It is hard to track when and where blowguns actually originated but historians believe that it was already used by primitive tribes during the old times to hunt small animals and to protect themselves from bigger wild animals. It is a good weapon for hunting small games like birds and rabbits because it is silent and will not alert your target. Many types of blowguns can be purchased in the market but you can also make your own for a cheaper price. You can even make a laser-assisted one which gives both power and accuracy. Making your own laser-assisted blowgun is quite easy and the materials you will need can be found in your household. Do you want to try and make your own laser-assisted blowgun? Let me help you with that. In this article I have made easy step by step instructions on how to make a laser-assisted blowgun. But before we proceed let us first know some basics.
A blowgun is a simple ranged weapon which consists of a pipe and a projectile like darts, seeds, or pellets. It works by putting the projectile inside the pipe and blowing into it. How powerful your blowgun can be will depend on the strength of your respiratory muscles and the vital capacity of your lungs. For the laser-assisted blowgun, you will just need to attach a laser into your pipe that will point to your target so that you will fire with more accuracy.What is a laser-assisted blowgun?
Knowing the basic parts of your blowgun will make it easier for you to understand how to make a laser-assisted blowgun. Here are the parts and some simple descriptions.
This is the main body of your blowgun where your projectile will go into and out. In the ancient times, it is usually made of bamboo, wood, or cane but now, you can also make it using a PVC pipe. When using bamboo or cane, the wood is heated and carefully bent to straighten them while for the woods which are not hollow inside, they are cut in half, carved a hole inside, and then put back together. Blowgun pipes’ length may vary but longer ones tend to propel your projectile faster.
This is your blowgun’s “ammunition”. It can be darts, seeds, pellets, or other materials depending on what you will use it for. Smaller darts tend to propel faster and are easier to shoot while longer ones tend to penetrate deeper and do more damage.
This serves as the pointer of your blowgun which will help you in shooting your target with accuracy. For the laser that you will use in making your laser-assisted blowgun, you can purchase one from an office supplies store. You may also use one with a flashlight so that you can also use it in the dark.
This is where you will keep your blowgun’s projectile. It is attached to your pipe so that it can be easily accessed.
Before we proceed on the steps on how to make a laser-assisted blowgun, here are some materials that you may need:
• PVC pipe/bamboo/cane/any straight, hollow wood
• Laser pointer
• Glue gun
• Party hat or any cone
• Electric tape
• Duct tapes with designs
• Reducing coupling
Take a PVC pipe with a half inch diameter and cut it to a length that is comfortable for you to carry. Make sure that it is not too long that it will bend because this will affect the route and trajectory of your projectile. Next, get a reducing coupling with a smaller side that is fit to your pipe and attach it to your pipe. Tighten the attachment to secure it down by hammering it down. this will serve as the “mouthpiece” of your blowgun. For a great finish, you may design your pipe by using a decorative duct tape. Just cut a length the same as your pipe, lay the non-sticky side on the table, then place your pipe into the sticky side of the tape and roll the pipe into the tape. Secure the tape by pressing them with your fingers. You may also use paint to design your pipe.
For the darts, you may use a party hat or any cone as a shape-reference. Wrap the paper in the party hat making a cone shape and secure it with tape. Cut the cone into a size that will fit into your pipe. Next, insert a nail or a screw through your cone. For the nail, the head must be inside the cone while for the screw, it should be outside since its purpose is for glass breaking. Also, you may use long or short nails depending on your purpose. Secure the nail or screw in the paper cone by applying glue inside using a glue gun. You now have two different types of darts.
For your quiver, you may use a foam pipe insulation that fits your pipe. Cut the foam crosswise to around three fourth of an inch thick. Make two of these doughnut-shaped rings. Next cover the outside part with electric tape to add to its durability. Bore holes on one of the rings using a hot nail. It’s up to you how many holes you want to make. Just make sure that there is enough space between them so that the foam will be able to hold the darts when they are placed.
Attach the quiver by inserting the two rings into the pipe. Place them a bit more inclined to the side of your mouthpiece and make sure that the one with holes is on top of the other ring in reference to your mouthpiece. Place them around half of an inch away from each other. Lastly, put your darts in your quiver by inserting them into the hole and pinning them into the foam below to secure.
