Blow Guns - For Survival and Fun
By Steve Thibeault
Blow guns were developed over 40,000 years ago in various parts of the world, and were used for a variety of reasons. They could have been used for protection as a weapon and also for hunting. Some of the primitive peoples were able to dip the tip of a blow guns dart into an intoxicating substance to "drug" an animal, in an attempt to capture. The exact place of origin is not quite known, but blow guns have showed up in archaeological excavations all around the world.
The Pygmies in Africa and the Indians of the Amazon still use blow guns today for hunting. The ninja in Japan once used them for assassinations with poison darts. The blow gun has a tremendous history, which continues into the present day. Blow guns are now machine made with precision and used for sport just as any finely crafted recreational item.
There are .40 caliber blow guns on the market today and the length determines the range and velocity of the darts. There are target darts that can travel 200 feet in range, and at a muzzle velocity of up to 300 feet per second. Blow guns have become a fascinating sport and enthusiasts can use target darts, stun darts, and even paint balls in their enjoyment of the sport.
Blow guns today usually range in length from about 18 inches to as long as 60 inches and the shorter ones have a dart range of about 40 feet with the darts traveling up to 100 feet per second. Longer blow guns of about 60 inches in length have a range of up to 200 feet and with a speed of up to 300 feet per second.
When choosing a blow guns for purchase you may want to find one that comes with 8 darts, has a mouthpiece, muzzle guard, foam grip, and a dart quiver. The price range will be somewhere between $10 and $25 for a quality, precision made blow gun. Enjoy the sport of shooting a blow gun.
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