The blowgun is said to date back to the stone age, used on all continents but Africa at the time. Archaeologists believe the blowgun evolved from a toy to a hunting tool over time. It was used to kill small animals and birds. Primitive blowguns were made from bamboo, cane, or any natural "tube." Any rings or bumps in the tube that would impede the projectile were burned or drilled out. Most modern blowguns are made out of metal and may have sights and mouthpieces
Blowgun darts can travel up to 400 feet per second. That's 2 times as fast as an arrow shot from a wooden bow. Blowgun pellets now come in .38, .40, .50, and .68 caliber. The .625 diameter "Big Bore" allows better air flow and therefor can shoot heavier calibers faster.
Blowguns were mainly used to kill small prey in close quarters. They are quieter than a bow and arrow and quicker. A dart (usually dipped in poison) or a pellet from a blowgun came to almost completely replace the bow and arrow in Southeast Asian jungle and forest hunting. Except for Renaissance Italy, however; the blowgun was not often used during combat.
- Photo Credit google images
How Fast Does the Eurostar Train Travel?
Eurostar is a high-speed rail system that links London with European destinations via the Channel Tunnel. In November of 2007, Eurostar's High...
How to Aim a Handgun
Learning to properly aim a gun is not only crucial to hitting your intended target, but is a vital part of gun...
- How to Make Wood Pellets
How to Make Cheap, Easy and Fast Shooting Range Targets
As a graphics professional I have access to printers, plotters and to several types of high powered graphics software. In past years...
How to Make a Blowgun from Bamboo
Making a blowgun out of bamboo is a simple task that has been perfected by many generations of our human ancestors. According...
How Fast Does Light Travel?
Light is a form of electromagnetic radiation, which always travels at a speed of 186,000 miles per second in a vacuum. Discover...
How to Tune a Paintball Gun
To tune a paintball gun, use a paintball gun, paintballs loaded in the hopper, air tank, goggles and a chronograph machine to...