The reason I included the sling bow as an option was price as well as general functionality. You are right that the rubber tubing has a limited and
unpredictable lifespan, however the learning curve can be useful when it comes time to use an actual bow and arrow. Especially for instinctive
shooting, which is how I take 10-20 yard shots.
Most SHTF scenarios are short term with a max of 4 weeks. Hurricane, tornado or other natural disaster. In that situation, even short term economic
collapse, the sling bow is light, portable, fairly concealable and most of all inexpensive.
In a long term, Situation X deal. It can still be handy while out and about and not necessarily hunting but tending to a target of opportunity in
hunting. Deer would be the largest animal I would try to take with it and I know that I will have wasted meat unless I smoke it and use it for barter,
since it is just me. However my deer hunting would be for bones, leather and sinew more than meat in the first place. The arrow portion steps you up
from just squirrels and rabbits to groundhogs and raccoons.
It does one other thing exceptionally well in a long term situation. It is a functional hunting weapon while you are constructing a proper longbow.
Sure, you could make a bundle bow fairly quickly out of natural material or even modern tent poles and duct tape. But you still have to carry that
around in addition to other gear if you are having to hoof it out of Dodge. And it is a lot less suspicious and hands free with a slight bulge in a
cargo pocket than a bow slung over your shoulder or carried in your hand.
When the rubber tube does break: you still have a small leather patch, a partial rubber tube for a straw or small cordage and nice piece of steel that
can be heated, re-bent and then sharpened into a two pronged spear point for example or a variety of other uses.
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