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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4135698/The-Amazon-tribe-kills-eats-monkeys.html

I wonder how they make those super long blowguns . . .

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Jan 20 17 10:37 PM

jockelliott wrote:

I wonder how they make those super long blowguns . . .

Cheers, Jock

When you have hundreds of acres of pristeen forest to choose from and very large grass-like plants compete with very tall trees for sunlight, super shafts abound. they might be made from plants with a soft pithy center but judging by the length, I suspect it is more of a hardwood.

Great stuff Jock, thanks for posting.

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Jan 21 17 11:04 AM

neondog wrote:

jockelliott wrote:

I wonder how they make those super long blowguns . . .

Cheers, Jock

When you have hundreds of acres of pristeen forest to choose from and very large grass-like plants compete with very tall trees for sunlight, super shafts abound. they might be made from plants with a soft pithy center but judging by the length, I suspect it is more of a hardwood.

Great stuff Jock, thanks for posting.

Neondog,
Have you ever fooled around with very small bore blowguns? As near as I can tell, the native blows have a very small bore, plus long narrow darts with a bit of fluff around the shaft to serve as a "cone." Also, I wonder what the verlocities are.

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Jan 21 17 2:16 PM

I have played around with thirty inch long aluminum arrow shafts with a bore size around 0.2 inches. That's my idea of very small and almost useless. I have an antique from Borneo that is around six foot and perhaps a 0.35 inch bore. It is pretty much identical to one featured a few years ago on Auction Hunters ( http://www.spike.com/video-clips/81ml4i/auction-hunters-the-blowgun-that-blew-them-away ) I only got a few soft wood cones with it so it has been fired maybe five times. I've been meaning to make some darts for it with either paper cones of thistle but I haven't yet and won't consider anything that might get hung up inside despite the fact that the wood is so hard I was unable to make an easily visible mar in it with a key (and I was bearing down hard.) Shot forty caliber for several years but that is more like standard (not big) bore.

I'm hoping to get some darts thrown together this month for my six foot 0.55 inch aluminum tube from Online Metals. It has been sitting way too long and I suspect it will be a favorite.

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Mar 4 17 8:22 PM

Thanks for the link to the very interesting article, Jock.  Lots of curious details like the hunter using the monkeys' tails as shoulder straps.  You mentioned the small bore of the blowgun... another thing that stood out to me in a picture of the hunter with the monkeys was that his blowgun's mouthpiece had a shape more like a diver's mouthpiece, a lot wider than it was tall.  Not only that, but the entire blowgun barrel seems to have a flattened cross-section to match... unless that's an effect of camera blur.

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