Using a hot glue, attach the laser on top of your pipe placing it slightly closer to the opposite end of the mouthpiece. Make sure that the laser is pointing away from the mouthpiece and it is aligned well with your pipe to ensure accuracy. Next, fasten the laser with plastic zips to make sure that it is steady. You may also use electric tape but remember not to cover the switch. Also take into consideration that your laser may ran out of battery after some time so attach it in such a way that you can easily change its battery.
A blowgun can be a good and effective instrument for hunting small game animals and attaching a laser to it is a good way to greatly improve its accuracy. Although blowguns can easily be purchased in the market, it can also be a good decision to make your own because it is cheaper and it is just very easy to make. To add to that, looking at your own piece of work can be very rewarding especially if it is well-made. So why not try? In this article, I have written steps on how to make a laser-assisted blowgun to guide you. I hope this helps!
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One of the weapons that you can use for hunting is a crossbow. It is a very good weapon especially for novice hunters since it is fairly easy to use and does not require much upper strength. However, accuracy, efficiency and practice are still needed to put a crossbow in its best use. One good thing about a crossbow is that it is inexpensive and is easy to make. So, if you are someone who wants to make his own crossbow just for the fun and satisfaction of it, or if you happen to be in the wild, and for whatever reason, you have no weapon in you that you can use in hunting for food then this article will be very helpful for you. Here are very easy steps on how to make a crossbow from scratch. In this article we are going to make a simple crossbow from readily available materials. But before we proceed to that, let’s have a short discussion of some things that you need to know first.
The bow is basically composed of the limbs and the string. The limbs are the arms of a crossbow. They are the flexible curved shaped part of the crossbow which is attached to the stock and is where the potential energy of the crossbow is stored. This determines the force that the arrow will have when it is fired. There are different designs and materials that can be used in making crossbow limbs which vary from every manufacturer. For the design, there are two types which are the compound crossbow and the recurve crossbow. The former has much stiffer limbs than the latter and the latter has limbs where the tips flare away from the archer. For the materials, manufacturers usually use fiberglass because of its strength and flexibility while others use steel. However, since what we aim in this article is how to make a crossbow from scratch using readily available materials, we would consider using wood or PVC pipe.
The string is what holds and launches the arrow. It is attached to both ends of the limbs and connects the limbs together. This transfers the kinetic energy from the bow to the arrow. Strings should have high strength and low creep or stretch. Materials usually used for strings are high modulus polyethylene, polyester, synthetic fibre, or a spun fibre of liquid crystal polymer.
The stock is where the bow and all other components of the crossbow are attached. It allows the shooter to easily hold or shoulder the crossbow in order for him to take a good aim. A good stock should ergonomically have good positioning and allows the shooter to have a good grip. Materials usually used for stock are wood, molded synthetic plastic, or other composite plastic materials.
The trigger is housed into the stock. It is responsible for firing your arrow. The trigger retains the string when the crossbow is cocked and releases it when the trigger is pulled. It works like pulling the trigger of a rifle, but it is quite different since it holds back much more weight due to the string’s tension. A good trigger must be crisp and clean when pulled. Also, it should hold the string well in place to avoid accidental release of the arrow. Many triggers, however, are accompanied by a safety mechanism.
The bolt serves as the arrow of the crossbow. It must be compatible with the crossbow in size and must not me too heavy or too light to have a good shot. Also having a notch and fletching on the butt of the bolt helps for a better flight.
Before we proceed on the steps on how to make a crossbow from scratch, here are some materials that you may need:
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If you happen to be in the wild and wish to build a crossbow for survival, it is enough that you have a good knife and a rope. The next thing that you need to do is to search for a wood that can be used to make the crossbow. The wood must be both strong and flexible. A good wood material that you may try to find is bamboo. If you are not familiar with it, it is a green woody grass that grows as high as 40 meters. They are green, tree-like in appearance, have narrow leaves, and have hollow jointed stems. Choose the ones with a stem diameter of about an inch or two and cut three stems which are around 1 meter long each. If you do not have a string with you, you will also need to look for fibrous plants that you may use to make one. Examples are the leaves of Cattail, Yucca, Agave, and Douglas Iris, the bark of Willow, Maple, Basswood, and Cedar, and the bast of Dogbane, Milkweed, Nettles, Hemp, and Flax.
