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Blow Guns and Accessories

Blowguns

A blowgun is nothing else than a tiny tube that can fire darts or light pellets. When you blow into one end of the tube, the missile gets out on the other side. Although basic, a blowgun can make an awesome weapon.

Long time ago, Native Americans used blowguns for survival purposes. Back in the 1500s, the Ninja in Japan were using these weapons for silent killings.

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Amazonian Indians in South America still use these weapons for hunting small game.

On larger animals, darts can only be effective if poisoned. Many tribes rub the tips of their darts against the back of a poisonous frog species. The sticky substance on the back of these frogs has a lethal effect on most animals. This poison is one of the most powerful on earth. This is probably where the term "poison dart frog" comes from. As interesting as this may seem, this article is not about deadly frogs, so let's get back to our blowguns.

The first blowguns were made from bamboo or other hollowed out wood branches.

North American Cherokees were experts in manufacturing blowguns out of river cane. They used these weapons to hunt for rabbits and other small animals. They may seem primitive, but you can rest assured these weapons had a very good accuracy. Since standardization was unknown, the first blowguns had no specific dimensions, so people could choose their length and diameter as they wanted. Today, there are two sizes of blowguns:

The .40 caliber blowgun has a diameter of 3/8".

These measurements represent the interior diameter of the blowgun tube.

The length of modern blowguns ranges from 18" up to 72"

. Today we have several uses for these weapons. Hunters use them frequently to hunt small game. Blowguns are also used all over the world to silently tranquilize wild animals, with the purpose of maintaining wildlife. Tranquilized animals can be studied or treated, and then released back into their natural habitat. Also, many people consider that blowguns can be an excellent support for a challenging sport. They can use stun darts, soft tip darts or even paintballs, thus making the most out of thus simple tool that can offer such a wide array of sporting activities.