The Bow as a Defensive Weapon

Dear Fellow Survivalist;

I’m a fan of the bow. I have been for years. There’s just something about a weapon which has lasted as long in continuous use as the bow has. Granted, it has gone though a lot of changes, making modern bows look like they’re hardly the descendents of the first ones used on the African plains, but you just have to look at the arrow to realize they are much the same thing.

While I carry a gun every day, I also own a bow. It’s not a fancy compound bow, like the ones you see today; but rather a Mongolian bow; a recurve bow about 4 ½ feet long. Going out in the backyard to shoot my bow is almost as good a stress relief as going to the shooting range with one of my pistols.

One of the things I like about the bow is that it is a silent weapon. You don’t have to worry about someone hearing you shoot a bow, like you do a pistol. So if you want to go hunting without attracting attention or sneak around in the dark, it’s much better than a firearm with a suppressor on it.

The bow is also an accurate and deadly weapon. While it might not have the killing power of a modern rifle or even a pistol, it will kill nevertheless. If you have a situation where you need to shoot and don’t have a gun available, then a bow is the way to go.

That’s the point. In today’s political climate our Second Amendment rights are not guaranteed. The Democrat party is hell-bent on taking our rights away and our right to bear arms is on the top of the list. Supposedly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered full funding of the border wall, in exchange for a repeal of gun rights. That’s been proven to be fake news, but the reason I mention it is that it is realistic enough that a lot of people believed it.

There are states in the Union today where it is becoming harder and harder to be a law-abiding gun owner. While I’m glad I don’t live in one of those states, if I did, I would be comfortable using my bow for my defense, rather than my gun. The bow is accurate, quick to reload (with practice), accurate and has enough power to disable or kill a criminal. Isn’t that enough?

With the current push for “red flag” laws, any of us could lose our Second Amendment rights, if our state passes those laws and someone reports us. All it takes is a neighbor, family member or estranged spouse to say that you are a threat, and you’ll lose your guns. Then what will you do?

Does this mean that I’d be willing to face off against a pistol armed criminal with a bow? No, not really. But if that’s all I had, I would. You have to put these things in perspective; and in an environment where I can’t have gun, the bow is the next best thing. Not only that, but there are times when I believe the advantages of a bow could outweigh the advantages of a gun.

I wrote a story some time back, which never made it to press, about a man hunting members of a drug cartel who had kidnapped his wife. While he carried a pair of pistols and a tactical shotgun with a pistol grip, his main distance weapon was a bow. I selected that for him, because he was going to attack the drug chieftain’s home at night, by himself, and needed a stealthy weapon to use. That’s a perfect environment for the bow, especially in the hands of someone who knows how to use it.

That’s the problem with the bow; it takes a whole lot more time and practice to become even marginally competent with the bow, than it does with a pistol. That’s even worse with a simple bow, like mine, than it is with the more complex compound bows used for hunting. Learning to aim a bow instinctively is even harder than learning to aim a pistol instinctively, because you aren’t just pointing your finger; you’re pointing the arrow.

But that doesn’t take away from the value of the bow; at least not in my estimation. I have put the effort into becoming competent with the bow, because of all the efforts the gun grabbers are putting into taking away our rights. I want a backup, and I don’t want to wait until I have to have it to start learning how to use it. I’d rather do that now, so that if I need it some time in the future, I will have it. So, in addition to keeping your powder dry and your survival equipment close at hand, I’d recommend getting yourself a bow and doing a little practice in the backyard.

Dr. Rich

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