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Survival Tip #229: Build Your Own Blowgun

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April 29, 2014
Survival Tip #229: Build Your Own Blowgun - 3

Editor's Note: This tip comes from our new "Prepare for Anything Survival Manual."

Cultures around the world have used blowguns as hunting tools for thousands of years, and there is no shortage of modern fans in the sport of blowgun target shooting. This particular plan doesn’t include poison, but with these instructions, you can go after small game with your own homemade blowgun and darts.

You’ll Need
Schedule 40 1/2 -inch- (1-cm-) diameter PVC pipe or threaded PVC (optional)
1/2 -inch (1-cm) female PVC pipe adapters (optional)
1x3/4 inch (2.5 x 2 cm) PVC pipe adapter
1x1/2 inch (2.5x1 cm) PVC pipe bushing
Superglue or PVC cement
Wooden or metal skewers
Thin twine, thread, or string
Cotton balls

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STEP 1: Measure a length of PVC pipe to make the body of your blowgun—generally about 3–6 feet (1–2 m). You can also make a “takedown” version by assembling multiple lengths of threaded PVC pipe and female adapters. Cut the ends of your pipe (including removing any threading if necessary) and sand smooth.

STEP 2: Create a mouthpiece by cutting down the threads on the 3/4-inch adapter, leaving about 1/4 to ½ inch (0.6 to 1.2 cm). Screw the adapter into the 1/2-inch (1.2-cm) bushing, securing with superglue or cement.

STEP 3: Attach the other end of the 1/2-inch (1.2-cm) bushing to one end of the pipe, again using your glue.

STEP 4:
Sharpen the pointed ends of your skewers, and round or blunt the back ends. If you are using metal skewers, you may have to cut off a ring or handle first.

STEP 5:
Measure out several inches (at least 10 cm) of string and glue it to the end of a wooden skewer, about an inch (2.5 cm) up from its base.

STEP 6:
Pull a couple of long tufts from a cotton ball, lay half of their length against the back of the skewer, and wind the string around them to pin them in place. Continue adding tufts of cotton, tying them on, until you have a tail on your skewer.

STEP 7:
Trim off excess string and glue the end so it does not unwind. Make sure the dart can be placed snugly into the blowgun but does not entirely block air flow. Once you have the right size, you can make more darts the same way.

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from Mark Steven Martinez 7/15/2014 at 07:33am

I would like to add that you can make a dart from a section of a wire coat hanger. Cut a straight piece of wire about 4" to 6" long , and at one end use a hammer to flatten the wire just wide enough to fashion a small broad head with a small smooth file. Jewelers files work great for this task , use the file to put a nice cutting edge and finish sharpening with a fine sharpening stone . They work great for small game up to a large raccoon !Fashion a cone from thin light plastic sheeting or you can use potato chip bag ,use the bag inside out to make the dart easier to see if you miss your target.

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from bigwilly152 4/30/2014 at 07:24am

Being bored college students, my buddies and I made one with metal conduit and pvc mouthpiece. Made darts with steel dowel rods and superglued cardboard funnel as tail. needed pliers to pull them out o a door from 15 yards.

Killed a beaver with those, so be careful.

shish kabob skewers worked good on birds and squirrels too.

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from ozarkghost 4/29/2014 at 03:42pm

Use dental floss for the wrapping on the cotton. Stronger and lasts longer than regular twine.

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from ozarkghost 4/29/2014 at 03:42pm

Use dental floss for the wrapping on the cotton. Stronger and lasts longer than regular twine.

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from bigwilly152 4/30/2014 at 07:24am

Being bored college students, my buddies and I made one with metal conduit and pvc mouthpiece. Made darts with steel dowel rods and superglued cardboard funnel as tail. needed pliers to pull them out o a door from 15 yards.

Killed a beaver with those, so be careful.

shish kabob skewers worked good on birds and squirrels too.

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from Mark Steven Martinez 7/15/2014 at 07:33am

I would like to add that you can make a dart from a section of a wire coat hanger. Cut a straight piece of wire about 4" to 6" long , and at one end use a hammer to flatten the wire just wide enough to fashion a small broad head with a small smooth file. Jewelers files work great for this task , use the file to put a nice cutting edge and finish sharpening with a fine sharpening stone . They work great for small game up to a large raccoon !Fashion a cone from thin light plastic sheeting or you can use potato chip bag ,use the bag inside out to make the dart easier to see if you miss your target.

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