Bamboo shooting sticks


loose noose
January 6, 2013, 03:35 PM
I recall someone on this subject mentioning using bamboo shoots for shooting sticks. Well I found some where I run my Lab and decided to try it. After cutting the shoots down to size and shredding the shoots down to where I could actually see the bamboo, then putting a small bungee cord around the sticks. I noted they were very light, however fairly stable. I plan on the very near future in trying them out. I'll let ya all know how they worked out .:D

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January 6, 2013, 07:09 PM
That is supposed to be the oldest BP weapon, I saw one at the JM Davis museum. Pretty cool stuff, love to see your results.

January 7, 2013, 12:16 AM
Umm...I think he meant to use them as a rest to shoot a rifle off of, not to load up with BP and fire.

loose noose
January 7, 2013, 12:07 PM
Sorry brushhippie, VA27 was right, I do plan on using them for stabilizing my rifle, not shooting bp out of them, besides I could probably shoot around corners with 'em, but they are the straightest I could find out there.

January 7, 2013, 12:20 PM
Whoops Im with ya. Shootin something from a bamboo barrel does sound kinda scary, but they did do it.....sounds intriguing....maybe I will try it.

January 7, 2013, 09:30 PM
That one was metal with a wooden handle.

T Bran
January 7, 2013, 09:36 PM
I use mine on a regular basis they work great and weigh very little. A height adjustable tripod is about as good as it gets for stability.
They also make a dandy walking stick.

January 8, 2013, 10:22 AM
But Captain Kirk made a bamboo hand cannon in the STTOS episode "Arena" so it MUST be doable!!!! Ban bamboo cannons today and save a Gorn Commander!!!! Oh, the inhumanity!!!

If you are using a tripod made of poles as a rest, you can improve things by dropping a sock full of sand or dry beans on the topto rest the rifle on to help kill the change in barrel harmonics from using a hard rest. Appearently some ACW sharpshooters did this.


January 8, 2013, 01:05 PM
That one was metal with a wooden handle.

Ummm yep, THAT one is. Somehow Im thinkin a bamboo cannon might not stand the test of time aaand since they date from around the 1500s.....;)
But I do think bamboo would make a great shooting stick and the price is right.

January 8, 2013, 07:33 PM
When I was a teen(back in the 60's)my brother and I got a brass 22 cal B/p cannon and we were inspired to build our own of various materials; large brass rods, aluminum rods, large steel screws, and large dowels. All worked fine and we test loaded them with a hefty load and a long, long fuse and great distance. The wood bores lasted only a few shots after testing, many didn't pass the test firing. In the Phillippines they use large bamboo sections and cut a touch hole in the back and add a half cup of gasoline, they use them for holidays and they have a fairly loud report and a large flash, at least they did in the 70's when I was stationed at Clark AFB Pi. I do remember a few blowing up, but they usually had plenty of spares, thanks to a ready supply of raw material. No one was ever injured at the events that I attended.:rolleyes:

January 8, 2013, 08:17 PM
Pics of said new bamboo gun.

loose noose
January 8, 2013, 09:36 PM
Man out here if it ain't the heat, it's the dadburn wind. I'm chomping at the bits to try my recently acquired Thompson .45 Hawkins using the new bamboo shooting sticks.:mad::banghead:

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