The art of blowgun hunting has come a long way from the days of long bamboo chutes and darts made from bone, though the mechanics of the weapon have remained the same. Today, blowguns are manufactured by numerous retailers, and can fire projectiles such as steel balls, darts and paintballs in many different calibers. The simplicity of the blowgun design makes fabrication of projectiles equally simple, as you only need to find a slender object, sharpen it to a point, and then create a seal or gasket around the projectile. An efficient blowgun dart can be made from a variety of household items such as a regular wire coat hanger.
Things You'll Need
- Acetylene torch
- Wire coat hanger
- Wire cutters
- Foam earplug
- Quick-setting adhesive
- Bench grinder
- Sharpening stone
- Sewing needle
- Vise grips
Cut a four-inch section of coat hanger wire with wire cutters. Choose the straightest part on the coat hanger to cut the section; avoid the coiled top piece.
Poke a hole through the foam earplug center, using a sewing needle. The needle size will not matter, the idea here is to make a guide hole for the coat hanger section to slide through.
Apply a quick-bond adhesive to the last half inch on one end of the wire, then slide the earplug onto the wire until the earplug end is flush with the wire end. Allow 10 minutes for the bond to set sufficiently.
Hold the dart with vise grips and position the tip (only a half inch) over an acetylene torch for three minutes or until the tip turns red-hot. Don't forget to wear eye and hand protection while you use the torch.
Pound the tip flat with a hammer. Ensure that you don't pound the tip paper thin or this will cause the tip to break. Only flatten it out slightly.
Shape the flattened tip into a triangle using a bench grinder. Hold one side at an angle and allow the grinder to file the tip down, then turn the wire and file the other side. Use a sharpening stone to form a smooth cutting edge on the tip. Sharpen the tip as you would any knife, using the stone.
Tips & Warnings
- Exercise extreme caution when using an acetylene torch. Wear safety glasses and heat-resistant gloves.
- Never fire a blowgun at anything that you do not intend to shoot, wound or kill.
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