Survival Bow: 16 Rock Solid Reasons To Get One Today

Survival Bow: 16 Rock Solid Reasons To Get One Today
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Survival Bow

The 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.

Survival bows break down 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 valuable 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 (depending 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 bow1

  • They might not know what it is
  • Have no idea how to use it
  • Have 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 survival 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).

Also, 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:

The arrows are also multi-use parts which are perfectly suited to be used on the tip of a 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 your own longbow 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 a 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.

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 a survival weapon that’s completely off the government’s radar.

Wrap up

If you’re looking for a solid takedown bow at a good price, I recommend you check out the Sage 2 Spyder – Takedown Recurve Bow.

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Time To Sound Off

So what do YOU think?  Did I miss anything?  Do you disagree with my assessments?  Are you going to get one today?  Let me know in the comments so we can continue this conversation.

Update: A few fellow survivalists have been generous and taken the time to comment below.
I didn’t want to steal their thunder by rehashing their thoughtful comments in the post itself.

So I highly encourage that anyone considering buying a survival bow, read the comments below for some added information. 

Not everyone fully agrees with all my assessments and they make excellent arguments worth noting.

Also, feel free to join in the conversation!!

Remember: Prepare, Adapt and Overcome,
“Just In Case” Jack
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  1. says

    Good points, and I’m not disagreeing with any. However, it is critical to take into account the difference between bows and bullets. One takes much longer to incapacitate. Which is why guns prevailed at first, despite far longer loading times. Arrows took longer to incapacitate than shock weapons ( sword, spear etc. ), and bullets provided the same effect as shock weapons but at a distance. Also, while a bow can’t jam, there is string breakage.

    • Just In Case Jack says

      Thanks for chiming in James.
      All valid points. Strings do indeed break from time to time.

      My argument has never been that bows are better than guns. I wouldn’t want to show up to a gunfight with a bow.
      However, bows are severely underappreciated and can be a major advantage to survivalists in survival situations.

    • John Seaman says

      A broad head does more immediate shock and damage to tissue then all but the largest caliber rounds. If you doubt this look up the scientific studies using anatomical jell blocks.. like a bullet depending on the point of impact the damage can cause immediate death or a bleed out. I have seen game shot with 44 mags and 45s stumble and walk away. I have seen the same game shot with a 50lb bow drop in place.

  2. Bill says

    Just purchased a take down bow. Haven’t got it yet but liked the idea of having one to fit my Bug out bag.. i believe its called the Primal Gear CFSB.Saw a lot of Y-Tube videos on it and heard no bad things about it.

  3. Bill Scarborough says

    Okay, I agree with all but 2 ideas. 1: kill a human…. yeah. IF you can get the exact part and get good penetration but remember arrows kill mostly by bleeding out the ‘game’. Not usually an immediate stopper. And, yes, same goes for bullets 🙂
    Point 2: bow string. Not “jamming ” if you’ve ever shot a poor quality or a “natural” product string in wet weather. … oh wait – no one has…. the string gets damp and stretches. Not even too useful as a garrote 🙂 .
    But before you think I’m some kind of troll I do agree with you on all your points. Just if your readers understand cheap is crap no matter what but they can set up in REAL NICE territory on a bow for less that half a low cost firearm.
    Oh yeah, like it’s been said about Carnegie Hall. … practice, practice, practice!

    • Just In Case Jack says

      Thanks for commenting Bill.

      Yes, there are a few downsides to be noted with a survival bow.
      Thanks for taking the time to point them out, I appreciate that.

      I’ll add a small section at the end of this point letting readers know about these.

