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How to make a survival bow and arrow

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this bow is much easier to make and use than a regular bow. if you are stranded in the jungle, this is how u will get your food. bamboo works well also if you can get some. and PLEASE RATE AND COMMENT
 
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Step 1: Materials

1 axe/chopper thing
2 paracord or rope
3 four 0.5 inch straight sticks/bamboo
4 kite string( i will explain later)
5 and a partridge in a pair tree

Step 2: Woodworks

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take your sticks (no taller than you are) and arange them so they alternate thicker ends (see picture)

see, easy

Step 3: Knotting it together

you can skip this step if you use twist ties but you wont have those in the wild and paracord gives a nicer look

I came up with these combination of knots

put them on the ends, near the handle, and in-between. (see pic)

to tie the knot:
1 start with a clove hitch (see pic)
2 flip over and tie a shoestring knot/ simple knot
3 flip over and tie a shoestring knot/ simple knot
4 flip over and tie a simple knot with a extra twist and then another simple knot

Step 4: Making the string

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KITE STRING:
i use it because it is
thin
strong
will not stretch over time(i think)
has a ring to it when the arrow flies

take your kite string and tie a loop on the end by
splicing it(see pics)

or doing a slip knot from:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How_to_Tie_a_Slip_Knot/

the string should be 4 in shorter than the bow
so tie another slip knot on the other end of the string

Step 5: The arrow(s)

take a smaller stick and whittle the tip into a point
whittle the other end with a small notch

take a sheet of paper and roll it into a cone,staple, cut the tip and the end so it looks a good size
slide stick into it so it to the end
staple to stick

tie thread above staple

i stiched a handle on mine from this video

sorry far
I've made plenty of bows the best is 4ft length of hickory wittled down from the handle it shoots very faf
ssgtgibby2 years ago
I've got a chopper thing.. lots of chopper things.. But where can I obtain a partridge.. or even a pear tree!!! HELP! =)
hah chopper thing and i seriously doubt u have a girlfriend maybe on sum geeky game but not in real life dweeb
ibayibay1 (author)  hossweightlifter2 years ago
my comment gone D:
ringring5 years ago
not the best but it works i made one but not but it on i killed mag pie with it
ibayibay1 (author)  ringring5 years ago
you evil person T.T... whats a magpie?
a bird that a bloody vishuse if you get on there bad side and they attack sparrows and that. It always tries to attack my cats so it was eaten bread on the grass so i shot it .
ibayibay1 (author)  ringring5 years ago
still u shudnt have killed it my girl friend is gonna kill u
I dont rekon you have a girl frend
ibayibay1 (author)  racoondawg2 years ago
well not anymore
ring ring is lieing man there an australian bird they swoop you in breeding season but he could be lieing about the sparrows.
 *a hem* 
 magpies are australian crow like birds that are coloured black and white. in breeding season, they will sweep at anyone who gets close to it's nest. it happened to me once and it hurts.

and cats eat bread?
i ditnt know wath magpie is for as far as i know that bird is called Ekster
a bird

How do you not know what a magpie is!!!
Bro. No offence, but USE COMPLETE SENTENCES. i can't understand what you are saying.
ibayibay1 (author)  CristianBarraza3 years ago
sorry :( i kinda rushed it
rbrueck3 years ago
dude. all that stuff u need 2 make the survival bow, u can actually use 4 survival. js
ryanminty3 years ago
Just adding a comment. What would work better for you is if you learn how to properly stirng a bow go and learn that knot and for it you'll actualy need 1 1/2 times more string than your bow. but yours seems like its working...
SPININSPUR3 years ago
instead of kite string, use the strands from the inner parra cord.that might work.
BearFist3 years ago
say i buy bamboo sticks flatten them and then laminate them will it work and can i create like a 60# draw my current bow has over a 100# but i think thats only possible with laminating wood leather horn and sinew
ibayibay1 (author) 5 years ago
my wood is crape-myrtle
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 Would mesquite work?   What about cacti ribs?     How about pine?
Mesquite is usually not long enough to make a bow. Maybe as the riser with composite limbs. Cacti ribs are RIGHT OUT! Too brittle. Pine? Not any branches. Again, too brittle. You *might* be able to to do what's called a 'plank bow' , using a thin (1/4" to 1/2") board that tapers to the tips, but I would be VERY cautious about splitting.
paintboy3604 years ago
try looking up bow holding techniques. no offence but you are holding the arrow the wrong way when you draw it back. if you look it up you will get what i mean. good instructable though.
I'm not saying he has a particularly good idea of what he's doing, but the way he's holding the arrow looks a lot like Ishi's thumb-pinch style.

There are a lot of different ways to hold an arrow, not just the Mediterranean style most people seem to be familiar with.
PInch lock draws are common with bows that draw under 25lbs. Any heavier on the draw weight and you get the arrow slipping out of your finger for a premature release and a very bad shot. The other major draws are Mediterranean (as mentioned) and Thumb Ring (used in Mongol and Kyudo archery).
You are correct, i apologize.
ibayibay1 (author) 5 years ago
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If they are all even, the leverage adds up and it bends in the middle. If the lengths are staggered, the bending is spread out. Plus, the ends move faster because of less weight, so the arrow goes faster and with more power. Once you have used yours a dozen times or so, you will notice that the middle section is bending more easily than the limbs-that's the middle section about to break because the 'more power' is concentrated rather than spread out.
Wolfsire5 years ago
Your bow is bending too much in the handle. Tie in a few more sticks for a better tiller.
ibayibay1 (author) 5 years ago
sorry kite string should be doubled, no, trippled up for best results
jtobako5 years ago
If you stagger the lengths, and have more sticks in the center than the ends, you get a better curve that's less likely to break. ..............................oooooooooooooooooooo......................................... .............ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo....................... ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo or ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.................................................. ..............ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo................................ ..........................................ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Sorry, not up to finding my kid's panda bows (made from garden stake bamboo) and the camera and uploading pics...
tecneeq jtobako5 years ago
I believe you are right. Some reinforcement in the middle should help. I made bows myself when i was a young lad. I even used nails as arrow tips. We then used an old piece of wood and some red electricians tape and made a target to test it on. To get a nail arrow you need a knife, a nail and scotch tape. Split the arrow about 4 cm and cut one half of the split away. Now make a dent for the nails head at the end of the split. Put in the nail, head in the dent, point to the front, then put the removed part from the split on it and use scotch tape to tighten it. I hope it is clear what i mean ;). Carefully now, such an arrow goes trough clothes, shoes and so on. It is only to be used on a secure target. The best wood for arrows i had was hazelnut, it grows straight and is very light when dried.