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At SurvivorGeek, multi-function items are revered and touted. Cold Steel's Big Bore Blowguns fit the bill, as they can be used as a hunting tool, a hiking stick, an impact weapon, and a firestarting aid! How can this marvel of innovation be? Well, let me tell you:
First of all, this .625 caliber, 4-foot long blowguncan have an effective range out to 20 yards (or more!) and is capable of shooting darts three times heavier, and at speeds up to 20% faster, than competing products. That's a payload easily capable of penetrating a half-inch sheet of plywood! What this all comes down to is a very effective hunting tool that can stop small game in their tracks! (Be sure to consider the 2-Foot extension for this model; increases range, power and accuracy!)
Additionally, the rubber mouthpiece is extended down the pipe to serve as a handle grip and the blowgun comes with a ferrule that fits over the business end; this combination allows the blowgun to be used as a hiking stick! At a comfortable 4 foot length, it's just right for a lightweight walking stick!
On top of that, because these blowguns are made from aircraft-grade aluminum (read, lightweight and strong), they can work as a bludgeoning weapon in a close combat situation. (You may prefer the thicker Professional model if use as an impact weapon is anticipated as a recurring use.)
And finally, if you're having trouble getting your fire going good, you can use the blowpipe to direct a blast of air right to the flame without getting a face full of smoke and sparks! (Just make sure that, like Bill Clinton, you don't inhale!)
This model comes with a dart quiver and an assortment of darts (12 Stun Darts, 12 Mini Broad Head, 6 Hunting Broad Head, and 6 Bamboo). Those who want to do some serious hunting need to check out the Razor Tip Hunting Darts!
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Posted by The Captain on 16th Dec 2010
This is an outdoors men's friend and survival aid. You'll know this the moment you hold it in your hands and feel the weight of this metal blowgun. This alone makes it a great fighting staff, spear shaft, fishing lance and hiking stick (like the owner of this site stated in his video, change the rubber cap with a better one if used as a walking staff)! You also have one tent pole on the ready and with the curve mouth piece, a riffle rest or camera brace.
Although easy to use, it takes time to master shooting skills. Start off with the free stun darts just to get use to holding the blowgun's weight. Cold Steel makes a much better version of the stun dart made of a black plastic that's like a hallow point tip which is great for small game & birds.
All the other darts can be dangerous and used in hunting! The Bamboo, Mini Broad Head, Broad Head (made for hunting) can fly at high speeds with lots of power. I had a Bamboo dart enter a tree stump after passing through a paper target on a cardboard box in front of the stump. Cone came off in the box, Bamboo dart entered tree about 1.5" from approx.. 25 feet away. To me, that's impressive for a thin stick of Bamboo!
This blowgun could put food on the fire if your outing becomes a "survival adventure."
You'll need a safe way to transport your darts (I use a "Viewtainer") and you if your use this for survival, you should pick up the "Razor Broad Head" darts sold here for one shot, one kill of small game. The Mini Broad Head & Bamboo should work for fishing but I wasn't near any water to try it.
NOTE: Because the blowgun is metal, when not in use I keep it stored in a silicone treated shotgun gun sock.