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5 Reasons Your Apocalyptic Future Contains a Bowman (Guest Post)


So, the apocalypse…. It’s going to be a big deal, maybe it’s what you are preparing for, maybe you think it should just be subject matter for Sci-Fi novels and movies. Me? I’m of the opinion that the future is what we make it, most of what you see in the world today was once just an idea in somebody’s mind once and they either wrote it down for someone else to build, or they built it themselves.

I think the apocalypse may be something we make ourselves like WWIII but on the other hand, maybe it will be something to do with aliens. Does it really matter? At some point, the world may end catastrophically, and you won’t be prepared, protected and potentially awesome unless you choose a bow and arrow to defend yourself with.


5 Reasons Your Apocalyptic Future Contains a Bowman


Bows are Faster to Assemble Than Guns


Remember that scene in Forrest Gump where he practices disassembling and reassembling a gun? Did you see all those parts? Now imagine you have to clean your gun (because it got covered in zombie’s guts) and you hear the tell-tale gurgle of an oncoming member of the walking dead. Will you be able to reassemble your gun in time? Unlikely. Now, what if you were in the same situation, and all you had to do was knock an arrow? Get the idea? One ends in a dead zombie, one ends in you becoming a zombie. Or lunch. However, that works.


Never Run Out of Ammo


You’ve seen Daryl Dixon stalking through the forest collecting his crossbow bolts, or Legolas gathering his arrows, dislodging them from Orc carcasses. If you use a bow, you’ll never run out of ammo! With the collapse of society will come the collapse of manufacturing. If they’re not making guns, they’re not making bullets either.

Lucky for you arrows are completely reusable (unless they break, which does sometimes happen). While it is possible to pack your own bullets, it is a process that requires specialized tools and a lot of supplies. It’s a lot harder than just pulling the arrow out of the last thing you killed and turning that bad boy on your next target. You can even make your own arrows out of sharpened sticks if you get desperate, which, at some point, you probably will. Let’s see you shape a rock into a projectile that will fit into your Glock without blowing your hand off.


The Versatility of Arrows


If we’re experiencing a dystopian future, we’re living a sci-fi novel. And in sci-fi novels, there is cool technology, like arrows with different, useful, and sometimes deadly tips. Consider the explosive arrow, very good for someone who doesn’t have great aim. They exist today, but they’re not particularly easy to get hold of or reliable.

Your arrow tip could deploy poisonous gas, knockout gas, or laughing gas if you’re feeling silly. How about armor-piercing arrowheads? How about a grapple arrow that will allow you to attach a rope with accuracy you just wouldn’t get by throwing. In the terrifying alternative future, we’re almost certain to someday live in, arrow technology could explode. Literally.


Run to the Hills


Whether Russia invades or Neo-Nazis have nukes, when the SHTF, grab your bug-out bag, your bow, and head into the wild. With a bow, you’ll be perfectly supplied to live off the land. You can use one to start a fire by simply wrapping the string around a stick and going to town on another stick, it’s called a bow-drill and it’s one of the best primitive ways of making fire.

A bow is also all you need to hunt a wide range of game and even fish, take a look at bow fishing. Don’t fight rationing or wait in bread lines. When the going gets tough, the tough head to the hills.


Bows Are Cool, and the Future Always Has Cool People

Face it. If you know how to use a bow and arrow to accurately hit your target something, you’re automatically much cooler than someone who doesn’t. There’s a lot of kits available today and many different types of bows that look pretty awesome. In the future, what may now seem like an interesting hobby will become a life-saving skill, making you indispensable when groups of the wandering lawless form gangs and fight for survival.

Besides making you highly desirable, your archery skills will also raise you to the level of a protagonist in the story of your own life. Think about every futuristic sci-fi novel you’ve ever read or movie you’ve ever seen. Was it about an awesome, butt-kicking librarian? No, because the Dewey Decimal System is lame. You know what’s not lame? Killing a zombie at 200 yards and saving everybody’s lives. A cool future like that needs cool bow-wielding dudes in it, and I intend to be one of them.

Did you enjoy this article? Let me know what you thought in the comments, and if you liked what you read, give it a share and maybe take a bow for a spin, there’s lots of information available over at our site targetcrazy.com. I will see you in the future.



Photography by Dominic Fuchs

  • Crusty Rusty

    Seems pretty optimistic at best. If you can figure out how to make your own bow you may be able to survive like the article says. I’m no pro archer by any means but with these new compound bows, retrieving a re-useable arrow from anything but an archery target is a long shot (all puns maliciously intended. Ha!). I love to shoot my stick flicker cuz its quiet and cheap ( after the initial investment and arrows are getting expensive) but unless you’re rockin’ a little kids’ bow, you aren’t gonna be sending home made wood arrows at anything cuz they tend to turn to shrapnel when you release. I prefer carbon arrows because they don’t retain bends and dents as aluminium arrows do. But that makes my bow another specialized weapon I have to feed, same as, say, my billion yard, melon splitin’, super duper, best thing you ever saw sniper rifle (again with the sarcasm!). As far as re assembling my guns? Any prepped SHOULD know their gun inside, outside, upside down. I personally can breakdown my SA 1911 and “field clean” and reassemble it in honestly well under 2 minutes ( not trying) and my M-forgery literally the same. If I boresnake it. Well written article, but we as preppers MUST be ultra- realistic in our skills and about our tools. By all means, get a bow and learn it. They are awesome!! But don’t expect that newest greatest stick flicker to be self sustaining and you’ll go on with nothing more than it and a quiver full of “Katniss’ Best” brand arrows, ruling the world like Geronimo reincarnated. Much love, Crusty the hateful Clown

    • lol I love the name Bud!

      Thank you for that feedback and advice. Those are some really great points. I will see if the guest author can respond to this.

