Hunting Blowgun




This is a hunting blowgun made from stuff laying around the shop. I shot two rabbits from about 75 to 100 feet with this. Depending on the materials you use for the darts, you can shoot it up to 150 to 200 feet easily.


3 to 6 foot piece of 1/2" electrical conduit. forget about 1/2" PVC. I tried it and the conduit works a lot better. The longer the pipe the more speed an accuracy you get BUT, it also takes more air and its harder to carry around. Try 4 feet to start with.

A cone shaped paper drinking cup.

Either 16 to 20D nails or 2 1/2 to 3 inch dry wall screws. If you use the nails, sharpen them on a grinder. Go slow so you don't burn the tip. If you don't have a grinder use the dry wall screws, they don't need to be sharpened. Not as much distance or knock down power but it will still kill a squirrel or bird.

A razor blade or razor knife

Step 2: Making the Dart 1

Push the dry wall screw or nail through the cup from the inside

Step 3: Making the Dart 2

Put the nail into the pipe

Step 4: Making the Dart 3

Cut off any of the cup that sticks above the end of the pipe

Step 5: SHOOT IT

Push the dart about 1/4 inch down the pipe, aim by looking down the pipe and put the other end of the pipe where you want to hit about 20 feet away and blow hard and steady until the dart has left the pipe. Longer distances will need to raise the aim a little bit. 30 minutes of practice is enough to give you some really accurate shots. now go get your dinner but remember, Don't kill anything you don't plan to eat and don't shoot any living thing you aren't planning on killing .... INCLUDING PEOPLE.



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    12 Discussions


    2 years ago

    So cool, thanks for the guide!


    5 years ago

    QUESTION: was the rabbit good?


    6 years ago on Step 5

    ive made my own 4 ft blow gun and had various smaller ones before and ive found all the other methods i've tried have failed so im gonna try your one but instead of paper cone you can buy plastic ones which would prbly be more durable and wont go soggy (its ruined my paper flighted darts when they hit dewy ground :D

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    im planning on shooting the squirrels that eats my dads hazelnuts of our giant bush, hes been trapping them but thats not very effective...i think they've learnt now so i'm gonna set up some bait(peanut butter) and a mini hide and see what happens :P the papers coated in wax so it should stand up to the dew a bit but not as long as plastic :D


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    i used photopaper for the ones i made with the potentialy sticky emulsion side inside.
    modern photopaper is resin coated and waterproof on the back


    7 years ago on Introduction

    my friend and i began to make these as soon as we saw this instructable. we plan on hunting squirrel with them in the future. lately, i have been trying to make this as humane as a possibly can by becoming as accurate as i can, AND, sharpening the tips. when you sharpen the tips, it makes a world of a difference. another thing that i did, to make them last longer, is i covered the darts in duct tape. this also makes them fit more snuggly in the barrel. 

    i highly reccomend everyone take advantages of these innovations which i have stated.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nice! my mom's old roommate did this once. he made the dart cones with plastic from blister packets. he shot them all over the apartment. then he patched the holes with toothpaste so the landlord wouldn't get mad at him. he killed pigeons with it out his back window. these are great to make.


    9 years ago on Step 5

    when you said u shot two rabbits wit it, did it do any damage or just bounce of?

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    Reply 9 years ago on Step 5

     im wondering whether he ate the rabbits because he said dont kill it if youre not going to eat it