The discovery of gunpowder changed the world, and mankind developed the weapons that will change the course of history forever. But, before gunpowder was developed, a sharp stick was the highest point of ballistic innovation. For a long time, survival archery, or simply archery at the time, was the main thing that helped us provide food for our families and guard our territories.
Today, using a bow and arrow may appear to be futile because, we have amazing firearms and bullets. Firearms that do a much better job than a basic bow or crossbow.
That might be true, yet in a post SHTF world, a bow and arrow are an absolute necessity to have as a weapon in order to survive. Try not to misunderstand me, I do not want you to you to throw away your firearms and stick only to the bow and arrow. Weapons have their place in a apocalyptic world, yet there will be times when archery will be dominant over guns.
Regardless of whether you need to be stealthy, are short on ammunition or need to send a rope over a high tree limb, it is good to have means to do such tasks, and many many more.
For most people, their first experience with a bow and arrow was most likely in one of the summer camps. But, I am almost certain that those archery lessons never truly gave them the knowledge needed to efficiently use the bow and arrow, even in the outdoors oriented camps.
Survival Archery as plan B
If presented with an option to carry only one weapon, for example the Glock or a compact bow, I think that most people would pick up the gun in a matter of seconds. Furthermore, they’re not wrong; I would most likely do the same thing if there was not further information about the situation. But, we already know that preparedness and long-term planning is about continually having a backup plan in place. You have a plan B already, and most of us have a plan B for our plan B. Having a good bow, a decent assortment of arrows, and arrow heads is an incredibly effective way to hunt and guard your territory in complete silence.
Quick question: Which one would you pick, the Glock or the compact bow? Tell me in the comment section below!
I would prefer not to turn this article into a long list of pros and cons of survival archery. Instead, I want this to be a good starting point for those who want to know how to dispatch lethal shots without making a sound. I think it is better in the event that we investigate the benefits of realizing how to dispatch shots down range without making a commotion. But first, I want to tell you how you will benefit from having archery in your skill set.
If you remember summer camp, you know that bows and arrows are a great method to get kids to sharpen their focus, aim and hand-eye coordination. Archery is also a great way to introduce your kids into emergency preparedness. With the correct exercises, kids will learn how to add to aid in the defense or provide food for your family. One of the best things about it though is the quality time you will spend with your family and create a stronger bond. And a bonus for the kids: they will learn about patience and discipline.
Archery requires a great deal of commitment in order to be truly effective in any scenario, which includes learning about different techniques and equipment used. The advantage is that you can practice archery in virtually any surroundings, be it the woods or the closed range a few blocks away, without drawing any attention to yourself. However, the same can’t be said for guns because emptying a few mags in your back yard after lunch would cause a lot of commotion, or worse, depending on where you live.
Survival Archery – They won’t hear you coming
Bows and arrows are the original stealth weapon. This characteristic is very valuable in a situation where you need to stay under the radar at all times. If you live in a rural or urban are and bugging out is not possible, keeping a low sonic profile is essential. After you survival the first waves of causalities, you will need to guard your base and catch your food without making a sound. Archery will be your primary alternative in this scenario. It will ensure you keep your base camp secured and your plate full.
In the event that the world goes dark tomorrow, you will be fighting groups of starving, ill-equipped and mad people. Hunting with a gun when such danger is lurking behind every corner is not an option, unless you want to share your catch. A bow and arrow on the other hand, will guarantee a stealthy kill. You will come back to your base camp with food without alerting any hostiles.
Survival Archery more than meets the eye
When talking about archery, one must comprehend that it’s not just for hunting or offensive and defensive purposes. Archery is about adaptability and about how one can utilize a bow and arrow under different conditions.
A bow is a flexible instrument that can be easily carried. Particularly if you have a takedown re-curve bow that can be broken down into pieces. In particular, you will never come up short on ammo. It was the first flamethrower, and the blazing arrow was not just a war strategy. It was also used as a signaling device when needed.
You can also attach a string to an arrow and shoot it over a high branch or a gap. This method will enable you to land a rope way further than you could ever throw it by hand. Attaching a string to an arrow is additionally a good technique for hunting fish, and with a little practice, you will always have the option to find dinner if there is a body of water near by.
Bows have a wide assortment of purposes and there are numerous setups that one can use. This is the reason you will consistently discover discussions about which calibers are best for survival bows and arrows, what sort of arrows you should use in a post-SHTF world and other such subjects.
I believe that it’s a matter of individual preference. Everything relies upon what you are alright with and what you require it for.
Survival Archery – How about the many kinds of bows?
This is one of the most troublesome choices and picking a bow for survival archery is rarely simple. There are many bow types and there are a ton of models out there. Here are just a few you will most likely encounter:
This is one of the most used bow types and presumably the easiest one to use. It is a long semi-flexible wood hold under pressure by a string. At the moment when the string is pulled back, the bow is put under increased pressure. Releasing the string will make the pressure move the arrow.
There’s nothing mind boggling to it and you can even make it yourself (there are numerous instructional videos on YouTube). Indeed, there’re valid justifications why these traditional bows are made in many many varieties even today, which makes it hard for beginners to pick the right one.
The Recurve bow
This is a redesigned model of the longbow and it has the fundamental shape of its predeccessor. The differene is that the endings of the bow twist (recurve) in the opposite direction. At the moment when the recurve bow sting is being pulled, not only does the bow itself twist, the recurved tips are also straightened out. When the string is released, the bow returns to its original state with additional acceleration added to the arrow as the tips come back to their unique position.