If you are going to build the crossbow at home, you can make a crossbow from wood plank and PVC pipe which will require more materials to use. Prepare all the materials listed above except for the bamboo.
If you are going to build the crossbow in the wild, you are going to use a bamboo stem. Get a bamboo stem which measures around 1 meter and cut it in half lengthwise. Smooth the inner part of the wood using your knife. Afterwards, bend the wood such that the inner part of the arc is the outer (green) part of the wood. You may use your knees to help bend it easier but make sure that you don’t put too much stress on the wood more than it can handle so that it wouldn’t break. Create two grooves opposite to each other around one inch from the end of the limb. Do this in both ends. This is where you will attach the string later.
If you are going to build it at home, cut a 38-inch PVC pipe with one inch diameter. Measure 1 inch from inch end and drill a hole through the PVC pipe. This is where your string will be attached later.
For the bamboo crossbow you’re making in the wild, get a bamboo stem which is around one meter and make a hole around 1.5 inches from the end of the stem. The hole must go through the stem and it must be big enough to fit the limb that we have made earlier. One good way to make this hole is to make two slanted cuts that form a “V” on the opposite sides of the stem. Also, make a square hole through the center of the stock which is big enough to house your trigger.
If you are at home, you may use a wood plank for the stock. Any decent hardwood will be fine. Get a wood plank of around 2 inches wide, 2 inches tall, and 38 inches long. Hold it as if you are holding a crossbow and mark the area where it would be comfortable for you to place the trigger. In this area make an rectangular hole which is around 3 inches long and a ¾ of an inch wide using your drill and chisel, and wood rasp. Smooth the surface with sand paper. Next, find the center of the stock and make a channel of around ¼ inch deep from the front end of the stock to the hole that we just made for the trigger. The channel should be wide enough such that the arrow can comfortably sit on it without being restrained when fired. Also, drill another hole around an inch away from the front end of your stock. The hole must fit the size of your PVC pipe limb well. You can also create a grip for your crossbow by attaching a plank of wood with a comfortable size at the back end of your stock using wood glue.
For the bamboo crossbow you’re making in the wild, carve a piece of wood into a “T” shape wherein the horizontal part is around 1 inch long and the vertical part is around 2 inches. The horizontal part must be thicker so it can retain the string and the vertical one must be thick enough to hold the pressure of the string.
If you’re making it at home, you can use a small piece of wood plank to make the trigger. Using a saw cut an “L” shape from it of around 1 inch wide and slightly less than ¾ of an inch thick. The height of the “L” must be around 3-4 inches. After that, make a channel of around 1/8 inch at the center traversing the width of the outside part of the base of the “L”. Then, drill a hole near the intersection of the “L” where you will insert the screw to attach the trigger to the stock.
For making the bolt in the wild, you can also use the bamboo by cutting a thin piece of the wood, around 1/3 of an inch wide and sharpen one end to a point. Then, smooth the arrow all around and put a notch at the other end. You can also put feathers (if you are able to find some in the wild) to the notched end to improve arrow flight.
In making the bolt at home, you can use dowel. The length should be longer than the distance from the trigger to the front end of the bow. Sharpen the other end of the dowel and put a notch on the other end. Lastly, glue feathers opposite each other on the notched end.
For the bamboo crossbow, insert the limb onto the front hole we made earlier making sure that it is centered and it is secured well. Next, tie the string at both ends of the limb where you make the grooves and secure them well. The limb must be slightly bent when the string is attached. Then, place the trigger on the square hole and pull the string and slip it onto the trigger. Make sure it is retained well to avoid accidental slip. Lastly, place the butt of the arrow onto the string. Our crossbow is now ready for firing.
If you don’t have an available string, you can make it using the fibrous plants that you have collected earlier by twisting them together.