      – Jack

  4. Chante Washte says

    I agree with all your reasons, as stated. As a military trained sharpshooter and an avid bow hunter, I’d like to point out a few facts. The kinetic energy, stored in an arrow shaft, will penetrate deeper in ballistics gel, than most bullets.. Oh, and try making or repairing a gun and or bullets in a survival situation. Having said that, most people can maim or kill with a gun, much more easily, than a bow. Now, if you have chosen to buy a bow, I highly recommend, considering professional training, on care and use of your new bow. This will considerably reduce your, “Time to proficiency” and frustration level, on the range. All though range time sounds boring, the pay-offs come quickly.. You will brag for years after “Robin Hooding” your first arrow. Lets not forget, in the hands of a trained combatant, an unstrung bow or single arrow, can be weapons too. So have fun.

  5. Frans says

    one good argument i didnt saw in the list that is very important in a emergency situation a bow is practicaly silent when used… stealth is a good friend in dangerous situations

  6. Jackie says

    Great article. I’m an older woman (60) and have been considering adding a bow for quite some time. Mainly for reason #5. Here is my problem, the pull is too heavy for me on the bow you mentioned in the article. 40# was the lowest you could buy. I need probably 25#, 30# tops. Since I know nothing about bows, wondering if the lighter pull would still perform as needed.

    • Just In Case Jack says

      They Jackie,
      Thanks for the comment.
      I’ve seen a few crossbow designs around that have automatic pull mechanisms. Looks like they use CO2 gas pressure to draw the string back for you. Takes the pull being too heavy out of the equation. However, if you consider this option for survival, then you better stock up on the CO2 cartridges because they will be hard to find after TSHTF.

      Here’s a video I found showing this setup in operation:

      Hope that helps.

    • Steve D says

      There are bows made down to 15 lbs. If you get a bow, match arrows to the poundage of the bow and how long your draw lenght is. A variety of fieldbpoints and hunting broadheads. The practice points and hunting points need to weigh the same. ie,.. 100 gr., 125 gr. Just get them all the same so you stay consistant on hitting.

      • Chris M says

        Hey Jackie. Most states have a law requiring a minimum draw weight of 35lbs to hunt deer. So there is a lot you can do even with a low poundage bow.

    • Leslie says

      Hi. For someone of your age and limited physical abilities I would recommend a inexpensive crossbow with a string cocker. Slower than a bow and a little heavier (about 6 pounds) but eaiser to master and with a cocker easier to load. Even though resembles a firearm the range is close to a bow.

  7. Ricker says

    Hi liked all your reasons, maybe 1 missing unlike a firearm no shell casings to pick up also for the nature’s part no one can tell you have been there, also here’s a good one it’s like sailing no noise

  8. Patrick says

    I bought two VERY awesome compound bows off craigslist from GoodWills crap giveaways store meant for people with clothing vouchers. anyhow both for $20 one needing re-strung and the other ready to go.
    Had both strung and bought all types of arrows, fishing, broadhead, plinking.
    The draw weight is VERY low which is perfect for bugging out.

  9. Trineer says

    Check out the SAS Tactical Survival Bow as well. I have the SAS, PGU and Xpectre and the SAS is the only bow that actually fits inside a day-pack and has a solution to store the arrows inside the riser of the bow. You throw it in your pack and forget about it until you need it. Excellent!!!!!

  10. says

    Legal limitations and laws are much more lax on the bow and arrow than they are takedown-recurve-survival-bow-300x200with guns and bullets. You don’t have to mess with paperwork and permits, even though, in the right hands the bow and arrow is equally deadly. The less you have to deal with this stuff the better.

  11. Jonathan A. Bish says

    I really like your post. It’s very nice article and I’ve got more info. Thank you for sharing

    • Just In Case Jack says

      Good point Harold. I got so caught up in explaining all the “logical” reasons for owning a survival bow that I forgot one of the most important reasons. Because they are fun as hell to shoot! Thanks for the reminder.


