In discussing modern warfare and the means of archery in today’s civilization, it is important to consider blunt arrows which the Indian and Siberians played a role in its occupation and use in the world. Blunt arrows (Indian and Siberian) root out from a similar complexity and although they may appear the same, the fashion of design and use is different.
More so, the application, in this context of blunt arrows, is quite different. It is, however, very important that consideration is given to the history of arrows and blunt arrows to have a deep insight into the evolution and use in the pre-civilized society.
An Arrowhead is often of a pointy tip, augmented to an arrow to achieve a deadly or a kinder purpose. History has it that the earliest arrows were made from stones and organic materials before other materials were incorporated. Arrowheads are still important because they’re even a source of archaeological artefacts for understanding some societies of the past.
By this, with the use of bones, flakes, and chips of rock for weapons, begin human civilization. The arrowheads are ingrained in the body of a person or animal depending on the target for either hunting or warfare times. This shows that the arrowheads were not just tools for protection but weapons of hunting and combat in civil or inter-state battles.
Hunting with bows and arrowheads requires the collection of materials, preparation of the materials for an implied range which the target could be, and then, the eventual engagement of a specific target as the owner wishes. However, there are varieties of arrows and arrowheads which were important in the history and the making of arrows. They are the Brodkin points, blunt arrows, judo points, Broadheads, etc.
These categories of arrows perform various functions in different cultures and they were used by both hunters and warriors in the pre-civilized societies of many nations. However, consideration will be given to blunt arrows.
Blunt arrows are usually pointed arrowheads for target shooting, shooting at stubs, or other targets that are found by chance. The targets found by chance can be game a form of game hunting. The aim isn’t to kill a target object, it is to make such an object unconscious by the shot.
Therefore, the target may suffer a slight penetration into the head but safety is an integral feature of blunt arrows. This is why the arrows are made with hard rubber or metals. Thus, it should be emphasized that the blunt arrow is recognizably the oldest strategy utilized in the non-lethal arrow production or shooting. It was made (and still designed by a few archers) to make terrific but safe shots at a target, shots which should knockout the target but keep it alive especially when it’s a game or human.
The blunt arrows in this period were alternatives to boxing glove arrows until they were produced and made into a tool for protection and destruction. However, blunt arrows cannot be regarded as trick arrows because, like other arrowheads, they are real. It does things like activate buttons at a target location (in modern spy scenarios), disarms opponents (in both old and modern warfare), and cause commotion by jabbing things for cause commotion especially when a shooter seeks to escape from an enemy camp. Blunt arrows are used mainly, to defend oneself without causing severe injury to the victim or object of the shot.
There is an enormous reference to the Indian arrows. An 1880 record of a picture in Font Apache, Arizona, shows an Indian with two arrows and a bow which he must have produced by himself. This shows the common use of arrows until as late as the 1880s in some parts of North America.
The Indian Arrow has a feature of silence when shot, accurate when the target has been caught and it could be deadly when it hits a target. The Archer’s bow appears as a projectile, it can be regarded that the Indian arrows were predecessors to guns and firearms.
However, it should be regarded here that firearms had always been in existence even in North America when the Vikings introduced them around 1000 AD. However, the indigenous use of arrows had been traced to around 500 BC and it spread from Alaska, all through to North America till around 2000 BC.
It is important to emphasize that the citizens of today’s America have the ancestry of Indians. A lot of historical records claim Indians as the occupants of the territory until today’s civilization. However, the concern of this essay is the use of Indian blunt arrows in hunting and fighting wars.
Till the 19th century, the Indian bows, blunt arrows, and other arrowheads were superior to firearms because firearms were clumsy. By this, it was unreliable to load ammunitions, hard to obtain lead for guns while arrows grow on their trees. This was why Indians used arrowheads, blunt arrows, for weapons stead of firearms.
At that period, almost every Indian walked about with a bow in their hand, a quiver slung behind him which contained hundreds of arrows and which he could shoot at enemies to either weaken or destroy them.
In the hands of the Siberian tribes, bows and arrows are not a kind of contemptible weapon. Although they are ordinary hunting weapons about six feet long, slightly curved as a scythe, they have a murderous discharge because of their effect on a target. It should be emphasized that continuous practice and welding of great strength are required in drawing the bows.
Their blunt arrows are flattened headed with iron balls and they’re often used to kill sables and squirrels. Like the Indian blunt arrows, the skin of the target is not injured but targets are rendered unconscious for a while.
Further, for a society with a principal occupation as fishing, they are skilful in using bows and they principally use the blunt arrows to hit an animal without damaging the furs which are of economic importance. The tip of the blunt arrow is for shooting animals while the sharpened, iron-like spear blade, is for killing larger games. Feats of archery are accomplished with the tools and the people use the mediums principally for economic survival and sometimes, for protection against an opponent.