Silent Weapons – well maybe not completely silent but silent enough to not draw attention to yourself… The value of silence under certain survival conditions could literally mean the difference between life and death for the survivor.
Taking game silently could be essential in keeping your location secret and avoiding potential threats, or frightening away every other animal in the area.
Never fall into the trap of being totally dependent on one food source. Too many things can happen to quickly deplete, or even completely destroy your supply. Remember Murphy’s law will be in full effect and in top form after any disaster.
Please have a plan to supplement your food storage with wild game, eatable plants, fresh garden produce, domestic farm animals etc., evaluate your location and personal situation and plane for at least three independent sources to supply or at least supplement your survival food needs.
Across the road from my homestead/retreat is thousands of acres of national forest land – with an ample supply of deer, wild turkey, black bear, pheasant, rabbit, and squirrel.
I would be foolish to not make preps to use those abundant resources to supplement my food storage. By far the best foraging tool is a firearm, but under most survival conditions silence would be desirable or even essential. Because of this reality, I have several tools that will allow me effectively take game without arousing suspicion or attracting unwanted attention including…
.22 caliber CB caps
While not completely silent the .22 caliber CB caps are much quieter than standard loading with this round. The sound is more of a thud compared to the crack of standard rounds. Small game can be taken out to about twenty-five yards with careful shot placement.
A blow-gun is the epitome of simplicity. It is basically a tube through which a dart is blown. Blow-guns offer silence not found with other weapons and the dart can reach a muzzle velocity of 250 fps or more. I bought mine years ago from a mail order supplier but they can be made at home for nearly nothing.
The sling-shot is generally seen as a child’s toy but can be very effective on small game and birds out to about twenty yards. The key is to practice enough to become efficient in its use. I’ve a folding slingshot to great effect to take a lot of small game – the animals are usually stunned and not killed and must be finished off by other means. I always keep a folding slingshot in my bug out bag.
Bow and Arrow
Modern compound bows are great for taking larger game but are expensive with most models costing more than a comparable firearm. Primitive bows are easy enough to make from materials found in nature, for me the hardest part has always been the arrows. I have several handmade bows, but for the most part, I prefer to use commercial arrows and broadheads.
In my opinion, the spring piston models are the best design choice of the models now available. They are cocked by a single stroke and the force driving the pellet out of the barrel is consistent meaning better accuracy. Look for a gun with a fully rifled barrel, adjustable sights and grooved for scope mounting. Also look for a rated muzzle velocity of at least 1,000 fps. Pyramid Air has a huge inventory of great air-rifles at competitive prices and fast shipping… What types of “silent weapons do you have in your foraging arsenal?
You can read my full review of the Benjamin Trail NP air rifle here – Review of the Benjamin Titan GP .22 caliber air rifle…
What type of silent weapons have you used for hunting? What happened on your hunt?