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    Quote Originally Posted by keithpowers View Post
    Exactly. My next purchase will probably be a long bow, because you can hunt for larger game, and improvise arrows as necessary versus something like a firearm, which announces you have it with every muzzle report, and eventually runs out of bullets.

    And, if there were a total collapse of the US dollar/economy/government, I assure you the unprepared will be in packs looking for things like gasoline, water, and food. It'll look like a zombie apocalypse, minus the walking dead. No less dangerous, though.
    Archery is on my to-learn list. I need to ask my new roomie if she'll let me set up a target in the back yard. If she will, it'll be worth getting a bow this year. Although I'm more interested in a horsebow than a longbow. The Mongolians had a nice recurve on theirs . . .
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    If you're going to take up archery in a survival context, you'd best learn how to make a bow and arrows from scratch with nothing but tools you can find or make yourself in a wild setting. That's a serious skill and requires some serious learning.

    Atlatls are simpler and easier to make, don't require strong cordage to function, and are quite effective. I bet the average person would be much better off knowing how to make an atlatl and dart than a bow and arrow because the benefit:cost ratio is much higher unless you really know what you're doing. My $0.02.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncephalized View Post
    If you're going to take up archery in a survival context, you'd best learn how to make a bow and arrows from scratch with nothing but tools you can find or make yourself in a wild setting. That's a serious skill and requires some serious learning.

    Atlatls are simpler and easier to make, don't require strong cordage to function, and are quite effective. I bet the average person would be much better off knowing how to make an atlatl and dart than a bow and arrow because the benefit:cost ratio is much higher unless you really know what you're doing. My $0.02.
    I'm ALSO learning it for fun. Geeze. I would like to learn how to make stuff like that- but 1) it's best to know if I can even hit the broad side of a barn with a good one before I try to make one and 2) If I take care of it, a good bow should last me a good long time. Might even be able to pass it to the next generation.
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    Originally Posted by TheFastCat: Less is more more or less

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    Quote Originally Posted by drssgchic View Post
    I'm ALSO learning it for fun. Geeze. I would like to learn how to make stuff like that- but 1) it's best to know if I can even hit the broad side of a barn with a good one before I try to make one and 2) If I take care of it, a good bow should last me a good long time. Might even be able to pass it to the next generation.
    I'm not knocking archery, trust me. I am an archer myself and own my own bow. Just pointing out that it's not a survival skill unless you can obtain a bow in a survival situation. I encourage anyone interested to shoot; it's lots of fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keithpowers View Post
    Exactly. My next purchase will probably be a long bow, because you can hunt for larger game, and improvise arrows as necessary versus something like a firearm, which announces you have it with every muzzle report, and eventually runs out of bullets.

    And, if there were a total collapse of the US dollar/economy/government, I assure you the unprepared will be in packs looking for things like gasoline, water, and food. It'll look like a zombie apocalypse, minus the walking dead. No less dangerous, though.
    I don't like to comment much on my household defenses, but for sure variety is the spice of life. We have a longbow, but also some 'quieter' firearms (we're in a rural area where gunshots are common) and plenty of ammo. It's also helpful to have like-minded neighbors and a working knowledge of tactics etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBailey View Post
    I don't like to comment much on my household defenses, but for sure variety is the spice of life. We have a longbow, but also some 'quieter' firearms (we're in a rural area where gunshots are common) and plenty of ammo. It's also helpful to have like-minded neighbors and a working knowledge of tactics etc.
    I think that's what the Constitution meant by a "well regulated militia."

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBailey View Post
    I don't like to comment much on my household defenses, but for sure variety is the spice of life. We have a longbow, but also some 'quieter' firearms (we're in a rural area where gunshots are common) and plenty of ammo. It's also helpful to have like-minded neighbors and a working knowledge of tactics etc.
    Imagine how fun invading my home can be when my go-to device is a camp axe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keithpowers View Post
    Imagine how fun invading my home can be when my go-to device is a camp axe.
    The words "cleaved in twain" come to mind...
    Just hope they don't have a shotgun on the other end
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenn View Post
    Just hope they don't have a shotgun on the other end
    That's what ambushes are for. Duh. Let 'em in the door and take 'em from behind. Tactics are just as useful to have around as toys/tools
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    Originally Posted by TheFastCat: Less is more more or less

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