Dark Moon’s Sapper Shovel is a 60 cm spade made from foam, handcrafted to imitate the Russian MPL-50 entrenching tool for your cosplay or LARP needs. This particular military shovel would have been used not for digging, but for close quarter combat (and sometimes as a cooking tool or paddle)! Their wood handles were polished--not painted--and shaped to perfectly fit in the hand, minimizing the danger of fighting in wet conditions. Our imitation captures this same gritty, dangerous feel.
Constructed from EVA foam around a solid fibreglass rod, this Sapper Shovel is finished with a durable layer of latex to prevent shredding and to give it a realistic, smooth surface. The handle is carved and hand painted to look like real wood grain, while the head has a nice rusted, dirty looking finish.
The shovel’s head is not actually useful for digging or cooking, but it is great for hitting zombies at your favorite post-apocalyptic game! It includes fine, realistic details like nail heads and overlapping plates. Use this improvised weapon against grease gangs, walking dead, and radioactive insects--and look authentically cool in the process.
An Essential Russian Tool!
Entrenching tools were used in ancient times by Roman legionnaires to dig ditches around their camps
The Sapper Shovel, also called the MPL-50, was invented by a Danish officer in 1869
The MPL-50 was used by the Russian Empire, Soviet Union, and beyond for close combat
The undead have found your hiding hole, and you are nearly cornered by an endless sea of flesh-hungry abominations. You’re barely able to escape, but not without losing your gun. You’re practically defenseless.
You happen upon a junkyard. It’s an area that gives you the creeps, but you’re desperate to find a new weapon. That’s when you spot the Lead Pipe sticking out of a pile of refuse. You pull the metal free, giving it a few test swings. It will suit your needs for now.
Dark Moon’s Lead Pipe may lack some sophistication, but it makes up for it with plenty of weight and impact. This 52 cm long latex pipe is handpainted to look like tarnished metal. A sculpted tread at both ends of the straight bar serves as a grip and an attachment to a 5 cm long bend. Though not hollow all the way through, the lead pipe is hollow at the ends to add to its realistic appearance.
Plumbers looking for piping material are advised that this item may be better for slaying zombies in the post-apocalypse than running water to a sink. Made from durable closed cell foam around a solid fibreglass core and finished with a strong latex coating, you can feel confident that this LARP weapon will provide the safety and appeal you want when crafting your post-apocalyptic kit.
An example of a weapon you might find after the world-as-we-know-it ends
Used as protection when you’ve inevitably run out of bullets for your gun
Behind the security of barbed wire and guards, your group has taken refuge. It’s one of the safest places you’ve lived since the fall of civilization, and it’s given you a little time to recuperate. You set up a workshop and gather some tools.
With your Wrench No. 1, you build the framework for a mechanical suit of armour. You have dreams that one day you’ll be able to walk safely through gunfire in a wearable tank...and you’re just the post-apocalyptic mechanic to figure it out.