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Blow gun power?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by bjs1187, Dec 27, 2012.

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  1. DeTerminator

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  2. glistam

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    I personally don't find certain posts about blowguns marking you as a "permanently single" very funny or all that civil.

    The story about the blowgun knock-out I've been meaning to tell actually involves two women.

    When I was in college, I lived in a rented house with 3 other guys. I had a 3 ft .40 caliber blowgun I had been fooling around with, along with some stun darts which consist of a round-headed steel machine screw with a plastic cone (they strike head-first) . My girlfriend was over and talking to someone when I came over to show it to her. She took it from my hand with an "Oh awesome!" and, before I could stop her, proceeded to point it down the hallway at my roommates door and blow as hard as she could. I should probably point out a) my girl was an opera singer and brass musician and b) it was loaded.

    Another problem I realized too late was the roommate's door was open, and his girlfriend was sitting there in the dark on the computer. The dart hit her temple with an audible thwack, following by a thunk of her falling face-down unconscious on her keyboard. She woke up when we ran to her and checked her, and she had no idea what had just happened but was seeing stars. To this day I've never gotten a straight answer if my girlfriend thought it was unloaded, thought the stunner dart was completely harmless, or was devious enough to know exactly what she was doing, given she wasn't a big fan of the other girl.

    Ah the days before YouTube.
     
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  3. bikerdoc

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    No blow gun experience here.
     
  4. Geddinight

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    I got a big bore blow gun offered by Cold Steel a few years ago. It came with a variety of dart types and I ordered more. The razortip broadhead darts are the most lethal looking. I haven't even opened the packages of extra darts I bought. I have enough fun with the mixture supplied.

    It makes for fun plinking in the basement during the winter. I have tried to hit squirrels in the garden with the stun darts. I haven't connected with one, but when it hits close to them, it moves them out in a hurry.

    I haven't tried to hunt any small critters with it, I have many more implements that are better suited to that. I can hit what I aim at out to about 25 feet or so. They are just plain fun for target practice.

    Enjoy your new present.
     
  5. DeTerminator

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    I have the Cold Steel big bore version also, and a six-footer from another source (I can't remember where).

    They really are very accurate at short range. The stun darts seem to pack a punch. I broke a clay rhino figurine with one!

    Lots of fun, for sure...I think that dart weight plays a big factor in it's somewhat limited range, along with bore width and lung power.
     
  6. kBob

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    This afternoon my 10 y/o wanted to shoot her little compound kids bow ( I think of it as a toy and may have to get her something better as she seems genuinely interested) in looking for some appropriate length arrows I ran across a "Blowgun Survival Tool" packed away in an old fidhing rod tube.

    WHile the girl pounded an old styrofoam style target block with field points I took to shooting at an aluminum drink can from about 20 feet out (wanted to make sure she hit the block) with the blowgun. What surprised me was that I hit six out of seven and five of the six penitrated the can front and back with the one that did not hit having struck and been stuck in the skirt of an earlier hit. The one I missed with hit the bottom of a can which is considerably thicker and harder than the sides and it penitrated that can bottom.

    An attempt to stalk tree rats was twarted by them being wise to what was up or so it seemed.

    On another note....

    There was for a while a blowgun dart stuck in the t111 siding of my pump house for months. It penitrated the wood and was stuck well enough that I eventually got it out with vise grips. Wasn't fired from a blow gun though. AN Aquantence brought over a small bore potato gun he had made that he used gasoline as a propellent in. It had a large combustion chamber with a screw cap and he would spritz gas from a perfume sprayer into it moments be for firing. The half inch barrel having been punched into a potato, the potato broken off leaving a plug in the barrel and the plug being seated to a greater depth with a ram rod. This was set off with the piezio starter from a BBQ grill. He was hot to showme his new idea for his device. He had made a potato plug but then pushed the blowgun dart through the plug and used the potato as a sabot to get the blowgun dart headed in the right direction.

    Fortunately he had only one dart and I got only the one dart stuck in the pump house wall. Come to think of it I don't believe he has been back to the house since then........

    -kBob
     
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