Blowgun help

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Daedric-Panther, Jul 20, 2014.

  1. I recently started shooting blowgun but I need help. I bought a 7ft long pvc tube about1/2in in diameter and am shooting those toy nerf dart gun darts with nails in them but want real darts. I am very accurate. Does anyone know where in the USA I can find blowgun darts?
     
  2. Zer0OneZer0

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    Honestly you should just make them yourself. The BackyardBowyer has an excellent tutorial on how to do this.
     

  3. Jeb

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    Yep, making your own is definitely the way to go. There are dozens of ways to do it but I found using plastic golf tees (sanded to fit) as cones results in durable, accurate darts. Way better than paper cones that need replacing when too much moisture hits them.

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    You can snip the tip and glue bamboo skewers in, or heat up the ends of sharpened metal wire pieces and just press them into the plastic. Works really well.

    Here's my rig. Only 1 metre long but shoots really well.

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  4. dolomite

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    Jeb, that's a nice piece of kit, especially for home made.
     
  5. Great Idea with the golf tees. I think 7ft for a blowgun is a bit much but it is accurate
     
  6. Jeb

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    Thanks, Dolo.
     
  7. Jeb

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    Don't know if you have these hollow type where you are, but here they come in a big bag, dirt cheap. If you can't find any, let me know. I'm happy to send you a bunch.
     
  8. purpleslice

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    I am also into blowgun, it is a sport in Japan, called Fukiya. Uses dart made from rolled paper or film.
    More info here: http://www.tomshiro.org/pdart/index.html

    I use magazine paper for the darts. Below is a quick video o making your own paper darts, They don't last very long but is good enough to penetrate apples and some cardboard cartons.
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z_AdppWvsw"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z_AdppWvsw[/ame]

    My blowgun is an aluminium tubing with a PVC pipe reducer at one end for mouth piece.

    Here's a link to Japan's Fukiya site.
     
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  9. Ghosth

    Ghosth Over the hill but still swinging!

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    3-4 feet is all you need for indoor practice, for hunting that 7' is great.

    Not hard to learn how to make tape cones, make your own darts.
     
  10. Jeb

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    Thanks for the video.

    I actually investigated fukiya a number of years ago and didn't much like it, myself. It wasn't only the paper darts and lack of compression chamber on the mouthpiece that turned me off (low power) but the sport is quite formalized/ritualized, much in the same way as kyudo (Japanese archery).

    [ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEh4udcZITo[/ame]

    While I understand the positive effects and appeal of this for many folks, it's way too zen/linear for my liking. Couldn't relax at all. Same reason I switched from kendo to German longsword.

    And anyway, once I tried steel darts, there was no way I could ever shoot paper again. :D
     
  11. Jeb

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    Just now came across another video where people seem to be mixing some traditional fukiya with modern western blowgun technology. Neat stuff.

    [ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=y0l566LkrAQ[/ame]

    Lots of interesting stabilizing contraptions... one guy even uses a pool cue bridge (it looks like) to support his blowgun. :)
     
  12. I am just getting back from a week long vacation in Mexico so it has been a while since I last shot blowguns but I will try to find some of those golf tees.