Survival weapons, such as bows and guns, are not only used for self defense. They are also used for key survival skills like hunting. Which is why they are considered to be one of the prepping staples you need. If you are a prepper, chances are you already have a variety of weapons at home. All complete with ammo and reloading materials.
Unfortunately, not all of us are into guns. Or, it is highly possible that your partner in life, or the people around you are not too keen on the idea of a weapon stored near them. This is where bows come in handy. In fact, some of us even prefer bows over firearms. Why? Well, simply because making arrows to replenish their store-bought counterparts is not a difficult task.
Here’s another good idea. How about making your own emergency bow from PVC pipe? It may not be the best there is, but you can customize it according to your liking. And a homemade compound bow is not only excellent backup, they would also likely be an excellent barter item just in case SHTF. You can also bring it on your hunting escapades for backup. Or just make it for fun! You won’t even have to spend that much $$$.
It is fairly easy to make, as long as you have the right tools and supplies. Here they are:
• 55 inches of bow string
• One 4‘ 5” long, 3/8” thick fiberglass rod
• Roll of duct tape
• Roll of electrical wrap
• One 5’ long piece of ¾-inch thick schedule 40 PVC pipe
• 12 inches of pipe insulation for the handle of the emergency bow
• Can of WD-40
• One 5’ long and ½” thick piece of schedule 40 PVC pipe
• Rough grit sandpaper
• Power drill
• 1/8” drill bit
• Metal file
• Permanent marker
• Measuring tape
• Camouflage spray paint, optional
1. First, measure the diameter of the ½” thick piece of PVC pipe with the measuring tape. Make sure you mark the center point and draw a line from top to bottom with the marker.
2. Next, get the saw and use it to cut along the line.
- Split the piece of pipe in half.
- Then, use the WD-40 to spray the outside of one of the pipe pieces. Make sure you spray the inside of both ends of the 3/4” thick piece of pipe, too.
- Save the unoiled half of the pipe piece for use when you are making a second bow.
- After that, you will need to push one piece of the ½” thick pipe into the ¾” piece of pipe. To make it easier, you can push the pipe against the ground or something hard and stable. Just make sure not to push too hard or you will crack the pipe pieces.
- Take the marker and measuring tape. Then measure 3/4” from the end of both sides of the pipe after fully inserting the smaller pipe.
- Next, take the drill and drill a hole onto the marks you made. Make sure the hole cuts through the piece of interior pipe as well.
- Get the hacksaw and use it to cut across the opening of the pipe on each end to create a slit for the bowstring. Just before you reach the drilled holes, stop cutting.
- Once you are done with cutting and drilling, you can now start smoothing out the rough edges. Get the metal file and start smoothing everything out.
- After the metal file, you can use sandpaper to file the same spots. This will further eradicate any rough edges.
- Next, wrap the pipe insulation, fashion into a handle shape, and place it onto the center of the archery bow where the hand will go.
- Make sure you secure the pipe insulation firmly into place using some duct tape.
- Then, wrap the fiberglass rod in a layer of electrical tape followed by a layer of duct tape.
- Now, it is all just a matter of sliding the rod into the PVC pipes to help add a bit of substances to the bow and enhances draw weight.
Aaanddd you’re done! If you want to watch how this bow was made, click on the video below from ZNA Productions.