For the PVC pipe and wood crossbow, insert the PVC pipe on the hole we made at the front of the stock making sure that it is centered and secured well. Next, tie the string on both ends of the limb where we made a hole and secure it well. The limb must be slightly bent. After that, place the trigger on the rectangular hole in the stock and screw them together making sure that it is loose enough to be pulled. Next, pull the string onto the trigger and slip it on the groove of the trigger. Lastly, place the butt of the arrow on the string. The arrow must fit the channel of your crossbow without being restrained. Our crossbow is ready for firing.
Having knowledge on how to build a crossbow from scratch will be a great help for us hunters who may face unexpected circumstances in the wild. A crossbow is a good tool for you to hunt possible source of food in the wild, and you can also use it to protect yourself from predators. Also, if you want a crossbow but can’t afford one or find it too expensive to buy one, you can just build one yourself. It not only helps you save money, it also gives you a feeling of satisfaction of being able to make your own crossbow. I hope this article helped you with that.
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Hunting is a continuous learning process, just like any other aspect in life. After you master one skill in hunting, you must move on to another skill and master that as well. In this way, you are maximizing the time that you have as an able-bodied hunter while learning as many skills as you can. If you’re a hunter who wants to try out the joys of bow hunting, this article can tell you all about the different types of bows for hunting.Continue reading
When you think slingshot, then you probably remember all the good old days of your childhood when you used to use the slingshot to hit cans or birds. Although it seems like a childish thing, a slingshot is also a useful hunting weapon. Now, you probably weren’t expecting that, were you? Well, maybe it’s time to lay down the hunting rifle or bow for now and try your hand at a classic slingshot. In this article, I’m going to teach you how to aim a slingshot.
A slingshot is a useful hunting and survival weapon. Basically, it’s a wooden piece in the shape of a fork where an elastic band is attached. With this elastic band, you can use it to propel a marble or stone at your target.
It shoots the stone in a projectile motion, and if you’re going for longer distances of targets, you may need more knowledge on how to aim it properly.
There are a lot of commercially available slingshots at hunting shops. You can find different types of frames and elastics, as well as different kinds of slingshot ammo. If you’re going to ask me which type of slingshot to get, then I will find it difficult to tell you which the best one is.
It all depends on your preference. However, I can provide a general description of the type of slingshot I recommend. You might want to get one that has a sturdy frame, yet is ergonomic so your hand won’t feel too tired. Moreover, a slingshot with a strap can help ease the hand fatigue.
A good elastic will also help you get a good pull weight. You want to get a high quality slingshot with this type of elastic in order to maximize your potential with the slingshot.
Using a slingshot may have seemed pretty easy if you’ve experienced it back in the day. It’s essentially a small catapult that allows you to shoot objects in the air. Now, using your slingshot for something other than shooting cans off a fence may need more than just amateur aiming.
For this article, we are going to learn how to aim a slingshot like a pro so in no time, you can use the slingshot to hunt.
Once you’ve got your new slingshot, it probably won’t feel familiar in your hand at first. Thus, the first thing you have to do is get the feel of your slingshot. To do this, hold the slingshot in your hand and learn how to hold it properly.
If you’ve gotten an ergonomic slingshot that has a hand mold, then it’s much better. You can probably get the feel of the slingshot much better and get acquainted with it quicker.
You should also practice extending the elastic and see how far it will go. Chances are, your elastic needs to be broken in so that it will perform to its utmost when you start practicing.
After you have your hands acquainted with your slingshot, you can start setting up your goals. What distance do you aim for? It’s best if you start with short distances before moving on to longer ones, especially if you’re a little rusty. And if you haven’t used a slingshot in a long time, you’re probably going to start with short distances first.
Once you’ve set your short-term goals and long-term goals, you can choose your targets. Still targets are the best ones you can practice with in the beginning. Maybe go through the recycling and use a few cans as your targets?
After you’ve chosen your targets, set them at the appropriate distance congruent to your goals. When you get better and better as time passes by, you can start going for long distances and even moving targets.
