos. Still a nice tutorial, though.
glinion6 years ago
wow you've cramed one hell of a lot of information into a fairly simple instructable! Cool
kfrantz546 years ago
What movie is that?