April 29, 2014
Survival Tip #229: Build Your Own Blowgun - 3
by Tim MacWelch
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.
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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.