16 Reasons to Get A Survival Bow and Arrow Rig

Survival Bow: 16 Rock Solid Reasons To Get One Today

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Survival Bow Shot By A Survivalist With A Gas MaskThe mighty yet under appreciated survival bow.
While firearms rightfully get a ton of attention, the survival bow gets less than it should.
A mastered takedown bow can be a huge survival advantage.  It should find a home in our bug out bags.
These bows breakdown into a compact assembly making them ideal for packing into a bug out bag or stashing in a bug out vehicle.
It’s such a great survival tool that I was able to come up with 16 reasons to own one and learn survival archery.
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1 – Its Extremely Light Weight

This takedown bow only weights 2.7 lbs. so it can easily be a part of a skilled survivalist’s bug out bag without having to compromise much on overall bag weight.

2 - They Are Very Affordable

Bows: A decent takedown bow will cost about $150 and last you a lifetime…if you take care of it.
Arrows: Twelve arrows to go with it will put you back about $30.
Now let’s compare that with a basic hunting rifle.  Even a Synthetic Handi-Rifle (one of the lowest priced hunting rifles I know of) is going to cost at least $250 and that’s before ammo expenses.  
Most “affordable” hunting rifles are in the $450 range. So for the money, a folding takedown bow is a solid investment.

3 - The Have A High Versatility

Hunting:  They can take down most animals with a good shot. They are able to take down something as small as a squirrel or as large as a deer.
Self Defense:  They can take down a human if necessary. Now, I’m not going so far as saying that I’d prefer a survival bow if up against someone with firepower. 
That’s not what I’m saying…However, if the stranger has a knife, then a takedown bow would be a good weapon to have.
Basically, it can be an effective self-defense weapon in many situations, which adds to its versatility.

4 - Less Red Tape Than Guns

You can buy one without having to register it like you do a gun.
Walk into your favorite hunting store, buy it, and walk out with no questions asked.
You can even buy one online and have it shipped directly to your door.  Plus, if you put a survival bow and arrow in the right person’s hands, it can be nearly as deadly as a gun.


When you shoot it, it won’t garner any unwanted attention.  
With guns, everyone within a mile or two will know someone just shot a gun and may just decide to investigate.
You can shoot a bow without letting every neighbor know that you just got dinner. An overall excellent survival tool for stealth and evasion.

6 - The Reusable Ammo: Arrows

Sure, arrows won’t last forever, but they will last much longer than a bullet.
If used properly a dozen arrow will last years.  If you get 100 arrows, you’ll be set for life. If you get 100 bullets you’ll be good for a month (maybe…depends on how bad it gets).

7 - Less Likely To Be Stolen Than Guns

Ok…I admit this one’s pure speculation, but let’s say a criminal breaks into your truck and sees a rifle, shotgun or handgun…you know it’s gone. If they see a folded up takedown bow:
  1. they might not know what it is
  2. have no idea how to use it
  3.  no clue what it’s worth.
They might take it or maybe they might not…with a gun you can kiss it goodbye 100% of the time.

8 - Simple Design and Simple Materials

The overall design of a survival bow and arrow is so simple.
This makes them a light and portable bow but also makes them easier to repair.

9 - Carries Respect Among Survivalists

If you ever need to prove your skills to another group of survivalists, shooting a takedown bow accurately will impress them. 
Garnering respect in times of anarchy might just keep you alive. If your survival group gets split up you might have to try and join a new coalition and most will only want those who can pull their own weight. Being a survival bow and arrow marksman has many uses…they will recognize that you’re one to pull your own weight.

10 - A Life Long Skill

If you practice and hone your skill, it is one that will stay with you the rest of your life.
No matter how bad things get, the knowledge and ability cannot be taken away from you (especially if you learn to make a bow out of wood).

11 - Multi Uses For Components

It can obviously be used to kill (animals or humans). It can also be used for signaling. 
If you are coordinating with a group and you want to notify that group visually, then you could shoot an arrow to a predetermined location that would signal something to your team members (and do it silently).
Some of the individual parts of a takedown bow can also be used for other tasks. The bow string is typically between 4 and 6 feet in length and is very strong.  Strong bowstring can be used for:
  • Building shelters
  • Setting up snare traps in the wild
  •  Substitute it for fishing line
  •  To create a bow drill for making fire with sticks
The arrows are also multi-use parts which are perfect suited to be used on the tip of short spear to gig frogs, fish or small game. Broadheads can also be latched to a longer spear to take down larger prey.

12 - Less Risky To Curious Children

If a child finds a loaded gun without a trigger lock, they could easily pull the trigger hurting themselves or someone else on accident.
If a child finds a takedown bow, they will have to unfold it, notch an arrow, and pull back on the drawstring and let go (in my opinion this is a low probability event).

13 - Make Arrows From Environment

You can make a bow and craft arrows using primitive bushcraft skills if you know what you are doing. I’m not suggesting making your own bow is easy or even that it’s great use of your time and energy, but it can be done.   You can’t say the same thing for most other weapons.

14 - It Won’t Jam When The Stakes Get High

Ever heard of a bow and arrow jamming?  Me neither.
There are no complex mechanical parts that will fail you when you need it the most.  Revolvers are the guns least likely to jam since they are much simpler in design that other types of guns but survival bows are even simpler.

15 - Less Collateral Damage

Shotguns blast a hole in anything in its path or surrounding it.  Have you ever shot a squirrel with a shotgun?  Not much left of it… With an arrow, it’s going to keep the collateral damage to a minimum.  It will kill its intended target but leave the surrounding area relatively untouched.
With an arrow, it’s going to keep the collateral damage to a minimum.  It will kill its intended target but leave the surrounding area relatively untouched.

16 - Government Not Trying To Limit It

You can purchase as many survival bows as you want. You can purchase 20 of them to give away as gifts. 
The government is not currently trying to regulate the bow and arrow market at all.  I’ve yet to hear the term “Bow and Arrow Control”.
It’s survival weapons that’s completely off the government radar.

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