The Takedown bow
Many survivalists and preppers state that this bow was invented for them. It was intended for emergency occasions and it fits better in their survival backpacks. This kind of bow generally separates into three pieces, plus the string, that can be stored and moved more effectively in the bug out bag.
This is a bow that can be used by the whole family since it gives an extraordinary advantage: it has exchangeable limbs incredible for advancing in skill level. Your child can use it to rehearse and when the exercise is finished, you can change the extensions and use it for survival archery.
The Compound bow
When cutting edge science met medieval weapons, the compound bow was born. This is an ancient design upgraded to the next level using cams and pulleys to build arrow speed while making it simpler to draw.
Also, there are customizable accessories and parts that make this bow more precise than its predecessors. Fiber-optic sights, stabilizers, string and limb silencers, and anything you can imagine is available as an upgrade to these bows. Every single one of these parts are intended to upgrade accuracy and usability.
The drawback of this cutting edge bow is that you should perform regular tuning. This will require some training, direction, and practice, however once you learn everything, you will have the best offense/defense weapon.
Those who are used to a rifle and would prefer not to make a big change will most likely take on a crossbow. In the most recent years, due to “The Walking Dead” TV series, there was an intense interest for crossbows and it appears that its not dying down.
Whenever drawn, the crossbow is at an a lot higher strain than any of the bows I previously wrote about. It can send bolt down range at extraordinary speeds and it’s the most deadly of all. There is even a crossbow that has the lower receiver of an AR-15 incorporated with the long-crossbow “upper” part.
This customization made it possible to create a long distance sniper crossbow. When it comes to crossbows, there are so many different available out there, and this makes it very hard to choose one, without proper research.
The Sling bow
This is the new popular “toy” out there and in spite of the fact that it tends to be very enjoyable to use, I encourage you to use it cautiously, that is if you decide to buy it at all. It is the most convenient choice of all and it’s used primarily for hunting smaller game.
The sling uses industrial rubber to send a wide assortment of bolts down range. But, if you prefer not to burn cash, you can make a sling bow at home. There are numerous free instructional videos online, showing you how to do it.
Survival bows and arrows – How about the expense?
Maybe the most convincing purpose behind adding a bow to your armory is the cost factor. In contrast to a guns, you can find the materials to make your own bow and arrows, which is the method I recommend to each of my students. Sure, I am all for buying your first bow and use it for practicing, but I teach each of my students how to make a basic bow and arrows so that if the need presents itself, they will never be defenseless. Some may say that the hand crafted bows are not on a par with the store-bought gear. Even if that is the case, you think it will be easy to find a store 100 miles away from civilization? Plus, imagine the look on your kids face when you make it together from scratch.
In the event that you choose to try out survival archery, you shouldn’t be in a hurry to all your cash on the best gear there is. You should initially find less expensive items and go from there. Browsing Craigslist might turn up some incredible items, because there are a lot of people making the mistake of buying top-notch gear right away, and then trying to sell it dirt cheap after a few sessions at the range because they realized its not for them after all. So, if you spend a small amount of money at the start, you won’t be hurt badly if you realize that it’s just not for you.
Survival archery – Let’s not forget the arrowheads
While the arrows can be made at home without much hassle, making the arrowheads isn’t that simple. There are numerous arrowhead types out there and the option to use the right arrowheads in each situation is a heck of a reason to incorporate a bow in your SHTF plan and B.O.B. Here are a few types of arrowheads videly available on the market
The bullet arrowhead
This is the easiest and least demanding arrowhead there is. It is used for the most part on practice arrows and some even use it for small game.
The blunt arrowhead
This is a flat bulbous tip made of metal, plastic or rubber. This sort of arrowhead is used to knock out small game that would be annihilated by other arrowheads.
The field arrowhead
This is a variation of the bullet arrowhead, however, it’s obvious from its shape, that it’s more aggressive. This kind of arrowhead is used during competitions and small game hunting.
The broadhead arrowhead
This is the most aggressive arrowhead of all, with sinister razor-sharp edges intended to tear through any big game you might come across. The size and number of edges vary, and are mostly dependent on the sort of game you are hunting. These kinds of arrowheads are intended to be used for both defensive and offensive tasks.
The fish hook arrowheads
This one is pretty much self-explanatory and I already referenced bow fishing. In the event that you intend to try it out, you will require this arrowhead.
It has spring-loaded spikes that hook the fish when you reel in the arrow, using the attached string.
The judo arrowhead
This is the most unusual looking arrowhead of all, however the structure behind it has a specific purpose. It has spring-loaded arms that catch leaves and grass so that you don’t lose the arrow.
Those springs will keep the arrow from burying itself in the brush or soft ground. It is used for hunting small game.
The snare arrowhead
This strangely looking arrowhead is intended to ensnare bird’s wings and pin it down. In spite of the fact that the loops at the end of the arrowhead appear to, defy the principles of aerodynamics, it does its job perfectly.
Survival archery is an alternative to using guns that may expose you to threats, as opposed to enabling you to avoid it. You don’t have to hang up your guns and transform into an Apache after reading this article.
Simply remember this is a decent addition to your plan that you can try out to see if it is a good fit for you. I constantly talk about the importance of having many options serving a similar purpose, and survival archery will always be there when ammunition runs out.
Have you tried learning survival archery before? What was your greatest obstacle? Or maybe there is another skill you would like me to write about? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!