Introduction: PVC Bow

Picture of PVC Bow

This is a horse bow i made using a 4' length of 3/4 inch schedule 40 PVC. I bended the PVC by heating it over a stove. I strung it with 1/8" nylon cord. The fletching on the arrow is made with duct tape. Currently, it can shoot an arrow about 50 yards.


Dino Lover 1102 (author)2016-09-07

you could improve your longbow by shaping it like this one

Imcrazydude (author)2013-05-01

This is better then your PVC longbow

I know, the pvc longbow was just my excess pvc from making this bow.

GDADZGSONS (author)2013-01-30

Can You use 1 and 1/4 inch pvc?

I don't think that would work too well, but I've never tried it so maybe.

Onyx Ibex (author)2012-10-22

have you trained moka to retrieve the arrows?

No, Moka just watches them.

ilpug (author)2012-09-24

Nice build! What diameter of pipe is that?

spencerthebearman (author)ilpug2012-09-24

3/4 inch

ilpug (author)spencerthebearman2012-09-24

Thanks. You might want to add that to the Ible.

letstormdufield (author)ilpug2012-10-05

He did

ilpug (author)ilpug2012-09-24

I assume the outer lengths are 14 inches, and the inner lengths are 10 inches?

How far does it shoot?

spencerthebearman (author)ilpug2012-09-24

It only shoots about 20 yards currently but I am to improve it.

More like 25-30 yards actually.

ilpug (author)spencerthebearman2012-09-24

Look up Sinew-backing, see if you could adapt that to modern day materials. Also, put a third bend at the end of the bow, like the bow in this graphic

spencerthebearman (author)ilpug2012-09-25

I'll probably add the bends at the end but I don't think I will do the Sinew backing.

ilpug (author)spencerthebearman2012-09-25

Up to you, but the backing will probably help a lot more than the bends.

Also, I recommend wrapping the whole thing in one layer of tape, PVC can shatter under torsion.

spencerthebearman (author)ilpug2012-09-25

Good idea, i'll cover it in duct tape but I still don't think I am going to do the Sinew-backing even though I know it would help a lot.

ilpug (author)spencerthebearman2012-09-25

Ok, up to you, but someone should try it!

ericiscoolatschool (author)2012-09-24

this looks soo cool, im gonna have to try it

You should, it is super cool and fun to use.

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