The first step you’re going to have to do is load up your slingshot ammo onto the elastic’s pouch. It’s imperative that you place the ammo, which can be a small pebble, marble, or metal ball, at the center of the pouch.
To aim, hold your slingshot at arm’s length towards the target. Then, place your thumb and index finger on the pouch of the elastic. Hold it firmly and pull back the elastic until the pouch reaches your cheek.
Aiming the slingshot can be more difficult for first timers since it doesn’t have a sight or crosshairs. However, you can get the hang of aiming the slingshot if you always envision the target to be in the middle of the fork.
You should also remember to not misalign the pouch since the ammo needs to fly straight. Moreover, you should also learn how to estimate the angle of your slingshot relative to the distance of your target.
You need to be consistent with your angles so you will learn properly. Here’s a diagram on how to do just that:
The release is also important in shooting a slingshot, as in how to shoot a compound bow. You need to release the ammo without moving the hand that’s holding the slingshot. If you do, your aim will be misaligned at the last second.
You’re not going to get better if you don’t practice. As always, practice will help you aim better and estimate your angles better. Other than that, practice will let you move onto longer distances. As I’ve said before, once you’ve got the shorter distances done, you can move on to longer distances.
The slingshot is a very simple and useful weapon that can be used for hunting and survival. It’s relatively cheap and easy to maintain, and once you’ve gotten the hang of using it, it can serve as a good weapon for you. Other than that, it holds a lot of nostalgia, doesn’t it?
In this article, we’ve discussed how to aim a slingshot, which is a pretty fundamental part of using the slingshot. The aim is everything. And your aim is not going to get better if you don’t work on it constantly. But let me tell you, once you’ve got the slingshot mastered, the skill is going to prove itself useful over time.
I hope this article shed light on the dying art of slingshot shooting, and I hope you’ve learned a lot. If you have any questions or comments, leave them in the section below. Don’t forget to also share this with your friends who might be interested. Thanks for reading!
It is hard to use your fingers to shoot a bow especially when your bow is too heavy. Because of this, it is good to use an archery release aid so that you can shoot more consistently and accurately. Putting aside your shooting skills into consideration, using an archery release can give you better results than traditional methods from the mechanical and operational standpoint. Whether you are a beginner who aspires to learn to shoot cleanly, or a professional archer who wants to improve his shooting skills, an archery release is a good equipment to try. With all the models of archery release out in the market, it is easy to get confused on which archery release to choose. To help you with that, I have listed in this article the best archery release that I have gathered after careful considerations.Continue reading
A hunting trip with the bow has never been out of date. It is one of the fascinating amusement for every people in the whole country. If you often go hunting with the arrows instead of the bullets, you will want to know the best way to carry a bow to prepare for an enjoyable trip.Continue reading
Whether you're a wannabe archer or a veteran bow hunter, if you're going to be successful with a bow and arrow you need to know how to shoot it. One of the easiest but seemingly difficult weapons to shoot is the compound bow. There are basically six steps to follow to learn how to shoot a compound bow. Below we will go over each step in detail.Continue reading
Killing turkey with a rifle is as popular as hunting turkey using a bow. When using a bow, a killing zone of a turkey is so small. It is considered to be a traditional method and it requires a diverse set of skills. Since it is quite difficult, hunters should know where to shoot a turkey with a bow. The location is important in order to effectively execute the kill.Continue reading
Bow hunting is something to be considered as an exquisite art. The combined skills of precision and accuracy are what you need in order to be a good bow hunter. And sometimes, experienced bow hunters employ the help of a bow sight to increase the accuracy and effectiveness of their shot. However, bow sights aren’t recommended at all instances of bow hunting, so how do you know when do bow sights work best?
Planning a bow hunting trip? Do not confuse it with simple hunting method. It’s different! Bow hunting requires a particular strategy in terms of area and positioning of the hunter. Hunting in the wild requires a clearer view and a hideout where you are least likely to get detected by the bucks. As it can take hours in waiting for the target, nothing could be a better option than a tree stand. Being a novice hunter, if you don’t know how to build a tree stand for bow hunting, no worries. Here is all that you need to know about hunting from a treestand.