  12. charlie says

    Hi nice article, I have 10 bows one for myself and one for everyone in my family and extended family.
    There are a few other points to be made.
    Arrows can be easily poisoned.
    If you attach a line connecting an arrow to the bow it can be used for fishing and the arrow can we retrieved without getting wet.
    It can be used for trap and shelter making again by shooting a line or cordage over a high tree branch.
    Then can be used to light a fire or fire trap from a distance.
    Many arrows have interchangeable head so one arrow can be used for many different purposes just by interchanging the heads, you can use blunts for rabbits and small game, broad heads for large, fishing heads and i have even seen whistle heads for signalling.
    Also as an extension of point 12 even an adult who might pick up your bow will have a relatively hard time using it against you if they don’t have archery experience.In fact if the bow wasn’t strung most people would have no idea how to string a bow, let a lone quickly.
    Synthetic bows and some self bows can be used not only when wet but underwater.
    Another cool feature you can both LED and glow in the dark knocks so you can retrieve arrows at night, or if you don’t kill and animal outright you can just follow the LED.
    Thanks for the article

    • Just In Case Jack says

      Thanks for enlightening us about more survival uses for a bow and arrows. You suggested some really unique ones I’m excited to give a try.

  13. Bule says

    Fun. A historical appeal. Have a 68 in., 50 lb. long bow and find I can shoot it all day. The 70 lb. compound about 5 shots before shake sets in.
    There has always been something about seeing an arrow in flight. Very satisfying.
    My aunt shot a 130 lb. doe with a 35lb. recurve and the arrow had to be found. It penetrated completely through.
    I’m 80 years ld and just went back to the long bow after a 55 year hiatus.

  14. Sam Luckey says

    Because it has kept me awake at night, you don’t have to register a Firearm. You can if you want to but are not legally required to.

  15. Mark says

    I’ve hunted with a takedown for over 30 years. Everything from bear, elk, deer, turkey, rabbit, grouse, squirrel, and groundhogs. Even shot a couple snipe and woodcock with a bow. It may have some downfalls in the self-defense arena but I can guarantee you I will never go hungry and I can do it quietly. Making wooden bows and arrows is also not that hard once you have the hang of tillering a bow and realizing you always need to use either right wing or left wing feathers but you can’t mix them on the same arrow.

  16. says

    Great article! I couldn’t agree more however it is not simple to learn and shoot bow properly. Failure might cause serious damage.
    I suggest beginners to register for a bow course before buying one modern bow today.
    Also, stay away from crossbow if you are not familiar with it. You don’t want to lose one or two finger anyway.
    Again, nice article! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Tim yarbrough says

    I have taken a good size PVC pipe with a cap at each end and a shoulder strap to carry the bow and the arrows (taken down of course) with an extra string knife etc in the case. I also consider fishing arrows and line essential for a good bug out bag. You have a great site here, I am a newby!! Thanks!!

  18. Kat says

    Awesome article about using a bow and arrow, and you bring up a key point about using it for hunting: the silence of it. Why the hell would you want to alert people to the fact that you just nailed dinner, to say nothing of alerting any other “dinner” that there’s a hunter around? 😛

    Secondly, bullets are poisonous, an arrow is not, unless you purposefully put poison on the arrowhead. I would rather grab myself some dinner with a good arrow-shot, rather than deal with any potential poisoning a bullet would give ME. Also, there is the environmental factor; if you use a rifle to hunt, and you end up missing your target, the bullet goes flying elsewhere, and some poor critter who doesn’t know a bullet from an acorn will come up and try to eat it. And even if that doesn’t happen, just how long does it take a bullet that’s landed on the ground to break down? Weeks? A month?

    So, in the name of ALL species surviving what Mother Nature–or other humans–dish out, give me a bow and set of arrows ANY day over something that you cannot make yourself out of raw materials.

    Thus Speaketh This Druid. 😉

  19. Peter Bell says

    I have a 60 pound takedown bow. I also have a gun locker with a viriaty of rifles and shotguns.
    I prefer my bow to hunt with. It is all about the flight of the arrow and the practice of stealth..
    The bow has influenced humans in a huge way. Right up there with language and fire.

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