A crisp breeze nips the air as it sits heavy on your breath. The hair on the back of your neck stands up as you glance around worryingly in the full moonlight. What was that noise? Is there something there? Do you flee and run to safety, or put your back to a wall and prepare for a fight? If you are caught in this situation, chances are, you are being hunted by a werewolf. And if folklore has taught us anything, it is that you need a weapon laced with silver at your side.

 

The oldest knowledge of killing a werewolf with a silver bullet dates back to 1760 when the Beast of Gévaudan was killed by silver bullets. Other examples include when Brothers Grimm gunned down a witch using silver bullets in the story The Two Brothers. And even as recent as the wild west where the Lone Ranger was known to shoot down enemies with silver bullets.

Now if you go to your local sporting goods store you will find that silver bullets are not for sale. Guess they want us defenseless against werewolves. So, to have silver bullets you’re going to need to get into reloading. If you haven’t seen them yet we have a YouTube channel that will cover everything to get started in reloading. A single-stage press will be the best choice to get started since you will not need a ton of ammo, unless you shoot as I do, then make a ton. The next item will be a way to melt the silver and cast bullets. Lucky for us people cast lead bullets all the time so finding a casting mold should be easy. As far as the ballistics of silver bullets this is where it gets interesting. On a hardness scale silver falls between lead and copper and weighs less than lead. From tests of shooting silver bullets, silver bullets are not accurate long-range or have as much penetrating power as the lead. So, you’re going to have to get up close and personal with the werewolf. Werewolves have been known to hunt in packs. So, having a backup weapon that is tipped in silver, be it a blade, axe, or spear is always a good idea.

There is speculation on why silver kills werewolves and other creatures of the night. According to the ancient alchemical table of elements, silver came from the moon, gold came from the sun, mercury from mercury, iron from mars, etc. Silver was then written as a crescent moon rather than the common era symbol Ag. It makes sense that a moon-powered creature would be vulnerable to moon-metal. While another theory is, that because werewolves are demon creatures the silver must be pure and blessed to be effective.

 

Next time you want to survive a walk in the full moonlight, make sure you have your blessed silver bullets and or silver knife. (You know like Rambo)