While the origins of the blowgun cannot be pinned down accurately, we know that the blowgun was created to be used as a weapon against animals. These crude instruments were made from hollow bamboo or a hollowed-out long wood stick. Sharpened wooden splints were used as blowgun darts and over time these are treated with poison to kill the victim in a single shot.
With the development of more sophisticated equipment, the blowgun is no longer used in its original form. The use of blowguns as weapons is almost obsolete.
Today the blowgun is used to sedate wild animals; something that animal protection agencies do to save, mark or conserve specific species. Herpetologists find it extremely useful to use a dart with strong sedatives to immobilize reptiles such as snakes.
The blowgun, however, has been popular as a sporting instrument over time. The device itself has become more accurate with materials like aluminum that is used to manufacture them.
For the common man, the blowgun makes an extremely sport. It is a sport that the entire family can safely play together. Getting adept at target practice using a blowgun is only a matter of time. Even after a few shots, you will be able to see the difference in your aim. Soon you shall be in a position to challenge anyone at a game of darts using the blowgun.
To be able to play this outdoor family game, all you need is a target, a blowgun and a few darts. These are easily available at various stores. So you don't need to worry about the number of shots you are missing or the number of darts that you lose while practicing. Just keep at it and you shall soon become a pretty good blow gun shooter.
The thrill that blowgun practice can provide you is fairly unparalleled and will help you get in touch with your adventurous side.
The blow guns are precision instruments that can be manufactured to the level of a 0.40 caliber gun. Some of the latest blowguns can cover a range of up to 200 feet and can emit darts up to the speed of 300 feet per second. With this kind of speed and force, it is no doubt that these sharp darts can penetrate plywood easily. Thus a blow gun should be carefully used.
Children should only be allowed to use it under adult supervision and the instrument should not be left unattended at any time. For younger children it is a good idea to opt for paintballs, instead of darts for practice.