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hollow tube from which a dart or an arrow is blown by a person's breath. The arrow was usually tipped with a poison, such as curarecurare
, any of a variety of substances originally used as arrow poisons by Native South Americans in hunting and in warfare. The main active substance of curare, tubocurarine, is an alkaloid extracted from Chondodendron tomentosum, Strychnos toxifera,
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, which would stun or kill the struck prey. Blowguns were widely used by prehistoric peoples. In modern times they are still employed in SE Asia and by some indigenous peoples of the Amazon and Guiana regions of N South America.



an ancient weapon used for hunting (primarily birds) and sometimes for fighting. The blowgun is a tube measuring 1.5–3 m long, usually enclosed in another larger tube. Darts coated with a plant poison are ejected by the pressure of the air blown into the opposite end of the tube. The darts travel a distance of 30–40 m. Blowguns are still used in the inland regions of the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan, in the tropical forests of the Malacca peninsula, and in South America. The blowgun was used more widely in the past; it was used, for example, by a number of tribes in the southeastern part of North America.

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Portable equipment, blow guns, brush cutter, chainsaw, pressure washer, pruner.
For operators using compressed air and hand held air tools, such as blow guns, BCAS offers 'Safe Working With Compressed Air' - a one hour online course developed in conjunction with safety practitioners to ensure best practice when using compressed air in the workplace.
Publishers Weekly cites one Scouting ritual in the novel as particularly funny when "Dale has a vividly mortifying turn as the Great Pumpkin, hunted by Scouts with marshmallow blow guns: 'The air is fouled by breath pumped in from a hundred PVC tubes.' The final "Rocket Day" is a moment when Dale must confront his nemeis the Scout Leader and do what he considers right.
Compressed air is used wastefully for product movement, drying, assembly, and blow guns at most plastics-processing sites.
The company said in a press release the site includes over 100 additional offerings for air compressors, air guns, caulking gun, cutting tools, grease guns, drills, hammers, sanders, nailers, polishers, blow guns and other air power tools.
From Pneumatic Vibrators to Hydraulic Hose Clamps and Air Compressors to Blow Guns, the Thorite catalogue lists the widest choice of products available, including tried and tested favourites and new developments, from the world's best known manufacturers, at the most competitive prices.
There are a large variety of air tools available for woodworking projects end automotive applications including: drills, hammers, caulking guns, sanders, staplers, nailers, tackers, impact wrenches, tire chucks, grease guns and blow guns. Spray gun kits can also be used with compressors.
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COUNTRYSIDE: I enjoyed the article in the May/June 2005 issue titled "Blow guns can be useful but they aren't legal everywhere," until I read the last paragraph which states "Some states do outlaw the tool, which is sad as no state outlaws machine guns." This statement is false and is a prime example of why gun owners get a bad name with the anti-gun folks.
SPRINGFIELD - Springfield High School officials have suspended two teen-agers suspected of targeting people with blow guns and shooting them with 5-inch, needlelike darts.
The solution is a pressure reducing valve which can rapidly pay for itself and indeed is mandatory in applications like blow guns and cooling nozzles where high-pressure compressed air use is potentially hazardous.