A tree stand promises a safe and secure corner where you can stay high above the level of the animals and wait for your target for hours. Sitting on a heighted position, you get an open, wide view of what’s happening all around. At the same time, the animal cannot detect your smell when you are sitting above its level.
There are many types of tree stands available in the market; portable and non-portable. Each tree stand is manufactured for a specific area and a different style of hunting. You should choose the one that is best for your hunting style. The basic types of a tree stand include;
Note: There are few states that do not allow permanent treestands or the use of nails and screws in any tree on a public land. So before you make a choice from the mobile or fixed treestand, get complete info about the state’s law. Secondly, Whatever style of tree stand you opt for, make sure that it’s approved by Treestand Manufacturers Association.
All these types of tree stands can be used for bow hunting. Each of it has its good and bad points. I always used and recommended a climber tree stand. Let’s take a look at a few points that make it a better option over others.
Before we proceed with our step by step guide about how to build a tree stand, there are a few important points that you must keep in mind.
It’s very important to find a hunting area where deer visit frequently. For that you would have to look for certain signs that may include; rubs, scrapes and tracks of deer.
All these signs signify that the deer are using this area for their everyday movement. An area with a water storage or a pond of fresh water in the vicinity is another noteworthy sign of bucks living somewhere around.
Note: Deer need water and they normally choose an area to live where they do not have to travel too far for drinking water.
Note: Oak trees can be the best option, also for the reason that it has acorns and deer just love them.
As you have brought your climber tree stand to this far, now is the time to get it fixed on the tree. A climber tree stand consists of three basic parts;
Note: Each tree stand comes with its instructions card to help you knowing how to build a tree stand. Read that well as each device has its own specifications. Whatever installing info I am sharing here is based on my general knowledge of the climber treestands.
Moreover, it’s also necessary to have the required tools to set up your tree stand. Before going out to set it up, make sure you have a hand saw, a pole saw, a pulley system, a pair of wire strippers, and a cordless drill (for steps) to make your installation both faster and easier. If you can, it also helps to take a friend with you for assistance.
To reach the top, you have to raise each item on the tree respectively, once the tree stand is installed. Let’s discuss it in steps.
Make sure that you have put on your harness belt and there is a harness rope that you would connect with the tree strap to mount on it. It’s important for your safety.
First is to install the Platform or the climbing base to the tree. Loosen the knobs, unlatch the device. Pull the belt from the tube to place it around the tree. Once you have encircled the tree with it, get it inserted back in the tube of the stand.
Relatch the device.
The second step is top section’s installation. This part is also known as a hand climber. Mount it to the tree by using the same method as we followed for the platform.
Note: Once you are up there, you would definitely need a lot of things like arrows, bow, food, water, gloves and so on. Make sure you carry all these things with you. Tying a bag containing all the things on the hand climber, is what I always recommend.
Both the parts should be firmly interconnected with stabilizer straps on it. As long as you are on the tree stand, these straps must remain connected to each other.
Before you step on the platform to start climbing up the tree, ensure that you have attached your harness rope to the tree.
Put your weight slightly on the hand climber and place your feet under the hinges and bars on the platform we have installed in the first place. Apply slight pressure to hinge with inside of the foot. Bend your knees to disengage and then raise the platform from its place.
Keep one foot under the hinge bar and the other in the middle of the platform to maintain your balance. Slide the harness rope (with tree strap) to an appropriate height (as much as your hands extend).
Now disengage the climbing aid and raise it to a higher level. Put the pressure on it and raise the platform. Repeat the same process again and again, unless you reach your desired height.
Once you have reached your ideal height, adjust and tighten your harness rope and stabilizer straps in a sitting position.
Note: I prefer a sitting position because a sudden transition from sitting to standing position, as the animal appears, may produce sound and can alert a mature buck. You are free to choose whatever position you like.
I hope this article have made it easy for you to understand how to build a tree stand. Although each climber tree stand comes with different specifications. But the basics of getting on the tree is the same for all of them.
It’s up to you which one you find suitable for you. Those who want to use climber tree stand, following the above mentioned criteria would surely make the climbing process easy for them.
All the best and stay safe.