      • Crusty Rusty

        Yes and the comment below by kauboy only makes the point more clear. Kudos and shout out to kauboy on that. And the 100 plus yard shooting is another poor idea, and best left to exhibition shooters. I chase elk in n.w. wy with my bow and practice to 60 but that’s the very end of my range. A LOT of things can happen during your arrow’s flight time, including wind, branches, grass, i could go on all day. I’d way rather watch a bull lumber away healthy and fine than make a poor shot, even though he would look good on the wall and better in the freezer. Know your weapon and acknowledge your limitations. Most importantly be ruthlessly honest with yourself

        • Crusty Rusty

          Not to mention now that you stuck that monster 6×6 bull AND managed to track em down, clean and bone out the meat, and now you got 3 plus miles back to the truck, with 100 pounds of meat and 35 pounds of gear to get down (in just the 1st trip) and you smell like the biggest, tastiest, most wonderful bear treat in the lower Yellowstone ecosystem… O and did I mention that the sun just dipped behind the ridge?

          • Interesting. Would you much rather prefer a rifle over a bow in that type of scenario?

          • Crusty Rusty

            I do agree with Target Crazy bout having a bow. Very useful tool. So here in the wilds of wy, its legal to carry a pistol while archery hunting. So I do. I also carry it while hunting during rifle season. But DEFINITELY not my 1911, that would most likely just piss a bear off. And before any of ya give me any of the “my 45 auto plus P plus would smash through a whole semi truck length way” gruff have you ever seen a bear skull? Pretty thick. So are the rest of their bones. Hunting generally includes a pre dawn hike (horse ride if your spoiled lol) and a post sunset hike (ride) out. At least in my world. Plus much is “ridge running” so shooting is either point blank or 350 yard plus. So my pistol is a Ruger Super Redhawk Toklat. Which is a 5 inch barreled cannon chambered in 454 Casull 😁. Short enough for quick action, long enough to be accurate to hit deer or elk too close for my rifle

          • nice! Yea, I’m trying to get into hunting also.

          • Crusty Rusty

            I grew up with a rifle in my hands. I did some archery shooting when I was younger but kinda fell away for a few years. Then, when we got our “G.W.” stimulus check back in, what was it, 07? or whenever… Anyways, I spent mine on a new bow and all the tack that goes along with it. Not for hunting as much as convenient target shooting – meaning that I could shoot in my yard quietly for a lot less than shooting almost anything else from the gun safe. Hunting is a great skill to have, no matter the quarry you chase or the weapon you use. Patience is the key. I started hunting with my bow after an experience with a friend, where we called a decent bull into us. It was pretty exciting (MASSIVE understatement…). Been hooked like a junkie since. What critters do you plan on chasing?

          • Hey bud, I just noticed that I never replied.

            I really want to try hunting everything from small to big game.

    • Hi CR & Kauboy, I agree with you to be honest. Modern bows and arrows are becoming (like most things) something that the average person can’t fix or replace without all the hundreds of years of experience and tools of civilization behind them to do it. Guns are just the same in that respect though! You are however going to stand more chance of making a bow you can actually use to hunt fish or small game, or defend yourself, than you are of replacing your SA 1911. There’s a load of simple survival bow making videos on Youtube like this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsPn30SRMbU. My aim with this article isn’t to say that bows are THE survival tool for the prepper, I just wanted to point out some of what I think are the advantages and hopefully get people interested in the sport and to have them think about adding archery as a skill to their arsenal!

      • Crusty Rusty

        Hahaha yah lots easier to make a bow and some arrows at home than try and make a new slide release lever or recoil spring eh? Although I saw a video (YouTube perhaps?) of guys HAND MILLING 1911 parts in a cave supposedly in Afghanistan. Where there’s a will there’s a way

  • kauboy

    I started with a compound,and eventually progressed(regressed?) to traditional shooting with a handmade longbow. I know the mechanics of making bows and have made half a dozen successfully, and I know that most people will be entirely unsuccessful with doing so if they have no education in doing it. It is a skill that many *should* acquire and practice with, but not something that will magically come to you when you’re in the thick of it.
    This list paints an up-beat, if not fictional, portrait of what it means to use a bow for survival. You won’t have access to carbon fiber in the bush. You’ll be relying on wooden shafts for arrows, and they WILL shatter when they hit something hard. Getting your ammo back has a 50/50 chance at best. Making your own bow is an entirely different venture from making your own arrows. If done improperly, you run a HUGE risk of injuring yourself.
    If you’re thinking of relying on bowyery during the apocalypse, start now and fail many times before your life depends on it. Hone the skill during peaceful times, and your non-peaceful times will be slightly easier.

    • Great insight! Thank you for sharing that feedback.

      How long have you been making bows?

      • kauboy

        Started about 10 years ago after visiting a ren-fest and seeing some nice longbows. Thought I’d try my hand, and it has been quite rewarding.

        • Nice! I’m looking to get into it. What resources would you recommend for someone trying to get started?

          • kauboy

            The best beginner site I found was PoorFolkBows.com, by Sam Harper. His “Red Oak board bow build along” is where I started, and is a great first resource for learning the “why” behind the “how” of bow making. He offers many other build alongs too for more advanced styles. His humor is a bit different, but the information is solid. Good luck!

          • Thanks for that info bud!

  • Dave from San Antonio

    I agree with CR, on this. I think the article paints a much too optimistic picture. Yes…having and knowing how to use a bow will be important, but unless you can make a good bow, make good arrows and fletch them properly…you are in a ‘pickle’. Making a good bow, along with arrows will probably be an almost full time job, in the long run. It IS a great skill to know, though.

    • Great feedback Dave! I take it that you are an experienced bowman as well?